Archive for August, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

Posted by on August 30th, 2017

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall several days ago it has caused a great deal of damage and disruption. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Texas who have borne the brunt of this massive storm. The images beamed around the world of unprecedented flooding and destruction more than speak for themselves. As the storm moves beyond Texas into Louisiana and further north people will begin to rebuild damaged homes and lives.

Our patients’ health and safety are very important to us. If you have had to leave your home and/or have lost or forgotten your prescription drugs as a result, we can help. Canada Drugs can have your medications shipped to you at any location. If you’re staying at a temporary address you can provide it to us and we will gladly ship your medications to you.

It’s important to note that even though we will try to get your medications to you as quickly as possible, shipping in devastated areas may be disrupted.  As we deliver via the regular mail, mail service outages or slowdowns will have an impact on our shipping times. We encourage our patients to be proactive and order their medications with plenty of lead time, particularly in flooded or affected areas. If you have any questions or concerns about your prescription medications please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-226-3784 or email [email protected].


New Medical Advances Thanks To The Slug

Posted by on August 28th, 2017

Today we’re writing about slugs. Not the punch-to-the-face type, or the shotgun ammunition type, but the slimy, slow moving gastropod type. What does this garden pest have to do with medical innovation? That’s a very good question.

Surgery has advanced a long way in the last 200 years. Yet it is one thing to make an incision, to close it is another thing entirely. Glues and stitches exist, but elusive has been an adhesive that is benign to healthy tissue, is flexible, stretchy, robust, and inexpensive. Current products have some of those qualities but not all of them. The benefits of such an adhesive are big. If a surgeon has to make an incision on an organ like the heart or kidney, it would be great to be able to close it with glue that would flex and stretch with heart beats, not harm the surrounding tissue and not permit the incision to reopen. This is where the humble slug comes in; in particular the Arion Subfuscus variety.

Like all slugs, this one produces slime, but also has a unique ability…it can glue itself to surfaces to defend itself from predators like birds. When threatened the slug will glue itself to any surface, no matter the type, and it also doesn’t matter if the surface is wet. The slug remains able to bend, but a predator will find it difficult to dislodge it. Super strength, really bendy and stretchy, non-toxic, and the ability to bond to any surface what could be better. The medical value is obvious. It has potential to reduce complications by preventing the inflammation current stitches and glues cause. Plus researchers say it could be used to patch tissues in organs like the heart with minimally invasive surgeries. So there you have it, glue derived from a slug could be used on you the next time you need surgery. Nature is full of surprises like that.


Let Canada Drugs Help You With Your Diabetes Management

Posted by on August 25th, 2017

Living with diabetes is certainly no picnic. Particularly when you consider the prices of the medications diabetics must take. Diabetic drugs are very expensive apart from insulin. Insulin itself is priced at astronomically high levels and prices seem to change every day. It’s wildly unfair.

Drug Canada Drugs US Cash Price Savings
Glucophage 500 mg $79.22 $107.26 26%
Onglyza 2.5 mg $234.24 $1113.13 79%
Tradjenta 5 mg $336.21 $1374 76%
Januvia 50 mg $244.62 $1179.22 79%
Amaryl 2 mg $140.70 $205.52 31%
Prandin 1 mg $92.67 $583.46 84%
Actos 15 mg $155.49 $1144.40 86%
Invokana 300 mg $715.62 $1523.00 53%
Jardiance 10 mg $369.99 $1534.00 76%
Janumet 50mg/500mg $352.89 $1171.53 70%

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “Do you carry insulin?” The answer is no and there is good reason for that. Insulin is very sensitive to temperature. Kept too hot or too cold it will become ineffective. Unfortunately we do not have the ability to guarantee that insulin will remain within the proper temperature range during shipment and arrive safely. We would love to be able to provide insulin to our patients. We are acutely aware of its extremely high cost. However we will not put our patients’ safety at risk for more revenue.

Canada Drugs carries a wide range of diabetic medications other than insulin. A list of 10 common ones is in this chart. If you are struggling with the cost of your diabetes medication, or any other medication for that matter, consider giving us a call. We may be able to help you and your family save a lot of money.

