How I Became A Pharmacy Technician

I had a job at Shopko stocking shelves before I became a pharmacy technician. I worked in the area across from the pharmacy. It was the health and beauty department. I had to return items that were in the pharmacy over the counter area. I remember being so confused at the many similar products. There were many cough medicines, various types of Tylenol and generics too. I sometimes had to ask for help from a pharmacy technician to know where a product belonged. I was only 16 and in a way I liked the challenge of noticing the difference between one medication or another. Somehow or other I heard of an opening for a pharmacy technician. I inquired and soon I had the job.

Becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician

I am old enough that I had been a pharmacy technician for more than eight years before there was a requirement for pharmacy technicians to be certified. By then I was working at Albertson’s grocery store in the pharmacy. Albertson’s provided the education and testing necessary for me to be certified. I went to 2 or 3 days of training and review. After that there was an examination. Everything I had learned from working at the pharmacy helped me immensely. The training was nothing new for me and my score on the test was in the 90th percentile.

National Pharmacy Technician Certification

After several more years of working as a certified pharmacy technician there was a new requirement for national certification. I went to several classes to become certified. I was then a mother of 2 children and working only part time as a pharmacy technician. I really wanted to be certified but the timing wasn’t working out for me very well. I never did take the test. I was really unwise in not doing so, since Albertson’s would have paid the necessary costs of the examination. I am now a full time mom and haven’t worked at the pharmacy for about five years. If I wanted my old job back I would need to take practice tests online and sign up for a date to take the examination. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or PTCB has a website (the link is located below) with all the necessary information about becoming a certified pharmacy technician.

Link for Pharmacy Technician Certification Official Site

PTCB | Home
After clicking on this link to the PTCB home page, look for the certification tab on top. This will tell you all you need to know to become a certified pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy Technician Wages

I didn’t mention this earlier, but the reason I wanted to change jobs to the pharmacy was also because of the money. I was headed to college and wanted to have a better pay to get me through. I jumped up several dollars as I took on the job at the pharmacy. I continued to get raises. With each pharmacy technician certification there was also a jump in pay. In fact, I was making better money at the pharmacy than entering my selected career. The only problem is that it is an hourly job not salaried. And depending on the place you work there is a cap on how much you can make in that position. At the time I quit Albertson’s I was making $15.25 an hour. This was in 2005 I think. So, I would imagine it would be more now. I also checked out a few different retail places and discovered years ago that Costco Pharmacy paid the most out of the places I knew of. The pay was about $18/hour. But, that was after many years working at Costco. They have a pay scale according the amount of hours you have worked. It’s not a starting pay. I worked for Wal-Mart for a time also. But, Albertson’s was willing to pay more, so I got a job there. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a website that shows actual amounts reported for income tax for particular careers. The report for 2014 shows the mean hourly wage to be $14.33. This means that there are some that make less and some that make more, but this is the average wage.

Pharmacy Technician Pros and Cons

When I began in the pharmacy there were not a lot of rules about what we could say or not. I really enjoyed that a lot because you learn a lot in the pharmacy and I enjoyed passing on the information. Yes, you should take this with food because it’s usually hard on the stomach. Or, no you shouldn’t take this with Tylenol because it already has Tylenol in it. I also enjoyed talking with people about their ailments and sometimes offering advice that I knew the pharmacist had given before. But, there are laws now that prevent a pharmacy technician from opening their mouths about nearly anything. It’s always a deferment to an already very busy pharmacist. The work can become very redundant. Even pharmacists often complain about how mundane it becomes. If it weren’t for the money, they would change careers. The positives are that it is a challenge to be very detail oriented. You must pay very close attention to detail. Some people really like this. I did. There are lots of names of drugs that you have to know. You need to know the name, the generic and what they are used for to be a really good pharmacy technician. Most of this just comes with time. You can pass the exams and all that pretty easily. You must study, yes, but you can do well if you study well. I liked counting out the medication, affixing labels and organizing prescriptions. I liked the challenge of learning a doctor’s handwriting. I liked deciphering the drug, directions, quantity and refills. I liked the very nature of being precise in my work. I think the pharmacists really liked my work too. It was fulfilling in many ways. The pay is also much better than many jobs that don’t require a degree. Becoming a pharmacy technician was a very fulfilling part of my life. I still get calls from my family asking me about interactions and what certain drugs are for. I know the answers to many of the questions they ask. If I don’t I am very honest about that too. A pharmacist is the one qualified to answer those questions. Nevertheless, a pharmacy technician learns a lot working at the pharmacy. It can be a great benefit to yourself and your family.

On the Job Training Still Available

I recently ran into a Pharmacist I used to work for and we had a fun chat. He asked me when I was coming back and I told him how I didn’t renew my license and would have to start over. He said that he had a training program there at Ridley’s that I could come and do to get my license. He said that I’d have to work for free for a certain number of hours (I’m not remembering the exact amount) but then I could take the test and be a technician again. I later looked online at CVS pharmacy and it mentioned a training program as well. So, if you don’t have the money to go to school I do believe that if you do self study and find a pharmacy with a program you could become licensed as a Pharmacy Technician and also have an immediate job!

DRUGS FOR FIBROMYALGIA (like Savella)

Fibromyalgia

This is a brief article about the 3 prescription drugs used specifically to treat fibromyalgia pain:

Cymbalta
Lyrica
Savella

The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the combination of several Greek words, and it simply means tissue or muscle pain, although the disease itself is far more complex than that. The term “Fibromyalgia” (FM), also known as “Fibromyalgia Syndrome” (FMS) was first coined in 1976. Currently the prevalence of fibromyalgia is about 2%, and is 7 times more common in females than in males.

