Archive for February, 2013

The average cost of drugs in 2012? Higher as usual!

Posted by on February 22nd, 2013

rxrightsThe annual report from The Bureau of Economic Analysis on the cost of major consumer spending categories for 2012 came out this week and it’s not surprising to see that once again the cost of prescription medication was higher in 2012. In 2012 prescription drug prices rose 3.6 percent, twice the 1.7 percent inflation rate, and while almost all other categories of health spending was lower in 2012, drugs remained the one higher category.

We hear firsthand from our customers everyday how high the cost of some of their drugs have risen over the past few years. U.S brand drugs costs were the major driver of prices increases again whereas generic drugs were markedly lower across the board. Many top selling drugs like Lipitor and Plavix have gone generic recently, making them a lot more affordable. However leading brand medications saw very high increases because drug companies try to draw as much profit out of them from consumers and insurance companies before their patent expires.

Nexium, a heartburn drug, had a 7.8% price hike to a $262 average prescription in the first nine months of 2012 across the U.S. Abilify, for bipolar disorder, increased 10.4% to $642 per prescription and Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering drug, went up 9.7% to $193 per prescription. Those are just a small sample of some of the top selling brand name drugs in the U.S that saw high jumps in prices.

At Canada Drugs we still offer all the leading brand name drugs, but because they’re from Canada and the United Kingdom, they are often up to 50% of the cost of the U.S. brand version. When you’re taking a drug like Abilfy which saw such a high price bump, ordering from an online Canadian pharmacy like Canada Drugs can add up to thousands of dollars of savings over the course of the year.

Our friends at RxRights.org, a group dedicated to fighting for the rights of U.S. citizens to have access to lower cost medication, released a statement in conjunction with the Bureau of Economic Analysis report from their president Lee Graczyk.

“Bureau of Economic Analysis data has confirmed the anecdotal evidence we’ve been hearing from consumers across the country: prescription drug costs continue to rise. The price of medicine went up twice the rate of inflation in 2012, even as other health care costs remained flat or decreased.“For years, Americans have been expected to quietly sit back while the price of their needed medications steadily rises. But consumers simply cannot continue to absorb these price hikes. It is unacceptable for the cost of one drug to jump 10 percent in a given year.

“Americans are already struggling in this weak economy. Many, especially seniors with fixed incomes, have to make impossible choices, like whether to buy groceries for the week or medicine. Record numbers of Americans are not filling prescriptions or are skimping on their recommended doses due to cost.

“Consumers need swift relief from exorbitant prescription drug prices. But drug pricing policy changes that enable all Americans to afford their medications are unlikely to occur anytime soon. In the meantime, thankfully, there is an affordable alternative: importation from safe, legitimate Canadian and other international online pharmacies. More than a million Americans depend on this virtual lifeline each year, saving from 50-80 percent on their medications.

“I encourage consumers affected by exorbitant drug prices to visit our website to learn more about finding a legitimate online pharmacy and protecting their ability to access safe, affordable medications.”

Write to your elected officials and let them know how the rising costs of drugs affects your budget and your health. Let them know that Canada Drugs and other safe Canadian pharmacies are an important way to battle greedy U.S. drug inflation.


Edythe Kirchmaier and Florence Detlor are Facebook’s Oldest Users

Posted by on February 12th, 2013

seniors_computersLast week we noticed news stories on Edythe Kirchmaier, who at 105 is the oldest known registered user of Facebook. She took that title away from 102 year old Florence Detlor, who this summer got to meet Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook.

Edythe Kirchmaier got an iPad mini for Christmas and has been a regular Internet user for years. She still drives and volunteers regularly for a non-profit called Direct Relief. She created a Facebook page to help draw attention to the work that this group does and she’s a living embodiment that age is not a barrier to tackling new technology.

Both Edyth and Ms. Detlor are amazing examples of how so many seniors are using the Internet and computers to stay connected. At CanadaDrugs.com we have patients well into their 90’s that use our online pharmacy website to order their medication and we’re proud to be here to serve them.

