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Big Pharma’s Deals on Generics Could be Frustrated

Posted by on August 2nd, 2012

A landmark court ruling was handed down by a federal appeals court this week on the “Pay-for-Delay” deals that Big Pharma strikes with generic drug manufactures to keep low-cost generic drugs off the market.

The New York Times reports that the ruling, from a federal appeals court in Philadelphia, cited the arrangements as anticompetitive and that “the stakes are enormous for brand-name drug makers, which would face lower profits.”

Pay-for-delay refers to deals in which a drug manufacturer with a name-brand product funnels a share of its profits to another drug maker in return for its promise not to produce a generic equivalent.

The agreements come about when a generic-drug maker develops a generic equivalent to a brand name drug that is under patent and applies to the Food and Drug Administration to sell it, arguing that the patent is invalid. Big Pharma companies in this case, instead of trying to uphold their patent will settle with the generic company with a deal that pays them to delay their generic.

Although these schemes are a win-win for both companies—as the name-brand maker continues to enjoy its monopoly while the generic company gets paid to do nothing—Americans lose out on access to cheaper generic drugs. It is estimated that “pay for delay” costs American consumer over $3.5 billion a year.

The availability of international generic drugs sooner is one of the reasons American consumers look to an online Canadian Pharmacy. While a “pay for delay” deal may hold up more affordable options to Americans, the generic version will often be available in Canada, Europe and other international jurisdictions years earlier.

Big Pharma and the large generic manufactures that benefit from pay for delay will appeal the federal court ruling, and past congressional efforts to ban the practice have been thwarted by lobbying efforts from the large drug companies.


Free Prescription Medication Black Friday Deal Offers American Consumers Cost Relief

Posted by on November 24th, 2011

CanadaDrugs.com, the largest international mail-order pharmacy provider is fighting back against spiralling U.S prescription costs with http://www.blackfridaydrugs.com, where they will offer U.S consumers free prescription medication, and a needed break on spiralling U.S drug costs.

Black Friday marks the busiest shopping day of the year, and the kick-off of the Christmas retailing season, and retailers both brick-and-mortar and online will be rolling out massive sales and promotions to entice consumers. What none of these deals will address are the spiralling costs of medication for American consumers, who already face the highest prescription drug costs in the world and saw in 2011 a price increase of an additional 7.2% on over a hundred of the top selling brand medications. In response to these high drugs costs, CanadaDrugs.com, the largest international mail order pharmacy provider is launching a weeklong Black Friday campaign where every single American will be eligible for free generic prescription medication.

The Black Friday Drugs campaign is designed give instant price relief in the form of free generic prescription medication, up to a $250 U.S value. CanadaDrugs.com, has been offering Americans an affordable alternative to their prescription costs for over a decade, and has filled over 6 million prescriptions. This Black Friday offer will introduce more Americans, who struggle with their prescription bill, to the opportunity and savings that online pharmacies offer their customers. Access to safe and affordable pharmaceuticals should be a natural right for all Americans, but it’s clear that too many Americans are being failed by a combination of government inaction and big pharmaceutical greed.

“The fact is that Americans are paying too much for their prescription medication. The rest of the world has access to more affordable drugs, and it’s unfair to U.S consumers that they’re forced to pay such high costs in comparison. I know that this free drug offer will appeal to hundreds of thousands of Americans and will help them stretch a budget that is being pushed to the brink by record high drug costs,” said Brock Gunter-Smith, Chief Business Development Officer for Canada Drugs. “We hope that this offer will bring the people that take advantage back as regular customers because we’re confident our service, quality and dedication to patient health will convince them of our benefits, but even if it’s just a one time order, we’ll be happy to help someone save and spread the word that there are options out there to high U.S costs.”

Canada Drugs believes access to essential prescription drugs should be safe, convenient, and affordable for all. An extremely rigorous standard of patient safety and security is maintained. All orders, whether placed during this Black Friday offer, or over the rest of the year require a valid U.S prescription and the Canada Drugs staff of licensed, accredited pharmacists and technicians provide the same review and oversight as a local pharmacy. Canada Drugs is a certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) the Better Business Bureau and is a 5 star rated pharmacy from PharmacyChecker.com.

The free Black Friday Drug offer will run from November 25th to December 1st and will provide up to $250 U.S worth of generic prescription medication to all new Canada Drugs patients. “This offer has the potential to save Americans millions of dollars. I know that people are worried about how to stretch budgets, how to get by without adequate prescription coverage, or what to do when falling into the Medicare Part-D doughnut hole, and I know that $250 worth of free prescription medication will help anyone struggling to cope with the reality of too high U.S drug costs,” said Gunter-Smith.