Fibromyalgia symptoms include, but are not limited to:

Widespread pain on both sides of the body, both above and below the waist
Painful “tender points” on the body including the back of the head, shoulders, neck, chest, elbows, hips, inner knees and other places
Fatigue and sleeping difficulty

Many people with fibromyalgia also suffer from other conditions as well such as headache, osteoarthritis, depression or restless leg syndrome.

This article is about the prescription drugs marketed specifically for fibromyalgia. Although a variety of medications are used to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia, there are currently just 3 prescription drugs which are specifically indicated to treat “fibromyalgia.” The medical term is that these drugs are “indicated” for fibromyalgia. In other words, they have been specifically and carefully (through clinical trials) studied and tested on patients with this disease.

These prescription drugs to treat fibromyalgia are:

CYMBALTA (duloxetine)
LYRICA (pregabalin)
SAVELLA (milnacipran)

The name in “( )” is the “generic name” of the product, although presently there are not any generics available for these 3 prescriptions drugs for fibromyalgia.

Although other drugs CAN be used to treat the pain associated with fibromyalgia, as I said, these 3 are the only prescription drugs specifically approved to treat fibromyalgia.

PLEASE NOTE: Nothing in this article is intended to replace the advice of your own doctor.
CYMBALTA FOR FIBROMYALGIA

Cymbalta began life as an antidepressant. But as with many drugs, new uses and opportunities were discovered. Presently Cymbalta is approved to treat depression, GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), Diabetic Neuropathy, and of course…fibromyalgia pain. Cymbalta is manufactured by Lilly Pharmaceuticals.

Cymbalta for fibromyalgia pain is dosed 60mg once daily, although patients sometimes start with just 30mg once daily.

Treating fibromyalgia pain with Cymbalta should not be considered a cure. Be prepared to give the medication several weeks to begin working effectively.

HOW IT WORKS: It is not well understood exactly how Cymbalta works to provide fibromyalgia relief. However, the mechanism of action involves enhancing the effects of serotonin and norepinephrine (2 important neurotransmitters) in the brain.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects from Cymbalta could include nausea, dry mouth, drowsiness, decreased appetite, and constipation. Other, less common side effects, are also possible.

DIRECTIONS: Take Cymbalta as prescribed by your doctor. It is usually taken once daily. It does not matter if it is taken with or without food. Ideally…take it at the same time each day.

DO NOT stop Cymbalta for fibromyalgia suddenly. It is recommended that you wean yourself off, under the advice and direction of your doctor.

MORE INFORMATION: For more information on treating fibromyalgia pain with Cymbalta CLICK HERE to visit the manufacturer website. Or call their special phone number for patient questions at 1-800-LILLY-RX.
LYRICA FOR FIBROMYALGIA

Like Cymbalta, Lyrica did not begin specifically as a treatment for fibromyalgia. Lyrica was first approved to treat seizure disorders. But in 2007 it became the first prescription drug in the U.S. approved to treat fibromyalgia. Lyrica is manufactured by Pfizer pharmaceuticals.

Lyrica comes in capsules, and an oral solution:

Capsules are available in 8 different strengths: 25mg, 50mg, 75mg, 100mg 150mg, 200mg, 225mg and 300mg.
The oral solution is available in 20mg/ml (that is 100mg per teaspoonful).

FIBROMYALGIA DOSAGE: Usually the total daily dose for fibromyalgia pain treatment begins at 150mg per day (i.e. 75mg capsule twice daily) and can go up to 450mg per day (i.e. 225mg twice daily).

HOW IT WORKS: If you can figure this one out…there may be a Nobel Prize in it for you! Studies have shown that it seems to act by binding to areas of the brain and spinal cord that could contribute to pain. More scientifically, it is known as an “alpha 2 delta ligand” and selectively targets calcium channel subunits. It is NOT to be confused with “calcium channel blockers” which impact calcium channels in our blood vessels. Basically, for now, think of it as a drug which calms the nerves.

SIDE EFFECTS: Lyrica for fibromyalgia pain may cause drowsiness and dizziness, weight gain, blurry vision, trouble concentrating, swelling of the hands and feet, and dry mouth. Other side effects can occur as well. Note: any swelling, difficulty breathing, or rash should be immediately reported to your doctor. Lyrica has been shown, rarely, to cause suicidal thoughts. Patients should be aware of this observation.

DIRECTIONS: Take Lyrica as directed by your doctor. Try to take it at the same times every day. It can be taken with or without food. Do not skip doses. Never double your dose to make up for a missed dose. Do not stop Lyrica suddenly.

For more information on Lyrica and how to treat chronic fibromyalgia, visit the manufacturer’s website. They have a special phone number for fibromyalgia patients taking Lyrica: 1-888-5-LYRICA.
SAVELLA FOR FIBROMYALGIA

Savella is a prescription medication for treating the pain of chronic fibromyalgia. Savella is marketed by Cypress Bioscience. It comes in tablets of 4 strengths: 12.5mg, 25mg, 50mg and 100mg. Savella for fibromyalgia belongs to the same “family” of medications as Cymbalta, but unlike Cymbalta, Savella is only approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

FIBROMYALGIA DOSAGE: Generally the dose will be slowly increased over the course of 1 week to 50mg twice daily. In some cases 100mg twice daily may be needed.

HOW IT WORKS: See this section in the Cymbalta information above, Savella works in the same way.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with Savella are nausea, headache, constipation, dizziness, insomnia, vomiting, dry mouth, heart palpitations and increases in blood pressure. Suicidal thoughts, as with all similar medications, have been reported. This was more common in younger patients.

DIRECTIONS: Savella should be taken as directed by your doctor. Usually it is given twice daily, with our without food. Taking it with food may make it more tolerable if you experience stomach discomfort. Do NOT take Savella if you are taking any MAO Inhibitors. Do not stop taking Savella suddenly.

