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Canadian Prescription Drugs: What Americans Need to Know

Friday 8 April 2011 - Filed under Canadian Prescription Drugs

We recently suffered an unexpected family crisis when my American mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital following a serious heart attack. The emergency room doctor told her husband that if she had arrived only a few minutes later, she would have died. She spent a week in the hospital and, to our immense relief, is now recovering at home. She’s feeling better every day, and claims what hurts the most now is her pocketbook. She’s on several prescription medications and, with no extended benefits, paying for them all out of her own pocket.

As a Canadian with friends and family living in the States, I was shocked to discover just how much less we pay for Canadian prescription drugs than our American neighbours. One of the drugs my mother-in-law must now take every day, a platelet aggregation inhibitor used to prevent and treat blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and acute coronary heart syndromes, costs her $170 US for 30 75mg tablets, or $5.67 a pill.

When I looked the same drug up on a Canadian mail order pharmacy, the identical brand name medication was just $63 US for 28 75mg tablets, or $2.25 a pill! If she switched to the generic version (with the exact same formulation and effectiveness), she could purchase 180 75mg tablets for only $54, or just 30 cents a pill! According to my calculations, that’s a savings of almost 95%!

The relief and gratitude in my mother-in-law’s voice when I called to tell her about the research I’d done on our cheap Canadian drugs was overwhelming. I followed that up with a call to my daughter in Ohio to ask how much she was paying for her birth control. She was a little taken aback at first, but when I directed her to a couple of Canadian pharmacies online to compare prices, she too was glad to get my call.

Americans buying Canadian prescription drugs online have nothing to lose as long as they order from a reputable, licensed Canadian pharmacy certified by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and the PharmacyChecker Certification Program. They do, however, have a great deal to save!

2011-04-08  »  Nancy

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