May 4th, 2016

Emergency Pharmacy Services and Complimentary Charging Stations for Alberta Wildfire Evacuees


Our thoughts are with everyone in Fort McMurray and surrounding area during this very difficult time. We are currently assembling essential supplies and staff to support evacuees in and around the area. In addition, donations to the Canadian Red Cross can be made online at or at any London Drugs location.

We also understand that many people were required to leave their homes without important personal health information, prescriptions, or health aid items and may be requiring temporary emergency pharmacy services.

Please know our pharmacists are here to help in the following ways:

  • look up past medical history, contact your insurance provider and fulfill an early refill of your prescription(s)
  • access your Alberta Health Care number so you are able to visit a doctor if needed
  • adapt or prescribe prescription medication

You do not have to be a current patient of London Drugs to access essential health care services and medications.

For individuals with major health concerns requiring emergency health prescriptions, please contact London Drugs’ emergency health information line at 1-844-782-0051.

In an effort to help evacuees keep connected to your loved ones, or access important information, all stores in the Capital Region and Grande Prairie are set up with complimentary charging stations. Please feel free to visit any location in these areas to charge your mobile device or computer to keep connected.


London Drugs North Town Centre
9450 137th Ave. N.W.
Edmonton, Alberta T5E 6C2
Pharmacy: (780) 478-6654

London Drugs Oliver Square
11704 – 104th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2T6
Pharmacy: (780) 488-2600

To find another location, please visit: www.London Drugs/locations or call us toll free at: 1-844-782-0051 for emergency pharmacist assistance.

May 2nd, 2016

LD Experts: May the Fourth Be With You

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By Matthew Simpson, Computers Manager

May the 4th is here! It’s that special time of year where we all gather together to celebrate Star Wars! It’s a big year for Star Wars fans, with the release of The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One. Needless to say, it’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan! Let’s take a closer look at some cool stuff we’ve got in-store to help with the celebration of your favourite franchise.

Sphero BB-8

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Do you love BB-8?  Of course you do, how could you not? Now you can bring home your own BB-8!  This smartphone-controlled droid can explore the galaxy with you for as long as an hour on a single charge. Control him directly or let him explore on his own. BB-8 evolves as you play and will even learn your voice and perk up when you speak to him! You can also make recordings from his point of view and play them back.

In case it’s not clear yet, this is the droid you’ve been looking for! Just check out this video of him in action if you don’t believe us:

The Sphero BB-8 is available in our electronics department. Order yours today!

Star Wars Talking Plush

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All your favourite characters, 4 inches tall and adorable, and able to speak lines from the movies! These cute little guys are only available in store at $14.99 each so visit us to get yours!

Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Lightsaber

Join the dark side and go on the hunt for Jedi. This is the weapon of the Inquisitors, the villains from the ongoing animated series Star Wars Rebels! Fight with a dual-bladed saber, or one long saber, plus there is a detachable force disc you can throw at your enemies!

The Inquisitor Blade is available by special order.

Star Wars Band-Aids

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Injured during your fight against the dark side? Heal up faster with these Star Wars Band-Aids!

Star Wars on Blu-Ray

No Star Wars Day celebration would be complete without the stories we’re celebrating! The prequel trilogy, the original trilogy, the complete saga, and The Force Awakens are all available on Blu-ray.

Star Wars Battlefront

Take your place in the greatest battles in the Star Wars universe! Fight with the rebels or the empire and take your place as a hero of Hoth or Endor! You can also pick up the special edition and add Han Solo’s blaster to your arsenal!

Star Wars Battlefront is available for Windows, XBOX One, and PlayStation 4.

HP Star Wars Special Edition 15” Laptop

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Join the dark side with this limited edition HP laptop. Featuring a 15 inch high definition screen, backlit keyboard, Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, this machine is no slouch in the power department ,but more importantly, the design is inspired by the dark side! It also comes pre-loaded with an extensive library of Star Wars content.

Also available are a special edition laptop sleeve and wireless mouse to match!

There is so much more cool Star Wars stuff though.  Check out the entire selection during our May The Fourth Be With You event!

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About the Author

Matthew Simpson has matthew simpsonbeen a manager with London Drugs Computer and Audio/Video departments for nearly a decade. He love tea but not coffee, and is usually the tallest guy in the room.

