3 Feb 2005
My wife is on several maintenace drugs.
Try www.RxCounter.com , a Canadian online pharmacy. These people are GREAT, and the prices are GREAT, any where from 20% to 80% less than US scripts. We save about 1/2. Have been using them for two years, had one problem where US Customs grabbed a script for a generic, which is available in Canada, but not yet permitted in the US. When I did not receive the shipment (RxC keeps you posted about shipments, time to order refills, etc. by email) I checked with RxCounter, who already knew the shipment had been waylayed, and they immediately reshipped the order at no cost, with my assurance that if the shipment was released later by Customs, and I received it, I would let them know, and if I received a letter from Customs telling me I had the choice of not responding, in which case the order would be returned to the shipper, or getting a lawyer and coming after them, I would do the first and not the latter.
Forget all the rhetoric about it being illegal to buy from Canada. That is a lot of Governmental bunk. We just can not legally buy drugs containing controlled substances from Canada. Many U.S. States buy the pharmaceuticals for their state aid (welfare) programs from Canada because of the millions in savings they realize in reduced costs. The drug lobbyists are trying very hard to make banning of Canadian drugs a reality; the pharmaceutical companies have now surpassed the insurance companies as the richest corporations in the world. Many cures will never come about because they would be killing the chicken that lays the golden eggs, better to create maintenance drugs that keep a person on board for life.
I'll get off my soap box now!
If your skeptical about buying from Canada, or via the web, call the 800 number for RxCounter, posted on their website, and I feel certain they will allay your fears. Do be prepared to fax them your script (you can mail it, but they have an 800 fax number). If you don't have ready access to a fax machine (or the ability to scan and then email the script), places such as Kinko's will do so for a buck or two. Lacking a Kinko's, most motels or hotels will also do this for the same. You might even have the number with you and get your Doctor to do it.
Canada has as stringent of controls over pharmacuticals as the US. Most of these drugs are actually exported to Canada from the States. I would however, be very skeptical of buying from Europe or even more so from Asia, i.e. India, Pakistan etc. as while they may are advertised to be US manufactured, and may appear so, the cost is so low I would be afraid they might be forgeries or produced without proper controls, esp exact dosage.
Our Doctor has no problem writing 6 month scripts, since the most(of each flavor)that can be legally shipped in at a time is 3 months. This allows for one refill. Try to combine all your scripts, there is one flat rate shipping charge, irregardless of quantity. Knowing the medicines you use, check for the Canadian mg. which may differ and adjust your dosage accordingly.
If you HAVE to buy your drugs in the US shop every Rx in your town, and have them quote you prices on every drug. One may be real high on one and real low on another, and then a different Rx may be the reverse. I found for example, "Premarin 1.25" from about $1 to over $3 for the exact same prescription from one local Rx to another. NO RHYME OR REASON TO PRICING! I wrongfully assumed the "big" boys would be cheaper because of their buying power. I found a "ma & pa" who beat them all, on every medication, but still save more than 50% overall buying from Canada. With locals, NEGOTIATE, as about ANY discount programs, AAA, AARP, etc. Quantity talks (3 or 6 months as opposed to one).
And then Stacy, when you have successfully received a shipment from Canada, tell EVERYONE you know, not just about Canada, but also about the great fluctuation in prices from Rx to Rx in your town.
I'm American. Do the research, then do the math, then buy from Canada.
I save nearly $7 per day, every day of the year.
Hope this helps. Good luck!