Archive for December, 2016

Canada Drugs Now Carries Naloxone

Posted by on December 21st, 2016

dsc_0122Canada Drugs is proud to announce that it can now offer Naloxone to its patients. This drug is used to treat people experiencing a narcotic or opioid overdose in an emergency situation. It can block or reverse the effects of an overdose including drowsiness, slowed breathing or loss of consciousness. It is easy to use and highly effective.

To order this product patients are REQUIRED to speak to a pharmacist to receive counselling on the safe use and administration of Naloxone. This counselling session can be expected to last approximately 20 minutes. No prescription is necessary to order this product. It is important to remember that emergency medical attention should be sought after the administration of Naloxone even if the symptoms of an overdose appear to be going away.

Opioid overdoses are a growing public health concern. Since 1999, opioid overdoses have quadruped. In 2015 Opioids were responsible for 33,091 deaths in the US. According to the CDC the five states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose are West Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Ohio, and Rhode Island. In some cases the increase was close to 200%. It is a major issue in Canada as well, with opioid overdoses increasing by 30% since 2007-2008. Overdoses can be fatal if not dealt with immediately. Naloxone’s ability to quickly combat the effects of an overdose is an important tool in keeping people alive. We are proud to be able to offer this critical, lifesaving drug to our patients. To order this product please call us at 1-800-226-3784 or visit our website.

 


It’s Christmas Week at Canada Drugs!

Posted by on December 13th, 2016

It’s Christmas Week at Canada Drugs! This week is a fun filled five days packed with holiday cheer; including the always anticipated Festive Lunch on Wednesday, served by our executive team. Our social committee will be running several events including Christmas Scattergories, a gift wrapping competition and a marshmallow snowman building contest among other things.

Here are the entries to the marshmallow snowman building contest:

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Christmas Luncheon:

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Generic Drug Prices Rise

Posted by on December 8th, 2016

Expensive pillsOutrageous prescription drug prices in the United States are only getting worse. Unfortunately it’s not just brand name drugs but generics that are seeing huge pricing hikes too. Even normally more cost effective generic medications have seen subjected to large price increases. Over 300 generic drugs since 2012 have doubled in price. Common drugs like digoxin, ursodiol or levothyroxine have increased in price between 50% and 500%. This puts a lot of pressure on payers of all types; from employers and insurers to Medicare and the average American consumer. Unfortunately this means everyone ends up paying more, whether through direct payments, higher premiums, copays, or deductibles.

Everyone expects this kind of behavior from brand name drug manufacturers but generic drugs are supposed to be cheaper and more affordable. Brand name drugs take years to develop, test and get approved. They require massive investments and often end up failing, resulting in a loss for the company. Generic manufacturers do not have these costs. If they begin producing a generic version of a drug and decide that it’s not as profitable as they’d like, they can drop it without worrying about throwing away major institutional investments. This gives them flexibility but can lead to supply shortages and higher prices if they decide it’s not profitable to produce a drug.

Consolidations in the industry also reduce the overall number of manufacturers, decreasing competition and raising prices. While generics have seen big price hikes lately they’re generally still cheaper than brand name drugs. Yet it shows that strategies to lower costs, like looking for cheaper generic versions of brand name products, may be less fruitful than they should to be. Americans are faced with a lot of financial uncertainty around their prescription drugs and medical care in general. Changes in copays, deductibles, premiums and drug formularies do not help. It also remains to be seen what changes will be made to the Affordable Care Act in the coming months.

Americans need more choices when it comes to affordable health care. Many have turned to international pharmacies like Canada Drugs to help with their prescription drug costs. We can often provide options and solutions to prescription drug problems. Many people order their less expensive generic medications at a local pharmacy while getting brand name medications from Canada Drugs as our prices are generally much lower than local prices.

 


Prescription Drug Adherence is Important

Posted by on December 6th, 2016

Man reaching for prescription form medicine cabinetHave you ever not filled a prescription due to cost? Unfortunately you’re not alone. In the United States it is estimated that 33% of patients never fill their prescriptions and 75% do not take their medication as ordered. That’s quite shocking and it comes with a major cost. Prescription non-adherence costs the US $300 billion every year in additional healthcare costs. There are several factors that cause people to not take their prescription drugs. They might simply forget, they may believe the medication is not working, or not want to take it due to its side effects. However one of the biggest reasons is price. The price of prescription drugs is through the roof and is only increasing. Getting a prescription from the doctor only to have the pharmacist tell you the drug is going to cost several hundred dollars for a month’s supply is upsetting.

Yet not taking drugs as prescribed can lead to even higher personal costs. Hospitalizations or trips to the emergency room are expensive. Many people, though, are caught between a rock and a hard place. The increasing number of Americans with high deductible insurance plans has had to come to grips with the true cost of health care. With deductibles of at least $1,300 these plans require a major outlay of money before insurance coverage kicks in. Medicare patients can also find themselves with high out of pocket costs if they take multiple expensive medications. Then there is also the health costs associated with non-adherence. According to the American Heart Association poor adherence or non-adherence causes 125,000 deaths each year.

Adherence is rapidly becoming an issue for the pharmaceutical industry as well. About $637 billion in annual worldwide sales were lost because people did not fill or closely follow their prescription therapies. Nearly 40% of the lost sales were in the United States, worth about $250 billion. Pharmaceutical companies understand the costs of non-adherence from a dollar and cents point of view. Yet it doesn’t seem to have affected their pricing practices. Not taking medication certainly affects their profit margins…but if you’re trying to protest the high cost of prescription drugs, you should find a different method than not taking what is prescribed to you. The risk is too great.

Adherence to prescription regimens is very important to living a healthy life. Canada Drugs and the online pharmacy industry formed to help people with this very problem. We provide high quality prescription medications at low prices so that people can take their medication without having to be so concerned about price. If you or someone you know is not taking their medication due to price we may be able to help them. Contact us today and we would be happy to assist you.