canadian pharmacies

How to Spot a Fake Online Pharmacy

20 Jan: Here’s How to Spot a Fake Online Pharmacy

If you are looking to the Internet for medication that you can afford and that is safe, you would probably like the security of knowing that you are looking at legitimate websites. For this reason, it can be extremely disturbing to know that there are fake online pharmacies out there. These websites are very dangerous, as they can compromise your health by sending medication that is substandard or counterfeit. Additionally, they can steal your identity. There are certain things you can do, however, to avoid these scamming fake online pharmacies. FDA Shutdown of Fake Online Pharmacies Back in June of 2013 the FDA’s International Operation Pangea VI shut down thousands of illegal online pharmacies, some of these being fake Canadian online pharmacies. These…

Pharmacy Spotlight – Canadian Pharmacy King

23 Dec: Pharmacy Spotlight – Canadian Pharmacy King

  Each month we will be featuring one of our pharmacies so that you can get to know them better and this month’s spotlight is on Canadian Pharmacy King. Canadian Pharmacy King is a licensed Canadian online pharmacy that is motivated by the belief that every person should be able to access affordable prescription medication, no matter where they live. Canadian Pharmacy King has been serving customers for over 10 years and is certified through Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Benefits of Shopping with Canadian Pharmacy King Canadian Pharmacy King offers their customers a number of benefits. At the top of this list is the guaranteed lowest price on all prescription medications. They also refer to themselves as the King of…

Canadian Pharmacies - Setting the Record Strait About Safety

11 Jul: Canadian Pharmacies — Setting the Record Strait About Safety

Millions of Americans turn to international sources for foreign medication, Canadian pharmacies in particular ranking high on the list. They’re close to home, extremely competitive in pricing when it comes to foreign drugs, and have strict safety regulations. However, the federal government for the United States uses plenty of scare tactics in an attempt to make American citizens steer clear of foreign drugs, even going so far as making it illegal to buy drugs from international sources. Because they do not have the official stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the door is officially closed for consumers in America. However, anyone with savvy and a pinched budget is likely to opt for Canadian pharmacies. The price of…

5 Little Known Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs

24 Jun: 5 Little Known Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs

We know the cost of prescription drugs is increasing. It seems every time we turn around, one medication or another costs more. However, there are ways you can trim the costs and save money on your prescription drugs. Let’s take a look. 1.) Do Not Trust Discounts There are many drug manufacturers that will dole out coupons and discounts for their medications. They will supply doctors with these coupons, who hand them out willingly. While these discounts may seem like a good idea, they may not be as appealing as they appear. These coupons will save you money up front, but you might end up paying higher insurance premiums later on. 2.) Shop Around and Compare Drug Prices Many people…

9 Sure-Fire Prescription Drug Safety Tips That Work

20 May: 9 Sure-Fire Prescription Drug Safety Tips That Work

  It is important to keep you and your loved ones safe when it comes to prescription drugs. There are some simple yet effective prescription drug safety tips that you can take to prevent complications and other problems that may arise. Learn how to protect your family and yourself from possible interactions, abuses, and other problems. 1. Know the Source Many people look to save money by using an online pharmacy. This can be a very safe way to save money on some common prescriptions — as long as the company is reputable. There are some unscrupulous sites know as “rogue” online pharmacies that will sell you counterfeit drugs. These are very dangerous, as most are made with toxic ingredients. Do your…

Are You Prepared for the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs?

15 May: Are You Prepared for the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs?

Did you know that the cost of dozens of prescription medications has doubled since 2007? The rising cost of prescription drugs is a frightening thought, isn’t it? With many cancer drugs exceeding a cost of more than $10,000 per month and one cystic fibrosis medication costing over $300,000 per year, you might be happy if you don’t need those medications. However, more commonly-prescribed medications for everyday ailments have also increased in price significantly over the last few years. Why Prices Are So High You might wonder why drug prices are going up so drastically. After all, these aren’t necessarily new drugs and they haven’t made improvements to them. They are the same old drugs you’ve been taking for years. Take a drug…

