Archive for October, 2010

Canada Drugs Gives Back With The United Way

Posted by on October 22nd, 2010

This was an exciting week at Canada Drugs, as we marked our sixth year supporting the United Way of Winnipeg, the local chapter of the international United Way organization. As a company, we have always strived to be excellent corporate citizens and our founder and CEO Kris Thorkelson’s encourages the entire Canada Drugs family to join him in giving back to the community.

The United Way of Winnipeg supports a variety of programs and strategies that offer young people an alternative to the streets, helps families achieve financial independence, and improves neighborhood health and personal well-being. It works with nearly 100 partner agencies around Winnipeg by assisting them in delivering lasting, positive change. The United Way is active in 45 countries around the world, and makes positive contributions in over 1800 communities. Now You can learn more about your local organization too! The great thing about supporting your local United Way is that your valued donation will stay right in your local community.

The Canada Drugs United Way campaign raised $10,310.66 in 2009 and Kris Thorkelson generously pledged to match every dollar raised by his Canada Drugs staff by donating 4 dollars for every dollar raised. That means his contribution of $41,243.64 brought the total raised by Canada Drugs to just over $51,553. We are proud of this significant contribution we are able to make to our community and hope to exceed our 2009 total during this years drive.

Our United Way week events included draws and raffles, bake sales, games, and popular events like “Jail Your Supervisor,” where Canada Drugs staff got to pledge money to keep their managers locked up in jail all day.  We all had a great time, raising money for a great cause. We thank our valued customers for supporting us as well, and allowing us to share the success we have built.


Medicare Part D Enrollment Period

Posted by on October 20th, 2010

The sign-up period for Medicare Part D (Medicare’s prescription drug program) for 2011 runs Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. With dozens and dozens of plans available in most parts of the country, the fall annual enrollment period can be a complex chore for Medicare beneficiaries — and sometimes for adult children helping out elderly parents with money matters. It’s best to start early on your Medicare Part D plan for 2011, so you are not left scrambling to make a decision over the Christmas holidays, that just so happen to collide with the last week of the enrollment period!

At Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy we offer a Personal Savings Strategy for our valued customers to consider at this time of year. Our goal is to provide you with information that helps you save even more money while improving your coverage through the Medicare Part D program that you choose. Our Medicare Team in our call centre can also work with you over the phone to discuss your drug options and find the plan that can best realize you and your loved ones savings on their prescription drugs.

There are a lot of plans to review — an average of 33 per state, and the plans change each year, so the plan you had in 2010 may shed some drug options or raise some costs. So don’t just stick with the plan you had for 2010: compare, compare, compare and compare again. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average premium increase will be 10%, or $40.72 per month, though plans can run lower or higher. You may find upon review of your 2010 plan that incorporating direct cost savings from Canada Drugs might be a better overall fit than enrollment in your previous Medicare part D insurance plan. That’s why it’s a great time to review this fall, so you don’t end up paying too much for drugs in 2011.

The New York Times ran an article earlier this month with a handy review of the some of the many changes in both Medicare Part D and other Medicare plans that take effect in 2011. The government medicare.gov website offers tools to find private insurer plans in your area and to compare prices and coverage and is a good starting point if you are confused about 2011 enrollment changes.

It’s an important choice for you to make, and it’s best to stay informed, as choosing a plan that is bad fit can cost you thousands of dollars more a year in drug costs. Canada Drugs, as the global leader in prescription drug savings, is dedicated to offering our customers access to affordable prescription drugs. Many of our customers are finding that combining out-of-pocket cash savings with Canada Drugs low priced prescription products with a smart Medicare-Part D plan is the best path to maximum savings.


Whole Grains Lead to Smaller Waists

Posted by on October 15th, 2010

According to a study of 2,834 middle-aged Americans, those who consumed the most whole-grain foods had a significantly smaller waist circumference and a reduced risk of the variety of health complications that arise from obesity.

The study was published last week by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and reported that if you’re trying to reduce your waist size, that swapping refined grains for whole grains can make it easier to keep extra weight off your middle section. The study examined the relationship between consuming 3 or more servings of whole grains and a decrease in body mass index, abdominal fat and the tendency to gain weight. Those that reported eating whole grains on a regular basis has 10% lower visceral fat stores. Doctors consider visceral fat an important factor in developing chronic conditions like diabetes, as it is the type of deep fat that packs itself around organs and increases the body’s resistance to insulin.

Some examples of whole grains are:

  • Whole wheat
  • Whole oats/oatmeal
  • Whole-grain corn
  • Popcorn
  • Brown rice
  • Whole rye
  • Whole-grain barley
  • Wild rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Triticale
  • Bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Sorghum

Top 5 Ways to Save on Prescription Drug Costs

Posted by on October 5th, 2010

Dr. Ken Lin, a family physician that practices in the Washington DC area, wrote an article for U.S News & World Report late last month that outlined 5 quick ways he advises his patients to save money on drug costs. With U.S patients facing the highest prescription drug costs in the world, more and more Americans are looking for ways to cut their costs.

Canada Drugs is our number one way to see significant savings and make prescriptions more affordable and Lin does recommend that buying 3 month orders via mail order or online is a great way to realize savings. He suggests that PharamcyChecker.com is good tool to find and compare different online sites. It is the leading independent source of information about online pharmacies and helps consumers find the lowest priced products from qualified and reputable online pharmacies. Canada Drugs is a 5-Star rated pharmacy with Pharmacy Checker.

The other 4 tips from Lin on saving money on your prescription drug costs are:

  1. Not assuming new drugs are necessarily better: Dr Ken Lin points out that over-the-counter Claritin is a lot cheaper than the newer prescription Clarinex and for most people they are equally effective.
  2. Stay away from free samples: Lin makes the case that while it’s nice to get free samples from your doctor of brand-name prescription drugs, it’s also the case that samples run out and eventually you are faced with the choice of having to buy the expensive brand-name drug, or changing treatment regimes to a less expensive alterative or looking for a equivalent generic. It might be easier to just start with the cheaper generic in the first place.
  3. Go Generic: Canada Drugs therapeutically equivalent generics are often 80% cheaper than the brand name drugs you will buy at your local pharmacy. Lin recommends always asking your doctor to prescribe a generic version of brand-name drugs.
  4. Look for Discount Plans: When you lack insurance, Lin suggests that you look for discount plans that are available through some pharmaceutical companies or through the government. Canada Drugs low prices are already lower than many of these discount plans! That’s why we’ve filled over 6 million prescriptions for Americans struggling with high costs. We work hard to be the most affordable option available.