Archive for June, 2011

National HIV Testing Day and HIV/AIDS Meds from Canada Drugs

Posted by on June 29th, 2011

This week marked National HIV Testing Day, an annual day of action organized on behalf of the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA). The annual event raises awareness of the continued need to remain vigilant of the need to be tested for HIV/AIDS, even 30 years after the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S and the disease became a national health crisis.

While the spread of HIV/AIDS has been stalled with a vigorous public health campaign and new treatments that have been developed since the 1980’s, National HIV Testing Day remains an important event. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 40 percent of people infected with HIV don’t find out they have a problem until they come down with full-blown AIDS, which dramatically affects that type of medication and other treatment they can receive to prolong their life and live with the disease.

According to the CDC, anyone who answers “yes” to one of the following questions should be regularly tested:

  • Have you injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment (such as needles, syringes, works) with others?
  • Have you had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with men who have sex with men, multiple partners, or anonymous partners?
  • Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB), or a sexually transmitted disease (STD), like syphilis?
  • Have you had unprotected sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions?

A testing site close to your home can be found on the CDC website by simply entering your address.

The cost of HIV/AIDS medication for those that have tested positive can be an incredible burden, because while great headway has been made in allowing people to live long after a positive diagnosis, there is still no cure or vaccine for the disease. A diagnosis will mean a complicated and expensive medication regime. At CanadaDrugs.com, Canadian Pharmacy, we assist many HIV/AIDS patients in having an affordable alternative to purchasing their literal life-saving drugs. The cost of HIV/AIDS medications can quickly drive most people into the level of catastrophic drug coverage in their insurance plans, but for those without insurance, or with inadequate coverage, we can help lower the costs on many of the first-line therapy drugs that are prescribed to treat HIV/AIDS. Our team of pharmacists act as a resource for more affordable access to standard first-line therapy combinations drugs such as:


Robbing a Bank to Afford HealthCare

Posted by on June 23rd, 2011

With Americans paying the highest prescription drug costs in the world, and the costs of both medication and other health care products and services vastly rising above the rate of inflation every year, it’s no surprise that some people are getting desperate to afford their healthcare.

At CanadaDrugs.com we hear stories everyday from our customers about how before they found or were referred to us, they were cutting back on their food budget, or skipping other household bills just to afford the valuable prescription medication that they need. We know that there are millions more out there who can’t afford to take the medications they need, and that is why we need to keep getting the word out that there is relief and an affordable alternative.

There are over a hundred million American’s that  still lack adequate coverage to pay for prescription mediation and afford other health care costs. And even those with insurance, struggle with high co-pays or get stuck in Medicare Part-D doughnut hole. These are the people that CanadaDrugs.com is in business to help.

A story that was making the rounds of newspapers and cable TV shows last week is a perfect illustration of the absurdity of high drug and medical costs that people struggle with. Richard James Verone, an unemployed, uninsured 59-year-old from North Carolina decided that the best way to afford medical treatment was to rob a bank, not for the money inside the vault, but so he could be sent to prison and receive free medical care and drugs.  He asked the teller for only $1 with the hope he would be given the care he could not afford. The LA Times reported that however, he would be charged with a lesser offense and would more likely not receive a prison sentence. The Times closed with this telling statement about Richard James Verone:

“Maybe he should call the judge names at his trial for a charge of contempt of court. Or, better yet, maybe lawmakers should realize that when Americans are willing to trade in their freedom for healthcare, they may stoop to more desperate measures than holding up banks for a buck.”


The “Hidden Price of Drugs”

Posted by on June 16th, 2011

The New York Times and several other media outlets covered the story about the release of a new drug called Dificid, that will be prescribed to treat diarrhea cause by a certain bacterium. The media outlets the wrote about the new drugs release used it to illustrate the price gouging the many of the leading pharmaceutical companies subject American patients to, the leading reason why drugs costs are higher in the U.S than anywhere else in the world.

In the Times, it was disclosed that the new drug would cost $2800, about twice the cost of the currently approved FDA drug. The story called “The Hidden Price of Drugs,” goes on to describe how whenever a press release for a new drug is sent out by one of the Big Pharma companies, they usually try to hide the often outrageously expensive costs of the new treatments compared to the lower costs of the drugs they are trying to replace.

