Archive for June, 2010

Survey finds More Americans Buying Generic Drugs

Posted by on June 21st, 2010

A survey conducted by Thompson Reuters in May looked at American consumers feelings about generic medication. The FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs defines a generic drug as:

Identical, or bioequivalent to a brand name drug in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use. Although generic drugs are chemically identical to their branded counterparts, they are typically sold at substantial discounts from the branded price. According to the Congressional Budget Office, generic drugs save consumers an estimated $8 to $10 billion a year at retail pharmacies. Even more billions are saved when hospitals use generics.

At Canada Drugs Canadian Pharmacy we are committed to providing you with high quality affordable medication. To help you save, we offer the option of choosing a generic version of the drug you need. When a new drug is developed, the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name.

Generic drugs are carefully regulated medications that have the same medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug. They are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are “generic” and once drugs like Lipitor start being more readily available in generic version over the next year, it is estimated that 3 in 4 US prescriptions will be filled as generic medication. They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are equal to their “brand” counterparts in active ingredient, dosage, strength, quality, performance, and intended use. What this means is that “generic” medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the same therapeutic results.

The Thompson Reuters survey of 3000 Americans found that 70% of their last prescription filled was a generic version, and for younger Americans it was over 85%. As well, despite big pharmaceuticals that benefit from longer patents to drive up the cost of medication, over 85% of Americans feel that generics are just as safe as brand name version and 90% of people are willing to buy generic when a version of their prescription medication is available.

The full version of the study is available as a PDF by clicking here.

Top 14 Prescriptions Drugs Bought from Canadian Pharmacies

Posted by on June 18th, 2010

The LA Times picked up a story about the top prescription drugs bought by Americans from online pharmacies in 2009. The list was provided by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA), the independent trade organization that certifies Canadian international pharmacies and assures customers that all pharmacies that are members are licensed, reputable, and adhere to the most stringent safety protocols. Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy proudly displays CIPA certification on its website.

The top drugs ordered by Americans from CIPA approved sites were:

  1. Buy Plavix online starting @ $59.50
  2. Buy Advair Diskus online starting @ $34.27
  3. Buy Flomax online starting @ $25.06
  4. Buy Asacol online starting @ $ $67.00
  5. Buy Nexium online starting @ $73.31
  6. Buy Zetia online starting @ $50.10
  7. Buy Crestor online starting @ $46.34
  8. Buy Lipitor online starting @ $29.55
  9. Buy Synthroid online starting @ $22.07
  10. Buy Prandin online starting @ $36.13
  11. Buy Januvia online starting @ $131.04
  12. Buy Actos online starting @ $53.74
  13. Buy Premarin online starting @ $8.07
  14. Buy Celebrex online starting @ $18.66

Americans who order these medication and thousands more from CIPA approved pharmacies like Canada Drugs can be assured of the safety and quality of the medication and that the pharmacies are licensed, ethical and will require and verify a prescription from a patients doctors.

National Sun Safety Week

Posted by on June 14th, 2010

The second week of June marks the annual National Sun Safety Week sponsored by the Sun Safety Alliance, an organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of skin cancer in America and creating better awareness about the importance of sun safety as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The Sun Safety Alliance emphasizes these facts:

More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.

  • One in five Americans are estimated to develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • One American dies of melanoma almost every hour.
  • Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the two most common forms of skin cancer, but are easily treated if detected early.
  • UV rays can cause premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.

As summer moves into full swing and everyone is outside in the sun more often and for longer periods of time it’s best to remember these tips from the Sun Safety Alliance:

  • Generously apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 which provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Re-apply at least every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, a wide- brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Avoid tanning beds. UV light from tanning beds can lead to skin cancer and wrinkling. Consider using a sunless self-tanning product instead.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging UV rays, increasing your chance of sunburn.
  • Check UV, heat, and air quality indexes
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Remember to practice sun safety every day, all year long!

Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy carries a full assortment of various sunscreen products, both OTC and prescription versions of the most popular brand and generic products.  Click here to search the products we currently carry and give yourself some protection outside this summer while you are soaking up some sun.

Big Pharma Under Pressure to Disclose Payments to Doctor’s

Posted by on June 10th, 2010

At the end of May the Indianapolis Star ran a story that detailed how big pharmaceutical companies have long used free lunches, promotional products and other giveaways to entice doctor’s to prescribe certain products to their patients. The Indianapolis Star outlined how besides these well-known tactics to appeal to doctor’s, that the big drug companies have also been discreetly paying millions of dollars of cash to physicians to act as big Pharma consultants or lobby other doctors about new brand-name drug products put out by the pharmaceutical companies.

The local CBS news station in Fort Worth reported that just in Fort Worth alone that 235 doctors received payments to be speakers, consultants, and advisors for pharmaceutical companies, who than pass these payments onto American consumers with the highest drug prices in the world. The payments to those 235 doctors totaled $3.4 Million. This is a process that is repeated all over the United States involving tens of thousands of doctor’s and millions more dollars changing hands.

Critics of these payments and the close relationships between drug companies and doctors caution that these payments help drive health costs even higher for Americans as physicians prescribe more expensive brand-name drugs over the cheaper generic versions. Studies conducted by leading universities report that physicians who receive payments from pharmaceutical companies are more likely to in turn write a prescription for that company’s particular drug over competitors, that in many cases are cheaper for the patient.

Under the new health-reform law, drug makers, medical-device makers and others, beginning in 2012, will be required to track payments, fees or gifts worth $10 or more made to doctors and teaching hospitals. The federal government will than collect the data and share it with the public beginning in 2013.

No better time to quit than now: World No Tobacco Day 2010 is Today

Posted by on June 1st, 2010

May 31st, marks the annual World Health Organization “World No Tobacco Day.” The theme for 2010 is “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women.” Throughout the world, governments and organizations will be encouraged to increase awareness among women and girls of tobacco’s dangers, to reduce the toll of heart attacks, cancers and other tobacco-related illnesses. Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy supports all our patients in seeking a better, healthier, tobacco-free lifestyle.

The WHO fact sheet notes, “Women comprise about 20% of the world’s more than 1 billion smokers. Women are a major target of opportunity for the tobacco industry, which needs to recruit new users to replace the nearly half of current users who will die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases. Especially troubling is the rising prevalence of tobacco use among girls, who now have a faster smoking growth rate than young boys around the world”

Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. It kills more than five million people a year – an average of one person every six seconds – and accounts for one in 10 adult deaths. Up to half of current users will eventually die of a tobacco-related disease. The annual death toll of more than five million could rise to more than eight million by 2030 unless urgent action is taken to control the tobacco epidemic.

The WHO also points out that often the threat to women is less from their being enticed to smoke or chew tobacco than from their being exposed to the smoke of others, particularly men. Worldwide, of the approximately 430,000 adult deaths caused per year by second-hand smoke, about 64% are among women. Pregnant women, as well as their babies, are also vulnerable to the harms of second-hand smoke.

Quitting smoking is not easy, and nor is it cheap. Canada Drugs carries a full assortment of Smoking Cessation products.  Everything from Nicorette Gum, Smoking Cessation Smokeless Inhalers and generic equivalent versions of all the most popular products are available in our online pharmacy. We will save you money on brand products like Nicorette over what you would pay at your local chain store, and our generic equivalents offer you even greater savings.

You can join the WHO’s effort on Facebook by joining their cause. Click here to visit their Facebook page.