What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes the airways to narrow, swell, and produce excess mucus. Many people develop asthma as children, but millions of adults live with asthma symptoms every day.
When you breathe in, the air goes through your nose or mouth, into the throat, then the airways. Oxygen is then dispersed to the body when air reaches the lungs. If a trigger or irritant is present, the airways can become irritated and inhibit breathing. The airways swell and fill with mucus, obstructing airflow.
Asthma conditions vary from patient to patient. Some people experience frequent asthma attacks, while others experience mild symptoms. Common symptoms include:
- Chest tightness
- Chest pain
- Coughing or wheezing attacks
- Wheezing when exhaling
- Trouble sleeping due to asthma symptoms like shortness of breath or coughing
If you have asthma, it is essential to monitor your symptoms. Your condition may change over time, and you may need to schedule an appointment with your respiratory therapist if you notice that:
- Your symptoms are more frequent
- You are using your emergency inhaler more often
- It is becoming increasingly difficult to breathe normally
Causes of Asthma
There is not one sole cause of asthma. For many, asthma is closely tied to allergies. If you have certain allergies, it is likely that your allergies also cause asthma symptoms. The most common type of asthma triggers include:
- Cold air
- Physical activity
- Respiratory infections
- Airborne allergens like pet dander, dust mites, mould, and pollen
- Smoke and air pollution
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Certain medications (beta-blockers, aspirin, and ibuprofen)
If you notice that you are having trouble breathing, your doctor will determine the cause of your symptoms to ensure that you receive the right treatment. The type of asthma you experience may change over time, and you may have more than one.
Allergic asthma: Not everyone who has allergies has asthma and vice versa. Common allergens like pet hair, dust, smoke, pollution, and pollen can cause asthma symptoms. Your allergist may provide an allergy test to determine your triggers. If you are allergic to pollen or live in a polluted area, you may want to check the weather for your area, so you know the pollen count and air quality. If levels are high, you may want to stay inside.
Exercise-induced asthma: Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) occurs when the airways narrow due to physical activity. Around 90 percent of asthma patients experience EIB. This condition occurs when the body loses heat, water, or both from the airways during exercise. When you breathe in quickly during physical activity, you inhale drier air than what is in the body. This causes asthma symptoms within a few minutes of beginning exercise and may continue after your workout.
Occupational asthma: If you are exposed to chemical fumes, dust, or other irritants at your workplace, you may be at risk for occupational asthma. Your job might be the cause of your asthma if you noticed symptoms when you changed professions. The following occupations are more at risk of developing occupational asthma:
- Plastics workers
- Laboratory works
- Metal workers
Once you have an asthma diagnosis, you will likely receive a prescription for a maintenance and rescue (or emergency) inhaler. The goal of asthma treatment is to reduce your risk of asthma attacks. Avoiding your triggers and following your treatment plan is the best way to avoid dangerous complications.
Long-term asthma medications: These prescription drugs are taken daily to keep your asthma under control on a day-to-day basis. If you use your maintenance inhaler as directed, you are much less likely to have an asthma attack. Long-term medications may include:
- Inhaled corticosteroids: When corticosteroids are inhaled, certain cells in the lungs cannot release substances that cause asthma symptoms.
- Leukotriene modifiers The body produces chemicals known as leukotrienes when exposed to allergens. These medications block the action of leukotrienes, reducing symptoms.
Rescue inhalers: If you experience a sudden onset of asthma symptoms, you may need an emergency inhaler. These medications are often used before exercise (if recommended by your doctor). The most common types of rescue inhalers include:
- Anticholinergic agents: This medication relaxes the airway immediately to ease breathing.
- Short-acting beta-agonists The muscles in the lungs and airways are relaxed, opening the airways and allowing more air to enter the lungs.
