personal drug importation

Americans Enjoy Increased Access and Savings to Medications Thanks to Online Pharmacies!

11 Feb: Americans Enjoy Increased Access and Savings to Medications

Fewer Americans Skipping Their Meds in 2014 With the high cost of prescription medications, many people have to face the tough choice between filling their supply of prescription medication or paying for essentials of life, like rent and food. Skipping doses of medication can be dangerous, lowering the overall efficacy of the drugs. Recent studies conducted by the Commonwealth Fund have reported the following alarming statistics: In 2012 roughly 50 million Americans, aged 19-64 years of age, skipped filling their scripts due to high cost. The numbers, slightly better in 2014, were still alarmingly high at 35 million people. Several factors are responsible for this increase in prescription obtainment: Obamacare has provided coverage for many, lower unemployment rates have translated…

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…

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…

New Report: Obamacare Silver Plan May Have Higher Costs Than Traditional Plans

27 May: Obamacare Silver Plan May Have Higher Costs Than Traditional Plans

  According to a new report, the cost of prescription medications may be higher under the Affordable Care Act. Individuals expected to be affected the most will be patients who have the Obamacare Silver Plan and may be required to pay more than twice as much out of pocket for their prescription drugs. Those under the Obamacare Silver Plan and who have high insurance deductibles already need to pay 100 percent of their care costs out-of-pocket until they reach their deductible amount. This amount can be as much as $2,000 in some cases, and the overall expense will surpass that of some traditional health insurance plans offered by employers. The new health insurance set-up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not completely negative. One…

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…

Brand Name vs Generic Drugs: Which Is Better?

15 Apr: Brand Name vs Generic Drugs: Which Is Better?

Is it worth paying more for the name brand?  That’s a question people are always asking themselves.  Should I buy the name brand toilet paper or is a no-name brand just fine?  There are times when spending more on the name brand means you will receive a higher quality product.  There are also times when it doesn’t matter one way or the other.  After all, a plain white cotton t-shirt is a plain white cotton t-shirt, right?  So where do prescription and over-the-counter medications fall into this brand name vs generic drugs debate?  Fortunately, you will get the same quality in a generic version of a medication as you get with the brand name. Rigorous Testing Prescription and over-the-counter drugs…

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…

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…

23 Aug: Honestly, David Vitter, we like your thinking

We’re written before about U.S. Senator David Vitter’s quixotic fight to legalize the purchase of Canadian drugs by Americans — long after the battle over reimportation has been lost in a thick haze of Big Pharma backroom bargaining with the White House. Last week, Vitter — a Republican — took some heat from liberals by explaining at a town hall meeting that he hoped to de-stabilize pricing in Canada and other countries with “socialized medicine” by legalizing reimportation. The Daily Kos ripped Vitter, saying: His reason for supporting re-importation is solely predicated on the notion that if enough Americans partake, it might wreck Canada’s system … Despite the lack of plausibility in his “logic”, Vitter now claims the clubhouse lead…

09 Jul: Ron Paul on prescription drug reimportation

You might be surprised to know that there are 15 physicians in Congress — more than I would have expected. It would be nice to think that these doctors could provide clarity and insight on healthcare issues — perhaps even drive the debate over reform. The reality, unfortunately, is that they generally toe their party lines and seem to fade in the background. I guess being an expert politician is more important than being an expert anything else in Washington. In fact, the last time I can recall a physician Congressman bringing his medical “expertise” to bear was when then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist shamelessly demagogued on the Terri Schiavo family tragedy, challenging the diagnosis of Schiavo’s physicians that…

24 Jun: It’s not a “free market” — Big Pharma has bought and paid for it

Can I make a suggestion to you? When some political blowhard on TV or the radio tells you something, don’t automatically believe it. Do your research to learn the facts for yourself, OK? You see, pundits and politicians lie. And they hope you’ll be so accepting of their carefully crafted talking points that you won’t bother to investigate an issue for yourself. A great example is high drug prices. America has — by far — the highest prescription drug prices in the world. But the pharmaceutical industry, aided by various demagogic pundits and alleged “think tanks,” has done a masterful job of convincing a sizable minority of Americans that these high prices are not the pharmaceutical industry’s fault, or our…

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…

22 Jun: Understanding the Pharmaceutical Market Access & Drug Safety Act 2009

As readers of this blog know, we have been following the proposed Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act carefully as it wends its way through Congress. So far, neither the House nor Senate versions of the bill have gotten very far since their introduction in early March, although there has been some talk that the Senate bill may be put to a vote within a matter of weeks. For those of you who would like to learn more about this proposed legislation, which would allow American consumers to legally purchase prescription drugs from Canada and other Tier One countries, you can read the full text of the House bill here, and a summary here. Why do we need this…

