Archive for November, 2012

More Drugs Have Adverse Reaction to Grapefruit. Are you at risk?

Posted by on November 27th, 2012

“Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice,” has been a common warning from pharmacists to their patients, but a recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal is warning that because of new chemical formulations, the number of prescription drugs that have harmful interaction with grapefruit have more than doubled since 2008.

The study notes that people over 45 are at the highest risk for two reasons: they’re the highest consumers of grapefruit juice and they’re more likely to be taking medications for a range of illnesses.

The reason mixing grapefruit and prescription medication can have adverse affects is because of a chemical called furanocoumarin. It acts like an enzyme in the stomach and can change the potency of medication and how it works. A small amount of grapefruit, even ingested hours before taking the medications, can increase the amount of the drug metabolized, which is like taking many doses at once and can lead to the same reaction the body would have if it was overdosing on a drug.

Limes and some oranges also contain furanocoumarin.

According to the report, drugs that can interact with grapefruit include:

  • Certain cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin),
  • Some blood pressure-lowering drugs, such as nifedipine (Nifediac and Afeditab),
  • Organ transplant rejection drugs, such as cyclosporine (Sandimmune and Neoral),
  • Certain cardiovascular drugs, such as amiodarone (Cordarone and Nexterone), clopidogrel and apixaban.

It’s important to be aware of food and drink interactions with your prescription medication. Always talk to your doctor, or Ask a Pharmacist here at if you ever have any questions about any of your prescriptions. Our team is here to help. It’s not just grapefruit that reacts with some medication. Even milk can change how certain drugs work.

Always be aware of each of the drugs you are taking and how they work. A little knowledge can go a long way to making sure that your health is looked after.

Cost Worries of Treating Heart Disease

Posted by on November 19th, 2012

The annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) held last week in Los Angeles included a great deal of discussion amongst cardiologists of the rising costs to treating heart disease—America’s No. 1 killer.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, accounting for one of every four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The annual U.S medical costs associated with heart disease is expected to reach $800 billion by 2030, nearly triple the $272 billion spent in 2010.

At the AHA conference there was a great deal of concern expressed over the rising cost of drugs to treat heart disease. The average cost of medication has risen over 27% to treat various conditions related to treat heart disease and the AMA expects that trend to continue well into the future, especially with newer drugs that may offer potential advantages over older drugs to prevent strokes are much more expensive than older treatments.

Some of the top selling drugs in the U.S, such as Lipitor and Plavix, assist in lowering the risk factors of heart disease, but the cost of these medication are many times more expensive for U.S consumers than those in other countries pay. The AHA has expressed concern in the past of the burden prescription drug prices are to those facing heart disease.

At, many of our patients are dealing with heart disease and look to lower cost options from Canada or the United Kingdom to lower their monthly drug costs.

Big Pharma, Health and Biotech Spent Record Amount this Campaign

Posted by on November 6th, 2012

Everyone at is hoping our U.S patients get out and cast their ballots today for the candidates of their choice at the national and local levels. If you have any questions about where to vote today or who is running in your area and what ballot initiatives are under consideration a great resource is

Big Pharma, and the rest of the health sector spent more money than ever before this election cycle to support candidates that support their interests and push to protect their agenda. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan organization that analyzes campaign spending, these companies have spent almost $200 million—topping their previous record, set during the 2008 election, by 9 percent.

The record-breaking donations were made possible by the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions by businesses. As a result, corporations and large companies were able to spend more freely during the current political campaigns.

This year, as in 2008, the health sector contributed more money to Obama, who heads the Democratic ticket, than to his Republican rival, Mitt Romney. But when spending on congressional races is also considered, Republicans have received about 56% of all health sector contributions for this election cycle, in keeping with long-term trends.

Your vote and voice is important because you can let your elected officials know that you want support for lower drug prices, and the ability to look for lower cost options from safe companies like Big Pharma and other health groups spend to keep their influence strong amongst lawmakers, but your voice is just as important.  Vote today and whoever gets elected, let them know that drug prices and support for prescription drug reimportation is an important issue to you and your family.