Maine, First in Nation to Allow Individuals to Import Prescription Drugs

29 Oct: Maine, First state to Allow Individuals to Import Prescription Drugs

Prescription medications have been a lifeline to good health for many people in the United States. Drug manufacturers have developed many new medications that help to improve health and quality of life for millions of Americans. However, high prices have made it difficult to continue taking these medications. The state of Maine took a bold step forward recently by permitting its citizens to legally import prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Why U.S. Drugs Are So Expensive The fundamental problem is the cost of prescription drugs in the United States. These medications often cost 80 percent more than the same medications found in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and France. Even Canada has a department of their healthcare system that strictly…

How to Buy Medication in Canada

11 Sep: How to Buy Medication in Canada – Helpful Tips You Ought to Know

If you’re interested in learning how to buy medication in Canada, there are several things that you should keep in mind. The prescriptions are often much more affordable than products that are found in the United States, and items are shipped in original containers that are sealed for your protection. Additionally, the medication includes the name of the manufacturing pharmaceutical company and the expiration date. Most pharmacies in Canada even have medications for your pets and popular drugs that do not require any prescription. The savings that you receive can be quite impressive for each kind of product. How to Buy Medication in Canada and Save Money The first step is to understand that the most reliable Canadian pharmacies insist…

Northwest Pharmacy Reviews

05 Sep: This Online Drugstore Delivers in More Ways Than One

Northwest Pharmacy is Canada’s premiere online drugstore. At Northwest Pharmacy, you will find a wide range of prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals. And if you don’t find the drug you need here, Northwest’s pharmacists might still be able to acquire it for you if you get in touch with them. The Process Shopping at Northwest Pharmacy is a simple, streamlined process: First, search for your order. Once you find that item, add it to your cart. Finally, click the button with the phrase “Place Order” on it. Refilling your medication is just as easy; all you have to do is call 1-877-244-0431. Be aware, however, that you cannot order prescription medication from this pharmacy without a prescription from your doctor. Prescriptions…

Drug Search Engine

24 Jun: Saving Money with a Powerful Drug Search Engine

Finding safe drugs at an affordable price is a challenge that faces almost everyone today. The racks of filled prescriptions at your local drugstore prove that drugs are an essential part of good health. It is easy to see that drugstores try to attract customers by providing a drive through window. Giving people the convenience of buying prescription drugs without getting out of a car is an investment that drugstores make to stay ahead of the competition. They make up for the expense of providing the convenience by the high prices that you have to pay when you go there. Using a free drug search engine can put an end to paying high prices for your drugs. Avoiding Sticker Shock…

How to Order Drugs From Canada

28 May: How to Order Drugs From Canada

Canadian online pharmacies are quickly becoming the number one method for ordering prescription medications. Clients prefer to order these items online for two reasons: convenience and savings. Customers no longer have to stand in line at retail locations to place their orders nor do they have to wait as long as an hour to receive their prescriptions. With Canadian online ordering, a client can purchase a several month supply and have it shipped to his or her residence. Additionally, many online pharmacies offer discounts and generic alternatives to brand name medications. Anyone can elect to place an order with a licensed Canadian pharmacy and enjoy the benefits of such. How to Order Drugs from Canada The first step in the…

Tips on How to Get Prescription Medication Without Health Insurance

09 May: Tips on How to Get Prescription Medication Without Health Insurance

Prescription medication is vital for the health of many people, but without health insurance, many prescriptions can be unaffordable. As a result, consumers are commonly forced to go without the medicines they need. If you’re wondering how to get prescription medication without health insurance, below is a look at ways to get prescription drugs for lower prices. Speak with a Doctor If you’re taking a newer medication, your doctor may be able to give you samples or even a discount card that lets you get an entire month’s supply for free. If you explain your inability to afford the medication you need, many doctors will do what they can to help you get the drugs you need at a price…

Why is Medicine Cheaper in Canada?

19 Apr: Why is Medicine Cheaper in Canada?

Canadian consumers and the Canadian federal government approach the production and distribution of prescription medications in a different way than Americans. Canadian pharmaceutical companies are subject to strict guidelines that determine pricing for prescription drugs; they are essentially required to sell medications for a fair and reasonable price. How does the Canadian government regulate the cost and production of prescription medications? When asking the question Why is medicine cheaper in Canada? it is necessary to take into account the role of the federal government in the Canadian health care system. To protect Canadian consumers, the government has established an organization known as the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB). The PMPRB was created specifically to regulate prescription drug prices. Before…

Is It Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs from Canada?