16 Jun: Will Congress ever put Canadian drugs to a vote?

We reported last week that some clever maneuvering by Sen. Byron Dorgan and Sen. John McCain had put drug reimportation from Canada back on the Congressional front burner, by attempting to attach it to a bill placing tobacco products under FDA oversight. Unfortunately, the Dorgan/McCain bid was thwarted and the tobacco bill passed without mention of Canadian drugs. Dorgan is hopeful, however, that his gambit will at least get Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moving on this issue. As Government Executive reports: Reid said he “hopes to move forward” on a drug reimportation bill. A bipartisan group of senators hoped to attach the measure to a bill giving the FDA power to regulate cigarettes … Reid did not allow a…

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…

29 Apr: Healthcare, prescription drugs, and the plight of the self-employed

I recently came across a remarkable blog rant by a man named Jim Thornton, a competitive swimmer at age 56. Under a list of his latest swimming times, he shared the story of some of the struggles he’d recently been having with healthcare and prescription drug costs. An excerpt: Our health insurance went up to $1711.50 a month for a plan that requires each member of the family to spend $1400 a year before complete coverage kicks in. For a variety of complicated reasons, we cannot alter any of the terms of the policy. It is a take it or leave it situation. If we leave it, my wife and I have been taking statin drugs and antidepressants and will…

05 Mar: Wyeth v Levine Ruling Signals The Tide is Turning Against Big Pharma

For nearly three decades, it’s seemed like everything — at least when it comes to government decision-making — has gone Big Pharma’s way. For example: The U.S. government permitted Big Pharma to begin advertising directly to consumers, despite the fact that this practice is prohibited worldwide (except in New Zealand). The billions of dollars spent on advertising has led to a dramatic increase in prescription drug consumption — including by teens who steal drugs like Viagra out of the family medicine cabinet after hearing how cool they are, ad nauseum, in TV ads. The government slashed the FDA’s staff by a third during the Bush administration (after significant cuts in the Reagan administration) and allowed Big Pharma lobbyists to wield…

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…

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…

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…

10 Sep: New McCain commercial: “He took on the drug industry”

Some specific supporting examples provided in a press release: In 2004, John McCain Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Drug Reimportation Legislation. “At a press conference today, Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) introduced breakthrough bipartisan, consensus prescription drug reimportation legislation, the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act, with Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), John McCain (R-AZ), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Tom Daschle (D-SD), Trent Lott (R-MS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).” (Sen. Olympia Snowe, Press Release, 4/21/04) A John McCain Bill To Make It Easier For Cheap Generic Drugs To Come Onto The Market Drew “Strong Opposition From The Pharmaceutical Industry.” “The most public front was active last week, with the Senate passing a bill intended to make it easier for cheap generic drugs to come…

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…

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…

13 Jun: Tracey Ullman on Buying Canadian Drugs

Comedienne Tracey Ullman debuted a new series on Showtime this season, and one of her funniest bits was making fun of FDA policy that — officially, at least — forbids American consumers from purchasing drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Check it out: It’s funny stuff. Of course, the reality, for those familiar with the law, is that the FDA permits U.S. citizens to order drugs in supplies of 90 days or less without fear of confiscation. It’s similar to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay soldiers. Though it wouldn’t happen in real life, Ullman’s skit does point out the true absurdity of the FDA’s official stance on Canadian drug reimportation. Fortunately, both John McCain and Barack Obama oppose…

09 Jun: To end prescription drug abuse, we must take on “doctor shopping”

Obviously, a lot has been said and written linking Internet pharmacies to prescription drug abuse. But prescription drug abuse occurs every day without the Internet being involved at all. In most cases, in fact, abusers are prescribed their meds by a doctor and pick them up at the corner pharmacy. How does this happen? Shouldn’t physicians know when they’ve overprescribed a potentially dangerous drug to a patient? Yes, an individual doctor should know. But most prescription drug abusers don’t just go to one doctor. They go to several. It’s called “doctor shopping.” Actor Heath Ledger didn’t die from ordering drugs over the Internet. He died because he ordered too many drugs from too many different doctors. No one doctor would…

22 May: Don’t blame the Internet for prescription drug abuse

Yeah, I know; I’ve written about this topic before — more than a few times. But I feel compelled to do so again. Frankly, I’m mad as heck and I can’t take it any more. Just as there have been past hysterias blaming the Internet for sexual predators, pornography, political polarization, celebrity obsession, obesity (go outside and play!) and every other social malady facing our nation, now it seems the media is whipping itself into a frenzy over the dangers of Internet pharmacies for prescription drug abuse. The latest blog post I flagged on this topic, “Internet Pharmacy Websites the New Drug Dealers,” referenced a sad tale on CNN.com headlined, “My husband died from online drugs.” Don’t get me wrong….

