Archive for April, 2011

With an Extra Long Allergy Season, Don’t Get Stuck Indoors!

Posted by on April 26th, 2011

Over 50 million Americans suffer with allergy symptoms, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. And due to rising temperatures, as said on gantdaily.com, we can expect allergy season this year to last 27 days longer than usual.

The long, harsh winter is finally over, but with changing season comes the onslaught of allergy season. This dreaded aspect of spring can begin as soon as the temperature warms up, and last until the first frost of fall happens, which as mentioned earlier may be postponed this year.

Allergic reactions occur, according to a CBC article, when an allergen enters the body of a person who is predisposed to allergies, and an immune reaction takes place that encourages the production of allergen-specific antibodies. Then, the next time that allergen comes in contact with that person, “mast cells release a slew of chemicals (histamines) that irritate and inflame the moist membranes lining the nose and produce the classic symptoms of an allergic reaction – scratchy throat, sneezing, itching and watery eyes.”

Across the internet, one of the most prominent pieces of advice to help beat this year’s allergy season is to find out what triggers your reaction and stay away from it. This translates into many people staying indoors throughout the spring and summer, which isn’t exactly an exciting prospect.

Why stay cooped up inside? We want you to enjoy the season without the irritating allergic reactions that accompany it. As of March 4, 2011, Allegra is available as an over-the-counter medication. Buy Allegra online today and fight the sniffles, sneezes, and sore eyes. At our Canadian Pharmacy, we offer free Standard Shipping worldwide, and a No-Hassle Return policy. Enjoy the sun, and get that breath of fresh air you’ve been craving.


Protect Your Access to Affordable Medications

Posted by on April 21st, 2011

Canada Drugs and other CIPA partner pharmacies are encouraging our customers to become aware of some of the recent political moves happening in Washington that concern ordering prescription medication online, and become involved with RxRights.org.

With millions of Americans lacking proper health insurance, or experiencing inflating premiums and deductibles that make their existing insurance inadequate, and the rising out-of-pocket drug expenses putting a pinch on budgets, we think that the affordable alternative that international pharmacies like Canada Drugs offers is an important service. Just last month the average cost of a representative sample of common medication rose by 6.7% in the United States. 2011 has seen some of the highest drug price increases since we started our business. We feel that our service and the access we provide to safe, convenient and affordable medication has never been more important.

However, misguided efforts are underway by both Congress and officials in the White House that could result in your freedom to choose affordable medication from companies like Canada Drugs being take away from you. As industry pioneers and industry leaders we have always stood for strict safety measures and applaud efforts to make ordering prescription medication online safer for American consumers.  We are proud of our record of ethical business and pharmaceutical practices. But these recent efforts from Congress and the White House don’t target the unethical and dangerous pharmacies that take advantage of consumers. They paint a wide brushstroke that would make ordering from CanadaDrugs.com no longer an option for those that are struggling with high prescription drug costs.

We invite any of our concerned customers who want to continue to order from high quality and safe Canadian pharmacies like CanadaDrugs.com to visit RxRights.org. RxRights is a national coalition dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action around safe prescription drug importation. The coalition of groups that make up RxRights seek to inform and educate both the public and our elected officials on the complex issues surrounding prescription drug sales in the U.S.

Please take a moment to visit RxRights and use the form on their website to send  an  important letter to your senator and house representative. This letter will let them know that you are concerned about high prescription prices and want the opportunity to continue to use legitimate and safe pharmacies like Canada Drugs as a cheaper alternative to U.S prices. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but letting your representatives know that this issue is important to their constituencies will be an important factor as they go forward on changes to health care in the United States.

 


Prescription Drug Abuse Doubles

Posted by on April 15th, 2011

More than five million Americans abuse pain killers, and the number of emergency room visits due to the abuse of prescription drugs had doubled since 2004, as stated on The Miami Herald website.

Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky testified before a congressional panel on the importance of prescription drug abuse in the States and its impact on the population.

As stated on the Gov Monitor website, “The fastest growing, most prolific substance abuse issue facing our country is the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs,” said Gov. Beshear. “In Kentucky alone, 82 people die every month from drug overdoses, a number that has now surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in our state. Since faced with this horrific epidemic, Kentucky has acted aggressively in ramping up law enforcement, policy initiatives and prescription drug monitoring efforts.”

The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System (KASPER) is a prescription drug monitoring system that helps healthcare providers ensure patients are not filling prescriptions several times over. As stated on the Gov Monitor website, “In 2006, the White House recognized KASPER as one of the nation’s flagship prescription drug monitoring programs.”

However, Gov. Beshear believes KASPER’s effectiveness is severely limited because not all states utilize this system. As he said in his testimony, “We live in a mobile society and that mobility limits the ability of any one state to be entirely successful in addressing substance abuse issues. My testimony today calls on several strategies that have a higher probability of success when implemented on a national level.”

Here at Canada Drugs, we like to provide you with interesting and valuable information like this. Please visit the full article, and more on Gov. Beshear’s testimony.

 


Common Drugs Seeing Massive Price Increases

Posted by on April 1st, 2011

Arthur Allen, a former speechwriter with the Food and Drug Administration and now a journalist, wrote a recent article for the online magazine Slate that explored examples of massive drug price increases on common drugs that have been occurring over the past several months.

In February, progesterone treatments which for years had been used to prevent preterm births in some pregnant woman saw their price jump from around $15 to $1440 per treatment. The reason for this was the FDA approved a branded version of the formerly unapproved treatments under the name Makena. This brand version were the identical compounds to the former product and the massive increase in price lead to several U.S Senators calling for an investigation under accusations of price-gouging by the manufacturer.

A similar outcry has greeted the debut of a brand name version of colchicine that is now marketed to U.S patients under the brand name Colcrys. Colchicine has been widely used a medicine from hundreds of years, and many patients who are unable to treat their acute gout symptoms with other medication have found colchicine to be an effective treatment. That offers them relief from the painful effects of their gout symptoms.

Unfortunately the launch of the launch Colcrys branded product has seen the cost of colchicine treatment increase from under ten cents a pill to over five dollars a pill. This massive cost increase is hurting patients who were unprepared for such a large price change in their medication regime and has seen an outcry from physicians who have been prescribing colchicine for years.

While colchicine is now costing hundreds of times more a pill for U.S patients, it is still available in the exact same form and at the lower cost that is always was from international prescription providers like Canada Drugs. It’s disappointing that large pharmaceutical companies are attempting to drive the cost of common medication to such incredible levels almost exclusively to U.S customers.