25 Mar: Is It Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs from Canada?

  Many Americans save money by getting their prescription drugs from Canada, whose government regulates prices. Initially, many people who bought their prescriptions from Canada took organized bus trips to the country for the purpose. Nowadays, more people order their medicine from safe and licensed Canadian pharmacies. There’s no question that Americans save a lot of money by ordering their medicines from Canadian pharmacies. In some cases, drugs from Canada cost as little as one-fifth the price found inside America. However, some wonder if this might be too good to be legal. So is it really legal to buy prescription drugs from Canada? The answer isn’t so simple, but the activity is tolerated. Below is more information on the subject….

14 Mar: Do You Need a Prescription for Online Canadian Pharmacies?

As the cost of prescription medication continues to rise in the United States, individuals and families on a tight budget are looking for other options. Many turn to Canadian pharmacies for their lower price tag and relaxed rules. However, before you can obtain your medication you must ask yourself, “Do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies?” Do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies? Individuals wondering do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies are under a common misconception that they can legally order any drug online from Canadian pharmacies without a valid doctor’s prescription. This, however, is not true and any legitimate pharmacy must have a valid prescription before filling the prescription. However, legitimate Canadian…

Is It Illegal to Buy Medicine from Canada?

27 Feb: Is It Illegal to Buy Medicine from Canada?

Trying to save on the costs of prescription medicines is a challenge that many people face. Buying medicines from Canada is a way to save money, but is it illegal to buy medicine from Canada? The savings can equal hundreds of dollars for Americans when buying from licensed, online pharmacies in Canada if you do a little research before making your purchase. What to Know The official answer to whether or not it is legal to buy Canadian medications through an online pharmacy and have them shipped into the United States is no, it isn’t legal. The reality is that most enforcement agencies are willing to allow American citizen to order several months worth of medications as long as the…

19 Jan: How to Quickly Find a Trusted Canada Pharmacy

With healthcare costs continuing to rise, consumers need to do everything possible to minimize the amount they spend on prescription medications. Many people would like to compare prices to make sure they are getting a good deal, but they find that it would take too long to contact each pharmacy to get a price quote. However, you can go online and take advantage of the eDrugSearch directory at https://edrugsearch.com/canadian-pharmacy-directory to do your comparison-shopping for medicines available at a licensed Canada pharmacy. You may have recently moved and would like to find a new pharmacy that is close to your home, or perhaps you want to find a pharmacy that is located close to your work so that you can pick…

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…

23 Jun: Q&A: Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2009

We’ve received a lot of questions from the eDrugSearch.com community about the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2009, the proposed legislation that would enable Americans, once and for all, to legally purchase prescription drugs from Canada. Here some common questions about the bill, along with answers provided by the bill’s sponsors: Q: Why is this bill necessary? A: American consumers are charged the highest prices in the world for the same medicines that are available in other major, industrialized nations at a fraction of the cost. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this legislation will save U.S. consumers more than $50 billion over the next decade. The legislation will allow American consumers to import FDA-approved prescription drugs at…

23 Jun: eDrugSearch.com’s “99 Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs”

The eDrugSearch.com e-book “99 Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs, 2012 Edition” is now available on Scribd, where you can see a preview of the book’s first 4 pages before purchasing. Check it out and start saving on your prescription drugs now! eDrugSearch.com’s 99 Ways to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs 2012 Edition

11 Jun: Some common-sense wisdom on Canadian pharmacies

The other day, I came across a wonderful op-ed piece in the Mountain Mail newspaper of Socorro, New Mexico, by a man named Rick Coddington. The article is titled, “Paid-Off Politicians Set To Stick It To Us Again.” Here are some salient excerpts: If you caught last week’s column, you know I was traumatized by watching the movie “Sicko” by Michael Moore. It was traumatic because it rocked the foundations of my core beliefs that “socialized medicine” ala Canada and England were the worst things in the world. I had known about the movie for a long time and would have never watched it because, after all, it was made by Moore, who I considered to be lower than pond…