Same Drug, Different Look: Generics and Brand Drug Appearances

Posted by on July 20th, 2011

One of the most common questions that our pharmacists are asked at Canada Drugs concerns why the color, shape or marking on generic drugs differ from what patients are used to on their brand name drugs. The simple answer is, they look different because they have to. Even though the drugs are same chemically, the big pharmaceutical companies that make the brand name versions protect their patents by ensuring that the generic equivalents differ in appearance from the brand.

In an article in the current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Jeremy Greene and Dr. Aaron S. Kesselheim explore at length why generic pills look different from their brand-name equivalents and from competitors that the Food and Drug Administration certifies as being bioequivalent — having the same effect on the body and they question whether the difference in appearance has public health implications.

In the article they make the case that rules that force generic drugs to look different than the brand version often confuses patients and can result in patients going off their medication when they are presented a drug that looks different than one they were formerly taking. Also, of concern is that when you struggle with high prescription costs, it is generic alternatives that are often the best way to fit the medication into your budget, and even though the drugs are therapeutically equivalent, many people don’t make the switch to cheaper generics because they look different.

The New York Times explored the issue of generic pill differences at length. The bottom line is that generics look different, but are the exact same medication and are always significantly cheaper.

The fastest way for you to save on your prescription drug bill is to contact Canada Drugs and speak to one of our Patient Service Representatives about the availability of generic equivalents to your current medications. You’ll be looking at savings of 40%-80% off your current costs, for the same drug, but it might come in a red pill instead of a blue pill, but you need to ask yourself is it worth paying so much more for the blue pill just because it has a brand name with a big marketing push behind it? When you’re struggling with high drug costs, the answer most often is no.


Erectile Dysfunction Drug Market Surpasses $5 Billion A Year

Posted by on May 9th, 2011

Tens of millions of men are taking advantage of medications like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. But as generic erectile dysfunction drugs create competition for these big names, the original “little blue pill” maker, Pfizer has begun selling a chewable form of Viagra, called Viagra Jet, in Mexico.

Pfizer isn’t the only one battling the onslaught of generic drugs, however. Bayer has also recently introduced a dissolvable form of its Levitra, which comes in an attractive, thin black package.  This new drug, called Levitra ODT, is currently available in Austria, France, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Poland, Britain, Denmark, and Sweden.

The brand name pills currently cost about $10 per pill. The generic competition would only cost a fraction of that, as stated in The New York Times article. But Pfizer is doing its best to keep the lower-priced option off the shelves when Viagra’s patent expires. As stated, “Pfizer has two patents for Viagra, one for its chemical, expiring in 2012, and the other for its use against impotence, expiring in 2019.”

Pfizer hopes to extend its patents under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act. Stated on The New York Times website, “what would be studied is not Viagra for children, but Revatio, a formulation of the same chemical, sildenafil, which is approved for pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare and dangerous condition affecting hundreds of children in the United States.”

Depending on the outcome of Viagra’s patent battle, millions of men may get their wish of having a lower-priced erectile dysfunction drug option as early as next year. Canada Drugs prides itself on bringing you brand name as well as generic prescription meds from a trusted Canadian Pharmacy, and announcements pertaining to them.


Cheap Generic Blood Pressure Medications as Effective as Costly Brand-Name Drugs

Posted by on August 25th, 2010

Generic blood pressure drugs are just as good as newer, more expensive ones, according to new data out of the study known as the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT). The ALLHAT Study was sponsored by the U.S National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The study included more than 33,000 patients with high blood pressure who were randomly selected to take either a diuretic (chlorthalidone) or one of two newer drugs — a calcium blocker (amlodipine) or an ACE inhibitor (lisinopril) and than followed their health results for over a decade, as reported by Time Magazine. The cheaper generic diuretic drugs, which cost just 5%-10% of the expensive brand name drugs, were found to be just as effective in preventing stroke, heart failure and heart disease over the course of the study.

Canada Drugs, Canadian Pharmacy, has thousands of discount comparable generic versions of brand medications for our customers to choose from if they wish to take advantage of the considerable cost savings. We always recommend that you talk to your doctor about the possibility of substituting a generic version if possible as a way to save money on your prescription drug costs.

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Buy Avapro 300mg (irbesartan) $43.12 USD 28Tabs $31.20 USD 30Tabs 32.47%

Prices as of August 25, 2010. Prices and availability subject to change at any time. Actual savings may vary. All trade-mark (TM) rights associated with the brand name products shown belong to their respective owners.