For more information of Savella, visit the manufacturer’s webisite by CLICKING HERE!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THESE TO WORK?

That is a good question, and it depends very much on the patient. A rule of thumb is “several weeks to a month.” The hard part is that the side effects may begin immediately! However, you may not have any side effects at all. And if it is any encouragement, remember that the side effects alert you that the medicine is doing something. However, the beneficial effects may still take several more weeks to begin. Hang in there. I hope this information has provided you with some useful answers to your questions about drugs for fibromyalgia pain.
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much will these medications cost?

Cymbalta, Lyrica and Savella are currently only available as brand name products. They are quite expensive, in the area of $150 to $175 per month, depending on the drug and dosage. However, if you have a prescription benefit, you may be able to receive one of these medications more affordably. Also, visit the respective manufacturers websites for coupons and discounts.

How do I get a prescription for these medications?

Talk to your doctor. It is likely that they will have you try other medications first (like traditional pain relievers, muscle relaxers, or SSRI’s). If you have tried these without success, and have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, then your doctor may be willing to consider treating you with one of these medications.

How I Became A Pharmacy Technician

Becoming a Pharmacy Technician

I had a job at Shopko stocking shelves before I became a pharmacy technician. I worked in the area across from the pharmacy. It was the health and beauty department. I had to return items that were in the pharmacy over the counter area. I remember being so confused at the many similar products. There were many cough medicines, various types of Tylenol and generics too. I sometimes had to ask for help from a pharmacy technician to know where a product belonged. I was only 16 and in a way I liked the challenge of noticing the difference between one medication or another. Somehow or other I heard of an opening for a pharmacy technician. I inquired and soon I had the job.

Becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician

I am old enough that I had been a pharmacy technician for more than eight years before there was a requirement for pharmacy technicians to be certified. By then I was working at Albertson’s grocery store in the pharmacy. Albertson’s provided the education and testing necessary for me to be certified. I went to 2 or 3 days of training and review. After that there was an examination. Everything I had learned from working at the pharmacy helped me immensely. The training was nothing new for me and my score on the test was in the 90th percentile.

National Pharmacy Technician Certification

After several more years of working as a certified pharmacy technician there was a new requirement for national certification. I went to several classes to become certified. I was then a mother of 2 children and working only part time as a pharmacy technician. I really wanted to be certified but the timing wasn’t working out for me very well. I never did take the test. I was really unwise in not doing so, since Albertson’s would have paid the necessary costs of the examination. I am now a full time mom and haven’t worked at the pharmacy for about five years. If I wanted my old job back I would need to take practice tests online and sign up for a date to take the examination. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or PTCB has a website (the link is located below) with all the necessary information about becoming a certified pharmacy technician.

Link for Pharmacy Technician Certification Official Site

PTCB | Home
After clicking on this link to the PTCB home page, look for the certification tab on top. This will tell you all you need to know to become a certified pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy Technician Wages

I didn’t mention this earlier, but the reason I wanted to change jobs to the pharmacy was also because of the money. I was headed to college and wanted to have a better pay to get me through. I jumped up several dollars as I took on the job at the pharmacy. I continued to get raises. With each pharmacy technician certification there was also a jump in pay. In fact, I was making better money at the pharmacy than entering my selected career. The only problem is that it is an hourly job not salaried. And depending on the place you work there is a cap on how much you can make in that position. At the time I quit Albertson’s I was making $15.25 an hour. This was in 2005 I think. So, I would imagine it would be more now. I also checked out a few different retail places and discovered years ago that Costco Pharmacy paid the most out of the places I knew of. The pay was about $18/hour. But, that was after many years working at Costco. They have a pay scale according the amount of hours you have worked. It’s not a starting pay. I worked for Wal-Mart for a time also. But, Albertson’s was willing to pay more, so I got a job there. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a website that shows actual amounts reported for income tax for particular careers. The report for 2014 shows the mean hourly wage to be $14.33. This means that there are some that make less and some that make more, but this is the average wage.

Pharmacy Technician Pros and Cons

When I began in the pharmacy there were not a lot of rules about what we could say or not. I really enjoyed that a lot because you learn a lot in the pharmacy and I enjoyed passing on the information. Yes, you should take this with food because it’s usually hard on the stomach. Or, no you shouldn’t take this with Tylenol because it already has Tylenol in it. I also enjoyed talking with people about their ailments and sometimes offering advice that I knew the pharmacist had given before. But, there are laws now that prevent a pharmacy technician from opening their mouths about nearly anything. It’s always a deferment to an already very busy pharmacist. The work can become very redundant. Even pharmacists often complain about how mundane it becomes. If it weren’t for the money, they would change careers. The positives are that it is a challenge to be very detail oriented. You must pay very close attention to detail. Some people really like this. I did. There are lots of names of drugs that you have to know. You need to know the name, the generic and what they are used for to be a really good pharmacy technician. Most of this just comes with time. You can pass the exams and all that pretty easily. You must study, yes, but you can do well if you study well. I liked counting out the medication, affixing labels and organizing prescriptions. I liked the challenge of learning a doctor’s handwriting. I liked deciphering the drug, directions, quantity and refills. I liked the very nature of being precise in my work. I think the pharmacists really liked my work too. It was fulfilling in many ways. The pay is also much better than many jobs that don’t require a degree. Becoming a pharmacy technician was a very fulfilling part of my life. I still get calls from my family asking me about interactions and what certain drugs are for. I know the answers to many of the questions they ask. If I don’t I am very honest about that too. A pharmacist is the one qualified to answer those questions. Nevertheless, a pharmacy technician learns a lot working at the pharmacy. It can be a great benefit to yourself and your family.

