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Pharmacy News: Canadian Pharmacy & Online Drugs Leader Cautions Media’s Meds Hype Unnecessarily Costing Americans

Canadian Pharmacy & Online Drugs Leader Cautions Media’s Meds Hype Unnecessarily Costing Americans

A leading Canadian online pharmacy, NorthWestPharmacy.com is concerned about media hype driving sales of drugs such as Tamiflu at the expense of patients. While Tamiflu is indicated for both treatment and prevention of the flu, the indications are fairly specific in terms of when the drug should be taken to be effective and the type of flu virus it is actually effective against. The Canadian online drugs retailer warns consumers that many media articles fail to provide the particulars of how the drug works, side effects or whether the drug is in fact worth shelling out cash for.

“I think some news articles in the USA are more like advertisements for drugs than they are useful or informative to patients,” says Aman Bhangu, Canadian Pharmacy Manager for NorthWestPharmacy.com. He holds up a print out of a recent “news” article regarding Tamiflu, published by a major U.S. news outlet which describes a so-called shortage of Tamiflu suspension that reads like a high pressure pitch to rush out and buy the drug.

Why would one of the largest Canadian online pharmacies caution consumers about buying certain online drugs? Having earned many years of experience running national chain pharmacies in the USA and Canada prior to serving NorthWestPharmacy.com’s Canadian drugs patients, Pharmacist Bhangu says it is all about the best interests of his American patients. “This article makes it sound like Tamiflu is a cure all in short supply but I only recommend patients spend their money on a drug therapy that they will derive a significant benefit from,” he says. He counsels patients to take media hype regarding drugs and pandemics with a grain of salt by considering whether any private interests like big pharmaceutical makers stand to gain from this hype. Most importantly, patients should speak with their pharmacist or doctor and do independent research about any proposed drug therapy.

How to save time and money when buying pet meds

You can’t put a price on the joy your pet brings you, but there’s also no disputing the fact that owning a pet is expensive. Visits to the veterinarian, food and medications all add up and can put a strain on your cash flow. The good news is there are ways for pet owners to save money, particularly when buying common pet meds.

Whether we are purchasing medications for ourselves or our pets, our first instinct is not to worry about cost, only about getting the proper treatment. However, it’s possible to save money on frequently recommended over-the-counter pet meds like Frontline Plus for dogs and Dasuquin, as well as prescription medications, without negatively affecting your pet’s health.

Here are a few ways you can save when buying medication for your pets:

* Buying in bulk. If you know you’ll be using a lot of a certain medication, you will likely be able to save money when buying larger quantities.

* Buy the generic version. When receiving a prescription from your doctor, ask if there are generic versions of the drug that are just as effective. As with anything else, you may be paying more for the name than you are for the drug itself if you go with a brand-name medication.

* Shop online. Today, more and more online pharmacies, such as VetDepot, offer low prices on both prescription and over-the-counter pet meds.

While there are many reputable online pharmacies, there are also sites that are out to scam customers with counterfeit or out-of-date medications. Therefore, it’s important to take some precautions, whether you are buying drugs from a bricks-and-mortar pharmacy or online. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends following the acronym A.W.A.R.E. when buying pet meds online:

A – Ask your veterinarian about the site you plan on using to buy the medications to find out if they have had any experience with or direct knowledge of the site.

W – Watch for red flags. Avoid sites that don’t require prescriptions for prescription drugs and do not have a licensed pharmacist available to answer any questions you may have. Stick to sites that are based in the United States, as only those sites can be regulated by the U.S. government.

A – Always check for site accreditation. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has a program that accredits online pharmacies that voluntarily undergo reviews each year. Sites that have this accreditation should display that they are Vet-VIPPS accredited.

R- Report problems and suspicious online pharmacies. In addition to contacting your vet if problems occur after your pet has taken medication you purchased online, you can also call 1-888-FDA-VETS to report any suspicious activity you encountered when working with a pharmacy.

E – Educate yourself about online pharmacies. The Center for Veterinary Medicine offers a number of resources on its website that can provide you with information about online pet med providers.

By being an informed and thrifty shopper, you can help your pet stay healthy while saving a few dollars in the process.

Enhances Availability of Information on Prescription Savings Programs; Adds Resources About Healthcare Access Options

In a changing healthcare environment, many Americans need help navigating healthcare options and understanding how they and their families can best access resources to help them take better care of their health. Together Rx Access®, a prescription savings program sponsored by many of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies, has significantly redesigned its website — TogetherRxAccess.com — to better connect people to valuable health information and resources.

Visitors to TogetherRxAccess.com can continue to determine eligibility and immediately enroll in the Together Rx Access prescription savings program. In addition, they can now access resources that can help them learn how healthcare reform may impact them and their families, uncover ways to better manage chronic conditions, and connect with others who are also striving to maintain healthy habits. The website also allows healthcare professionals and other community leaders to order Together Rx Access materials and contribute content to the site by authoring articles and guest columns.

“In our conversations with uninsured individuals, healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and our cardholders, we are frequently asked for more information and resources about access to healthcare — in addition to prescription savings,” said Roba Whiteley, executive director of Together Rx Access. “By redesigning our website to include valuable health resources, such as links to healthcare reform information, podcasts of health tips, and guest columns by health experts, we are responding to this need and helping people take better care of their health.”

TogetherRxAccess.com continues to offer key information about the prescription savings program that cardholders have come to rely on including: eligibility requirements, online enrollment, pharmacy locator, and a list of brand-name prescription medicines and products included in the Program.

Programs like Together Rx Access can help eligible uninsured people access the medicines they need while they wait for healthcare reform to be implemented. This is critical as results from a recent consumer poll showed that nearly half (44 percent) of the uninsured may delay seeking health insurance coverage while waiting for healthcare reform.*

About Together Rx Access
With Together Rx Access, uninsured Americans gain access to immediate savings on prescription products right at their neighborhood pharmacies AND resources that help people take care of what’s most important…their health.

The Together Rx Access Card was created by many of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies to help hardworking Americans and their families gain access to immediate and meaningful savings on prescription products right at their neighborhood pharmacies. Most cardholders save 25 to 40 percent† on brand-name prescription products. Medicines in the Program include those used to treat high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, asthma, and many other common conditions. More than 300 brand-name prescription products are included in the Program.‡ Savings are also available on a range of generic products.

The companies participating in the Together Rx Access Program include Abbott Laboratories; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; GlaxoSmithKline; Janssen, a Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; LifeScan, Inc.; McNeil Pediatrics, a Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho Dermatologics, a Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, a Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho Women’s Health & Urology, a Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Pfizer Inc; PriCara, a Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Stiefel, a GlaxoSmithKline company; Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.; Tibotec Therapeutics, a Division of Centocor Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.; ViiV Healthcare; and Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC.

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