Archive for February, 2015

Help Support Importation With a 2 Minute Survey

Posted by on February 20th, 2015

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Please take a moment to complete a secure and anonymous survey to assist the RxRights.org organization gather anonymous information around the reason people like you are seeking out personal importation of medications from international pharmacies like CanadaDrugs.com. Share your opinion, thoughts and information to continue helping yourself and the tens of millions of other people who rely on personal importation to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

RxRights.org is a national coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action around safe prescription drug importation.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RxRights


How Pharmaceutical Companies Feed Your Doctor $$$

Posted by on February 11th, 2015

Is your doctor the one listed in the government’s Open Payments Data system as have received over $1,000,000 in just 2013 to help promote and sell their products?

The advancements made in medicine have lead to longer lives, the eradication of several diseases and the management of formerly terminal conditions. We have a lot to be thankful for. But that’s not to say that the “system” isn’t without its problems. Lets take a look at how the pharmaceutical companies market all these products competing for their share of your wallets and your health.

Below is a youtube video that is wildly entertaining and yet also jam pact with raw data and facts regarding how the pharmaceutical companies manipulate doctors and sell directly to you through your televisions. One of the best links highlighted in the video is to a website launched by the U.S. Government (good on them – seriously!) that allows you to search for your doctor and see what sales and marketing incentives they have received from pharmaceutical companies.

How does your doctor fare?  https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/


Product Alert – Herbal Products With No Herbs

Posted by on February 11th, 2015

In a shocking investigation, the New York state attorney general’s office has found conclusive evidence that many herbal products on the shelves of GNS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Target contain NONE of the ingredient promised on the label. In one sample test batch, 24 products were analyzed, with ONLY 5 of the products containing the herbs or product advertised. All others had unrecognizable plant matter not matching the listed ingredients.

Even more shocking “Additionally, five of the 24 contained wheat and two contained beans without identifying them on the labels — both substances are known to cause allergic reactions in some people.” So not only do the products (sold with high profit margins) not contain any of the main ingredient listed on the packaging, but they also contain potential dangerous allergens that could cause serious health effects in people with sensitivities to beans and wheat.

All of the companies listed above have received cease-and-desist letters.

This goes well beyond a case of buyer beware. This incident is just the tip of the iceberg in showcasing the unfortunately lax regulations regarding the production and sales of “herbal” products that are not classified as medicine.

We would urge people who have been using these products to talk to their doctors about alternative products and to share any side effects from taking these medications that may have been caused if you are known to have an allergy to beans or wheat.

Be safe. Be well. Be careful.

The original article disclosing more details on the investigation and case can be viewed here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/03/gnc-target-wal-mart-walgreens-accused-of-selling-fake-herbals/