The Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) is pleased to launch this new blog, “The Pharmacist’s Corner.” This blog is written in conjunction with professional pharmacists who work at Canadian pharmacies that are approved CIPA members. It will provide consumers with general tips and information on the safe use of prescription medications, especially those taken daily for chronic medical conditions. If you have questions about safe medication use, or the specific prescriptions that you take on a regular basis, please feel free to contact the licensed pharmacist available to you through your CIPA member pharmacy.
The Pharmacist’s Corner #1 – How to Safely Manage Daily Prescription Medications
Taking your medications properly is extremely important to your health. In fact, many visits to the doctor or hospital can be avoided simply by adhering to your medication routine, and avoiding some common errors that can occur in using daily medications. Here are a few tips to help you use your prescriptions safely and effectively.
The Pharmacist’s Corner #2 – The Key to Staying on Schedule with your Medications
Because your health condition doesn’t go away, adherence to therapy – which means taking your medication exactly as prescribed every single day – is critically important. In fact, it is estimated to be a $300 billion dollar problem, according to Prescriptions for a Healthy America.
The Pharmacist’s Corner #3 – 5 Ways to Avoid Harmful Interactions When Taking Multiple Medications
When you take multiple medications, they can interact with each other inside your body. Drug interactions may make your prescriptions less effective, cause unexpected side effects, or even make one drug too powerful. Pharmacists and doctors are well trained to review and recognize potential drug interactions, so always discuss all the medications you take with your health care provider or pharmacist.
The Pharmacist’s Corner #4 – The Best Places to Store Your Medications – it’s Not Where You Think
Believe it or not, your bathroom medicine cabinet is not a good place to store your prescription medications. Why? Because the humidity in your bathroom, which comes from taking baths and showers, can be harmful to many medications and decrease their effectiveness.
The Pharmacist’s Corner #5 – CIPA – Internet Pioneer Committed to Safe Medicine Access
CIPA and its member pharmacies believe that access to safe and affordable medications is a basic right. It’s our privilege to serve our U.S. customers, and as part of the global online marketplace that can give access to people all over the world, to work with other Internet organizations and law enforcement officials, to protect consumers and help others adopt our rigorous safety standards as well.