08 Jun: Legislative maneuver focuses on right to purchase Canadian drugs

In March, bills to finally legalize the purchase of Canadian drugs by U.S. citizens were introduced in both houses of Congress. With a solidly Democratic Congress, the bills seemed to be a legislative slam dunk. But with politicians kicking around big-picture healthcare issues, smaller pieces of legislation like this one (as well as the similarly worthy Healthy Workforce Act) have been put on the back burner. Now, thanks to some clever maneuvering by longtime Canadian pharmacy advocates in the Senate, including Byron Dorgan and John McCain (pictured above), Canadian drug reimportation is back on the forefront of the legislative agenda. Last week, Dorgan (D-ND) proposed the “Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2009″ to be introduced as an…

13 Apr: Who’s abusing Google ads? It’s not online pharmacies — it’s Big Pharma

Big Pharma abusing Google ads?Big Pharma abusing Google ads? When the topic of Americans buying drugs from Canadian pharmacies comes up, one company whose name is rarely mentioned is Google. That’s odd to me, since (1) Google is such a news magnet, and (2) without Google, far fewer Americans would be buying their prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Big Pharma despises Google for explicitly permitting licensed Canadian pharmacies to advertise to U.S. consumers through its AdWords network — a tacit endorsement of cross-border medication sales. For some time now, Big Pharma and its proxies have been waging a secret campaign to force Google to stop allowing Canadian pharmacies to advertise through AdWords. Google’s AdWords program (working in partnership with PharmacyChecker.com)…

24 Mar: Are mail-order prescriptions needed for employer-based health plans?

We wrote recently about the rapidly growing business of mail-order pharmacies run by the pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) who work with employer-based insurance providers. It’s been a trend with no small hint of irony. You see, when Canadian mail-order pharmacies came on the scene in the 90s, representatives of Big Insurance and Big Pharma trashed the whole idea of the mail-order pharmacy. They said it was unwise — even dangerous — to order drugs without having face-to-face contact with your pharmacist. They said your relationship with your pharmacist was just as important as the one you have with your doctor. All that would be lost, they said, if you ordered from an online pharmacy. Of course, now that they’ve figured…

02 Mar: Personal Drug Importation and Obama’s healthcare plan

For the first time in memory, Big Pharma actually appears to be shaking in its boots with the announcement of healthcare provisions in President Obama’s budget — including allowing U.S. consumers to purchase drugs from Canada. The AP reported it this way: Stock prices for major drugmakers fell sharply Thursday as investors were apparently worried about provisions of President Obama’s budget proposal that could significantly reduce profits across the pharmaceutical sector… One item in the budget that spooked shareholders was support for “new efforts” by the Food and Drug Administration to allow Americans to “buy safe and effective drugs from other countries.” During the Bush administration, the FDA opposed the idea and frequently stated that such “reimported” drugs might be…

24 Feb: Big business loves mail-order pharmacies when it can make a buck.

You might find it interesting that — with the economy seemingly crumbling around us — one line of business is doing very well indeed: mail-order pharmacies. Medco Health Solutions Inc., the nation’s largest pharmacy-benefits manager (PBM), posted a 32 percent rise in fourth-quarter profits today — largely on the growth in the number of prescriptions filled by mail order. Working with employer-based insurance providers, Medco fulfills more mail-order prescriptions than any other company in the United States. If you have employer-based insurance, it’s likely that your insurance company is now working with a PBM like Medco — and is encouraging you to use them. For the consumer, it can be a good thing — because PBMs have the bargaining power…

18 Feb: FDA seizing legit meds again? Seniors advocates up in arms

Despite the best of efforts of Big Pharma and its paid lackeys to spread disinformation about the safety of Canadian pharmacies, it looks like Americans soon may finally be able to legally purchase drugs from Canada. At least, that will be the case if the Dorgan-Snowe Drug Importation Bill, scheduled to be reintroduced later this month, passes Congress and is signed by President Obama, as many expect. Seniors advocates, however, are upset that the bill doesn’t also allow consumers to purchase drugs from other Tier One countries, such as Australia and New Zealand. In fact, the FDA recently seized a number of shipments of drugs from these countries at LAX, which has advocates up in arms. Publishers of some of…

