Please note: We will be closed all day Wednesday 1 Jul 2020 for the Canada Day holiday. Regular store hours will resume on Thursday 2 Jul 2020. For after hours or emergency service please contact Dano at 403-330-4785 ..
"As of June 15, pharmacists in Alberta can begin to give out larger quantities again, up to a 100-day supply!
[Back in March 2020] to handle the critical drug supply issues that affected Alberta and the world due to COVID-19, the government recommended pharmacists dispense a maximum 30-day supply of all prescription drugs, when appropriate. This made sure pharmacies could supply people with the prescriptions they needed. Because of this temporary measure and the evolving COVID-19 situation, conditions have improved."
So starting Monday 15 Jun 2020 we are again permitted to fill prescriptions written for up to 100 days or as specificed by the prescriber. Note: there may remain some specific medications in short supply and it will be left to the pharmacist to determine if a 30 day limit is still appropriate.
We have (finally) started to receive some items in high demand .. Hooray!
Please note: We will be closed all day Monday 18 May 2020 for the Victoria Day holiday. Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday 19 May 2020. For after hours or emergency service please contact Dano at 403-330-4785 ..
We are now open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm as before but now closed from 1-2pm for lunch and sanitizing.
If you are feeling sick or should be self-isolating please do not come into the pharmacy. You can call us from your car or home at 403-758-3001 and we can come serve you there.
FYI in March 2020 the government started requiring pharmacists to limit a patient's supply of prescription drugs to a 30 day fill, due to possible shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please note that some high demand items are now on 'limited quantity' for purchases: Gloves, masks, hand sanitizers, toilet paper rolls when available are limited to 1 package per family please.
We anticipate this will just be temporary measures until the supply chain normalizes. Thank you for your understanding
We get this question from time to time. Why did you bill us twice for this month? It happens because of arcane mathematics: Our pill pack customers get billed monthly (12 times per year) BUT the pills they get are filled in 28 day packs (13 times per year), SO once per year they pay double their expected monthly amount (assuming no change to their medications or coverage). We understand that this is disconcerting and somewhat confusing to anyone on a fixed income or budget. Let us try to explain the math:
Fact: Each year is 365 days long. There are 12 months in a year. Pill packs are filled for 4 x 7 = 28 days. 28 x 13 is 364. So each year 13 pill packs are filled but only 12 monthly statements sent, so in one of those months each year you will get a double portion to make up for the extra pill pack (13 packs vs 12 times per year).
We hope this explanation helps you understand the financial situation. If you currently pay a certain amount for each pill pack, say $50 for each, be aware that each month you are only being billed 1/13th of the annual amount not 1/12th. Or another way to think of it, 11 out of 12 months you are only being billed for 1/13th of the expected annual amount or about 10% less than the actual average monthly amount. One of those months will be 2/13th of the expected annual amount. In the case above, paying $54.17/mo would pay the 13 packs off in the year: i.e.13x$50=$650 and $54.17x12=$650.04
Also, every 28 years you technically would get an extra charge to make up for another pill pack .. the extra day ((365- 364) x 28 times) .. but I doubt you will notice ..
The eligibility criteria for the Coverage for Seniors program is changing. Effective March 1, 2020, family members younger than 65 years of age will no longer be covered by the Coverage for Seniors program. Albertans 65 years of age and older will continue to be covered by the program. If you have questions, contact the AHCIP Office.
In past, spouses of seniors were covered when their spouse turned 65 regardless of their age. After 1 Mar 2020 seniors blue cross will only be available to those already age 65.
Hypothermia and frostbite are preventable. Be prepared for outdoor conditions by dressing warmly, covering exposed skin, and not letting the bright sun fool you in the winter. If the temperature is below freezing (0°C), consider yourself at risk and take the proper precautions.
Hypothermia occurs when you have abnormally low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 37°C (98.6°F), as measured by mouth. Hypothermia is defined as a drop in body temperature below 35°C (95°F). Young babies (because they have a greater surface area to body weight ratio) and seniors are the most vulnerable to developing hypothermia.
Frostbite happens when a part of the body actually freezes. Mild frostbite doesn't leave lasting damage, but severe frostbite does cause permanent damage and may even require amputation of a body part.
Be careful out there!
Earlier this month an extreme Cold Warning was issued for our area: "A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills continues. The coldest wind chill values will be near minus 45C. Extreme wind chill values are expected to become more widespread again tonight and into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to moderate closer to seasonal normals toward the end of the month.
First of all, to make sure you stay healthy when you take a trip, don’t leave your medications at home!
Keep these tips in mind for managing your medications on the road:
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