The Future of the Canadian Drug Store
The great nation of Canada is famous for many things: its beautiful scenery; its wildlife; its sports; its French speaking colony; its mounted police force…but how about its drug stores?
Canada has been one of the world’s leading producers of pharmaceutical products for the last three decades. A citizen who has a Humana Medicare plan can recieve these high-end products from Canadian drug stores, both online and over the counter, and this is an industry that promises to grow and grow. This is largely thanks to the huge amount of natural resources that are available to companies north of the border.
Take the large reserves of fish oil for instance. These are particularly essential in the manufacture of cough medicines and cold cures. I’m sure you’ve already heard of the benefits of cod liver oil. Well Canadian drug stores are largely responsible for the cod’s decline since the nation was granted a license to fish exclusively for cod off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
Tree sap plays a large role in Canadian drug manufacture, with the resin of the great Canadian Redwoods of particular importance as a part D bonding agent in several modern medicines. Thankfully these trees can be ‘tapped’ for resin and the trees themselves aren’t harmed. They are however in good supply and native only to these shores. A lucrative natural resource indeed.
Another benefit to pharmaceutical production in Canada is the quality of the water. It is of utmost importance that water used in pharmacy products is of the highest quality, with the fewer impurities per cubic decimeter the better.
Despite Canada’s reputation as a highly environmentally conscientious nation, this high level of pharmaceutical production is frowned upon and even contested by many people, both on a national and international level, with Greenpeace in particular lodging several complaints against the Canadian Parliament on the world stage.
One of the major reasons for concern is the high output of chemical waste that is legally, illegally, or accidentally dumped into the very ecological system that sustains this industry. It is one of this industry’s biggest ironies that it is its own worst enemy, and won’t be able to sustain itself if it doesn’t address the issues that the environmental rights protesters first raised over two decades ago, not long after the products first hit the drug stores.
Thankfully people are starting to listen and a nationwide reform is set to take place in 2015, whereby all output will be closely monitored and part D production will be capped. These simple measures will hopefully help the Canadian drug store industry carry on producing its high quality products and continue to function as one of the nation’s top employers, with minimal harm to the environment or itself.