Archive for May, 2011

The Billion Dollar Cost of Prescription Nonadherence

Posted by on May 27th, 2011

Several studies came out this week that reveled that Americans who don’t take prescribed medications waste billions annually because the missed doses lead to emergency room visits and hospitalizations and further health complications that only end driving health care costs even higher.

The study by Express Scripts, an independent prescription- filling company, says the problem costs $258 billion a year, while a second study Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital put the figure at $290 billion. Both studies analyzed data from their own customers, insurance payouts, previous research and surveys to come with the multiple billion-dollar cost associated with prescription nonadherence.

The researchers also found that more than half of people who believe they take their medications properly are not, and this also leads to the drugs not working as effectively as they should. All prescriptions should come with clear instructions from your personal doctor, as well as your pharmacist. At Canada Drugs, our team of licensed pharmacists is available any time for consultations to assist you in developing the best action plan for your health care. We value your health and want to make sure that our patients always clearly understand what drugs they are taking and any special instructions that are required.

People don’t take their medications because they forget to refill their prescriptions, forget to take them, feel they don’t need them or find them too expensive. At CanadaDrugs.com we work to stop these barriers to taking your drugs. We will remind you well in advance of when a refill is needed, and most importantly we are passionate about working to provide our customers with lower priced drugs so they can afford them.

The studies talked about here have shown that as many as 25% of people who get a prescription because they have visited a doctor with a medical-related problem don’t bother to fill that prescription. Other studies have shown that up to 50% of the people who are chronically ill and need medications stop taking their medications within a year.  When the reason for prescription nonadherence is cost, it is important that people have the affordable alterative that Canada Drugs offers. Our international medication and equivalent generics can often reduce the out-of-pocket costs on prescriptions by 40%-80% and allow people the opportunity to buy the medication they need.


Erectile Dysfunction Drug Market Surpasses $5 Billion A Year

Posted by on May 9th, 2011

Tens of millions of men are taking advantage of medications like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. But as generic erectile dysfunction drugs create competition for these big names, the original “little blue pill” maker, Pfizer has begun selling a chewable form of Viagra, called Viagra Jet, in Mexico.

Pfizer isn’t the only one battling the onslaught of generic drugs, however. Bayer has also recently introduced a dissolvable form of its Levitra, which comes in an attractive, thin black package.  This new drug, called Levitra ODT, is currently available in Austria, France, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Poland, Britain, Denmark, and Sweden.

The brand name pills currently cost about $10 per pill. The generic competition would only cost a fraction of that, as stated in The New York Times article. But Pfizer is doing its best to keep the lower-priced option off the shelves when Viagra’s patent expires. As stated, “Pfizer has two patents for Viagra, one for its chemical, expiring in 2012, and the other for its use against impotence, expiring in 2019.”

Pfizer hopes to extend its patents under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act. Stated on The New York Times website, “what would be studied is not Viagra for children, but Revatio, a formulation of the same chemical, sildenafil, which is approved for pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare and dangerous condition affecting hundreds of children in the United States.”

Depending on the outcome of Viagra’s patent battle, millions of men may get their wish of having a lower-priced erectile dysfunction drug option as early as next year. Canada Drugs prides itself on bringing you brand name as well as generic prescription meds from a trusted Canadian Pharmacy, and announcements pertaining to them.