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Pharmacist Are On The Front Line of Healthcare

Posted by on June 16th, 2017

Pharmacists are among the largest groups of healthcare professionals. They are also starting to be seen as an integral part of healthcare teams and for good reason; they are highly trained and knowledgeable professionals. As the number of people with chronic illnesses goes up, demand for healthcare services will increase as well. Pharmacists are well placed to provide those services. They generally work in places much closer to the general public than other medical professionals and are also more accessible. You probably can’t see a doctor while shopping for your groceries, but you can probably stop by and speak to a pharmacist.

This access puts pharmacists on the front lines of health care. They have expertise in a variety of areas such as medication therapy management, wellness counselling, disease prevention, medical devices, and primary care. They can also provide basic healthcare services like vaccinations. One of the biggest problems in healthcare today is adherence, that is, people taking their medication as prescribed. There are a variety of reasons why people don’t take their medication; cost, forgetfulness, side effects etc. all play a part. Pharmacists can help patients stick to their medication regimes. If a patient is having problems with costs or side effects a pharmacist might be able to mitigate them by suggesting behavioral changes or a new medication.

Getting advice from a healthcare professional can be difficult and inconvenient. Doctors are busy and getting an appointment can take weeks. Pharmacists are available almost anywhere. There are moves going on in various jurisdictions to give them the ability to do much more like consulting and referring patients; and altering, stopping, or starting a medication regime. Soon pharmacists won’t just be the people who dispense your medication; they will be the people you go to for other medical issues as well.

At Canada Drugs, we have several fully licensed and qualified pharmacists on staff to provide oversight and counselling services to our patients. If you have any questions about your medication the next time you order do not hesitate to ask for pharmacy counselling. It’s better to ask than to sit unsure about something. So the next time you need a medical question answered and can’t get your doctor on the phone, take a trip to your local pharmacy and see how they can help you.


Don’t Forget to Take Your Medication

Posted by on June 12th, 2017

Lots of people take medication regularly. About a third or more take multiple medications throughout the day. For those who take multiple medications during the day trying to remember what medication to take at what time and how much can get confusing. It’s important for your peace of mind, and that of your family and physician, that you keep an up-to-date list of the medications you take, the frequency you take them, and how much you take. This information may be vital if there is ever a medical emergency. But it’s also important for you. In our modern, on demand, culture it can be easy to forget things as small and routine as medicine. Forgetting to take medication happens, but it can have far reaching negative consequences.

To avoid those consequences there are a few strategies you can employ.

  • Keep a list of medications in a handy place.
  • Keep weekly calendars showing what medications to take at a particular time. Make a note what should be taken with food and without.
  • If a more physical reminder is better for you, there are a variety of pill organizers on the market. These let you separate your medications by the day. Canada Drugs sells these types of organizers.
  • Set auditory reminders like alarms or beepers. Setting an alarm on a cellphone can be a good reminder when it’s time to take your medication.

We have a lot of experience talking to people who take multiple medications. Often we find that even spouses aren’t necessarily aware of the medications their significant other takes. That can be a problem should an emergency come up. At minimum, keep a list of your current medications somewhere accessible. It can be as simple as tacking it on the inside of the cabinet door where you keep your drugs. Whatever you choose to do, it has to work for you. Prescription non-adherence is a big medical issue. Billions of dollars are spent each year on emergency room and hospitalizations because people do not take their medication as prescribed. If you find yourself accidentally missing doses on occasion be proactive and take steps to ensure you don’t become one of those statistics.

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?

More Drugs Have Adverse Reaction to Grapefruit. Are you at risk?

Posted by on November 27th, 2012

“Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice,” has been a common warning from pharmacists to their patients, but a recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal is warning that because of new chemical formulations, the number of prescription drugs that have harmful interaction with grapefruit have more than doubled since 2008.

The study notes that people over 45 are at the highest risk for two reasons: they’re the highest consumers of grapefruit juice and they’re more likely to be taking medications for a range of illnesses.

The reason mixing grapefruit and prescription medication can have adverse affects is because of a chemical called furanocoumarin. It acts like an enzyme in the stomach and can change the potency of medication and how it works. A small amount of grapefruit, even ingested hours before taking the medications, can increase the amount of the drug metabolized, which is like taking many doses at once and can lead to the same reaction the body would have if it was overdosing on a drug.

Limes and some oranges also contain furanocoumarin.

According to the report, drugs that can interact with grapefruit include:

  • Certain cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin),
  • Some blood pressure-lowering drugs, such as nifedipine (Nifediac and Afeditab),
  • Organ transplant rejection drugs, such as cyclosporine (Sandimmune and Neoral),
  • Certain cardiovascular drugs, such as amiodarone (Cordarone and Nexterone), clopidogrel and apixaban.

It’s important to be aware of food and drink interactions with your prescription medication. Always talk to your doctor, or Ask a Pharmacist here at if you ever have any questions about any of your prescriptions. Our team is here to help. It’s not just grapefruit that reacts with some medication. Even milk can change how certain drugs work.

Always be aware of each of the drugs you are taking and how they work. A little knowledge can go a long way to making sure that your health is looked after.

Now is the time to prepare for Medicare open enrollment season

Posted by on October 5th, 2012

Medicare’s open enrollment comes early this year, Oct. 15, and lasts longer, until Dec. 7, but it’s best to start thinking and planning your Medicare strategy as soon as possible to make sure you find the best plan that fits your needs. Unlike the past several years, there are relatively few changes to Medicare rules for 2013. But because your individual plan or your circumstances might be changing, you should still take a close look at your coverage options during the enrollment period.

Fox Business News published a good general overview of some of the small changes that are coming this year to the Medicare system.

In terms of Medicare Part D and prescription drug coverage, we encourage you to give a call and ask to speak to someone on our Medicare Team. We’ve got trained Patient Service Representatives that are here to work through your drug bills, and find the best way to maximize your savings. In the past, we’ve seen that smart purchasing direct from, combined with enrollment in a Medicare Plan can add up to maximized savings.

Seven of the top 10 Medicare-D plans will have double-digit percentage increases next year, according to Avalere Health, a healthcare consulting and research company. This increase in premiums will drive up drug spending for seniors. With the rising cost of enrollment plans, it’s important to find one that works best for you. A low premium may not be the best deal if the plan doesn’t cover your particular drugs, or if the co-pays are higher. Every plan is different, so this is the time to shop around, and is here to help you maximize your savings in 2013.

The Affordable Care Act is gradually closing the prescription drug “donut hole” – the nearly $4,000 gap where seniors have to cover 100 percent of their costs. In 2013, the gap starts when spending hits $2,970 and then coverage resumes when it reaches the “catastrophic” level of $6,733. direct cash savings are a real help when your trapped in that doughnut hole and don’t expect to reach the “catastrophic” level.

Shop around during enrollment season and find out which plan balances cost, coverage and flexibility for your prescription drug needs.