July 12, 2016

The Definitive Guide to Using Online Pharmacies

medical factory  supplies storage indoor with workers peopleIt is a common misconception that online pharmacies are not deserving of the same level of trust and confidence as your local neighborhood pharmacy. These legitimate businesses are quickly becoming a convenient and private way to purchase medications. There are many tools that one can use to verify that the pharmacy they are ordering their medications from is a legitimate business.
Among them, PharmacyChecker.com is a very comprehensive and fool-proof method you can use to ensure that the medication you order comes at a bargain rate and the pharmacy you end up ordering from is a legitimate enterprise.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to purchase your medication from an online pharmacy and how to use Pharmacy Checker to ensure that the medication you get is safe to use:
1. Search your medication on PharmacyChecker.com

When you type in the name of your medication on Pharmacy Checker, you go through the process of narrowing your search. You begin with either choosing the brand name or generic medication. Next, you are led to a page that asks you the specific strength you wish to purchase.

2. Compare Prices

After selecting your strength, Pharmacy Checker uses web crawling technology to show the prices across a list of their approved pharmacies for your specific drug. The webpage will further specify the price per unit and quantity for the brand name or generic drug.

3. Select a Pharmacy

After looking through the general price range of your drug, take some time to educate yourself on the array of approved pharmacies on this website. You are able to access a profile for each pharmacy. This outlines their policies, procedures, contact information, and other specific information.

Your results will only include pharmacies that have all been given a seal of approval by Pharmacy Checker. In order to receive this seal each pharmacy meets a set of standards:

–  Uses licensed practitioners who achieved a license from a local licensing body

–  Will keep medical information private

–  Will keep financial information secure

–  Will require a prescription achieved by a consultation with your family physician

–  Discloses their contact information to their customers

Always make sure that the online pharmacy is legitimate before purchasing, as there are many fraudulent websites that may offer low quality prescription medication that can jeopardize your health.

June 1, 2015

How Having An Up-To-Date Prescription Medication List Prevents Harm

Filling Out FormsWhen it comes to taking prescription drugs, as scary as it sounds, you’re the only one who knows best what you’re taking and how you’re medications are affecting you.  Having an up-to-date medication list that outlines what and how you’re taking your medication that you share with your healthcare team such as your doctor, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, specialist and caregivers, like family and friends who help out—will significantly reduce harm when it comes to adverse drug interactions inadvertently happening when medications are accidently mixed together. It will take some effort on your part in making a list of prescription and non-prescription medications but it’s actually the most simple and often overlooked strategy for better health and will prevent injury or harm to you or your loved one.

Why does having an accurate patient shared medication list so important?  Based on a medical survey, only about 25% of physicians could easily generate a list of an individual patient’s medications.  A systematic review by Dr. Ed Etchells and his colleagues published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found up to two-thirds of the time, there was an error in medications at the time of admission. They also discovered that 41% of these errors were clinically important, and 22% had a potential to cause harm during the patient’s admission. When you combine the fact that two-thirds of seniors are on five or more prescription drugs, often prescribed by different healthcare providers, the cause for concern rises, because of the high opportunity of errors happening.  However, there is also the great opportunity to prevent errors by creating an up-to-date medication list to ensure proper patient care.

Other issues that arise begin before patients take medication.  In 2014, a study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Dr. Robyn Tamblyn and it revealed that 31% of the patients didn’t even fill their prescriptions in the first place.  This happens quite frequently in the province of Quebec where they have a generous program of government coverage for medications, especially for lower income people, and you’d think that people with rather severe illnesses, recent hospitalizations, or emergency visits would be more likely to take their medications to prevent getting even sicker—but that’s not often the case.

People with chronic diseases, especially ones that are considered “silent” and we don’t notice many of the symptoms such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol—about 1 out of every 2 people actually discontinue taking their medications after a year.  At least 50% of people not taking their medications are missing out on the chance of decreasing their susceptibility of having heart attack or stroke by around 25%.  It’s also important to take note that there are some medications, like antidepressants and other examples, where stopping them suddenly is definitely not a good idea. How you are taking your medications can be as important as what you’re taking.

The adherence to taking your prescribed medication is so important because it could be a choice between preventing a heart attack or stroke—and taking the risk of not following what your healthcare provider has prescribed may lead to further complications or even death.  The approach to explaining to patients on medication adherence must be explored.  It’s not enough to say that:  “This medication lowers your blood pressure”.  Taking more time to say “I’m prescribing this medication because I want you to decrease your chances of having a stroke or heart attack and go on to explain that, “when your blood pressure is high, your heart has to work harder, and it becomes more bulky and stiff.  We don’t want a muscleman for our heart; we want a long distance runner.  So by lowering your blood pressure, we make things easier for your heart, and your brain, and your kidneys too.”

The patient’s role in owning up to medication adherence is the first simple step in gathering an accurate and updated medication list.  Developing the good practice of asking your local pharmacist for advice and working together in reviewing your medication list is a crucial step in reducing patient harm when it comes to taking multiple medications.  Make it easier for yourself by getting all your medication from the same pharmacy.  This helps decrease the potential of overprescribing, adverse drug interactions, and so on.