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Election Day Voting, yes polls are open!

The polls are open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. 

If you do not know where your polling place is, contact your county Supervisor of Elections. You can also find your precinct and polling place on your county Supervisor of Elections' website or by using the Voter Information Lookup.

Things To Know About Buying Prescription Medication From Overseas

by Arthur Oken, Savon Global Meds

In the area of drug importation, U.S. Customs is more like the cop who lets drivers whiz by at speeds much higher than the speed limit. Customs mostly turn a blind eye toward individuals who purchase mailed prescription drugs from overseas pharmacies. In the past eight years, we have had three-four packages stopped per year by Customs.

SavOn Global Meds is a call center, based in the U.S., affiliated with a large overseas pharmacy. We send all prescriptions and personal data to their pharmacists for review. They then order the drugs made in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Turkey and the U.K.

When you get branded drugs from overseas, keep in mind that manufacturers such as: Glaxo Smith Kline, Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Sanofi-Aventis, etc. have to make the identical patented products wherever their plant is worldwide. Often a drug is made and marketed by more than one manufacturer. One company will make a product in the U.S. and another company is licensed to make the identical product outside of the U.S.  The name of the drug can often be different outside of the U.S. than in the U.S. For example: Abbott Labs Synthroid is called Thyronorm by Abbott in Europe; GSK’s Advair is called Seretide outside of U.S., etc.

Almost every major drug manufacturer has a plant in Turkey, so they can sell lower costing brands to the European price-controlled markets and be able to make a profit.  Drugs sold in the European Union (E.U.) are overseen by the European Medical Agency (EMA), which is similar to our FDA. Drugs imported into the E.U. have to undergo full analytical testing, unless a mutual recognition agreement is in place, such as with the Turkish Accreditation Agency. That is why SavOn Global Meds is very comfortable in using branded drugs made in Turkey for Europe.

Many drug manufacturers have also chosen to make their drugs in their own plants in India. The CEO of GSK said they remain in India because it offers “sensible pricing.” Did you know that approximately 40%-50% of generic prescriptions sold in U.S. pharmacies are made in India?  The FDA is required to inspect foreign drug facilities on the same inspection schedule as domestic plants. The FDA has a major presence in India, doing inspections and in training the Indian Pharmaceutical Association members in quality control. SavOn Global Meds only uses Indian companies that are inspected by our FDA. We do not use banned companies or ones that have had multiple violations. We also offer specialized generic medications made in India that are approved and inspected by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is part of the United Nations.

A Seniors How To:
On Reducing the Spread of the Coronavirus, but

Seniors listen up! Coronavirus has reached the United States and is now in the state of Florida. There have been 19 cases confirmed in the sunshine state since March 9th and 650 nationwide. Though most of the cases are overseas, the virus is continuing to spread and is seriously affecting the world's senior population. Most people who become infected experience mild symptoms, but seniors who become infected can undergo severe conditions, especially those with underlying health conditions.

Protect yourself and others by:
  • Washing your hands often with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water (kills viruses that may be on your hand).
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces with any EPA-registered household disinfectants, a solution of bleach and water, or an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol.
  • Maintain 3 feet (0.91 m) distance between you or anyone coughing/sneezing (to avoid breathing in small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth).
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth (avoid transferring the virus from your hands into your body).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue (throw away the tissue right away).
  • Only use a face mask if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease (there is a shortage of face masks needed for health workers).
Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care right away. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, stay away from crowded areas or places. These guidelines were provided by both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Seniors, there is no need to panic but stay aware and vigilant. By practicing excellent hygiene and preventative care, we can fight the spread of this virus. Our community is secure, and our nation has some of the best medical teams in the world. Stay healthy and again DON’T PANIC!

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