Archive for August, 2010

Cheap Generic Blood Pressure Medications as Effective as Costly Brand-Name Drugs

Posted by on August 25th, 2010

Generic blood pressure drugs are just as good as newer, more expensive ones, according to new data out of the study known as the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT). The ALLHAT Study was sponsored by the U.S National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The study included more than 33,000 patients with high blood pressure who were randomly selected to take either a diuretic (chlorthalidone) or one of two newer drugs — a calcium blocker (amlodipine) or an ACE inhibitor (lisinopril) and than followed their health results for over a decade, as reported by Time Magazine. The cheaper generic diuretic drugs, which cost just 5%-10% of the expensive brand name drugs, were found to be just as effective in preventing stroke, heart failure and heart disease over the course of the study.

Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy, has thousands of discount comparable generic versions of brand medications for our customers to choose from if they wish to take advantage of the considerable cost savings. We always recommend that you talk to your doctor about the possibility of substituting a generic version if possible as a way to save money on your prescription drug costs.

Order Your Blood Pressure Medications Today and Save!

Medication Brand Price Generic Price Savings
Buy Diovan 160mg (valsartan) $47.54 USD 28Tabs $34.21 USD 30Tabs 32.84%
Buy Cozaar 100mg (losartan) $52.24 USD 28Tabs $32.54 USD 28Tabs 37.71%
Buy Norvsac 10mg (amlodipine) $59.00 USD 30Tabs $27.44 USD 28Tabs 50.17%
Buy Altace 10mg (ramipril) $34.62 USD 28Tabs $22.40 USD 28Tabs 35.30%
Buy Avapro 300mg (irbesartan) $43.12 USD 28Tabs $31.20 USD 30Tabs 32.47%

Prices as of August 25, 2010. Prices and availability subject to change at any time. Actual savings may vary. All trade-mark (TM) rights associated with the brand name products shown belong to their respective owners.

The Changing Technological Face of Pharmacies

Posted by on August 20th, 2010

When Canada Drugs launched its business model almost a decade ago it was one of the earliest online international pharmacy providers and for many of our first customers it may have been the first time they ordered a product online. In the past 10 years the face of e-commerce has changed immensely and we look forward to continuing to be a forward looking company that helps shape these changes for our industry and our customers.

On the topic of how technology can change how you access drugs, the BBC had a really neat story that they ran this week. The story explained how in the U.K there is test going on to try Prescription Drug Vending Machines to help speed up the dispensing of refills. Along with the vending machine refill idea another innovation is using video conferencing technology to allow people to have remote access to pharmacists off-hours and have prescriptions filled and a consultation done over video chat. Our pharmacists are currently available for phone consultations to all our patients and are there to advise on your prescription drugs and how they fit into your health. Canada Drugs and our team over here like to catch stories like this because it gives us a look at how pharmacies will continue to evolve with technology and gives us ideas about how we can change to.

We Want Your Stories for our Calendar. Share and Win $150!

Posted by on August 18th, 2010

Every year Canada Drugs sends all our customers a calendar at the end of the year, as a small thank-you for letting us into your lives through the prescriptions we provide for you and your families.

This year we are asking our Canada Drugs customers to share their stories and inspire others throughout the year. We hear everyday on the phone and through e-mail about how the savings you realize through our discount prescriptions have made a real difference in your lives and your health. These stories about what Canada Drugs means to you is what drives our CEO and founder Kris Thorkelson to continue to improve Canada Drugs, and continue to find ways to offer our customers more access to affordable and safe medication. Since he founded the company in 2001, it has been his personal mission, and what he demands of all 450 Canada Drugs staff, to continue to improve and make customers lives a little bit better. In exchange for sending us a brief description about how Canada Drugs has helped you and your loved ones, we will reward you with a $150 credit if we use your story or photo in our calendar.

Share with us your Canada Drugs story today! You can also download a submission form and send your story and photo by mail.

Avoid the Medicare Part-D Doughnut Hole! Save Big With

Posted by on August 11th, 2010

Major drug manufactures have been pressured by the Obama administration to sign off on a plan to offer Medicare enrollees who have reached their coverage gap, also known as the “doughnut hole,” with savings on brand-name prescription medication.  The full story is covered in yesterday’s PharmaTimes, the major independent monthly for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health care industries.

While it is positive that American seniors struggling with the highest prescription drug costs in the world will see some relief, it is also true that this announcement will not make a significant difference for most American prescription buyer’s because even with this plan the high cost of drugs will still be prohibitive to those who currently struggle to budget for them. Right now enrollees in Medicare part D, the federal health insurance program for seniors, hit their doughnut hole when they reach an out-of-pocket drug cost of $2830 for the year; the plan kicks back into action when these out-of-pocket exceed $4550.

Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy, has for over a decade helped Americans struggling with high drugs costs have an affordable option to maintain the drugs that they need. Post-Medicare Part D we have still been able to save our customers much more than they could by just opting for the government and Big Pharma endorsed plan.

With the cooperation of several dozen of our patients we studied their costs under Medicare and the potential impact of closing the doughnut hole and what it would mean for their actual out-of-pocket drug expenses, because we recognize that every extra dollar spent on prescription drugs is a dollar that has to be cut back somewhere else by seniors on fixed incomes. What we found by working with our patients is that in all but one case of the ones we studied, is that they would save substantially more money by ordering their medication through our Canadian online pharmacy, even while purchasing the most minimal Medicare Part D drug plan to ensure they could avoid penalties imposed by the government for not opting in.

For example one of our customers named Jane was a regular customer before the implantation of Medicare Part D in 2006. After the program took effect she ordered her prescriptions through her Medicare Insurance Provider: Secure Horizons. From 2006 to the end of 2008, she spent approximately $1300.00 out of pocket on an annual basis in prescription and Medicare costs. By working with Canada Drugs on a Personal Savings Strategy involving Medicare and smart shopping with us she was able to lower her spending to $760 a year. Thus her total out-of-pocket savings was $540. That five hundred dollars she saved with Canada Drugs could be spent on home repairs or an extra trip to see her grandchildren. We are proud that our savings can make a difference in our customer’s lives!

Her example is below:

How to Order

Medications Medicare Canada Drugs
Generic Diltiazem ER, 300mg/24, CAP 60.00
Klor-Con M20 20MEQ, TAB 60.00
Generic Metolazone 10mg, TAB 60.00
Generic Metoprolol Succinate ER, 50mg TAB 60.00
Generic Omeprazole 20mg, CAP 60.00
Travatan 0.004%, SOL 464.76

Another example of how to save money with Canada Drugs is demonstrated by our patient Mr. Stefani, who agreed to share his costs and savings with Canada Drugs.

Mr. Stefani is another customer who ordered regularly through Canada Drugs before January 2009 when he began using the Medicare Prescription Drug Program. Since then, he has been spending nearly $6,600 out of pocket for his prescriptions annually.

Mr. Stefani reaches the “Catastrophic Phase” of the Medicare Prescription Coverage where he enjoys the benefit of only paying 5% of his prescription costs. However, the cost to reach this benefit during the coverage GAP is far more expensive than if they ordered through Canada Drugs for the entire year.

During the coverage GAP where he pays 100% out of pocket locally, Mr. Stefani spends over $5000.00 until he reaches the Catastrophic Phase in September. If his total out of pocket a cost for 2008 was about $6600.00, the majority of that cost occurs during the coverage GAP. The total cost to order though Canada Drugs annually would have been approximately $4000.00 which is $1000 less than the GAP cost and $2500 less all together. That’s $2500 that could have stayed in his pocket.

Mr. Stefani and his wife are now ordering again through Canada Drugs and saving more than they have been through the Medicare Prescription Drug program. Canada Drugs also ensured that Mr. Stefani remains on his Medicare plan in case his situation changes and he needs “emergency coverage” which he now has.

Mr. Stefani’s Total out of pocket Medicare cost for 2008: $6,600.00
Annual out of Pocket costs Through Canada Drugs: $4,000.00
Annual Medicare Premium: 416.00
Canada Drugs Balanced Prescription Strategy Costs: $4,416.00
Annual Savings through Combined Strategy: $2,193.00

This Chart shows Mr. Stefani’s monthly costs before the Balanced Canada Drugs strategy in Blue.

The monthly costs after our strategy are indicated in Purple.

If you want to learn more about how to avoid falling into the doughnut hole trap and saving big money with Canada Drugs, please give us a call at 1-800-CAN-DRUG. Our trained Patient Service Representatives can work with you find the right way to maximize your savings.

Connect With Canada Drugs Now on Both Facebook and Twitter!

Posted by on August 9th, 2010

Canada Drugs online pharmacy has recently launched both Facebook and Twitter pages and we invite you to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and ‘Follow’ us on Twitter. You can also pass along these connections to any of your friends and family in your own online social networks.

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Our presence on Facebook and Twitter will be expanding the coming months, but not only will both be excellent ways to stay connected to the latest health and international pharmacy news from us, but we want to foster a conversation with you, our customers.

Since we started in 2001, we have prided ourselves on your ability to listen to what our customers want and our ability to respond to both suggestions and criticism.  These social networks will just be another way for you to reach out to us and let us know what we can be doing better to serve you as the leading international pharmacy provider.

Stay connected with us on these networks as well to learn about exclusive savings offers, win prizes, and send us testimonials that we reward you for providing. Sending the Canada Drugs links to your friends and families and educating them about the valuable service we offer is also a good way for you to get cash rewards through our referral program as well.