On the Job Training Still Available

I recently ran into a Pharmacist I used to work for and we had a fun chat. He asked me when I was coming back and I told him how I didn’t renew my license and would have to start over. He said that he had a training program there at Ridley’s that I could come and do to get my license. He said that I’d have to work for free for a certain number of hours (I’m not remembering the exact amount) but then I could take the test and be a technician again. I later looked online at CVS pharmacy and it mentioned a training program as well. So, if you don’t have the money to go to school I do believe that if you do self study and find a pharmacy with a program you could become licensed as a Pharmacy Technician and also have an immediate job!

Meltabs: Magical Solution For Male Impotency

The power of impotence in men is the most dominating disease that not only paralyzes the male reproductive organ but also ruins healthy sexual life. There are thousands of men who have been suffering from this disease and most of them feel insecure discussing the matter with others. The impact of impotence is more on men, age ranging between 50-75 years and that is the time when most of the men have problem with swallowing and there are only few medications available in the market. However most of the medications that treat erectile dysfunction in men are expensive and all of them are not easy to swallow. Meltabs is one of the best generic drugs that is derived from Viagra and has the equal strength of Viagra.
This medication is specially designed for ED men having problem with swallowing. Impotence is a disease for older males however this is the disease that has been spreading its power over younger males also. There are drugs that treat impotence immediately but they are difficult to swallow. The consumption of Meltabs is easy and worthwhile for the men with swallowing problem. Meltabs is manufactured by one of the best generic drug manufacturing company called Ajanta Pharmaceuticals. This medication comes in stripe and with four pills. Meltabs has a shape of square and comes in its official color in blue. The procedure of consumption of this medication is simple and easy. Meltabs needs to be placed on the tongue and keep it for some times.
Therefore when this medication comes in contact with the saliva in the mouth, it gradually dissolves and becomes easier for the ED men to swallow. This medication is copied from Viagra and all the ingredients in this medication are same as Viagra and the chemical component that is used in manufacturing Meltabs is Sildenafil Citrate. The consumption of this medication is done 20 minutes prior to sexual practice. The effect of Meltabs is seen instantly when ED men gets sexually stimulated. Meltabs are available in all the drugstores at low costing price however correct way of consumption of this medication is necessary for full and hard erection. The defect of erection occurs from penile region where enzyme PDE5 restrict the blood flow by contracting the arteries connected to penis.
Consumption of Meltabs helps the arteries to expand and makes way for the blood to flow. Though the consumption of Meltabs can be done without visiting the doctor, it is always suggested to consume it after consulting the doctor as that will keep the ED men on a safer side. Meltabs contain Sildenafil Citrate at high rate and that is the chemical that reacts vigorously with nitrates so it is suggested to avoid consumption of both the substances together as that drops the blood pressure rapidly and causes complications. Meltabs is very useful drugs for ED men with swallowing problems and it has a very long expiration date due to which it can be stored and consumed any time future.

Fight Cholesterol Problems With Zocor

People faces many health problems and consume lots of medication to get rid of them however sometimes they land up with nasty side effects and spend lots of money on treating them. Cholesterol problem is one of the health hazardous problems that can lead to some of the long term diseases. The excess amount of cholesterol in the body usually ends up with heart problems. Chronic heart diseases are the main effects of high cholesterol level in the body. However people try lots of new things to treat the disease but come with no result. However, Zocor is the best generic medication that is capable of treating cholesterol problems. Zocor belongs to a group of drugs called Statins that are excellent in treating the cholesterol problems.

This medication is FDA approved, which means that it is safe to consume and has the potential to fight the problem. However, regular exercise and proper means of consumption of medication is needed to fight the problem. Zocor is the product of Cipla which itself is the world’s number one company that produces quality generic drugs. Cholesterol problem is a common problem that occurs in men and women and it is usually seen in men in late twenties and women in thirties. However there are about 16% children who have been having this problem. The negative impact of high percentage of cholesterol is heart stroke and it has been recorded that about 92% of people die with heart stoke which has been caused by excess cholesterol present in the body.The standard form of Zocor available in the market is 10mg but it comes in different strengths. However the doses and the strength of the medication are decided by doctors and it usually varies from person to person. Proper diet and regular exercise is a must with Zocor. The medication shows its effects when the procedure of consumption of medication is followed properly. This is the regular medication and needs to be consumed on correct time daily and doctor’s instructions should be followed strictly. Zocor is also called Simvastatin that is also sold with the same name. The main work of the drug is to cut down the cholesterol level from the body and reduce the chances of heart attacks.

However regular consumption of the drug kills excess hunger and forces the fats present in the body to burn, in the form of energy. Regular consumption of drug is needed for treating the disease. Since Zocor is the non prescription drug, it can be purchased from any drugstores and online pharmacies but the doses matters a lot and that will decide the treatment of the disease. So consulting a doctor is the best way to know the proper dose and reducing the cholesterol level from the body. People having diabetes, kidney problems, hypertension, etc should ask the doctor when to consume the medication as that will always help people to avoid side effects. However Zocor is available at cheapest price and common people can also afford to buy this useful medication.

Canpharm Canada Pharmacy – Lowest Price On Prescription Drugs Guaranteed!

CanPharm Canada Pharmacy offers the best deals of any online pharmacy anywhere! A legal, licensed online Canadian drug store is what all US customers are looking for.

Why are Americans looking for affordable drugs out of the country? A Canada pharmacy offers huge savings, that’s why!

Serving over 250,000 customers proves their acheivment in the pharmacy industry. Through careful customer service they have acheived the lowest possible prices in Canada for prescription and non-prescription drugs.

CanPharm offers a nice website that provides customers with an easy approach to ordering and an awesome shopping experience. It’s easy to order legal prescription drugs from a trusted Canadian pharmacy. The website is clear in it’s approach to design and will walk the customer easily through the order process. Refilling your prescriptions is easy too. In fact, CanPharm has a 24/7 help desk and call center at your disposal.

