Canadian drugs

04 Aug: Meet Americans who buy drugs from Canadian pharmacies

Above is a photograph by Eric Seals of the Detroit Free Press. It depicts James and Geraldine Keon, who for the past three years have regularly purchased their prescription drugs from Canada. The Free Press profiles the Keons and other Americans who use Canadian pharmacies as part of a story on drug reimportation published over the weekend. The piece is a bit too heavily influenced by Big Pharma lobbyists and their government cronies, who raise the usual bogeyman arguments about Canadian drugs. But a few important points shine through — One congressional estimate says Americans could save $50 billion over 10 years if the nation permitted U.S.-manufactured drugs to be reimported from Canada and other nations where price controls on…

19 Jun: “Prospects for Legalizing Drug Reimportation to the United States”

A new U.K. report, “Prospects for Legalizing Drug (Re-)Importation to the United States“, has been released on the topic of U.S. citizens buying drugs from online Canadian pharmacies and other Tier One countries, such as the U.K., Australia and Japan. The report promises insight and analysis on these key questions: Will the drug reimportation bill pass? Where would supplies come from? What would be the risks and savings for consumers? What would be the risks and opportunities for industry players? The report, issued by London-based Report Buyer, presents itself this way: With public and private payers across the country seeking to save every healthcare dollar to get through the economic recession, [Sen. Byron] Dorgan senses a ‘bit of a tailwind’…

19 Mar: Why brand-name drugs are cheaper in Canada, but generic drugs aren’t

We are sometimes asked why we include a number of U.S.-based pharmacies in the eDrugSearch.com pharmacy directory, since prescription drugs are so much cheaper at Canadian pharmacies. One of the main reasons is that U.S. pharmacies often sell generic drugs at lower prices than their Canadian counterparts. A new study by the Fraser Institute, “Canada’s Drug Price Paradox,” compares Canadian and American drug prices for the 100 most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs, as well as the 100 most commonly prescribed generic drugs. The study found that while brand-name drugs are much more expensive in the United States, generic drugs cost more in Canada. After currency adjustments, Canadian retail drug prices for brand-name drugs in 2007 averaged 53 percent lower than…

29 Dec: 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…

18 Jun: Over 11,000 “Canadian pharmacies” on the Internet are fake

Here’s a scary statistic: Only a few hundred of the more than 11,000 Internet pharmacies advertising themselves as Canadian pharmacies are actually licensed by government authorities in Canada. The rest are frauds — often not located in Canada or licensed by any government entity. Making matters worse, many of these fake pharmacies claim to be licensed — even cutting and pasting the seals from government agencies and accrediting organizations on their sites. You can be assured that the Canadian pharmacies in our drug search engine are properly licensed and accredited. Our members also rate and review the pharmacies based on their experiences. So don’t take any chances when you buy drugs online from Canada. Use eDrugSearch.com.