Matthew is an avid movie buff and can almost always tell you the name of that guy that was in that movie you love.

April 30th, 2016

5 Inspiring Reads for your Summer Book Club

With summer approaching, we couldn’t wait to pick our favourite books (hello beach reads!). We’ve chosen memoirs, non-fiction books, and novels that will make you laugh, cry, and want to be a better version of yourself. Don’t forget – summer reading is best served poolside, with a cold iced tea.

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

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Since the publication of Mindy Kaling’s last book (which reminisced on her early years as a comedian as well as her time writing for The Office), Kaling has led The Mindy Project through four seasons. She’s also become a household name for her success as a writer, actor, and showrunner. Her charming and self-deprecating narrative reflects on her career success, but also looks, optimistically, to her future.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

big magic elizabeth gilbertThe author of the best-selling Eat, Pray, Love is back with a book all about creativity. Gilbert shares stories about fostering creativity, and reflects on her career as a paid author – a rarity in the grand scheme of creative work, she says. By the end, the reader will be inspired to cherish and encourage his or her relationship with creativity.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

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If you loved the movie, then you absolutely need to read Colm Toibin’s novel about a woman’s emigration to America. (And if you haven’t seen the film, read the book, then watch it!). Eilis Lacey is unable to find work in post-war Ireland and leaves her mother and sister behind to start fresh in New York City. Through her journeys across the Atlantic Ocean, she learns that “home” is subjective, but love is not.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

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The creator of primetime television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal has written her first book – Year of Yes. The self-help memoir chronicles Rhimes’s year of saying yes to everything – yes to talk shows, yes to playing with her children, and yes to going out with friends. In the process, she finds health, happiness, work-life balance, and a stronger sense of self – and inspires the reader to do the same.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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If you have anything but a perfect family, you will find The Nest chillingly relatable. Set on New York’s prosperous Upper East Side, the debut novel features family drama with a side of improbable romance. Called “more addicting than anything on Netflix,”  the ironic, humourous wit of  The Nest will keep your book club thoroughly entertained – and will remind you to be grateful for your own family drama.

April 22nd, 2016

8 Breathtaking Photos of Canadian Scenery

In Canada, we can be a little self-important when it comes to our stunning natural scenery. But really, who can blame us? We’ve got some spectacular land & seascapes. Here’s a self-indulgent list of Canadian beauty, just for fun.

Ocean caves…

Prince Edward Island

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Photo via Flickr user mbaglole

Wine country…

Penticton, British Columbia

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Photo via Flickr user kewing


April 17th, 2016

LD Experts: Be Safe in the Sun this Summer

We all know the drill. The sun comes out, you run outside to enjoy it, and hours later you return indoors to find a sunburn. Ouch. The dangers of UVA and UVB rays are significant, so take a cue from LD Expert Amanda and take care of your skin. In this two-part feature on CFJC Midday Kamloops, Amanda covers off the St. Tropez sunless tanning line as well as some best practices for sunscreen application.

Self Tanner

Whether you prefer a foam or lotion, or gradual or instant colour, St. Tropez has your sunless tanning needs covered. The unique application mitt ensures a smooth, streak-free finish, and the colour is bronzed but never orange. There’s also a fantastic new product called the Gradual Tan In-Shower Tanning Lotion that will help prolong your sunless tan, and the Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil that will add a little shimmer to your tan.


Anywhere from SPF 15 – 60 is what you want, but usually SPF 30 is the sweet spot. Watch for terms like broad spectrum, UVA, and UVB to ensure the best protection from the sun. Further, the amount of sunscreen you apply is also important. A full body application of sunscreen requires 1.5 oz of sunscreen. If you’re just applying to your face, you need about a teaspoon of sunscreen. Last, don’t forget to reapply – every 2 hours, and more often if you’re sweating or swimming.

La Roche-Posay offers a nice lotion formula sunscreen, plus an after-sun lotion for those days when you get a little crispy. Spray sunscreens, like the Vichy Soleil Invisible Hydrating Mist, are also an option. Amanda recommends spraying your body, waiting for it to dry, and spraying again. Also, for the face, remember to spray it into your hands and then apply to your face. Lastly, Clarins UV 50 Multi-Protection Sunscreen is SPF 50 and it’s so lightweight, it can be worn under a full face of makeup. It’s also a great option for men with short or thinning hair – it’ll keep their scalp protected throughout the day.


