April 20th, 2015

Be water safe: Water treatment options for international travel


It’s every traveller’s fear: Being on your dream vacation but unable to enjoy it because you’re stuck in the bathroom with a bad case of traveller’s diarrhea.

Most cases of traveller’s diarrhea can be traced back to drinking contaminated water. Hygiene standards vary across the world and, when you’re travelling, sometimes there’s just no way to know if the water is safe.

Sticking to bottled water is one option, but it might be hard to find in every location and it’s not the most environmentally-conscious option. Boiling water is another alternative, but it won’t remove all contaminants, and continuously having to create water-boiling stations can be inconvenient. That’s why travellers, especially those venturing to developing countries, need to think about their water purification needs.


April 10th, 2015

London Drugs Diabetes and Insulin Management Clinics

Certified Diabetes Educators assist Western Canadians with diabetes management

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than nine million Canadians now live with diabetes, the statistic having nearly doubled since 2000. That number is expected to increase by 1.5 million people in coming years and will see one in three people with the disease by 2020.

With more than 20 people being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour, diabetes has become one of Canada’s foremost illnesses. In response to a nationwide concern over the disease, London Drugs has continued to grow its Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) Program. As part of that program London Drugs offers Diabetes & Insulin Management Clinics to assist Canadians with the management of their diabetes.

Beginning in May, Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are available on-site to book 45-minute one-on-one personal care and consultation appointments. CDEs offer assistance to people living with diabetes in handling their disease while also guiding them by making recommendations for therapy. During each clinical session, patients receive a personalized assessment, and advice on blood glucose monitoring, safe insulin injection and overall diabetes management. With an in-store Certified Diabetes Educator, London Drugs pharmacy patients have access to a health care professional who can work regularly with them to help manage their disease.

Over the years, the number of Certified Diabetes Educators at London Drugs has increased to 55 across Western Canada. With pharmacy at the heart of its business, all London Drugs pharmacists are provided with the tools to identify, assess and discuss individualized risks and implications for diabetes. It is during these Diabetes Clinics that people living with diabetes are able to gain a deeper understanding and learn more about their individual disease management.

The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends that Canadians over the age of 40 be tested for diabetes every three years. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include a family history of the disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol as well as being a member of a high-risk group including those of Aboriginal, Asian, South Asian or African descent. Without proper management and care of diabetes, complications may arise in the form of heart, kidney or eye disease as well as potential nerve damage.

For full information on Type 2 Diabetes visit the London Drugs Health Library online or speak with a London Drugs Pharmacist at your nearest location. To learn more about London Drugs’ Diabetes Clinics, visit www.londondrugs.com/diabetesclinic to book your appointment.


April 6th, 2015

Protect yourself! Get a travel mosquito net

LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net

LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net

Mosquitoes aren’t just an annoying travel partner; they can carry diseases like malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever. Insect repellant is one way to dodge their bites during the day, but when you go to sleep, a hungry mosquito can take its time finding little patches of skin that your insect repellant may have missed. That’s where mosquito nets come in.

When used properly, mosquito nets are an important step in preventing insect bites.

LifeSystems UltraNet Mosquito Net

LifeSystems UltraNet Mosquito Net

London Drugs Travel Clinics offer two styles of mosquito nets: the LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net, which is available in single and double sizes and features a strengthening bar to give you more airflow and the LifeSystems UltraNet Mosquito Net, which is ideal for backpackers since its simple hanging design bears such a small footprint.

Both styles of mosquito nets have 196 holes per square inch and nylon ripstop skirting with lashing points to secure your nets. Both types are coated with EX8 AntiMosquito treatment, providing a further barrier against mosquito bites and lasts up to 2 years or 35 washes. You simply hang the net over a bed and secure it beneath your mattress or sleeping bag.

LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net (double)

LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net (double)

When you’re using a mosquito net:

  • Make sure the fabric of the net isn’t touching you while you sleep, since mosquitoes will still be able to bite through the net.
  • Regularly inspect your net for holes.
  • Ensure that you use your mosquito net every night—whether you’re sleeping indoors or outside.

Remember, mosquito nets are just one step in preventing malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever. For more information on these and other insect-borne diseases, contact your local London Drugs Travel Clinic regarding this, as well as advice on malarial medications and other protection measures.

March 20th, 2015

Medicine Never Tasted So Good!


Kids often think medicine comes in two flavours—gross and *blecch*. It makes medicine time a struggle for moms. But there’s a solution!

FLAVORx has created custom-flavoured medicine! For a small fee ($2.99), our London Drugs pharmacists can flavour your children’s medicine. That means less fighting, less spitting out and less stress (for mom).

The best part is your kids can choose! Go here and see how Fred the Flavorbot helps you choose flavour selections for over 200 medicines.

To get more information on flavour your children’s medicine, talk to your local London Drugs pharmacist—visit our website for locations.

February 26th, 2015

March is Pharmacist Awareness Month

Expanded Scope

Pharmacists are taking on expanded roles and are increasingly being recognized as the medication management experts of the health care team. Here is chart from the Canadian Pharmacists Association showing what pharmacists are doing in each province.

Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers for Canadians, yet many still unaware of the breadth of health services they now provide.

Pharmacist Awareness Month aims to help improve the public’s understanding of the increasing role pharmacists play in the provision of health care services and the tangible benefits they bring as health care providers for Canadians.

For many years, Pharmacists have been taking on expanded roles in the Canadian health care system. Today’s pharmacist is highly respected as the medication management expert of the health care team. They collaborate with patients, their families and other health care providers to deliver a range of innovative services, including medication reviews, chronic disease management, immunization services and wellness programs.


February 23rd, 2015

Five Foods of Mexico

mexico_221851948Inspired by a recent trip to Mexico, this blog post discusses fabulous fare from that southern hot spot! Mexican cuisine uses many delicious foods and spices but five that really stand out to me are:

  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Corn, and
  • Peppers

Read on for a brief overview of these tempting ingredients and try a recipe or two at the end of this article.


February 17th, 2015

London Drugs Osteoporosis Screening Clinics in Victoria

Osteoporosis Screening Clinics return for two days at London Drugs in Tillicum Centre


As individuals continue to focus on their health there are many tools available to provide guidance on health goals. One area of health people may not consider is the health of their bones. London Drugs is announcing the return of their Osteoporosis Screening Clinics to give individuals an overview of their bone health. For two days only, London Drugs Victoria customers will have an opportunity to book an appointment with a pharmacist.


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