Archive for March, 2012

The Safety of Online Pharmacies

Posted by on March 30th, 2012

The Wall Street Journal health blog wrote this week about online pharmacies and asked whether or not American consumers had anything to be concerned about in terms of the quality and safety of the medication available over the Internet.

The answer from a detailed study done by the National Bureau of Economic Research echoed what legitimate, ethical pharmacies like Canada Drugs have been saying for a decade. That if you are an informed consumer and make sure that when you order online, you order from a pharmacy that requires a prescription from your doctor, and is recognized by a independent body like the Canadian International Pharmacy Association and PharmacyChecker.com that you can trust that you are getting a safe, high quality prescription product.

The study looked at 370 brand-name prescription drugs from over 41 different online pharmacies and found that the prescription products that were sold by accredited and credentialed pharmacies were as safe as those sold in your neighbourhood drug store. Where the danger lies is when people purchase their drugs from online pharmacies that don’t disclose where they are located, don’t have a pharmacy license number in their jurisdiction, and don’t require that you send a prescription from your doctor to order prescription drugs. Any online pharmacy that does that is not behaving ethically and may be selling counterfeit medication or stealing credit card and other financial information.

Our Canadian pharmacy has operated safely and ethically since 2001. When you visit our website at Canadadrugs.com, or call us and speak to one of our Patient Service Representatives you are dealing with real people, operating out of a pharmacy that is licensed in the province of Manitoba by the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association. We are committed to providing the highest level of pharmacy care to our patents and take that responsibility seriously. We believe that ordering online should safe, easy and affordable. Canada Drugs is a certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA), the Manitoba International Pharmacists Association (MIPA), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), VeriSign and is a 5 star rated pharmacy from Pharmacy Checker.com.

Ordering drugs online is more affordable, but as with any transaction done on the web, some unethical people try to take advantage of peoples trust.  We are working hard to educate more people of the savings that are available online, and helping people make informed safe choices about where they buy their prescription medication from.


Cut Back on the Red Meat (and Watch That Bacon) to Live Longer

Posted by on March 22nd, 2012

New research from the Harvard School of Public Health in a study published this week suggests that moderate consumption of red meat — as little as just one serving a day— poses more of a serious health risk than first thought. Red meat has been linked to chronic diseases in the past, but this study on more than 120,000 men and women conducted over a two-decade span is by far the largest and longest research study done on this subject and has compelling results for those that like to eat red meat every day.

The researchers concluded that one daily serving of unprocessed red meat, about the size of a deck of cards, resulted in a 13 percent increased risk of death overall, 16 percent greater risk of cardiovascular death and a 10 percent greater risk of cancer death. The results were even worse for those who love bacon (pretty much every non-vegetarian alive!) because the study showed that just one daily serving of processed red meat, such as a hotdog or two slices of bacon, was associated with a 20% increased risk of death.

It’s thought that the saturated fat in red meat—and the sodium in processed meats—is partially responsible for the shorter lifespans of red meat-eaters. Sodium is known to increase blood pressure, which is a risk for cardiovascular disease. As well certain carcinogens form during the cooking process — all of which have long been linked to an elevated risk for chronic diseases in other health studies.

The study did show that small changes in eating habits could make a big difference in our health. Replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of a healthier protein like fish, or poultry or beans all lowered mortality of those in the study. When it comes to death – an estimated 9.3 per cent of men and 7.6 per cent of women could have lived longer by just consuming 0.5 servings less red meat a day. That means simply changing up meals a few times a week. Making veggie lasagna, or having a tuna sandwich instead of processed lunchmeat one can easily reduce your red meat consumption.

If you love red meat, try only having it a couple of times a week, keep it to leaner cuts that are well trimmed and make your portions smaller and you’ll make a real difference in your health over the long term.

At Canada Drugs, Canadian pharmacy we know that with summer just around the corner that it’s hard to imagine of a world without BBQ’ed burgers and it’s still okay to enjoy them, just maybe leave the bacon off the burger, and after indulging in a big burger or a juicy steak, try to have some fish or humus and veggies for lunch the next day.


CanadaDrugs.com Recognized by United Way

Posted by on March 19th, 2012

Winnipeggers stepped up to raise over $18.9 million dollars for our home community of Winnipeg, Manitoba through United Way last year and CanadaDrugs.com was recognized as a Gold Standard partner for helping to raise over $90,000 as part of this community effort.

The United Way supports programs and strategies that offer young people an alternative to the streets, help families achieve financial independence, and improves neighbourhood health and personal well-being. It’s dedicated to building stronger, safer, healthier communities. The United Way is active in 45 countries around the world, and makes positive contributions in over 1800 communities. It’s a safe bet that the United Way is active in your community and you can learn more about your local organization too by visiting their website and find out you can help.

In addition to the Gold Standard recognition, CanadaDrugs.com also was given a Quantum Leap award, which signifies that we were able to raise our donations as a company over 25% since 2010. We’re extremely proud of this recognition and our entire organization at our head office is already working hard to top our 2011-contribution level. Through the generous corporate matching of our CEO and President Kris Thorkelson our employees are able to make a real difference in our community through the United Way.


Top 6 Tips to Avoid Prescription Mix-Ups

Posted by on March 12th, 2012

Safemedicationuse.ca, a website of developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada issued a recent alert on how to avoid mixing up pills with others in your family.