The lack of price transparency or allowing American’s to have access to information on whether more affordable older drugs that are available in generic versions is part of what drives the prescription costs so high in the United States. At CanadaDrugs.com, we will offer the prices of brand, and more affordable generics whenever possible and offer the choice of looking at international generics options to save money.


National Cancer Survivors Day Recognition

Posted by on June 10th, 2011

America’s 12 million cancer survivors joined survivors around the world in observing the 24th annual National Cancer Survivors Day last Sunday, June 5, 2011.  Hundreds of communities around the United States hosted events to celebrate life and demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. The non-profit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities by providing free guidance, education, and networking.

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration of life. It is a day for everyone, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, a friend, or a medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, and recognize the healthcare providers, families, and friends who have supported them along the way.  NCSD started in the United States and it is now observed in countries as far away as Australia, Italy, and Malaysia. The non-profit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities, by providing free guidance, education and networking. Its primary mission is to educate the public on the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors.

“A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” as defined by the Foundation. Cancer survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems, and psychological struggles. “Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives,” says Paula Chadwell, the spokesperson for NCSD.

The diagnosis of cancer for yourself or a loved one is one of the most stressful and difficult times that you or our family will face. One of main stresses associated with a cancer diagnosis is the combination of the high cost of some of the medication under in the treatment of the disease and the financial problems that result from employment being affected while the battle and recovery is going on. At CanadaDrugs.com, we always try to offer an affordable alterative on many of the drugs associated with certain types of cancer, and try to reduce the financial burden that a cancer diagnosis can mean if you and your family lack adequate health insurance, or are struggling in the Medicare Doughnut Hole while waiting for catastrophic drug coverage to kick in.

More information on cancer and cancer survivorship:


Pollen and Mold Allergy Season is Here!

Posted by on June 3rd, 2011

Pollen and Mold Allergy Season is Here! Save with Canada Drugs.

It’s that time of year again when seasonal allergies take off. Sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, blocked-up sensation are just a few of the symptoms. Seasonal allergies are typically caused by pollen and mould spores in the air. If you have an allergy, your body sees the pollen as a foreign substance and sets off the immune system to defend itself. Allergies vary by season. By the start of June, it’s the trees that are causing the symptoms, such as alder, birch, oak, maple elm and poplar. In May, it was mostly the grasses that were the issue and July is the start of ragweed season around most of the northern United States.

At CanadaDrugs.com Canadian Pharmacy we offer a full assortment of Allegra allergy products at low discount prices to help you battle the sniffles, sneezes, and sore eyes of this time of year. Allegra is one of the most popular over-the-counter allergy medications for seasonal allergies. Allegra is used to temporarily relieve symptoms due to upper respiratory allergies or hay fever caused by both inside and outside allergens. Besides our current Allegra promotion running on our website, we also carry a wide assortment of other popular seasonal allergy medication, most will offer you savings of up to 50% off of what you are currently paying for the same product at your local pharmacy. These savings are found on Claritin, Clarinex, Xyzal, Zyrtec and generic equivalents that offer seasonal allergy sufferers even greater savings.

If you suffer from mould allergies, you are likely going to have an even worse time this season. As the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology points out, moulds are tiny fungi related to mushrooms but without stems, roots or leaves. Their spores float in the air like pollen. Outdoor mould spores begin to increase as temperatures rise in the spring and reach their peak in July in warmer areas and October in the colder areas. They can be found year-round in the U.S. South and on the West Coast. Moulds can be found almost anywhere, including soil, plants and rotting wood. The forecast for this summer around the U.S predicts a particular bad season for mould allergies. Besides having a supply of allergy medication to relive the symptoms of mould allergies it is recommended that you take these steps to reduce the severity of mould allergies over the summer: Keep your windows closed at night; use air conditioning, which cleans, cools and dries the air; stay indoors when the pollen or mould levels are reported to be high and don’t mow lawns or rake leaves because it stirs up pollen and moulds. These quick and easy solutions, and a supply of discount allergy medication from Canada Drugs should help make summer allergies a little more bearable.