No American citizen should have to choose between food, shelter, and their prescription drugs.

CanPharm makes it easy for you to afford all your basic needs and still retain your good health.

CanPharm services international customers who can not afford medications in their country. The quality of Canadian drugs are excellent, comparable to their US counterparts. Shipping is never delayed, in most cases your prescription drugs are delivered within 48 hours.

CanPharm Canada Pharmacy is proud of their reputation and is fastly becoming a world leader in prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, over the counter health care products, weight loss medications, vitamins and supplements, and pet medications. See for yourself why CanPharms 110% price match offer is this Canadian pharmacies best guarantee ever!

Why Use an Online Pharmacy?

Why buy from an online pharmacy when there are many local places to purchase medication? Are online pharmacies unethical? This article will attempt to discuss these questions and hopefully provide some conclusive answers. Since the beginning of online pharmacies there has been ongoing discussion and some action as to banning the use of online pharmacies altogether in the United States from both people using them and also for the online pharmacies, by implementing harsh fines and punishments.

Unfortunately for the online pharmacy industry there are some online pharmacies that are complete frauds which sells who knows what as medications to make steep profits for themselves. For the most part though there are many legitimate online pharmacies that sell the highest quality FDA approved medications, a careful online search done on the pharmacy you are considering buying from is an excellent idea so you don’t get ripped off. There is a particular usefulness of an online pharmacy that should be considered and examined before a wholesale banning of online pharmacies, either governmentally or personally. Before making an uneducated decision a person should critically examine both sides of the arguments of both the pros and cons of an online pharmacy.

Some pros of an online pharmacy are the following:

– A person suffering from embarrassing ailments such as erectile dysfunction for example, can receive proper drug treatments without the embarrassment of a local doctor and pharmacy visit

– In our extremely busy lifestyles the ease of buying from an online pharmacy is a huge benefit in saving time, effort and money, the relative speed and ease of ordering needed medications online are second to none

– Along with the above point purchasing medication online is able to be accomplished at anytime during the day or night, 365 days a year, you can buy your medications when you have time to do so

– If carefully planned, buying medications online are the most cost effective ways to purchase medications

– A shut in or disabled person requiring medications is able to order their needed drugs online when it is far too much effort or far too costly to make a personal visit to a doctor for a prescription

Some cons of an online pharmacy are the following:

– Government authorities like the FDA have a very difficult time regulating and checking up on the amounts of certain restricted medications being sold to individuals

– Government authorities like the FDA have a very difficult time discovering where an online pharmacy is receiving its source of medications from and whether or not these sources are pure

– If the proper research is not done an online pharmacy could be selling impure medications or even sawdust packaged as a certain approved medication and thus ripping off its customers

– An online pharmacy if left unchecked and unrestricted could be shipping out medications that are possibly restricted or dangerous without a proper prescription

A person deciding to purchase medication from an online pharmacy can take several precautions to help to insure a safe, honest and positive experience using an online pharmacy and minimize the risks of ordering from an online pharmacy.

Some precautions to take are the following:

– Search online forums and consumer review sites discussing the particular online pharmacies that you are considering making a purchase from

– One idea in safety is obtaining a prescription from your doctor before ordering from an online pharmacy, and then you have some assurance that you are receiving the correct medication for your ailment

– Always examine carefully the privacy policy and the legal terms and conditions of the online store that is selling the medication before ordering

– Be positive that online pharmacy’s credit card transactions are SSL secured (the lock on the bottom of the screen is there when ordering) before ordering

– If the site you are visiting seems to have lots of missing web pages, errors, etc. this could be a sign that this site is not the most reputable for ordering medications from

– If you have a funny unsafe feeling when going through the ordering process from a particular website perhaps decide on another and/or perform some of the above tests on the site

Now it is up to you, the consumer as to whether or not you will purchase your medications from an online pharmacy or purchase your medications from a local drug store. Considering all the pros and cons a person can easily make up their minds as to which route is the best to choose. Remember precautions always minimize the risks.

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Online Pharmacies and Telemedicine

Not a day goes by when our email inboxes do not fill with advertisements for prescription drugs. Many of these emails promise to deliver drugs of all classes by overnight courier without a prescription. While there are legitimate online pharmacies, and the practice of telemedicine or cyber-medicine is gaining acceptance, this change in the way medicine is being practiced is rocking the foundations of the medical establishment. Being able to consult a doctor online, and obtain prescription drugs delivered to your doorstep by UPS has broad social and legal implications. The Internet facilitates making drugs available to those who may not be able to afford to pay US prices, are embarrassed to see a doctor face-to-face, or are suffering from pain, the treatment of which puts most doctors in direct conflict with the ‘war on drugs’ but on the other hand there is the question whether these pharmacies make drugs available to recreational drug users without the oversight of a licensed medical practitioner.

The Need for Alternatives

Medical care in the US has reached a point where it is expensive and impersonal which has caused the consumer to become generally unsatisfied with the medical establishment as a whole. Examples include the huge differences between the cost of drugs in the US and Canada, long wait times in US pharmacies, and poor service in general. Perhaps realizing this, US customs appears to tolerate the millions of Americans that visit Canada every year to buy their medications, as for the most part, these ‘drug buyers’ are elderly American’s that can’t afford the high cost of filling their prescriptions in the US.

