2001-04-04 / Seniors

Lower-Priced Drugs Available Online

The army of seniors who are hurting badly from the high cost of prescription drugs can now turn to the Internet for relief.

Medication is available, according to a news release we received, through the website www.medicines. md, based in upstate Rochester.

According to the release, "Thousands of U.S. senior citizens have found legitimate e.mail order links to the world’s lowest prices on prescription drugs, and they are now having their prescriptions filled by licensed pharmacies abroad.

"Previously seniors had to travel to Canada or Mexico to obtain their prescriptions for pennies on the dollar—until now."

The developer of the website, M.J. McCormick, explains:

"U.S. seniors are now able to use e-mail to fill their prescriptions abroad, according to FDA guidelines. The senior-focused website offers free access to regularly updated international price lists for the 120 most popular brand name prescription drugs, as well as more than 1,300 generic medicines.

"Seniors are able to compare their current prescription costs with the same medications when mail ordered from abroad. Complete ordering information is available by visiting www.medicines.md."

The website can be reached by mail at Medicines.MD, c/o Michael J.B. McCormick, 3800 Dewey Ave., number 109, Rochester, New York 14616-2579. Telephone numbers are (716) 621-9176, cellular (716) 615-7720, fax (716) 663-2399, and email mjm @ medicines.md

VIETNAM VETS EVENT: Veterans Information Day (VID) held for the benefit of veterans of all eras and sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America Inc., Queens Chapter number 32, will be held on Saturday, Apr. 28, at Lost Battalion Hall, 93-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park.

In announcing the 10th annual VID, Steve Jones, Chapter 32 event coordinator, stated: "Started in 1991, VID has successfully served over 3,000 clients. During this time of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs downsizing, budget cutbacks, adverse decision-making and an aging veterans’ population, it becomes more important than ever for veterans to know their benefits."

The event is open to veterans of World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Somalia—all wars. Jones said, "It is especially informative to spouses and eligible dependents of veterans. VA HealthCare Enrollment, document retrieval. Free assistance with Department of Veterans Affairs compensation and pension claims assistance will be provided."

Veterans should remember to bring a copy of their discharge papers and a current resume, Jones said.

VID is sponsored by Queens City Councilmembers John Sabini (Jackson Heights), Walter McCaffrey (Woodside), Karen Koslowitz (Forest Hills) and Julia Harrison (Flushing), all Democrats; the borough’s Assembly delegation, former Assemblymember Denis Butler, and New York legislative grants obtained by State Senators Frank Padavan (Bellerose) and Serphin Maltese (Middle Village) both Republicans.

For assistance or additional information, call (718) 465-2745.

‘DISABILITIES’ PROJECT DEDICATED: The Rev. Boyd Lowery, pastor of the Ridgewood Presbyterian Church, last Wednesday dedicated a project being done at the Ridgewood Older Adult Center to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, including installation of an elevator.

A news release from the center explains that the improvements will allow access to all activities throughout the building to those who are unable to climb stairs. Daily attendance at the center, at 59-14 70th Ave, Ridgewood, runs about 140 people a day. They are offered meals and a variety of educational, recreational and health-promoting activities.

Attending the dedication were state Senator Serphin Maltese (R–C, Middle Village), Assemblymember Catherine Nolan (D–Ridgewood) and representatives Borough President Claire Shulman and the city Department for the Aging. They also toured the ADA construction project.

NARFE MEETING: Harry Beider of Long Island City, president of the National Association of Federal Retirees (NARFE) Astoria–Long Island City Chapter number 1871, will meet next Thursday, Apr. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Catholic War Veterans Hall, 45-06 30th Ave., Astoria. Beider said all federal workers and retirees are welcome. A long-term care specialist will be the guest speaker.

AARP MEETING: Also next Thursday, Richmond Hill AARP Chapter 1762 meets at the Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118th St., Kew Gardens, at 1 p.m.

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