Other Treatment Options
Medications are the cornerstone of asthma medications, but there are several things you can do to ensure that your asthma remains under control. One of the most beneficial things you can do is reduce your exposure to triggering allergens. You may want to:
- Reduce pet dander in your living space
- Clean your house regularly
- Buy dustproof covers for your mattress and pillows
- Use washable curtains and blinds
- Use your air conditioner
If you maintain the health of the whole body, your lungs will also benefit. Regular exercise can strengthen the heart and lungs. If you have exercise-induced asthma, it is important to remain active and ask your doctor how to exercise safely without experiencing asthma symptoms. Being overweight can intensify asthma symptoms, so maintaining a healthy body weight can reduce your chance of other health conditions.
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Last Updated: September, 2018
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DELIVERY & SHIPPING POLICY
We at MediCare Pharmacy want to give you the best pharmacy experience, including ensuring you receive your packages safe, sound and in a timely fashion. MediCare Pharmacy ships medications in secure packaging to everywhere in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. We have an agreement with Canada Post as our primary shipping partner.
Once you’ve signed up with MediCare Pharmacy and we have your prescription on file, you should receive your first delivery in 5-7 business days. Check your email or app notification for updates on your first delivery. You will be provided a tracking number to monitor your package’s location and expected delivery date. We will ship your medication in discreet packaging to protect your privacy and use tamper evident seals for security. If you experience delays, please call us right away. If your package arrives damaged or with broken seals, let us know the tracking number provided with your package and we will replace it right away.
If you do not receive your medication and your package cannot be located using the tracking number provided, contact our office and we will re-ship the medication to you free of charge.
MediCare Pharmacy provides free delivery for all regular shipments. If you need any emergency medication, we can ship it to you overnight, however please be aware an additional overnight charge may be applied.
Use the Site to schedule your delivery for whatever location is most convenient for you, including at home or work. Not all employers allow you to receive personal packages at work. If your employer does not allow you to receive personal packages at work, please update your shipping address on your Account or call us to update your Account information.
Canada Post, one of our shipping partners, offers Flex Delivery™ – a unique service that allows you to have packages delivered to any post office, free of charge. To learn more or sign up for this service, visit canadapost.ca/flex delivery.
You get to decide whether you want your package to require a signature. If you do not want this security feature, your package will be left in your mailbox or a safe drop location on your premises.
If your package requires a signature, but no one is available, a Delivery Notice Card will be left in the mailbox indicating the closest Canada Post location to pick up your parcel.
To pick up your medication package from the post office, you must bring
- A government-issued photo ID
If someone else is picking up your medication package on your behalf, they must bring one of the following:
- A government-issued photo ID showing they live at the same address as you, or
- The delivery notice card signed by you showing you give them permission to pick up your package, or
- A legal document that demonstrates the person has authority to act on your behalf, such as power of attorney, appointment as trustee or a letter of authorization.
Your package will be held at the post office for a maximum of 15 days, after which it will be returned to us. Please let us know if you are unable to pick up your package within the window of time indicated by Canada Post and we can coordinate the best location for your package to be delivered.
If you are unable to retrieve your package from the post office and are concerned your medication might expire, call us and we’ll be happy to assist you. If you are receiving items that need to be refrigerated, like insulin, we will ship them to you in specialized coolers and coordinate delivery with you ahead of time to make sure your medication is not left sitting for more than 2 business days.
If you change your shipping address, please update your contact information and address right away from within the MediCare Pharmacy app or by logging on to our website. You can also call or email our office.
MediCare Pharmacy will contact you if your medication is on manufacturer backorder and work with you to make sure you are still getting the medication you need. We will still ship you any other medications you ordered that are not affected by any such back order.
DRUG DISPENSING REQUIREMENT POLICIES
You must have a valid prescription from a physician licensed to practice medicine and prescribe medications in the province or territory where you live. Please note that only your doctor can fax a prescription to MediCare Pharmacy; pharmacy regulations stipulate that a pharmacy can accept a faxed prescription only from a physician’s office.
MediCare Pharmacy accepts prescriptions transferred from your old pharmacy. If you provide us with the name and contact information of your old pharmacy, as well as the names of the medications you filled there, we will coordinate the transfer for you.