Rather than to travel to Canada or Mexico millions of Americans are now turning to the Internet for both their medical needs. Telemedicine (or cyber medicine) provides consumers with the ability to both consult with a doctor online and order drugs over the Internet at discounted prices. This has resulted in consumers turning to online pharmacies for their medical needs, and in particular pharmacies with a relationships with a physician, which allow the consumer to completely bypass the traditional brick and mortar pharmacies, with the added benefit of having their physician act as an intermediary between the consumer and the pharmacy. According to Johnson (2005) this is as a result of consumers becoming very dissatisfied when it comes to dealing with both brick and mortar pharmacies and medical practitioners. As Johnson, notes, “Consumers are more likely to know the name of their hairdresser than their pharmacist.” When Johnson (2005) rated the various professions within the health care system, he found that pharmacists had the lowest interaction with their patients than did any other group. Today, as a result of this “consumers are buying 25.5 percent of their prescriptions online, opposed to 13.5 percent of which are picked up at a brick and mortar pharmacy” (Johnson 2005).

Drugs and Society

What has brought so much attention to online pharmacies is that it is possible to obtain just about any drug without a prescription online. Many of these prescriptions are for legitimate purposes purchased through an online pharmacy because the buyer is too embarrassed to visit the doctor or for other reasons including the unavailability of FDA approved drugs to the consumer. These drugs may include steroids that due to their misuse and being classed as a classed a category three drugs, are seldom prescribed by physicians. These drugs have a useful purpose to those suffering from any wasting disease such as AIDS, they also play a role in ant-aging (FDA, 2004).

The Doctor Patient Relationship

Today a visit to a doctor is generally brief, much of the triage it is done by a nurse or a nurse practitioner with the doctor only dropping in for a few minutes, if at all. In many cases the patient is seen by a nurse practitioner. One of the arguments against telemedicine or perhaps a better term is cyber-medicine, is that the doctor does not have a physical relationship with the patients and thus is in no position to make a diagnosis, and thus can not legally prescribe drugs.

Ironically when one compares the work up that one has to go through to consult with an online physicians and compares this to a face-to-face visit with a brick and mortar doctor, one finds that the online physician, in many cases, has a better understanding of the patient’s medical condition than does the doctor who meets face-to-face with the patient. In most cases before an on-line a doctor prescribes any type of medication they insist on a full blood workup they may also require that one has additional tests performed, for example.

The AMA, the federal government, and various states claim, however, that it is illegal for a doctor to prescribe drugs without a valid doctor-patient relationship. While there are no laws at present that outlaw online pharmacies, various states have enacted legislation, or are in the process of enacting legislation to prohibit a doctor from prescribing drugs to a patient that they have not seen face to face. Some states also require that the doctor that prescribes the drugs be licensed in their state. This alone could hamper the development of cyber-medicine. According to William Hubbard (2004), FDA associate commissioner “The Food and Drug Administration says it is giving states first crack at legal action, though it will step in when states do not act” (FDA, 2004).

Internet Pharmacies

The reason that email boxes around the country fill up with offers to supply drugs of all kinds, at reduced prices, without prescriptions, and more is because people buy them as the billions of dollars the drug companies are making each year attest to. The Internet has become the drug store of choice for many.

Categories of Internet Pharmacies

Internet pharmacies are generally acknowledged to be comprised of the following five categories:

Internet pharmacies can be divided up into five different categories, as follows:

Licensed online pharmacies with a no medical affiliation.

Licensed online pharmacies with a medical affiliation

No record online pharmacies (NRP)

International online pharmacies (IOP)

Licensed compounding pharmacies

The licensed online pharmacies with a no medical affiliation are of course Drugstore.com, CVV, and others. They all require a prescription from a licensed doctor that the patient has a doctor patient relationship with. The prescription can be called in by the doctor.

The licensed online pharmacies with a medical affiliation often depend on a broker. The broker collects your medical information, and then assigns your case to one of their networked physicians. Many of these networked physicians are willing to prescribe pain killers as they believe that it is only through the use of these drugs that some people can live a harmonious life.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) Committee on aging held in June 2004 found that “Unlicensed international pharmacies do not require a prescription, and are generally located off shore.” No prescription pharmacies can be found all over the world. Many of these sites have come under controversy as in some cases all it takes to have that prescription delivered to you by next day air, is to fill out a questionnaire online.

A study conducted by Henkle in 2002 to ascertain how easy it would be to obtain drugs over the Internet found that “37 of the 46″ pharmacy required a prescription from a licensed doctor. The emphasis was on the prescription and not on the doctor. Henkle (2002) in fact notes that some sites offered to recommend a doctor.” Henkle (2002) was able to obtain prescription drugs from nine sites outside the US during the study, without a prescription.

Online pharmacies with a doctor affiliation

There are a number of online pharmacies, with a medical affiliation is that take great pain to differentiate themselves form unlicensed overseas pharmacies. These pharmacies, stress that they are “American based companies that provides consumer’s easy access to FDA approved online prescriptions over the Internet and are quick to point out that “An online consultation can be just as relevant as an in-person consultation.” It is interesting to note that many of these online pharmacies also point out that “While they are committed to making access to online prescriptions easier, they believe that the Internet can not replace the importance of regular doctor visits to fully evaluate your health and any medical conditions.” Many of these online pharmacy sites also makes a wealth of drug information available on its web site that enables the consumer to educate themselves on drugs that may have been prescribed. The Internet has for all intensive purposes is quickly replacing the brick and mortar base physician as a patient’s primary health care provider.

A sales pitch, of course, or is it? Most of the legitimate online pharmacies ensure that they comply with state and federal regulation. The doctors are licensed in all 50 states and their pharmacies are too. These legitimate Internet pharmacies cater to those that are looking for a better price; for some it comes down to making the choice of eating cat food on crackers in order to afford their medications because of the high US drug prices. In other cases patients resort to cyber-medicine to avoid the embarrassment of having to deal with a physician or pharmacy that may be judgmental. Many of these online pharmacies will arrange a consult with a licensed, medical doctor over the phone and will then fill the prescription accordingly.

