International online pharmacies offer financial relief for Americans (PRNewsfoto/PharmacyChecker.com)

Approximately 20 million Americans have imported medication to save money. Although buying medications internationally is federally prohibited, individuals have not been prosecuted for filling prescriptions internationally.  Dozens of drugs that do not have generic alternatives have recently been removed from the formularies of two large pharmacy benefit managers, Express Scripts and Caremark. This leaves Americans who need these drugs having to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars out-of-pocket per month for those medications. However, researchers at PharmacyChecker.com have found that some of the dropped drugs can be purchased from licensed pharmacies outside the U.S. for a fraction of the U.S. price.

A single tablet of the type 2 diabetes drug Jardiance, for example, costs $17.33 in the U.S. but can be purchased from licensed pharmacies in Canada for as little as $3.33, an 81% savings.An 800 mg capsule of the kidney disease drug Renagel is $8.88 in the U.S., but just $2.11 if ordered from Canada.  Even lower prices are available for some drugs when purchased from licensed pharmacies in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, and India.  “High drug costs are a major contributor to nonadherence among patients. Verified international online pharmacies often offer lower prices, making drugs more affordable,” says Kelly Ann Barnes, a licensed pharmacist in Massachusetts who oversees the PharmacyChecker Verification Program.

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A SAFETY MEASURE IN BUYING MEDICATIONS FROM ABROAD


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CVS Pharmacy is changing its mission.  The national drugstore has always been passionate about beauty and the important role it plays in overall health. After all, taking time to feel good on the outside enhances overall well being.  However when 2/3 of women strongly agree that the media has set an unrealistic standard of beauty, 80 percent feel worse about themselves after seeing a beauty ad, and 90 percent of girls ages 15-17 want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, something needs to change.  That is why CVS Pharmacy is committed to creating new standards for post-production alteration of beauty images.  As part of this initiative, transparency for beauty imagery that has been materially altered will be required by the end of 2020.

The company also announced that it will introduce the “CVS Beauty Mark,” a watermark that will be used to highlight imagery that has not been materially altered. For this initiative, materially altered is defined as changing or enhancing a person’s shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics. CVS Pharmacy will be working together with key brand partners and industry experts to develop specific guidelines in an effort to ensure consistency and transparency. Read more of this story »

CVS INTRODUCES “BEAUTY MARK”


Superstar makeup artist, Pat McGrath, commandeered the runways at Prada and Versace, where they showed their Fall/Winter 2018 Collections at Milano Uomo.  Debuting the Decadence Collection, featuring the Mothership IV Palette (above) at Versace, McGrath chose smokey geometric structures, using shades of Blue Blood, Hedonistic, Inferno, and Sinful.  At Prada, she created alluring lips with Peep Show, a sultry peach shade, one of eleven new Lust: MatteTrance Lipsticks (below). Both products become available on-line Thursday, January 28th.

RUNWAY RECAP: PAT MCGRATH AT MILANO UOMO!