Archive for June 4th, 2006

More on seizures of legal prescriptions

Here is an earlier referencehttps://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2006/03/15/ customs-seizes-legal-prescriptions/

In todays’ Santa Fé New Mexican newspaper http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/44549.html is an article on this activity. The article discusses several aspects of the ordering from Canada, especially for those who may also be eligible for the Medicare prescription program. Ironically, ordering from Canada because the US has no thought-out health system may raise the costs of Canadian pharmaceuticals.

As the article implies, CanadaDrugs.com is a careful and helpful pharmacy to deal with.

After ordering a prescription drug for his enlarged prostate earlier this year from a Canadian pharmacy, a 76-year-old Santa Fe man received a letter from the federal government informing him that it had confiscated the package….

The U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, said it was illegal for him to import the medications under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. …
The man said he objected to his mail being intercepted and to the correspondence, which included a flyer warning him about the safety of importing prescription drugs. “I thought it was kind of threatening,” he said.

Until recently, the FDA has focused its enforcement efforts on people who import large quantities of drugs and not on individuals trying to save money on prescription medicines….Lynn Hollinger, a spokeswoman for the CBP in Washington, said the policy was changed to target individuals as well in November 2005. Between then and May 1, the agency had sent out 28,835 letters informing U.S. residents that CBP had seized noncontrolled pharmaceuticals addressed to them.

Consumer Reports cites a study by the Illinois Office of Special Advocate for Prescription Drugs, which found that Canada’s manufacturing and regulatory system is comparable to that in the United States and the distribution system is more likely to discourage drug counterfeiting. Moreover, a June 2004 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office disclosed that all the prescription drugs it ordered from Canadian Internet pharmacies contained the proper chemical compositions and were properly shipped.

There are undoubtedly illegitimate pharmacies set up to serve people in the U.S. looking for drug bargains, the magazine noted, so customers should order from pharmacies entitled to display the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, or CIPA, seal. Such pharmacies will alert them when they intend to supply medication from another country.

Before ordering drugs from Canada . . .

Source: Consumer Reports

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Conversando con su médico—Free Publication to Improve Doctor/Patient Communication

May 18, 2006
Free Publication Helps Older Hispanics Improve Doctor/Patient Communication

How well patients and doctors talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. As we get older, it becomes even more important to talk often and comfortably with the doctor. Unfortunately, talking to the doctor isn’t always easy. It takes time and effort. A new publication from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) can help older adults learn to communicate more effectively with their doctors.

Conversando con su médico is a 38-page Spanish-language publication. To order a free copy, please call the NIA Information Center toll free at 1-800-222-2225 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

# Choosing a doctor,
# Communicating effectively with the doctor and other health care providers,
# Working with an interpreter,
# Discussing sensitive issues such as incontinence or sexuality, and
# Finding additional health information in Spanish.

NIA Web site at http://www.nia.nih.gov

http://medlib.med.utah.edu/blogs/BHIC/ archives/cat_minority_health_concerns.html#001560

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