Archive for March, 2010

Prevent Heartworm this year with HeartGard Plus

Posted by on March 29th, 2010

Last weekend on March 20th marked this years Spring Equinox, the day we commonly say goodbye to winter and welcome back the longer days and warmer weather of spring and start to look forward to summer. While it is nice to have spring showers bringing the spring flowers, there is a downside to this seasonal change and that is the reemergence of dangerous parasites like Heartworm that threaten the lives of dogs and cats.

Heartworm is a common disease that has spread all over North America and is particularly endemic in certain regions. The parasite is spread by mosquito’s so now that its spring and the mosquito’s are soon to back in full force it’s  time to look at how to protect your pets from developing the serious complications associated with heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that is caused by parasites that your pet can contract in their bloodstream from mosquitoes. The parasite grows in your dog and can slowly weaken your pet, robbing them of their health and in the end can shorten their life significantly. Responsible pet owners that protect their animals from heartworm through a preventive product can also reduce the rates of heartworm because mosquitoes can only pass on the parasite through biting infected animals. Heartworm can be treated but because the common mosquito spreads it and veterinarians often only see symptoms once it has reached a more advanced stage, it’s often undetected for years. The treatment used to combat an infection is risky, very expensive in terms of vet bills and is often ineffective in the end. For these reasons it is smart to look to prevent heartworms before your pet is infected.

Canada Drugs through our PetDrugs.com site sells a full assortment of the most popular heartworm preventive products. The number one recommended choice by American veterinarians is Heartgard Plus, which when used as directed can prevent heartworm infection in your dog. The convenient, chewable tablets taste just like a treat to your pet, making them easy to administer. HeartGard Plus comes in different dosages that are tailored to dogs of different weights and are safe for puppies as young as six weeks, which lets you start protecting your pet as soon as possible in their life.

PetDrugs.com also carries a line of generic medications that are therapeutically equivalent to HeartGard Plus. These generic products contain the same active ingredients of Ivermectin and Pyrantel that are in HeartGard Plus. PetDrugs.com offers both the brand products and generics to give customers the maximum choice for their pet’s health.

Take advantage of our low prices and buy HeartGard Plus medication at PetDrugs.com today.


US Spends Double On Prescription Drugs

Posted by on March 22nd, 2010

The higher costs of prescription medication that U.S consumers pay for the same drugs compared to the residents of other countries was raised by a U.S Senator last week. Sen. Herb Kohl from Wisconsin sent a letter to the manufactures of the twelve most prescribed drugs in the United States on March 17th, asking them to explain why Americans pay around twice as much for prescription drugs as people in other industrialized nations. The letter asked the big pharmaceutical companies to explain why according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that the U.S. spends an average of $878 per person on prescription drugs, while the average for other industrialized countries is $446.

Sen. Kohl in his letter said, “”Americans pay, on average, twice as much as people in other industrialized countries.” While I firmly believe that drug quality should not be sacrificed for cost, the large discrepancies in the cost of identical drugs cannot be explained by differences in production or manufacturing.” Kohl, as Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, used specific examples to illustrate his point about the inflated costs many American seniors are forced to pay for their medications. AstraZeneca’s Nexium, for instance, costs $3.91 in the U.S. for one dose compared with 88 cents in Germany, according to IMS Health Inc. (RX), a health-information company. Nexium is the second most-widely prescribed medicine in the U.S. Pfizer’s Lipitor costs $2.82 for one dose, compared with $1.83 in Canada and 71 cents in New Zealand. It’s these dramatic differences in price that international pharmacies like Canada Drugs try to educate our customers about. We work to find the where drugs like Nexium and Lipitor are sold cheaper and make these same drugs available to our customers at a lower price than they can find in U.S. Call one of our Patient Service Representatives today and speak to them about how we can save you money on your prescription medication. Just because Americans on average pay twice as much as people in Canada or Britain, doesn’t mean that you have to. Buying discount Nexium and Lipitor through Canada Drugs can help you take adtavtage of the fact that drugs in other countries are significantly cheaper than what can be found in the U.S.

To read Sen. Kohl’s full letter’s to the pharmaceutical companies follow any of these links below. Kohl asks why drugs such Xanax, Norvasc, Lyrica and dozens more are so much more expensive for American consumers.

