Consumer Reports on Canadian drugs

Consumer Reports says buying prescription drugs from Canada can be a smart strategy for cost-conscious consumers. Here’s the magazine’s advice:

You can often save 25 percent or more [using mail-order pharmacies]. Buying brand-name medications from Canada can boost your mail-order savings, sometimes up to 50 percent. Generics, however, are cheaper in the U.S. And drugs bought in Canada will not count toward your Medicare Part D deductible.

While it’s illegal to buy drugs from foreign countries, including Canada, because of safety concerns, the FDA may refrain from taking legal action if you can provide your doctor’s name, address, and phone number, and confirm that the drugs are for personal use.

If you wish to explore this option, look for pharmacies with the Canadian International Pharmacy Association seal. Go to, to get safe access to affordable medications from licensed online pharmacies, for the highest-rated sites.

We’d clarify that while some generics are cheaper through U.S. online pharmacies (which is one reason we include U.S. pharmacies in the system), others are not.

As members know, the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and are both friends of All member pharmacies are required to have approval, and most also have the CIPA seal. You can learn more about our pharmacy approval process here. is an Angie's List "Local Expert".About this Angie’s List Expert: Cary Byrd is the president and founder of Based in San Antonio, is a free cost comparison engine that helps consumers get safe access to affordable medications and advocates licensed online pharmacies as a widely accepted alternative. 

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Comments (2)

Isn’t Canada’s approval process as stringent as the United States, if not more so? I have always heard that it is so I don’t understand the concern by the US government unless it’s to subsidize the pharmaceutical companies that spend so much money lobbying.

I am looking for a way to order a gift subscription for a Canadian Consumer report Magazine.Can you tell me how to do this.

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