November 8, 2016

Insulin Drug Prices At the Forefront of US Election

In the last week, Bernie Sanders has called for a federal investigation of the continuously rising prices of insulin, the critical drug for people with diabetes. Senator Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings crafted a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission pointing to a pattern where the three insulin makers have increased their prices in tandem for the last 20 years. They point to a possibility that the drug companies are price fixing (coordinating the rise of their prices) to take advantage of millions of Americans who need the drugs.

With three companies producing insulin, the expectation would be that the price of the necessary drug to drop, as a competitive market should lead to lower prices. However, the prices have not dropped, in fact they have risen at a very similar rate. Prices of directly competing brands going up by the same amount in similar time periods is a malicious practice called “shadow pricing” [1]

Insulin Prices

The drug makers defend themselves by stating that they don’t collude with their competitors, but react to the prices that they set. Furthermore, the products are not entirely substitutable, as there are small differences in reaction to each brand of insulin. Doctors are worried that the uncontrollable price hikes and the fact that more people are getting diabetes now will produce an environment that is even more detrimental to patients. There are other options to attain safe and affordable insulin, which many US patients are now using.

Bernie Sanders is active on Twitter to denounce drug companies like pointing out that many people have to choose between medication and other essentials.

[1] The Insulin Market is heading for a shakeup. STAT. Retrieved from https://www.statnews.com/2016/10/14/insulin-prices-generics/

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July 12, 2016

How Your Child Is At Risk For Drug Abuse

Portrait of a smiling little girl lying on trampolineBy all appearances, Jessica is a normal, healthy twelve year-old girl.  She enjoys hanging out with her friends, plays soccer after school, and has started to pay attention to boys.  She is well-behaved and nobody would think that she is at risk of abusing prescription drugs.  One afternoon, she overhears her parents talking about how her aunt’s medication is causing her to rapidly lose weight.  She recalls how some of her friends are much thinner and more popular.  The next time she visits her aunt’s house, Jessica steals a few pills and starts the vicious cycle of drug addiction.  Afraid that her parents or aunt find out about the medication, she performs an online search for “cheap online pharmacy” and easily places an order for several hundred pills that are delivered right to her doorstep.

This case is not unbelievable with the advent of rogue online pharmacies that ignore safe practices for distributing prescription drugs.  Not all adolescents use drugs for the purpose of “getting high”; many common causes include dealing with stress or anxiety, pain relief, weight loss, increased concentration, and boredom.  These teenage drug abusers can be hidden from plain sight, which is why education of the dangers of drug abuse is an important topic for all parents to discuss with their children.

Understanding Online Pharmacies

Legitimate online pharmacies are similar to local pharmacies in their due diligence, as they check for valid prescriptions, require a medical history, and distribute safe prescription drugs.  Certification in using third-party organizations to verify their dedication to safety, such as the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA), or PharmacyChecker.com, are ways to ensure that the online pharmacy is safe and legitimate.

Some online pharmacies are illegal operations that adolescents can stumble upon through an online search.  Illegal prescription drugs can be only an online form and credit card away.  These illegitimate sources not only circumvent the law by ignoring safe practice, but participate in distributing harmful drugs.  Their drugs often contain incorrect dosages, which is a danger in itself, but also have been known to contain toxic substances such as rat poison, glue, or chalk.  Never order prescription drugs from an online pharmacy that does not require prescriptions.

How Can You Protect Your Children?

Open communication is the basis of understanding a child’s thoughts and actions.  If Jessica’s parents were aware about her concern with her physical appearance and weight, there are a number of solutions that could have prevented drug abuse.  Education about drugs and drug abuse is also an important first step in preventing drug addiction.

Learning about online pharmacies, both the legitimate and illegitimate businesses, can help understand the source of illegal prescription drugs.  Safe online pharmacies help provide many Americans with affordable medication and are a rising staple in the pharmaceutical industry.  Rogue online pharmacies are uncertified, dangerous sources of medication for all ages.

