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Nanaz:
I don't know if this is your area, but there seemed to be some things in your expertise that might fit.  If not, possibly you could direct me further.

I am seeking an online or mail order medication source to order medications from either Canada or the UK.  I found one online that is called Universaldrugstore.com, but they do not accept insurance.  I have a drug program through Medicare.  I have a fairly stubborn infection type of disease, and it is in my opinion that I think possibly medications not from US may be of better quality.  I feel that the FDA standard is fairly low.  My opinion only.  So, I apologize if this is not in your area, but any direction would be helpful.  thank you.

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Hi,

 The FDA standard for quality of drugs in America is actually high.  I cannot guarantee medications from other countries will be better or worse than those found in America.  Ordering medications from other countries is generally discouraged among US pharmacists.  There are issues of counterfeit, contaminated, and adulterated drugs from online pharmacies.  I have attached two online articles regarding this matter.

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/Buy

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/585137

Perhaps a second opinion from another medical doctor would help versus finding alternative medications.  

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Nanaz Khosrowshahi

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Being a pharmacist, I can answer questions on medications. This includes how drugs work in the body, drug interactions, drug side effects, warnings and precautions to take when using certain medications, dosage forms and strengths, management of overdosing, storage of medications, drug administration, contraindications, and drug indications. I am able to guide them on lab work that needs to be drawn and monitored while on certain medications. I am able to help patients save money when purchasing medications by directing them to cost-effective therapies. I am able to answer questions on federal laws governing pharmacy practice in the United States. I am unable to answer questions legally as if I am diagnosing the patient's disease or illness. For example, if a patient stated he had upper flank pain, I am unable to say he definitely has a urinary tract infection. However, I am able to direct the patient to the correct next step, which is to call his physician with such a side effect.

Experience

I have been a licensed pharmacist since 2007, holding licenses in CT and MA. I have a PHARM.D from an accelerated pharmacy school program. Currently, I work at the Hebrew Home and Hospital in West Hartford, CT as a pharmacist. I am a well-rounded pharmacist, with experience in long-term care, IV home infusion, retail, hospital, and hospice. I serve as the pharmacy unit coordinator for Mass Dispensing Area #31 in CT, where I am called upon as a volunteer pharmacist in case of public emergencies, such as anthrax threats. I helped run the swine flu vaccine clinic in 2009. I am on the Editorial Advisory Board for Pharmacy Today, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association. My position on the board runs for three years. Every month I make suggestions and offer ideas that would help improve the magazine. I have undergone extra training to administer vaccines to patients, which is training that only a certain percentage of registered pharmacists in the country have.

Organizations
American Pharmacists Association 2007

Education/Credentials
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA- PHARM.D 2007 University of California, Irvine- BA psychology 2001 cum laude

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