02 Apr: Top 25 prescription drug searches for March 2008

Here are the top 25 prescription drug searches on eDrugSearch.com for the month of March, including searches for both medications and medical conditions, starting with the most popular search. eDrugSearch.com visitors have conducted more than five million searches since our launch in January 2007. Viagra Vytorin Glucophage Cialis Synthroid Fosamax Finasteride Amoxicillin Lotrel Wellbutrin Lipitor Levitra Naproxen Singulair Loestrin Valtrex Yasmin Ibuprofen Quetiapine Allegra Lamisil Alendronate Plavix Bactrim Nardil

21 Mar: Online prescription drugs: To buy or not to buy?

Here’s a nice video from Employment Crossing with tips on buying prescription drugs online. The one caveat we would add is that the FDA should not be your be-all-and-end-all in determining how, where and what to purchase online. It’s one data point to consider, but as we’ve shown time and again, it is a flawed one.

17 Mar: The FDA can’t protect you; this is why you need to protect yourself

In an article today excoriating the FDA for its regulation of prescription drugs, the New York Times reports: The Institute of Medicine, the Government Accountability Office and the F.D.A.’s own Science Board have all issued reports saying poor management and scientific inadequacies make the agency incapable of protecting the country against unsafe drugs, medical devices and food. Indeed, in the years since the last China drug scandal [in 1999], the share of drugs coming from that country has soared while the F.D.A.’s inspections of overseas drug plants have dropped. There are 566 plants in China that export drugs to the United States, but the agency inspected just 13 of them last year. The agency does not have the money to…

07 Jan: If you want to fix the healthcare system, don’t vote for Mitt Romney

Just watch this exchange between John McCain and Mitt Romney in the most recent New Hampshire debate over drug reimportation and the power of Big Pharma. It’s clear that if Romney is elected, he’ll do nothing to reform our broken healthcare system. To say big drug companies are “doing the work of the free market” but to support protectionism so they won’t have to face competition is patently hypocritical.

01 Dec: Michigan officials promote lower prescription drug prices

The Michigan Department of Community Health last year created a Web site, MichiganDrugPrices.com, to help the state’s residents find lower prices on prescription medications. Quantcast offers some interesting summary data on the site’s users since the 2006 launch: This site reaches approximately 67,524 U.S. monthly uniques. The site is popular among a heavily female, 55+, mostly Caucasian audience. Site users have an affinity for CanadaDrugs.com. Now, from looking at Quantcast’s “data” on my site and others, I know that the site’s information can be wildly inaccurate — our own site traffic is several times greater than Quantcast reports, although I don’t know that it’s worth the trouble of correcting them and giving them proprietary information from our servers. So take…

25 Nov: Abilify: No. 1 and climbing

The most searched-for drug on www.eDrugSearch.com for the past two months has been Abilify, which treats the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Initially approved in November 2002, more than 12.5 million prescriptions have been written for Abilify in the United States as of June 2007. Expect those numbers to continue climbing. Last week, the FDA approved the drug as an add-on treatment for adults with major depressive disorder. The drug is to be used in conjunction with commonly prescribed depression drugs, including the SSRIs Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil CR, and Zoloft.

05 Nov: The hypocrisy of drug re-importation laws, continued…

Sooooo… the FDA says it doesn’t inspect drugs imported from China and India (and sold through U.S. pharmacies) for safety. Did you know that almost 80 percent of the active ingredients in prescription drugs sold in the U.S. come from these countries? And yet, the FDA still wastes its time with the “issue” of U.S. consumers buying drugs from licensed Canadian pharmacies. Something doesn’t quite add up, does it? Watch the Lou Dobbs report:

24 Oct: Read our RX drug tips in NSIDE MD magazine in San Antonio, Texas

We’ve begun writing a bimonthly column for a wonderful San Antonio publication called NSIDE MD magazine. We invite you to read our first article, Five Tips for Choosing an Online Pharmacy. With the coverage we’ve received from the San Antonio Express-News, the San Antonio Business Journal and local TV, we’re feeling very “loved” by our hometown media. But we’re just getting started, folks … today San Antonio, tomorrow the world 🙂

18 Oct: Top 25 prescription drug searches

We thought it would be of interest to pharma bloggers and others to share a monthly list of the most-searched-for medication prices on eDrugSearch.com. Here are the top 25 searches for the month of September: Simvastatin prices Abilify prices Synthroid prices Yasmin prices Lipitor prices Lamisil prices Symbicort prices Levitra prices Xenical prices Vytorin prices Topamax prices Zetia prices Zoloft prices Crestor prices Cialis prices Aciphex prices Prevacid prices Lisinopril prices Viagra prices Plavix prices Celebrex prices Singulair prices Risperdal prices Diovan prices Casodex prices The list isn’t a perfect reflection of the most popular drugs purchased online, largely because of Google. For a variety of reasons, eDrugSearch.com appears very high in the organic search results for some drugs, but…