01 Jan: Consumer Reports rings in 2009 by buying The Consumerist

As readers of this blog know, Consumer Reports is one of our favorite publications. We love the fact that they don’t accept advertising — and thus are not influenced by the threats of sponsors they might criticize. It’s one reason we trust Consumer Reports — on issues ranging from choosing a car to buying prescription drugs from Canada — over virtually every other source of consumer information. The Consumerist, meanwhile, is a great blog and, like Consumer Reports, has never been afraid to criticize the biggest companies in the world when they let their customers down. Unfortunately, one result of this is that it’s had trouble selling advertising at the rates its level of readership merits. On Wednesday it was…

11 Nov: The eDrugSearch Blog is two years old!

We’ve been working so hard and running so fast at eDrugSearch.com that I failed to notice when we dashed right past a major milestone last week. On November 6, the eDrugSearch Blog reached its second anniversary. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience for us; we’ve met a lot of great people and made a lot of good friends. We hope along the way that we’ve shed an informative light on the world of online pharmacies — helping you to distinguish good pharmacies from bad ones so you won’t be scammed (or worse) by a rogue operation. We also hope we’ve helped you to understand the political backdrop behind some of the confusing and contradictory behaviors of the U.S. government when…

03 Nov: Wyeth v. Levine ruling could be major blow to healthcare consumers

People’s Pharmacy is an excellent syndicated column that you should definitely check out if you aren’t already reading it. If it’s not in your hometown paper, you can find them online here. The writers, Joe and Terry Graedon, have been impassioned advocates for healthcare consumers for more than 30 years. (Here’s what the Graedons have to say about Canadian pharmacies, by the way: “The FDA won’t admit it, but buying drugs from legitimate Canadian pharmacies may be safer than buying from the drugstore down the block.”} I bring up the Graedons because their column recently reminded me about a very important issue that had fallen off my radar screen. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing arguments…

29 Sep: Obama and McCain the Flying Wallendas of prescription drug flip-flops?

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of political spinning, twirling and flip-flopping — followed closely by backbones turning to mush. In the face of a relentless disinformation campaign (and lots of campaign donations) by the pharmaceutical industry and its front groups over the past several months, both Barack Obama and John McCain are showing strong signs of backing down — in unison — from their pledges to legalize Canadian drug reimportation if they are elected. Call them the Flying Wallendas of Flip-Flops. For guys who claim to be about change — with McCain having the nerve to boast that he “took on the drug industry” in his campaign ads — they are beginning to spew the same old song…

09 Sep: How CanadaDrugs.com dispenses prescription drugs

When you’re on the right side of an argument, people with a vested interest in defeating you will try almost anything to win. So it is with the big-money opponents of Canadian drug reimportation, who have been pulling out all the stops to convince Americans that buying medications from properly licensed Canadian pharmacies is unsafe. The No.1 tactic that Big Pharma-backed groups are currently using is to employ clever rhetoric to lump licensed Canadian pharmacies in with dangerous rogue pharmacies — criminal organizations that operate in the shadows. We’ve obviously written on this topic before, but over the weekend it hit close to home — as John Horton, former Bush White House aide and founder of a Web site called…

Rogue Online Pharmacies - LegitScripts.com

05 Sep: Are All Canadian Pharmacies “Rogue” Online Pharmacies? LegitScript Thinks So.

While reading Benjamin Gluck’s Internet Pharmacy Law blog, I came across a reference to an “Internet pharmacy verification and information service” I hadn’t yet heard of: LegitScript. I like the professed mission of LegitScript: to improve online pharmacy safety by offering a database that allows consumers to enter a pharmacy’s name and find out whether it’s legitimate or not. LegitScript apparently intends to make money by providing a verification seal to online pharmacies that meet its standards. I say “apparently” because LegitScript verification is currently provided free of charge. All of which sounds fine — until you look a little closer. You see, LegitScript claims ALL Canadian pharmacies are unsafe. Even the most established, reputable pharmacies — licensed and inspected…

03 Sep: 10 tips for saving money on prescription drugs

eDrugSearch.com will soon be releasing our first e-book, 99 Ways to Save Money on Prescription Drugs. To whet your appetite, here are 10 ways to save, courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (who interviewed Dr. Edward Jardini and Steven Findlay, managing editor of Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, for their story): 1. Start with a heart-to-heart with your doctor Tell him or her, honestly, how much you can afford to spend on medication … In the end, you may find you just don’t need some of the drugs you’re taking. 2. Ask about generics. These are usually much, much cheaper than brand-name drugs, says Steven Findlay … The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor, he says, is a good example. It costs $95…