MediCare Pharmacy also accepts prescriptions sent to our office by mail. To save time, you can use the Site to take a picture of your prescription and submit it directly to us. We will send you a prepaid, priority envelope to mail us your prescription, since we cannot ship your medication without a physical copy of your prescription. We use the picture to sort and package your medication ahead of time so your medication is ready to ship as soon as we receive your prescription in the mail.
If your prescription changes, have your doctor fax it directly to MediCare Pharmacy, and we will update your file.
MediCare Pharmacy fills prescriptions by the dose in SmartPacks. You can order up to 30 days' worth of your prescription medication, which can be refilled in 30-day increments until you reach the end of your prescription. Your SmartPacks will also contain 30 days’ worth of any over-the-counter medications you have ordered, like vitamins and supplements. We provide other pharmacy items, like diabetic supplies, in 3 month increments or as needed basis.
MediCare Pharmacy will not ship any pharmaceutical product to you that does not have Health Canada Approval.
Before any prescription is released for shipping, a MediCare Pharmacy pharmacist will be in contact with you to discuss your medication for counselling, based on the time you specify in your profile when you sign up. If you have a clinical question, you can privately consult with a pharmacist at any time by calling in, emailing, or using in-app chat feature. If you have clinical questions about your medication, pharmacists are on call from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5:00pm, PST.
Requests for and Transfers of Prescriptions
Upon registering an Account and adding your Payment Method (as described below), you give MediCare Pharmacy your consent to transfer your prescriptions from your existing pharmacy(s) and/or contact your prescriber(s) regarding your prescriptions.
MediCare Pharmacy does not dispense narcotics, controlled and targeted substances. You should continue to have prescriptions for these medications filled for you at another pharmacy.
As governed by the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act (PODSA) Bylaws : Part I(7): The Pharmacist shall not accept the return for use or re-use of any portion of any drug or non-prescription medication. MediCare Pharmacy does not accept returned medication, needles, syringes or lancets. Read more about proper disposal under “Medication Disposal.”
Like most pharmacies, MediCare Pharmacy dispenses generic medication when appropriate and permitted by the prescribing doctor. Generic medications are just as safe and effective as brand-name medications. All prescription drugs are reviewed by Health Canada against federal guidelines and as such, the generic drug must include the same amount of medicinal ingredients as branded drugs. Although the non-medicinal ingredients may differ, the generic drug manufacturer must perform studies showing that the non-medicinal ingredients do not change the drug’s safety, quality or effectiveness.
When MediCare Pharmacy fills your medications, we keep your best interests at heart and look for alternative medications that provide you with the lowest cost without compromising your health. For example, price reductions are often seen through therapeutic substitution which can mean switching one medication for a chemically or therapeutically equivalent drug that can provide the same health benefits.
A chemically equivalent drug is a generic medication made up of the same active chemicals (molecules) as the brand medication counterpart. A therapeutically equivalent drug is a different medication than the original and is not made up of the same active chemicals (molecules) as the original drug. This type of switch requires the approval of you and your doctor. Both chemical and therapeutic equivalents produce the same health results as the higher cost brand alternatives.
For more information on generic drugs, visit the Health Canada website at hc-sc.gc.ca.
If you have refills of your medications at another pharmacy, submit a transfer request of your prescription from the other pharmacy to MediCare Pharmacy. You can submit a transfer request through the Site or by phone.
When your prescription is due for a refill, MediCare Pharmacy will notify you by phone or Electronic Communication, based on the preference you indicated when you created your Account. When you receive a refill notification, access the Site and you will be shown how much medication you have left on your prescription and be given the option to refill your prescription, which will be shipped to you directly. When you are running out of refills, MediCare Pharmacy will contact your doctor (when available) to get a new prescription. We will notify you promptly if we run into any issues with renewal.
If you need to refill a prescription early, are planning on travelling or going on vacation, call our office and let us know the dates you will be away at your earliest convenience. Occasionally, you may experience higher costs when requesting an early fill, or vacation supply. However, we will work with your insurance provider to maximize the coverage of your medications - contact our office by phone, email, or through our in-app chat feature and we will go over your options.