Letter to AstraZeneca: www.aging.senate.gov/letters/drugcostsaz.pdf

Letter to GlaxoSmithKline: www.aging.senate.gov/letters/drugcostsgsk.pdf

Letter to Lilly: www.aging.senate.gov/letters/drugcostslilly.pdf

Letter to Novartis: www.aging.senate.gov/letters/drugcostsnovartis.pdf

Letter to Pfizer: www.aging.senate.gov/letters/drugcostspfizer.pdf

Letter to Sanofi: www.aging.senate.gov/letters/drugcostssanofi.pdf


Celiac And Gluten Free Medication

Posted by on March 18th, 2010

Celiac disease is a condition that results in sufferers having an autoimmune reaction that damages the small intestine. Eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, and rye, triggers it. People with celiac disease who eat foods that contain gluten will find that their immune system will respond and prevent the body from absorbing nutrients from food and lead to serious problems through out the body. Some people are born with it, but it does not always start in childhood. Many adults also see celiac disease start to affect them later in life, often after events like surgery, pregnancy, or viral infection. It’s estimated that one out of every 133 Americans has celiac disease, but over 97% remain undiagnosed as in most people the symptoms are mere inconvenience and don’t go recognized.

The people behind the excellent medical resource SafeMedications.com advise that those who suffer from the condition should be aware and careful about gluten in medication. Often gluten is used in medications to bind pills together. Safe Medications reminds people that they can check with their pharmacist to confirm whether or not their particular medication contains gluten. Another good source for information about medicine and gluten is found over at GlutenFreeDrugs.com. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness also publishes several informational pamphlets on medication and gluten that you can look to order through their web site.

For patients that order their medication through Canada Drugs it is important to remember that just like your local brick and mortar pharmacy we maintain extremely rigorous standards of patient safety and security. Our staff of licensed, accredited pharmacists are always available to help patients make informed choices about their prescription needs and are there to answer any questions that patients have about their prescriptions, whether it’s about gluten content or possible drug interactions. At Canada Drugs we believe its important to provide our customers with information so we are committed to transparent and accountable service that empowers everyone of our patients with the knowledge they need to make decisions about their health care.

Talk to one of our Canadian pharmacists now or they can be reached Toll-Free at: 1-800-226-3784.


Escalating Costs Of Insurance Becoming A Problem

Posted by on March 15th, 2010

A study released last month confirmed what many have been realizing the last couple of years. Mainly, that the escalating costs of insurance is becoming a problem even for those that have a strong policy.

The Avalere Health study published by the DC consulting firm shows that average monthly premium charged by the top ten most popular Medicare standalone prescription drug plans is jumping upwards by 14.2% in 2010. In 2009 the increase was under 6%. Millions of seniors and disabled Americans use these popular private plans to supplement the coverage they are entitled to under Medicare. The Avalere Health report also showed that since the implantation of Medicare-D that the average monthly premiums across all private prescription drug plans have increased on average 40%. Avalere found that the average monthly Medicare Advantage premium for 2010 is $39.61, representing an increase of nearly $5 a month from the previous year. That compares with a rise of less than $1.75 a month in 2009. This slow and steady gain in premium rates is combined with a rise in consumer’s drug-specific out of pocket costs for a double hit in the pocket book.

Canada Drugs was founded in 2001 with the mission to provide both the uninsured and the underinsured with costly premiums another option for safe, affordable prescription medication. In 2001 Americans paid the highest drug prices of anywhere in the world, and today in 2010 it is the same story. Pressed from two sides, the higher costs of prescription medication on one side, and as the Avalere report demonstrates, higher premiums to pay for the inflated drug prices on the other, many Americans have to chose between paying for life saving medication or paying for food and shelter. Canada Drugs, as the global leader in prescription drug savings, is proud to offer another option to escape from under the pressures of unaffordable drugs, and complicated and costly insurance plans. We work hard to find the safest, and most affordable medication and help our customers become informed about how ordering from international pharmacies can save them money and make their prescription needs fit into their budget.


March The National Nutrition Month

Posted by on March 12th, 2010

The month of March marks the American Dietetic Associations annual National Nutrition Month. The yearly campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The American Dietetic Association since its founding in 1917 has been the leading voice for better eating and nutrition awareness. It has 70,000 members throughout the U.S and abroad and works to shape food choices and impact the nutrition status of the public at large.

The theme for 2010 is “Nutrition from the Ground Up” and focuses on going back to the basics — simple and economical, healthy foods; food preparation and family meals at home; as well as promoting good health. Here are some ways the American Dietetic Association recommends getting back to the basics:

  • Enjoy more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and dairy.
  • Look locally for fresh and in season produce
  • Eat right to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Devise healthy snacks for kids, teens and adults.
  • Start your day with a good breakfast.
  • Shop smart and get the facts on food labels.

Visit www.eatright.org to find out more.