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July 5, 2016

How Do You Check If An Online Pharmacy Is Safe?

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When dealing with online pharmacies it is important that consumers consider the safety of the drugs that they are purchasing. Pharmacychecker.com goes through a set of standards that online pharmacies need to meet to attain their seal.

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June 21, 2016

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Maximizing Profits: Is it News?

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Recently, Valeant Pharmaceuticals were lambasted for their malicious business strategies in front of the Senate Special Committee on Aging at a congressional hearing.  Their practice may be considered malevolent but it does not change the fact that numerous other pharmaceutical companies participate in the same practices to maximize their profits.

According to Pharmacychecker.com, the Valeant Chief Executive Officer responded by stating that their actions were part of their business strategy to maximize profits and he highlighted the fact it would be completely a normal practice for the CEOs of companies in different industries to act the same way.

What Valeant executives fail to acknowledge is the fact that this company is hiking the price of critical drugs, making it unaffordable for people who require the drugs to purchase them. Pharmacychecker.com also outlines this fact when informing:

“Valeant is viewed as particularly pernicious because its price hikes for critical medications Nitropress, Isuprel, Syprine, and Cupermine, were 310%, 720%, 3,200%, and 6000%, respectively. Even worse these medications are old drugs, not new innovative medications. Those increases make average patented, brand name drug price increases of almost 15% in 2015 look paltry, even when that average exceeded inflation in leaps and bounces, which was under 1%.”

Overall, the fact that pharmaceutical companies like Valeant are able to hike up their prices as such, it forces consumers to find affordable sources for their medication, such as from online pharmacies.

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July 15, 2015

The ABC 20/20 Report—Not All Online Pharmacies Are Rogue

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An ABC 20/20 report recently came out and it comprehensively covered the safety of online purchasing mechanisms. It also featured how Big Pharma had joined forces with ASOP, LegitScript, and NABP to let the public know that almost all of the prescription purchases made online were completely unsafe. However, the evidence reveals something else completely. Here are a few things that you should know about:

There Are Many Existing Legitimate Online Pharmacies

While rogues are in existence, this does not mean that there are no legitimate online pharmacies. There was a study carried out by the National Bureau of Economic Research, and this study supported that there are many legitimate online pharmacies around. However, knowing that rogue online pharmacies exist as well, people need to be careful. And here are a few ways in which they can take precautionary methods:

  1. Never purchase from an online pharmacy that does not ask regarding the drugs you are using or your personal health history
  2. Never purchase from an online pharmacy not having a telephone number or physical location
  3. Never purchase from an online pharmacy not requiring a valid prescription
  4. Never purchase from an online pharmacy not licensed by government or provincial licensing body

The CIPA website will be able to verify online pharmacies for you so you can always check there to be sure.

Unknown Impurities, Active Ingredients, and Inactive Ingredients

It is still yet to be determined who verified the reports stating that the unknown impurities that were tested were actually harmful. It is also not yet known what these unknown impurities were that were found in the analysis in the 20/20 report.

All medications consist of two components, i.e. active ingredients and inactive ingredients. The active ingredients are what make the medication perform up to its expectations. Inactive ingredients, on the other hand, are binders, colorants, or fillers and are completely inert in nature. Different companies offering the same drug will have the same active ingredients but their inactive ingredients can differ at times. Big Pharma has taken this knowledge and used it to its advantage.

However, people should know that legitimate, affordable, and safe medications are available through online means from properly licensed and verified Canadian Pharmacies.

CanDrugstore.com, a Canadian Internet-based pharmacy intermediary (license #BC X23), offers low cost, long-term prescription drugs. A professionally registered pharmacist fills all Canadian prescriptions. A certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, CanDrugstore.com is ranked as one of the best Canadian pharmacies online by PharmacyChecker.com. For more information on how to order your drugs from Canada safely and securely call 1-866-444-6376 or visit http://www.candrugstore.com/- a trusted and reliable Canadian online pharmacy since 2002.