Archive for July, 2010

UV Safety Month

Posted by on July 28th, 2010

July marked UV Safety Month, an annual awareness month where the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Eye Doctor’s around the country encourage everyone to protect their eyes from UV-related damage.

We all know the importance of using sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but what about protection for our eyes? During UV Safety Month people are reminded that the summer sun can not only lead to harmful burns and increased risk of skin cancer, but that prolonged exposure to the sun’s invisible, high energy ultraviolet rays without protection may cause eye conditions that can lead to vision loss, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

To protect your eyes it is recommended that you wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat when the UV index is high. It is also worth remembering that reflected sunlight off water, snow or pavement can be the most dangerous because it is intensified.

When picking sunglasses you want ones the block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens. UV protection can come from adding chemicals to the lens material during manufacturing or from a chemical coating applied to the lens surface, so don’t just assume that the darker your shades are that the better they protect. Also, the more expensive sunglasses are not necessarily better than cheaper ones when it comes to offering you eye protection. Many inexpensive sunglasses offer just as much sun protection as $500 designer eye wear.

So when you’re out playing in the summer sun, make sure you apply sunscreen bought from Canada Drugs online pharmacy and that you don’t forget your hat and sunglasses too to ensure that you are fully protected from the sun.

Big Pharma Price Gouging Suit Moves Forward!

Posted by on July 21st, 2010

The California Supreme Court has allowed an antitrust lawsuit to move forward in which mainly independent retail pharmacies accuse 19 of the major drug companies of a conspiracy to charge up to 400% more for their products in the United States than what they charge in other countries.

The antitrust lawsuit, dating back to 2004, had previously been dismissed over concerns that the pharmacies lacked standing because they passed the inflated costs onto their customers and did not suffer any damages as their customers were the ones that were forced to pay the high price for their medication. But in a ruling last Monday, the California Supreme Court decided that Big Pharma couldn’t use this defense and allowed the suit to go ahead. They concluded that the retail pharmacies would still be able to argue they were harmed even if they passed along manufacturers’ alleged overcharges.

The lawsuit alleges that the 19 big drug companies work together to limit the ability of Americans to import lower-priced foreign drugs into the U.S, and also work to limit access to lower cost generic medication. These efforts by Big Pharma to limit the choice and access of Americans to foreign drugs results in Americans paying the highest drug costs in the world.

To customers of Canada Drugs who turn to our Canadian Pharmacy to save on their prescription medication it is interesting that the initial court ruling dismissed the case because it was only the consumers who had to pay for the inflated drugs in the end.  We believe that our customers have the right to the lowest cost prescription medication available and we work hard to make international prescription medication available to consumers that are struggling with high prescription drug costs.

Tips for Summer Traveling with Prescription Medication

Posted by on July 8th, 2010

Our Canada Drugs pharmacists are always available for consultation and can answer any of your questions via e-mail or over the phone. One of the questions our pharmacists get quite often over the summer months has to do with patients looking for advice on how best to travel with their prescription medication as they get away from it all on summer vacation.

Here are a few tips from our pharmacists concerning best practices when traveling with your prescriptions from Canada Drugs Canadian Pharmacy.

  • Always order enough medication to cover your needs during travel. Canada Drugs offers Free World-Wide Shipping and can ship to your vacation house, or even to the hotel you will be staying at.
  • Pack your prescription medication properly. Use tightly closed containers, such as the containers your medicines came in, and make sure to protect your medications from heat and light.
  • Put your prescription medications in your carry-on bag, rather than in checked luggage. It’s never fun when the airline loses your luggage, but it’s even worse if you are without your prescription medication as well as your clothing.
  • Bring extra medication just in case. If you are traveling for 7 days, for example, you may want to bring 12 days of medication. You never know what kind of delays might happen when you travel and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Obtain a duplicate prescription and bring it with you when you travel. Canada Drugs can ship your medication almost anywhere, but it will take some time. If the worst case happens and you are stranded without your prescription, it’s best to have the opportunity to fill it locally.
  • Carry a list of the prescription number and other pertinent information on the specific medication (brands, generic names, and dosage) to identify your “lost” medicine in case you need to describe it to authorities.
  • Write out a medication schedule and bring this with you in your carry on bag. Since your routine while traveling will change, a written medication schedule helps you remember when to take your medications.
  • Have your doctor’s phone number handy, just in case you need to get touch while traveling.

Big Pharma “Pay to Delay” Raises Prescription Costs

Posted by on July 6th, 2010

Businessweek published a story this week that outlined efforts by the Federal Trade Commission to end the Big Pharma industry tactic of paying generic drug companies to hold off releasing a cheaper generic version of the drug. This strategy is often referred to as “Pay to Delay.”

Companies develop generic drugs once a patent on a certain type of medication expires. Generic Drugs most of the time are significantly less expensive than the original bran name patented drug because they lack the overhead of research and development cost, and the incredible marketing costs that the big pharmaceuticals pour into their latest drugs. Generic versions have the same medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug.

To delay the release of generic versions, and thus delay letting American’s have the choice of buying cheaper generic versions, the Big Pharma companies file suit to delay the patent expiry and than according to FTC claims, they often pay generic drug makers to drop patent challenges. This ends up extending the exclusivity of the brand name drug and delays alternatives that reduce prices. The Businessweek story estimates that American consumers are paying $3.5billion more a year because of this practice.

Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy will always offer our customer’s the option of a generic equivalent if it is on the marketplace as part of our commitment to being a trusted source of safe, affordable prescription medication. As always, if you have any questions about generic drugs, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our trained Patient Service Representatives or one of our Pharmacists.