Every year the Manitoba Customer Contact Association holds an awards dinner to recognize excellence among its members. Each year Canada Drugs nominates two employees who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in a supervisory role and in interacting with our patients. This year Canada Drugs was pleased to nominate supervisor Candace and patient service representative Tasha to receive awards at this year’s gala; to be held in November. These team members have made major contributions to Canada Drugs and continue to be examples to others around them. They are true leaders and this award is well deserved. Canada Drugs would not be the same without them.
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It’s September, so why are we talking about holiday shipping delays? Well, for many of you your next order is due between Thanksgiving and Christmas – the busiest time of year for shipping companies, including the USPS. In recent years the increase in popularity of online shopping has made the shipping season even busier than it has traditionally been. In 2015 unexpectedly large shipping volumes delayed the delivery of our packages throughout December and into January. We’ve dramatically improved our shipping routes and adopted new shipping partners since then. Happily there has been no repeat. But with increasing parcel volumes between Thanksgiving and New Years it’s always a good idea to plan ahead.
So, what can you do to avoid delays in receiving your medication? Here are a few tips:
1. Order early. While we recommend ordering when you have a 30 day supply of your medication left, many patients have become used to our normal 14 day turnaround. Knowing there can be delays at this time of year, please allow for 30 days! We recommend placing an order for a 90 day supply of your medication in early November. That way it will arrive before, or in, early December. Even if you have a supply remaining, reordering early is still a good idea. Try to avoid ordering in December.
2. Look at our alternate shipping methods. Our regular shipping is always free but it can take 14-28 days. However, we do offer expedited and tracked delivery options for an additional fee. These services have a higher priority with our shipping partners and (depending on the method you choose) tend to arrive more quickly. This is a good option if you are ordering during the busy holiday season and want a little extra peace of mind. Ask your Patient Service Representative for the options that are available, expected delivery times and cost.
3. Avoid ordering in December if possible. This bears repeating. Between Thanksgiving and New Years is the busiest time of year so if you can move your order up into November, the chance of your order being delayed is reduced.
As always our shipping guarantee is applied to every order. If it is not received in 28 days, we’ll reship it to you. But if your order is unforeseeably delayed in transit during the busy holiday season, that could mean going month or more without your medication. If you have to refill locally, that could get expensive. So we encourage you to be proactive and order early. Take a moment to consider our expedited and tracked shipping options. As always, our goal is to minimize the inconvenience to you.
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].
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.
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%|
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.