According to Henkel (2000) “More and more consumers are using the Internet for health reasons” and references a study carried out by a market research firm Cyber Dialogue Inc., “that found that “health concerns are the sixth most common reason people go online” (Henkel 2000).

For many people a trip to the pharmacy is an ordeal. In some cases the local pharmacy may also be located in the closest town which may mean a long drive if one lives in a rural community. Online pharmacies provide a means through which their prescriptions can be delivered conveniently and quickly. Being online also allows the consumer to shop for the best prices, an important factor if one is living on a pension.

The Internet has also created a more aware user. It is not unusual for a consumer to research drugs on the Internet. A consumer may have seen a TV or magazine advertisement advertising a new drug. Ultimately, the Internet also provides the consumer the opportunity to enter into a doctor patient relationship that may in fact be more legitimate than the doctor who makes a physical appearance. Further information on doctors that practice telemedicine can be found at: http://www.becomeone.com

It is interesting to note, as discussed previously, that consumers are becoming dissatisfied with the care and treatment they receive from both brick and mortar physicians and pharmacies. Zanf (2001), references a study by Lang and Fullerton that “Identified four factors related to outpatient pharmacy services: professional communication, physical and emotional comfort, demographics, and location and convenience.” All of which are contributing factors as to why more and more consumers are resorting to cyber-medicine.

The Dark Side

There is also a dark side to the Internet pharmacy, as previously discussed, spam email touting the availability of any prescription drug one could want, without a prescription, is something everyone is familiar with has reached epidemic proportions.

From Ambien, and of course Viagra to more powerful drugs such as Oxycontin, you can have it all. Over night shipping is available in most case, or so these emails proclaim.
In some instances this pharmacy spam originates from unscrupulous individuals who have no intention of delivering the drugs, realizing that very few people, if any, will complain about the non delivery of an illegal drug through the mail.

In other cases the drugs are sent without a prescription from countries where that particular drug may legally be sold without a prescription, or at least the laws are more relaxed. Valium, for example, is sold over-the-counter in Taiwan.

According to Crawford (2004) “Consumers who purchase drugs online thinking that they are they are getting the same drugs as they would from their local brick-and-mortar pharmacy are being misled, and as a result are putting their health, and eventually their lives at risk” Crawford cites examples of Internet pharmacies supplying drugs that were under strength, contaminated and mislabeled (Crawford 2004).

According to Won (2005) Drug-industry executives think the Internet and mail-order operations will be the biggest source of counterfeit drugs over the next five years, according to a report released today by Ernst & Young. According to James G Dickinson (2005):

The federal government in July shut down an alleged illegal Internet pharmacy for selling counterfeit drugs and issued a warning on other counterfeits found to have been sold in Mexican border pharmacies to individual patients from the U.S. The Internet pharmacy had sold more than $7 million in counterfeit Viagra and other prescription drugs over the past five years, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The San Diego-based operation required individuals to complete a $35 “doctor consultation” survey before receiving the prescriptions, but the survey was never shown to a health professional to evaluate whether a safety risk existed, the paper says (Dickson, 2005).

In a separate action, the FDA warned Americans about counterfeit versions of Merck’s cholesterol drug Zocor and generic Carisoprodol – used for treating musculoskeletal conditions – that had been imported from Mexico by individual Americans (FDA, 2005).

Over the last year patients suffering from pain, and other conditions that they are reluctant to see a doctor face-to-face, have had the option of consulting a doctor online. The ability to consult with a doctor online, and then to receive drugs as a result has come under much controversy. This has for the most part been as a result of not adequately screening patient’s records, or ordering from unregulated overseas pharmacies.

The Internet – a new way of marketing

Not all Internet pharmacies are illegitimate, however, and there are many pharmacies that provide the consumer with a legitimate prescription by overnight service. My last prescription came by mail. The whole transaction was completed over the Internet. It was a prescription that my doctor had given to me personally, however. As discussed, what constitutes a doctor patient relationship is at the crux of the online pharmacy debate. This of course has implications as to what constitutes a legitimate prescription. What constitutes a legitimate prescription is a hotly debated topic.

The Future

As noted, being able to consult a doctor over the phone, and then have one’s prescription filled by an Internet pharmacy is convenient for many people. As the American population ages, more and more people will have trouble getting to the doctors office, not to mention driving to the pharmacy. Clearly safeguards are needed if cyber-medicine is to raise the quality of medical care available to Americans. The online pharmaceutical industry has taken a number of steps to ensure that consumers are protected against unscrupulous online pharmacy operators including the certification of online pharmacies.

According to Henkel (2000) “One way consumers can ensure the quality of an online pharmacy is to look for the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal.” According to Henkel (2000) any site bearing this seal has gone through a rigorous series of quality checks which are part of the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites program. Unfortunately as Henkel (2000) notes, “Because VIPPS certification is fairly new and voluntary, only a few sites have been certified so far.” Recognizing the problem of ‘rouge’ pharmacies, SquareTrade, has also implemented a program to protect consumers from ‘rouge’ pharmacies. According to SquareTrade, “The Licensed Pharmacy program verifies that your business is a pharmacy in good standing. Verified pharmacies can display the Licensed Pharmacy Seal on their websites – distinguishing themselves from unverified and rogue pharmacies.”

If these safe guards are not put in place, and legislation is enacted that makes it illegal to obtain a prescription from an online pharmacy based on an online consult, the black market for drugs will continue to thrive. Customs by its own admission only catches approximately 2% of all illicit prescription drugs that enter the US.

