July 19, 2016

How to Choose Drugs: Over the Counter vs Prescription

When shopping at your local pharmacy there are wide variety of drugs that are intended for curing or treating specific conditions or diseases.  Some of these drugs are known as over the counter drugs (OTC); these can be purchased off the shelf in stores and they do not require a doctor’s prescription.  On the other hand, prescription drugs are prescribed by a doctor. They can only be purchased at pharmacies and are only intended to be used by the prescribed patient.

pharmacy choosingOften, people face a dilemma when choosing between prescription and OTC medications. OTC medications are available for common conditions such as pain, fever, or allergies. It is best to consult a family physician when considering medication for a new condition or if you are experiencing symptoms that you have never experienced before.

For instance, OTC antihistamines such as Reactine may be sufficient if you are experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms. It is always a good idea to consult a pharmacist when purchasing OTC medication for the first time because they can confirm if you are making the right choice and educate about the side effects for that specific medication. Typically, OTC medications have fewer side effects because they are available to general public – a medication with serious side effects will most likely be sold as a prescription drug. For example, antihistamines such as Clarinex and Xyzal are prescription medications because they have significant side effects such as muscle pain, nausea, drowsiness, or diarrhea.

Here is a list that compares OTC and prescriptions drugs:

 

 Prescription Drugs

OTC Drugs

 

– Requires a doctor’s prescription
– Can only me dispensed/sold from a pharmacy
– Prescribed for specific use and only intended for one person
– Usually more powerful that OTC medicines
– Harmful if misused
– Requires medical diagnosis from a licensed practitioner
– Does not require a prescription
– Sold off the shelf in stores
– Use not limited to one person (can be applicable to more than one person)
– Not as powerful as OTC medicines and usually have fewer side effects
– Harmful if misused
– Generally based off of self-diagnosis

 


 

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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.

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.

June 16, 2015

Why Buying Drugs From Canada Is The Only Way To Go For Many American Consumers

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Even with available medication in the United States, millions of Americans continue to purchase their prescription medications in Canada. To understand the reason behind this phenomenon and its repercussions, the Canadian International Pharmacy Association recently rolled out a survey to approximately 2,700 American customers, and what they found was very surprising.

Among the respondents, 64% have reported purchasing prescription medication from Canadian pharmacies, with the reason that it is cheaper to purchase from there than within the country. Another 22% of the respondents reported that their medications are not covered by their medical insurance.

Numerous studies have documented the problem that millions of Americans face due to expensive medication, and this is further validated by the survey. Twenty-five percent of the respondents agree with this issue, recognizing the fact that lack of financial capacity has kept them or someone in their household from filling their required prescriptions. Around 30% of respondents have reported having to resort to splitting pills or skipping doses or other similar actions because of the lack of medication available.

Because of this, quite a number of people in this predicament have resorted to buying medication outside the country – because they are more affordable and therefore accessible.

In the survey, respondents report to saving up to 50% a month by purchasing their medication from Canadian pharmacies. Most purchases are done online, with medicine shipped inside the United States. Some, however, access medication by taking trips across the border. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same access to Canadian pharmacies.

Given that, taking out the option of buying medication from Canada can pose serious problems to many of the country’s sick individuals. Without this option, only 32% of the respondents would be able to fill some of their prescriptions. Eleven percent would not be able to buy medicine at all.

This eventually leads to the problem of non-adherence, which gives rise to more health problems in patients. Non-adherence is another real problem which causes the health care system an additional $290 billion each year – an unnecessary expenditure that burdens the country’s taxpayers.

Indeed, the problem of expensive medication in the United States is something that needs addressing, and until such time, patients will continue to purchase from Canadian pharmacies to address their medication needs. 

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.

June 2, 2015

75% Increase In Drug Prices

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The disturbing news story by Bloomberg on a potential increase in drug prices has been the subject of discussion for quite a while. The article claimed that some drugs are bound to experience an increase in prices of up to 75% in the next seven years while some might even experience a greater increase.

The question we are asking is,” What methods do the pharmaceutical companies employ in substantiating these costs? ” Obviously, the reason can’t be lack of profits. This means that it is a matter of knowing they are able to do it without anyone stopping them. It all comes down to the amount of leverage one can employ in order to gain monopoly. Various possibilities come to mind when you think about their reasons for doing it. It makes you wonder if they could be relying on members of congress therefore making them incur millions in lobbying (but again, that can’t be because they were just #9) and so they are counting on a major trade pact (TPP) to give them monopoly in the industry.

Studies reveal that 35 million Americans are unable to stick to their prescription regimen due to lack of finances to cover the cost. This has resulted into millions of people resorting to measures such as cutting back on the recommended dosage, splitting pills or simply failing to take their health maintenance medications. It goes without saying that this situation is bound to get worse if the 75% increase in the cost of drugs is carried out.

A survey carried out by the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance reported a decline in the percentage of working-age adults who are uninsured. This was due to some policies put in place by the Affordable Care Act and these were in form of consumer protections and subsidized insurance options. The figure dropped from 37 million people equivalent to 20% of the population to 29 million which is equivalent to 16% of the population. This was between 2010 and the second half of 2014.

These policies and others have led to a significant decline in the number of U.S adults who lack or have inadequate health insurance. In addition to that, the survey discovered that working-age adults are able to access the health care they need and at affordable costs therefore reducing the financial burden normally brought about by medical bills and debts. All these efforts have resulted into great progress in the health care sector of the U.S. This is all set to change when the prices of medications go up by a whole 75% and it will make the situation worse than before. Many people will not be able to affect medical care. The fact that improvements in medical bill problems have been reported by insured adults doesn’t mean that these problems have completely vanished. The truth is that they are still on a high level especially among working-age adults with low incomes. Therefore, it is obvious that we will be taking many steps backwards in the health care sector when the prices changes are put in place.

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.