Safety and Quality
MediCare Pharmacy advises you to always follow your doctor’s instructions for taking your medication: take the prescribed amount of the medication you should take for the prescribed length of time you should take it. This is the best thing you can do to make sure you get the full benefits from your medication and prevent additional health complications. We understand that some medications may have unpleasant side effects or be difficult to administer, and that is why MediCare Pharmacy pharmacists are available to offer clinical advice when dealing with these issues.
MediCare Pharmacy is fully accredited and licensed through its provincial College, Association or Society. MediCare Pharmacy only dispenses medications that have been approved for sale by Health Canada.
All medication filled by MediCare Pharmacy is verified by computer and double-checked for accuracy by a licensed pharmacist for guaranteed accuracy. If you package arrives damaged or with any seals broken, let us know the tracking number provided with your package and we will replace it right away.
It is important to dispose of medication, needles, syringes or lancets correctly. MediCare Pharmacy does not accept returns of any of these items. If your prescription comes with specific directions for disposal, call our office for assistance from a licensed pharmacist with the instructions. For any other pharmaceutical product you need to dispose, take these items to a local pharmacy, or follow the guidelines set by the Health Products Stewardship Association with regards to The Medications Return Program. To download the information Brochure visit www.healthsteward.ca. In addition, you can access proper medication disposal information from the Government of Canada website - Learn More: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/safe-disposal-prescription-drugs.html
Packaging and Child Safety Waiver
A pharmacy is required to dispense medication in a child resistant container unless the patient has signed a waiver or verbally requested a non-safety vial or container or where a child resistant contain is not suitable due to the physical nature of the pharmaceutical.
SMARTPACKS ARE NOT CHILD RESISTANT AND SHOULD BE KEPT OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING NECESSARY SAFEGUARDS ARE IN PLACE TO KEEP CHILDREN FROM ACCESSING OR TAMPERING WITH YOUR MEDICATIONS STORED IN SMARTPACKS. BY USING THE SITE AND SERVICES YOU ARE WAIVING THE REQUIREMENT FOR MediCare Pharmacy TO PACKAGE YOUR PHARMACEUTICALS IN CHILD RESISTANT CONTAINERS FOR ALL NEW PRESCRIPTIONS AND REFILLS ORDERED FROM MediCare Pharmacy OR THROUGH THE SITE.
LOCAL DISPENSING PHARMACY AND ACCREDITATION
British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories.
If you are using or accessing the Site or Services from British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories, the Site and Services are being provided to you by MediCare Pharmacy Pharmacy Inc., a British Columbia company accredited by the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.
MediCare Pharmacy Pharmacy Inc.'s College ID number with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia is 35451 and its Accreditation Number is ZKK. You can verify our pharmacy accreditation through the following link: http://www.bcpharmacists.org/search-pharmacy. Simply type in "MediCare Pharmacy" under "Search by Name.”
About the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
Founded in 1891, the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia is a vital link in the chain of trust that connects patients, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and as such, we are accountable to the public. The College's job is to protect public health by licensing and regulating pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and the places where they practice. The College is responsible for making sure every pharmacist and pharmacy technician in British Columbia is fully qualified and able to provide the public with competent care. The College receives its authority from - and is responsible for administering - provincial pharmacy legislation in British Columbia.
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- the App Provider has no obligation to provide any maintenance and support services with respect to the applications;
- in the event of any failure of the applications to conform to any applicable warranty, (i) you may notify the App Provider and the App Provider may refund the purchase price for the applications to you (if applicable), (ii) to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the App Provider will have no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the applications, and (iii) any other claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses attributable to any failure to conform to any warranty will be, as between MediCare Pharmacy and the App Provider, MediCare Pharmacy’ responsibility;
- the App Provider is not responsible for addressing any claims you have relating to the applications or your possession and use of the applications;
- you must also comply with all applicable third-party terms of service when using the applications.