If you’ve visited our site recently you may have noticed at the top of the page that we have message inviting you to visit the Beta Version of a new website design we’re going to launch in the spring. We’re really proud of the way this new site looks and how much easier it will be for our customers to use. We’ve also had our own Facebook page for the past couple of years where we share stories, and links and coupons to those of you that follow us. You can “like” us at https://www.facebook.com/CanadaDrugs

If you have older friends or relatives that are unfamiliar with computers we invite you to take some time and show them how to use them. Tablets and low cost netbooks make owning a computer very affordable and seniors that have never used one before often quickly pick it up, and will have a whole new way to reach out to their family and friends and the world at large.

Let’s all be encouraged by Edyth and Florence and not be afraid to embrace technology and always keep an open mind on trying new things.


February 4th is World Cancer Day

Posted by on February 4th, 2013

world_cancer_dayWorld Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.  The international day is a project of the, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, the 2008 document signed by nearly every country in the world that pledges support to reduce death and illness caused by cancer by 2020.

The theme of 2013 day is “Cancer-Did You Know” and is focused on dispelling some of the common myths surrounding cancer. Individuals and communities are encouraged to shed light on four key cancer ‘myths’ and the corresponding ‘truth’ via the UICC World Cancer Day App.

You can Download the App and play your part in reducing the unacceptable burden of cancer by visiting their Facebook page at: https://apps.facebook.com/world_cancer_day

An example of some of the myths that World Cancer Day are trying to tackle include:

  1. Myth: Cancer is just a health issue
    Truth: Cancer is not just a health issue. It has wide reaching social, economic, development and human rights implications
  2. Myth: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries
    Truth: Cancer is a global epidemic, affecting all ages and socio-economic groups, with developing countries bearing a disproportionate burden
  3. Myth: Cancer is a Death sentence
    Truth: many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be cured and for many more people their cancer can now be treated effectively
  4. Myth: Cancer is my fate
    With the right strategies, at least 30% of cancer cases can be prevented based on current knowledge

CanadaDrugs.com sees the devastation that cancer can cause everyday from our patients that order their medication from our online pharmacy. The cost of cancer medications are quite high and people struggle to afford them, while still coping with the disease and loss of income that often comes with a cancer diagnosis. Hopefully World Cancer Day can meet their goals and reduce the number of people that cope with cancer by their 2020 goals.


Our 10 Star Commitment to you

Posted by on February 1st, 2013

200x400_10Star-c9d968925c6a4df984dd7b76ae013affIf you’ve ordered with CanadaDrugs.com recently, or visited our website you’ve probably heard about the 10 Star Commitment we introduced at the start of 2013. This was a big change to how CanadaDrugs.com serves you, but it’s a change that we were proud to make and stand behind 100%.

The 10 Star Commitment means you will have access to the very best brand and generic medication from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, still at exceptional savings over U.S. retail prices. These are the exact same medications citizens in those countries purchase for themselves and their families. There are no compromises and no shortcuts; your safety and the quality of medications is an absolute we will always look out for. We are leading the industry by taking these steps to ensure you receive what you expect, what your physician needs you to take, and at the prices you can afford. We are the very first online Canadian pharmacy to make this commitment to our customers and did this because it’s the right thing to do.We’re still a pharmacy that is dedicated first and foremost to saving you money off your prescription drugs. This is what we’ve been doing since 2001 one each of the 7 million orders we’ve filled since than. But the 10-Star Commitment raises the bar, it means that you’ll save money, but only on the best medication, from the best sources in the world. We want our customers to know that CanadaDrugs.com has the most stringent standards in the world, and that just because you’re saving money off your drug bill, you shouldn’t have one worry about where your medication comes from. The 10-Star commitment is a guarantee of trust and value.

Let us know what you think about our 10 Star Commitment? We’re working hard to be the absolute best source of affordable medication in the world, and we love to hear from our customers on what else we can do to help you save and give you improved access to safe, quality, affordable drugs.