If you have any questions about sunscreen or self-tanner, visit your local London Drugs, or comment below – we’d love to answer your questions. If you’re in the Kamloops area, you can also enter the St. Tropez giveaway here.

April 16th, 2016

7 Signs Of A Canadian Spring

It’s spring. At least, that’s what the calendar says. But in Canada, the calendar is only one tiny part of the whole weather equation. Here’s what spring actually looks like.

1. Shorts become appropriate. Kind of.

A photo posted by Chloe (@chloehladik) on

It’s 12 degrees, so obviously it’s shorts weather. Also, conveniently, still tuque weather.


April 14th, 2016

LD Picks: Celebrate Earth Day with these Green Tips

At London Drugs, we strive to do business responsibly. The  four pillars of our sustainability strategy aim to improve: waste reduction, energy & operations, upstream buying, and education. Since 2008, our in-store recycling initiatives have prevented tonnes of garbage from reaching landfills. April, of course, is Earth Month—Earth Day falls on the 22nd—so we’ve collected for you a clutch of our favourite sustainability tips and tricks.  Enjoy!

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7 Ways You Should Already Be Conserving Energy—and Saving Money!

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Small changes make a big impact in conserving energy in your home. (Oh, and energy costs money.)  These 7 tips offer habits that you can build into your daily life without too much hassle, all while benefitting the environment.

[More at BC Hydro]

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5 Washing Machines Secrets for Pros Only

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So you took the plunge and splurged on a high-efficiency front-load washing machine. Not only are they quieter and quicker than typical washers, they also use less water and less energy. Here are some tips from BC Hydro about how to maximize your machine’s potential.

  1. Always use high-efficiency detergent, and use the minimum amount. It’s concentrated and produces fewer suds, which will help you avoid potentially costly problems due to soap build-up in the drum of your machine. Look for the “he” symbol on your favourite brands of detergent.
  2. Consider a pre-soak for smelly sports gear. Do a cool-water pre-rinse within 20 minutes after a workout. And never leave that stuff in the hockey bag or gym bag overnight.
  3. Load a full washer. You’re running the machine anyways, so use that water and energy to clean a full load.
  4. Remove finished loads immediately. Avoid damp clothes breeding that musty odour.
  5. Leave the washer door ajar when you’re not using it. That air circulation will also limit mould and mildew buildup. Smart!
  6. Run the machine cleaning cycle regularly. Or, run an empty load with bleach. Run the machine once a month with bleach and without clothes to help keep it clean.

[More at BC Hydro]

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Hey, Friend Try to Avoid Accidentally Drugging Your Community

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Kick off spring cleaning by going through your medicine cabinet. Have unused prescriptions? Don’t toss them in the trash or the toilet! Bring them to a London Drugs pharmacy for safe disposal.

Trashed and flushed medications are dangerous. They permeate the water table, and can make their way into drinking water and the food chain. Why? Because our present-day waste treatment systems are unable to filter out the complex chemicals of today’s medicines. Contaminated water enters to the environment and negatively affects aquatic organisms, fish, and even bigger animals, like us.

Do the responsible thing. Return expired medications to your pharmacy. We safely incinerate them, and you get a karma boost in the process.

[More at What’s the GreenDeal?]

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13 Unexpected Items You Can Recycle at London Drugs

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Recycling, while important, can be a pesky task. However, if you can drop off your items and shop for household needs at once, it makes the process a bit better! That’s why we offer in-store recycling centres – to make your day easier.

Recycle the following items at your neighbourhood London Drugs:

  1. Electrical and Electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, printers etc)
  2. Small Appliances (purchased at London Drugs)
  3. Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  4. Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries
  5. Alkaline Batteries
  6. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  7. Disposable cameras
  8. Ink jet cartridges
  9. Laser cartridges
  10. Metal film canisters
  11. Plastic bags
  12. Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  13. Insurance plastic folders

[More at What’s the GreenDeal?]

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Help Us Make a Difference (In Pounds!)

We track all items recycled through our in-store recycling programs. Nearly eight and a half million pounds of cardboard alone. Not too bad, guys! Think how much we could recycle this year!

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See the full chart (dating back to 2008!) at the GreenDeal website.

[More at What’s the GreenDeal?]

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