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Transmission of Personal Data
MediCare Pharmacy welcomes your ideas, suggestions and recommendations for Site features, functionality and enhancements (“Feedback”). Any Feedback you provide to MediCare Pharmacy will be deemed non-confidential and MediCare Pharmacy will be free to use such Feedback without restriction and without any compensation or obligations to you.
MediCare Pharmacy sends you an invoice every month, which includes the cost of your prescription and any over-the-counter medications. No charges are made without notifying you or your Patient Representative first and an Electronic Communication is sent before every shipment with the included items.
MediCare Pharmacy accepts all major credit cards. We will charge your portion (if applicable) to the Visa, MasterCard or American Express you provide at the time of joining. It is your responsibility to make sure you pay your portion for your prescription and cover the cost of any over-the-counter products you purchase or your Patient Representative purchases on your behalf from MediCare Pharmacy. If you cannot make a payment on time, call our office to set up a payment plan. If you require financial assistance, email us and we will get back to you shortly.
MediCare Pharmacy works with all major insurance plans. We will confirm your coverage when you sign up for MediCare Pharmacy.
Any outstanding balance after applying the pharmaceuticals coverage under your insurance will be charged to you as a copayment. You will be provided with a receipt for each prescription dispensed.
When you make a purchase or your Patient Representative makes a purchase on your behalf, you or your Patient Representative must designate and provide information about your preferred payment method, including your insurance information and applicable credit card information for any copayment (“Payment Method”). When you provide any payment account information to MediCare Pharmacy, you represent to MediCare Pharmacy that you are the authorized user of that payment account or insurance policy. The initial claim will be directed to your drug plan first and to a spouse’s insurance plan second. You should submit claims for dependent children first to the plan of the spouse whose birth date is earliest in the year.
If you have any prior authorizations, MediCare Pharmacy will work with your doctor and insurance company to handle it. We’ll be in touch with you so that you know how long the process will take.
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable laws, we may change the fee we charge for products or Services at any time. We will give you reasonable notice of any such pricing changes by posting the new prices on or through the applicable product or Service, by posting the new prices on the Site or by otherwise notifying you through Electronic Communication.
CONTENT OWNERSHIP AND USE
Any health-related Content displayed on the Site describes general health care principles and is for general guidance only. Such Content should not be interpreted as specific instructions for individual users, and is not intended as a substitute for a consultation with your physician, pharmacist or a licensed health care professional, and should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem without first consulting your physician or a licensed health care professional. You should discuss any information provided through access to the Site and/or Services with a physician, pharmacist, nurse or other licensed health care professional. You should also check product information regarding dosage, precautions, and warnings before administering or using any device, drug, herb, vitamin or supplement referenced in the Site, Content or Services.
In no event will MediCare Pharmacy be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the Content or other information contained on, or accessible through, the Site and/or Services. Reliance on any information provided by, or otherwise appearing on, the Site and/or Services is solely at your own risk.
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Alleged Copyright Infringement Policy
It is MediCare Pharmacy’ policy to accept notices of alleged copyright infringement that are made in compliance with the Copyright Modernization Act. If you wish to provide notice of alleged copyright infringement, you must provide the following information:
Step 1: Create a written Copyright Infringement Notice document using this format.
Section 1: Your Direct Contact Information
Section 2: Identify your original work.
Identify the copyrighted work that you claim is being infringed. In the case of online content, include the website URL where an authorized copy of your copyrighted content is located. If the copyrighted work is not available online, include a hard copy of the work and proof of the existence and your ownership of the copyright in the work (e.g. your copyright registration).
Section 3: Identify the infringing content.
Identify the website URL where a copy of the allegedly infringing material is located. Provide the individual URL(s) of each relevant web page and if necessary the location of the text or content.
Section 4: Include the following statement:
“I certify, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive intellectual property right that is allegedly being infringed.”
Step 2: Mail, e-mail or fax the written Copyright Notice document to us.
Please note that the document must be dated and signed with your physical or electronic signature.
MediCare Pharmacy Pharmacy Inc.
Attn: CEO and President
233 - 18525 53rd Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
MediCare Pharmacy Pharmacy Inc.
Attn: CEO and President
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Waiver and Severability