*Prices as of July 27, 2017. Prices are based on quantities nearest to a 90 day supply. Prices are subject to change without notice. US Cash Prices are derived from www.GoodRx.com. Prices are for brand name versions of each medication. Ask your patient service representative or pharmacist if a generic is available so you can realize even greater savings.


Pharma’s Sunshine & Lollipops Message Falls Flat

Posted by on August 23rd, 2017

If every western nation eliminated their drug pricing systems and let manufacturers set a price that the “market will bear” it would allow drug companies to lower prices in the US and create a more fair and equitable price structure for all. That’s the sunshine-and-lollipops version of pharma’s message. Everyone else is cheating while America plays fair and it is America that is getting the short end of the stick. The only part of this that is true is America getting the short end of the stick. Not because every other country has some form of price regulation but because of the Wild West US drug pricing system.

 

If every other country dropped their national drug procurement systems and adopted an open system like the US, the only thing that would change is pharma’s bottom line. They would raise prices everywhere, gain tens of billions more in revenue and billions more people would be struggling to pay for their prescription drugs. Big Pharma has the American people trapped in a bubble. Americans are like a person stuck in a room from which they want to escape. There are dozens of doors all around them labelled “lower drug prices”. Yet each time they open the door, there’s a pharma representative blocking the way with a different excuse as to why they cannot go through. “These drugs COULD be counterfeit”, “buying prescriptions overseas hurts American jobs”, “these countries are the cause for high US drug prices”, “we need more R&D money”, and on and on.

So Americans are stuck in a paradox. They want lower prices for prescription drugs but oppose government regulation. With suggestions to negotiate drug prices also going nowhere there’s very little light on the horizon. A viable alternate option is personal prescription importation. Americans would have the ability to purchase prescription drugs from licensed pharmacies in Canada and save money while not having to impose government price restrictions. Millions of Americans have already turned to this option and have found drug price relief. But big pharma is trying to suppress this. They tell horror stories with little basis in fact about legitimate online pharmacies. Plus they work the other end by having their lobbyists pressure the government to shut down access to this important resource.

Congress is more amenable to prescription importation now than it ever has been. Yet the issue has been drowned out by all the noise surrounding the new health care bill and various congressional investigations. But it’s important for congress to know this issue is important to many Americans. Take a moment to contact your senator or congressman and tell them that prescription importation is important to you. Hopefully that will help keep big pharma’s massive war chest from stamping it out.


Brand Name Drugs Starting to Replace Generics On Preferred Drug Lists

Posted by on August 21st, 2017


Generics have been the go to money saving option for prescription drugs for several years. When patents for brand name drugs finally expire, the door is wide open to other drug makers to copy the drugs. With minor alterations they can market those copies as lower cost, but medically identical, products. You’re probably aware of common ones like atorvastatin (brand name: Lipitor), esomeprazole (brand name: Nexium) or bupropion (brand name: Wellbutrin). Generic alternatives generally add competition to the drug industry allowing two or more manufacturers to make the same drug and compete on price. They also cause brand manufacturers to reduce the prices of their higher cost brand name drugs too.

New shifts in the drug pricing landscape are threatening to upend all this. The New York Times reported an increasing trend where insurers will no longer covering generic drugs but will cover their brand name equivalents. A 180 degree shift to what has been common for much of the last three decades. It seems big drug companies are signing deals with insurers and PBMs to put brand name drugs on their formularies in place of generics. Drug companies offer insurers and PBMs huge discounts and rebates to list their brand name products in place of generics. Consequently patients have more access to brand name products but pay higher co-pays and out-of-pocket costs.

Patients are at a disadvantage again. Patients, who until now have paid small co-pays for their generic prescription drugs, will increasingly have to pay much more for the brand product. This is a complete reversal of what generics were intended to do and simply forces patients to dole out yet more money. There is no end to the gouging. If you find yourself angered by this trend, you’re not alone. It doesn’t make any sense to us either. It is moves like this that make services like ours not only a convenience, but a necessity. We give people real choice. When insurance companies, PBMs, and drug makers move to make you pay more, having the option to order lower cost prescription drugs from Canada is crucial.