With numerous people in many households taking a variety of different medications, many pharmacists and poison control centers get calls quite frequently about innocent mix-ups in medications that can pose serious health risks in some cases. At Canada Drugs Canadian Pharmacy we encourage our patients to consider the risk of medication mix-ups and take a few simple steps to avoid the problem.

 Store family members’ medicines in different locations or in separate baskets. As always, it’s important to choose a spot that’s out of reach of children or any family member who may become confused.

 Be familiar with the appearance of your medicines.

 If more than one family member is using a pill organizer, consider choosing different colors or brands of organizers. Another way to help prevent mistakes is to make sure that each organizer is labeled with the owner’s name.

 Ideally, skip the organizers altogether and leave medicines in their original containers. That way, you can check the label of the container to be sure you are taking the right med.

 Ask your pharmacist to help you prepare a written schedule with a description of each medicine. That way, you can check your medicines against the schedule before you take a dose. CanadaDrugs.com pharmacy team would be more than willing to assist in developing schedules for any of patients.

If you are having trouble keeping track of your medicines, you can also ask your pharmacist whether it is possible to have your medicines specially prepared in properly labeled blister packs or pill organizers.


CanadaDrugs.com offers consumer savings as inflation soars on prescription drug prices.

Posted by on March 7th, 2012

Retail prices for prescription drugs have soared over the rate of inflation, pushing prices higher for American consumers already faced with the highest cost of prescription medication in the world. CanadaDrugs.com, the largest online Canadian pharmacy, is combating inflationary prices by offering lower cost international medication to its patients.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba – (March 7 2011)

Two recent studies on inflationary budget pressures in the United States reveal that the cost of prescription medication for American consumers, already the highest in the world, is continuing to rise, putting increased pressure on household budgets already squeezed by the high cost of medication. The studies from the American Institute for Economic Research and the AARP Public Policy Institute both demonstrate that rising drug costs and the impact of prescription drug price changes are forcing more and more Americans to make hard choices in how to fit lifesaving drugs into their monthly budgets. Canada Drugs, as the largest international online prescription provider, is offering price relief to those struggling with increased costs by offering lower priced international brand medication and a wider selection of more affordable generic prescription medication.

While the Consumer Price Index, the governments widely used measure of inflation reported a 3.1 percent rise in prices over 2011, the American Institute for Economic Research focused exclusively on the cost of Americans typical daily purchases, such as food, gasoline and prescription drugs, and found that these costs rose over 8 percent in the past year. The AARP Public Policy Institute study dug deeper into the rising cost of prescription medication and found that the cumulative change in prices for brand-name prescription medication from 2005 through 2009 was almost double the rate of inflation. The AARP examined retail prices for the 514 prescription drugs most used by Medicare beneficiaries and saw the average rate of increase for these drugs was 4.8 percent, while the retail prices for brand name and specialty drug products rose by 8.3 and 8.9 percent. Altogether from 2004 to 2009 the cost of drugs increased by 25.6 percent, compared to a general inflation rate of 13.3 percent. For consumers taking a drug on a chronic basis, their average annual cost rose from $2,160 to $3,168 over the same time period.

Due to this large increase in drug costs, the AARP has called for Congress to allow for the safe and legal importation of prescription drugs from abroad. CanadaDrugs.com, as the largest and most established online pharmacy, supports American consumers having greater choice in their prescription drug purchases. With price savings that average between 20%-80% off the typical American retail price, Canada Drugs, Canadian pharmacy, has been offering it’s customers significant drug savings since 2001. With no enrollment plans, premiums, or co-pays, Canada Drugs offers easy price relief to those struggling with high drug costs, and to seniors facing the Medicare Part-D doughnut hole. Canada Drugs offers a selection of thousands of varieties of discount prescription medication, with popular types of products including discount Nexium, discount Flomax, and discount Singulair.

“We see the effects of drug price inflation everyday on our customers when they call us unable to afford their drug bills, or when they have fallen into the Medicare-D Doughnut Hole. We have a dedicated team to assist Medicare-D users that will work with them to maximize their drug savings and help lower the out-of-pocket costs they are paying for their drugs,” said Brock Gunter-Smith, Chief Business Development Officer for Canada Drugs.

The same AARP report also revealed that the retail prices for generic drugs decreased by 7.8 percent over the same period. CanadaDrugs.com also offers a wide selection of generic equivalents that offer the greatest price savings to its customers. Generic equivalents of drugs such as Propecia or Advair Diskus offer affordable alternatives to higher cost brand name version.

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About CanadaDrugs.com

Canada Drugs is the largest and most trusted online Canadian pharmacy. In operation since 2001, Canada Drugs has safely filled over 6 million prescriptions for American patients. At Canada Drugs, we maintain extremely rigorous standards in patient safety. We believe access to essential prescription drugs should be safe, convenient, and affordable for all. Canada Drugs is a certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA), the Manitoba International Pharmacists Association (MIPA), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), VeriSign and is a 5 star rated pharmacy from Pharmacy Checker.com. As a premiere Canadian Internet-based and mail order pharmacy, CanadaDrugs.com LP is licensed by the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association to distribute prescription medication. For more information on CanadaDrugs.com visit our website or call 1-800-226-3784.