Archive for September, 2010

September 25 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Posted by on September 20th, 2010

The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency is encouraging people across the United States to clean out their medicine cabinets on September 25th.  That day is the first ever DEA Take-Back Prescription event, where at over 3400 sites nationwide, the DEA and local law enforcement, along with public heath partners will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site is continuously updated with new take-back locations. In addition, you can now go to: www.nationaltakebackday.com to download a public service announcement about the initiative and learn more about the dangers of keeping old prescription medication around the home.

It’s unsafe to keep old and expired medication around the home, as it is a danger to children and teenagers who might take them, as well, over time the chemical properties in the pills change and make them no longer effective.

If you can’t dispose of your pills at an event like this, or at a local health centre that accepts old medication, the DEA advises that to throw out old pills you should:

  • Take the meds out of their bottles;
  • Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds
  • Seal them in a bag of disposable container, and throw them away
  • Drugs thrown in the thrash in their bottles can be retrieved and abused

The Problem with Household Spoons and Dosing Medication

Posted by on September 14th, 2010

A spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down in a most delightful way, but the size of that spoonful could be dangerous to you or your children’s health. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that people who use household spoons to dispense common over-the-counter medicine rarely get the dosage correct.

The study looked at 71 teaspoons and 49 tablespoons collected from 25 households in Attica, Greece. It found that the capacity of the teaspoons ranged from 2.5ml to 7.3ml, with an average and median volume of 4.4ml. The capacity of the tablespoons ranged from 6.7ml to 13.4ml, with an average of 10.4ml and a median of 10.3ml. What this means is a parent using one of the biggest domestic teaspoons would be giving their child 192 per cent more medicine than a parent using the smallest teaspoon and the difference was 100 per cent for the tablespoons. This increases the chance of a child receiving an overdose or indeed too little medication. It’s recommended that instead of reaching for the spoon, that it’s always best to use the measuring syringe that comes with most liquid children’s medication, and pour a correct dosage. Save the spoons strictly for the spoonful of sugar! If your medication didn’t come with the measuring syringe, or a dose spoon, they are easy to pick up at many stores.

The side effects of too much medicine can be more pronounced in children, Excitability may occur — or extreme drowsiness, nausea or dizziness. Another thing to be concerned about is the common ingredient, acetaminophen, which can do serious liver damage if used to excess.


Brand-Name Drug Prices Continue to Rise for Consumers

Posted by on September 7th, 2010

The annual report from the AARP that looks at the cost of brand-name medication for American consumers came out last week and once again showed that the cost of drugs for Americans are increasing at an alarming rate. In 2009 the cost of the most popular brand-name drugs in the U.S. jumped more than 8 percent according to the study, that’s after a 7-percent increase in 2008. Overall inflation has been measured at 13.3 percent since 2004, while the cost of brand-name drugs has jumped a shocking 41.5 percent since then. This means that in just over 5 years, the rate of drug price increases has been over 3 times the rate of inflation! It is study after study like this that confirms that Americans pay too much for their prescription medication and it’s what drives us here at Canada Drugs to continue to be a source for lower priced alternatives for our customers.

All but six of the 217 brand name prescription drugs studied by AARP had retail price increases exceeding general inflation last year.  Each of the top 25-selling brand name drugs had price increases, with most jumping more than five percent.  Prostate drug Flomax (0.4 mg capsules) saw the largest increase in this top-selling group, climbing 24.8 percent during 2009.  Canada Drugs offers a comparable generic to Flomax that will save those taking it up to 70% off of what they are paying for the ever increasing brand price. Order generic Tamsulosin and see how much you can save.

The numbers in these studies are easy to ignore in the abstract, but at Canada Drugs we hear stories from our patients that put them in perspective. When prices rise 3 times the rate of inflation, it means real financial hardship to people on a fixed income and forces people to either stop taking the important medication they need or cut back in other places in order to afford their prescription. We are driven to the Global Leader in Prescription Drug Savings, because at Canada Drugs we don’t want to see people have to go without their medication because of these massive price increases. We are committed to offering our customers an affordable way to access their important medication.