27 Aug: Forbes throws out the baby with the bath water

The first six words of Andy Greenberg’s Tuesday story in Forbes are about all I needed to read: “In the shady world of online pharmacies…” Oh boy — here we go again. Hey, I know there are a lot of rogue pharmacies out there. That’s why I started eDrugSearch.com — to help people avoid rogue online pharmacies. But there are licensed, legitimate online pharmacies out there, too — and it’s not fair to consumers to scare them away from the Internet as an avenue for purchasing prescription drugs. If you know what you’re doing, it’s relatively easy to be safe when you buy prescription drugs online. Here are two ways: 1. Use eDrugSearch.com, which only permits prescreened, licensed online and…

25 Aug: Lies about the safety of Canadian drugs

Chris Rice at OpEdNews is boiling mad about corrupting lobbyists and duplicitous politicians who have made it difficult for U.S. residents to buy drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Here’s an excerpt from his column: LIE: The Bush administration is fighting importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada by claiming they are unsafe and thereby protecting pharmaceutical companies who have given over $74 billion (or $2,033 per hour) [in contributions] since 2000. FACT: HHS and FDA officials cannot identify a single American injured as a result drugs purchased from licensed Canadian pharmacies. One of the nation’s leading health experts stated the administration’s argument was “hogwash” since “drugs purchased through the Canadian health care system are every bit as safe as those available…

28 Jul: Big Pharma dances on the FDA’s grave, part 2

I wrote the other day about the hypocrisy –not to mention true gall — that pharma apologists like Peter Pitts have shown in their attacks on licensed Canadian pharmacy drug reimportation. Essentially, Pitts argues that Americans should not be permitted to buy Canadian drugs because the FDA is incompetent to regulate these imports and keep the public safe. This is now the pharmaceutical industry’s leading argument against Canadian drugs. The exquisitely painful irony here, of course, is that Big Pharma has been leading the charge to de-fang (and then de-gum and de-tongue) the FDA for decades now. I like the analogy I used the other day, so I’ll use it again: It’s like a child murdering his parents — then…

23 Jul: Florida Times-Union credits eDrugSearch.com in editorial

The Florida Times-Union, the newspaper of Jacksonville, FL, published an editorial today headlined, “Internet Pharmacies: A prescription for death.” We’re not crazy about that headline, as you might imagine. We’ve worked very hard to get the news media to distinguish legitimate, licensed Canadian pharmacies from dangerous, rogue online pharmacies in their coverage. But you know how it is. In any case, we were pleased that the Times-Union’s editorial used one of our blog posts to illustrate the seriousness of the problem of prescription drug abuse. The relevant excerpt: Most people know that Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe both died from an overdose of prescription drugs. Judy Garland also succumbed to a prescription drug overdose – as did Howard Hughes and…

23 Jul: Big Pharma steps up disinformation campaign against drug reimportation

You might think Big Pharma would give up its longstanding fight against Canadian pharmacy drug reimportation — now that both John McCain and Barack Obama vocally support it (not to mention 80 percent of the American public). You’d be wrong. As it turns out, Big Pharma believes it has a trump card in its bid to maintain its inflated drug profits by keeping out competition from abroad. That trump card: the incompetence of the FDA. The argument is outlined in this op-ed piece by Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, which is funded by Big Pharma among other sources. Says Pitts: Several lawmakers have proposed allowing Americans to buy drugs from abroad. Since many…

15 Jul: 85 percent of online pharmacies do not require a prescription

A new report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) underscores the results of other recent online pharmacy studies — showing that’s it’s too easy to buy prescription drugs, including controlled substances, without a prescription online. Only 15 percent of 365 sites examined in the study required a prescription. According to Reuters, CASA recommends that the United States negotiate treaties with other governments to shut down illegal Internet trafficking of prescription drugs. In April, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that included tougher regulation for online pharmacies — but the legislation is still awaiting action in the House. You can download the CASA report here. And if you’re looking for a legitimate, online and…