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Old 09-07-2015, 12:03 PM   #41
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This thread is going to the dogs!
Yeah, the things we do to keep our attitudes adjusted. You did know, that dogs are great at adjusting attitudes, didn't you
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I buy animal meds from Petshed in Australia. Good prices and fast shipping.
Wait, this wasn't about dogs?
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I buy animal meds from Petshed in Australia. Good prices and fast shipping.
Wait, this wasn't about dogs?
For me, it is about dodging excessive prices on US drugs and still getting quality meds.
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I have reliably bought retin-A and tazorac for a number of years from Alldaychemist in India. No issues whatsoever--yes it is real medicine (it works, you can look up the manufacturer online etc.). No spam from the pharmacy, no problems with debit card theft. Order sent to me via overseas mail. I have also bought a limited number of other meds from there as well and they are all real. You can save a bundle on many meds, but others are about equivalent in price to US-bought.

I have also used a pharmacy in Australia in the past which was reliable and not fake, name escapes me at the moment.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:35 PM   #45
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Meds in the U.S. Are the MOST expensive in the world. Today, the U.S. currently depends the highest percentage of GDP on health care of any western nation. And this percentage of GNP if growing at an alarming rate.

Alas, the medical outcome statistics vary inversely with this. There is a reason why the pharma industry, the AMA, The hospital/health care industries, and the health insurance industries spend so much on lobbying. And it has paid off handsomely.
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Apropos of this topic is an article in today's NY Times about high drug prices: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/op...=55598469&_r=0

As ever I find the reader comments with the article instructive.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:57 AM   #47
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Almost all developed countries — including those run by very conservative governments — have an effective solution for drug prices, which is why these countries often pay less than half of what people in the United States pay for drugs. For instance, Australia’s more than 60-year-old Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has been the single purchaser of drugs for the country, making drugs available at fixed prices that are now listed online.
The counter to this that I've heard is that the reason our prices are so high is because every other country in the world squeezes down prices and we're left holding the bag.

What we have in the US is "value pricing"; the price has nothing to do with the investment or manufacturing costs and everything to do with how much they think Americans (some with their fat expensive healthcare policies) can afford.

The solution in the comments that made the most sense to me was to allow people in the US to buy from wherever in the world they want to. Of course that will never happen because of "the situation". So some of us will become regular law breakers, if we can
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.........So some of us will become regular law breakers, if we can
That would be me. They will never take me alive.
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Buying Rx from other countries?

Just found out one of my prescriptions will no longer be covered by my insurance. There are no generics available in the US yet, won't be until 2023 when patent runs out. Looking at about $200 month.
I have found a generic from a Canadian pharmacy that is much less expensive also the name brand Rx is less expensive there also. The country of origin is India. I remember talking with a retired pharmacist recently and he said most of drugs sold in the US are made overseas.
Is anyone buying prescriptions from Canada or other overseas pharmacies?
If so what are your opinions?
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That topic is currently under discussion in this thread:

Medications from Canada, India etc?

Perhaps the moderators might like to merge them.
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My wife has had to take Nexium for quite sometime, and before it went generic we had to order it thru a Canadian pharmacy. Otherwise, she was thrown into "The Gap" and we had to pay 3 mos. of meds out of pocket.

If you can save money going thru a good Canadian pharmacy, go for it. The packages come directly from India, and we had no problems of any kind.
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Quality control problem story.....

Canadians kept in the dark about prescription medication - Health - CBC News
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A few years back I had to take the men's drug which I will refer to as "Vitamin V". In the US it was $10/pill. Since I had to take it every day it got very expensive.

I ended up buying it from an Indian company for $1/pill. Ethically it bothered me some but not enough to overcome the motivation from the $savings.

The Indian product had much more pill-to-pill variation in dosage than the US product. I would guess that if the US product varied +/- 3%, the Indian product varied +/- 20%. In my case this variation did not matter, but perhaps for other situations it would.
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Uh, oh. Here comes a tidal wave of Canadians wanting to buy their drugs in the US.
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Uh, oh. Here comes a tidal wave of Canadians wanting to buy their drugs in the US.
Ummmm, no.
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The only thing I would caution is that someone on the internet saying they are a Canadian pharmacy might not be one...

I thought I was buying a drug from a Canadian pharmacy and it was not... they have been calling me from India for many years even though I have asked them to stop calling me... and I do not answer the phone 95% of the time if I do not know who is calling....


Now, if you walk in a store there.... that is different....
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Ummmm, no.
Whew! I guess we can cancel that wall that was being proposed.
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When I was looking into this earlier, this site seemed to have some credibility.
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If you read the whole article, you'll see the following:

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Through a Freedom of Information request, Go Public obtained dozens of FDA inspection reports that outline numerous and serious infractions at foreign manufacturing labs, mostly in India, used by Canadian and U.S. drug companies.
Note my bolded section. So we in the US look to be in the same boat, quality control-wise.
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That topic is currently under discussion in this thread:

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Perhaps the moderators might like to merge them.
The threads are now merged. Thanks, Meadbh.
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