Negating the fact that through technology, one could enter into a doctor patient relationship that may be affordable. Security, as some have suggested could be accomplished through the use of video cameras and biometric scanners which would cut down on the number of fraudulent prescriptions written. Measures like these would put the convenience of using an online pharmacy out of the reach of those without the technology. One could also not prevent consumers from using off shore online pharmacies. While the FDA is presently trying very hard to get the Canadian government to enact legislation that would prohibit the export of drugs from Canada by mail it appears that the profit that results from the sale of drugs is causing the legislation to stall. As one Canadian pharmacy owner noted, however “We will just move to the UK.”

Ironically, the Canadian’s are offering to crack down, not because of any concerns relating to the sale of drugs online, but because Canada controls drug prices, making them far cheaper than the same drug in the US. The Canadian authorities are planning on cracking down “arguing that the system was created to help Canadians, not Americans.” The drug industry itself has gone so far as to black list Canadian pharmacies that sell to American customers over the Internet. With all the paranoia relating to terrorism there is a concern that any drug coming in from another country may be contaminated. There are no instances on record of a consumer having received a contaminated drug from Canada (Matthews, 2003).

Even more ironically with all the talk about the dangers of drugs purchased from overseas, some legitimate companies are now being forced to buy from other than US sources because they have been black listed by US drug manufactures (Matthews, 2003). Mathews (2003) goes on to illustrate this by pointing out that “Canadian suppliers, in particular, that have been blacklisted, are now turning to sources in Europe.” Mathews (2003) notes that while for the most part these European sources are legitimate and make a high quality drug. In some cases, however Mathews et al. (2003) note that the pharmacies are having to go ‘farther a field’ to find product.

Conclusion

While there need for controls to be put in place to regulate the practice of both medicine online and Internet pharmacies, we also need to acknowledge that science and technology has furthered the practice of medicine, and that the Internet will further it yet.

The Internet has the potential of expanding medical care to those that may not routinely seek it, or are too infirm to travel to the doctor’s office. While the present trend appears to be to make it illegal for a doctor to prescribe drugs without seeing the patient face-to-face there is also a move to establish rules and regulations that ensure that patients receive quality care over the Internet. Unfortunately medicine and politics have become so intertwined and doctors have inadvertently become unwilling agents in the war against drugs.

One can’t turn back the clock though, and according to Larkin (1999) “At a July 30 US Department of Commerce hearing on the benefits and risks of ‘drugstores on the net’, the question was examined.” The main issue was how to shutdown the online pharmacies run by unscrupulous individuals, while still fostering the legitimate online pharmacy business in order to both promote commerce and still protect the consumer (Larkin, 1999). According to Larkin (1999) “What’s new here is not the practice of pharmacy, but the way we communicate with and inform customers.”

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Online Pharmacy is Best Place to Buy Pharmacy Products

vitamins, over the counter medicines, weight loss products, diabetic supplies, and much more. Also, at an online pharmacy, you have a choice to either visit the pharmacy (store) or have vitamins, over the counter medicines, weight loss products, diabetic supplies, and much more.

Also, at an online pharmacy, you have a choice to either visit the pharmacy (store) or have the online pharmacy fill and send your prescription through the mail. When you have your prescription drugs mailed, various pharmacies have to follow particular steps and special rules to check, fill and send your prescription drugs.

When you are at the online pharmacy website and filling out the forms with your name, address, etc. and your doctor’s prescription information, they will also need a payment method to finalize the prescription order, plus any insurance payment information or medical plan you are using. Depending on which online pharmacy you use, they will either accept a payment online for delivery purposes or you will have to visit the actual store to complete the prescription payment process.

Also, one very important thing to consider at the online pharmacy your are using is that they have a secured checkout, payment system! In future, any sites where you purchase items online make sure that this “https” configuration is in the website address, anything else can be hacked and your address, payment, and medical information stolen by Internet criminals.

Online pharmacy is the next generation of pharmacy, with the explosion of the worldwide web, every land based pharmacy will have a web presence, website, if they want to stay in business and be competitive in the pharmacy industry. When you finally select an online pharmacy website that you would like to do business with, check their site credentials, make sure that they are a “Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Website” defined by the “National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.” If you are concerned about the online pharmacy site and they aren’t answering all your questions, there are many other sites on the Internet to choose.

One good tip about choosing online pharmacies is to select one that is associated with a large pharmacy chain, a well known pharmacy group. This way, you know the large pharmacy or someone else you know and have dealt when them before. The trust factor is minimized and your securityScience Articles, bank and credit information will be kept secured. “The Online Pharmacy” is the future of Pharmacy!.

Buy Medicines from an Online Pharmacy

Online pharmacy is considered as next generation of pharmacy. With this revolution, every land based pharmacy must have a web presence.

In this competitive business, if they want to stay alive, they must need these online pharmacy web sites. Before selecting the online pharmacy web site, which you want to business with them make sure that they are Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Website defined by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

There are lots of valued online pharmacy web sites are providing the services to their loyal customers in a professional way. For these services, you need to fill the form with your name, mailing address and doctor’s prescription information. After that you need to finalize the order, you need to select the payment mode or medical plans using. You need to pay the amount either online, or you have to visit the original store to complete the process for payment depends upon the stores you have selected.

There are lots of main things to be considered before ordering the pharmacy. The main thing is the online pharmacy store website, which you have selected has a secured checkout and online payment system. And also this web site must have the configuration http in the website address or not. Because now a day lot of websites is hacked and your address, payment and medical information will be stolen by any internet criminals.

Here is a suggestion that you need to select the best one that is associate with a large pharmacy chain. And also it should be a well known pharmacy group.

Always check to see that the online pharmacy is staffed by fully licensed professional pharmacists.

Watch out for counterfeit drugs. There have been numerous cases where online pharmacies have sold counterfeit or fake drugs. These are often ineffective or dangerous to your health. When you receive your online prescription, check the delivery carefully to ensure that the package appears genuine and has not been broken or tampered with.

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