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frank 09-09-2019 09:52 AM

canada pharmacy
 
I was looking on the internet and checking prices. It seems you can get a prescription from canada for about half of what my copay is here. does anyone here use canadian pharmacies? how did they work out for you? any one pharmacy in particular? How long did it take to get your drugs? any info would be helpful. thanks

frank

6miths 09-09-2019 07:16 PM

I find Canadian pharmacies great. I have also used ones in UK, France, Mexico, Ukraine, UAE and various African countries. No issues.

frank 09-10-2019 05:04 AM

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Originally Posted by 6miths (Post 2295351)
I find Canadian pharmacies great. I have also used ones in UK, France, Mexico, Ukraine, UAE and various African countries. No issues.

which has the fastest delivery time? I didn't see those other countries listed on the internet.

Senator 09-10-2019 05:47 AM

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Originally Posted by frank (Post 2295051)
I was looking on the internet and checking prices. It seems you can get a prescription from canada for about half of what my copay is here. does anyone here use canadian pharmacies? how did they work out for you? any one pharmacy in particular? How long did it take to get your drugs? any info would be helpful. thanks

frank

You can even use India pharmacies. Without a prescription for many drugs. ~2 weeks regular shipping, faster if you pay more to ship.

wmc1000 09-10-2019 05:55 AM

We have used pharmacies based both in Canada and India prior to getting our Part D medicare drug plan. Since all of our RX's are generic they are $0 cost so basically our total premiums of $15 per mo. each is our total monthly prescription cost. DW has 7 RX's and I have 3.

frank 09-10-2019 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Senator (Post 2295487)
You can even use India pharmacies. Without a prescription for many drugs. ~2 weeks regular shipping, faster if you pay more to ship.

Do you have the url for these india pharmacies? or should I just check around online?

Sunset 09-10-2019 11:07 AM

I would be willing to use Canadian pharmacies as I know the actual names of the pharmacy chains (some of them). So I could find the REAL pharmacy website.

Then I could be assured the drugs I buy are legit, and not powdered gypsum.

I won't buy drugs from some random (possibly fake) site as the health risks are real.

lemming 09-10-2019 02:38 PM

Sunset brings up the right questions. Is what is offered on the web really coming from Canada?

6miths 09-10-2019 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by frank (Post 2295051)
I was looking on the internet and checking prices. It seems you can get a prescription from canada for about half of what my copay is here. does anyone here use canadian pharmacies? how did they work out for you? any one pharmacy in particular? How long did it take to get your drugs? any info would be helpful. thanks

frank

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Originally Posted by 6miths (Post 2295351)
I find Canadian pharmacies great. I have also used ones in UK, France, Mexico, Ukraine, UAE and various African countries. No issues.

Sorry Frank, a poor attempt at humour. I have several Canadian pharmacies within walking distance so I don't usually get delivery. I have purchased drugs in those other countries. Many meds that are prescription in US and Canada are OTC in other countries and often much cheaper than Canadian prices which of course makes them dirt cheap compared to US prices.

Chuckanut 09-10-2019 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by lemming (Post 2295778)
Sunset brings up the right questions. Is what is offered on the web really coming from Canada?

From what I have read most medicines come from countries other than Canada and the USA . Whether we buy them in Canada, the USA or Lower Slobovia makes no difference.

https://howmuch.net/articles/world-m...g-exports-2016

https://www.latimes.com/business/laz...515-story.html

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One reason is because the supply chain for drugs is very complex. Active and inactive ingredients might come from dozens of suppliers in multiple countries, and each of those suppliers in turn might have facilities around the world.That’s why the Food and Drug Administration generally defines a drug’s country of origin as the final stop in the manufacturing process — where the ingredients were combined or the final touches put in place.
Under FDA rules, drug companies are required to disclose only the name and business address of the manufacturer. A U.S.-based pharmaceutical plant, therefore, would not have to reveal that its active ingredients come from China.

CRLLS 09-10-2019 08:09 PM

DMIL had purchased meds from Canada some years back. Medicare donut hole is expensive. Twice they were seized as they came into the USA. She no longer buys from outside the USA. I can't recall what those meds were. And as always, YMMV.

Gotadimple 09-10-2019 08:22 PM

There is a segment of the internet that claims they can provide drugs and are based in Canada. Some of them are bogus. Use this website to check for prices on drugs sold in the US and in Canada and other countries.
https://www.pharmacychecker.com/


This is verification service that checks the qualifications of pharmacies and will list them. The pharmacies agree to provide pricing on the drugs they dispense (similar to GoodRx.com - but for internet based pharmacies).

Sunset 09-10-2019 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Chuckanut (Post 2295920)
From what I have read most medicines come from countries other than Canada and the USA . Whether we buy them in Canada, the USA or Lower Slobovia makes no difference.

https://howmuch.net/articles/world-m...g-exports-2016

https://www.latimes.com/business/laz...515-story.html


I agree the drugs are often made in various countries, the trick is to find a legitimate (honest) website in any country that will sell only real drugs and not fake ones.

Sunset 09-10-2019 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by CRLLS (Post 2295929)
DMIL had purchased meds from Canada some years back. Medicare donut hole is expensive. Twice they were seized as they came into the USA. She no longer buys from outside the USA. I can't recall what those meds were. And as always, YMMV.

Yet the pharmacy can import the same drugs.

Maybe she was importing far more than a person would use, or perhaps they were a controlled substance instead of a blood pressure pill or insulin. Or maybe the border guard was actively protecting the business interests of the giant pharma company ?

Senator 09-10-2019 10:13 PM

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Originally Posted by frank (Post 2295621)
Do you have the url for these india pharmacies? or should I just check around online?

You can try silverdrugstore dot com.

sengsational 09-11-2019 08:12 AM

When people ask about a particular drug, I check the price on canadadrugsonline (just because it's a name I remember). That outfit ships from lot of places, usually India, I guess. They won't ship without a prescription, so that seems to add legitimacy. If the drug in the US is generic, the overseas pharmacies might not have a much better price, but if the pharma company engineered itself an exclusive in the US market, the overseas price can be a tiny fraction of the US price.

Gotadimple 09-11-2019 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by sengsational (Post 2296078)
When people ask about a particular drug, I check the price on canadadrugsonline (just because it's a name I remember). That outfit ships from lot of places, usually India, I guess. They won't ship without a prescription, so that seems to add legitimacy. If the drug in the US is generic, the overseas pharmacies might not have a much better price, but if the pharma company engineered itself an exclusive in the US market, the overseas price can be a tiny fraction of the US price.

This pharmacy appears to be the successor to CanadaDrugs which lost it's license. They were based in Manitoba. Canadadrugsonline is based in British Columbia has certification from both Pharmacychecker and from CIPA. I have not used them.

When it comes to certifications displayed on websites, you need to dig a little deeper to see if the certification is truly an assessment of the pharmacies practices and meeting protocols, OR, if the certification is just a marketing tool. That is, any internet pharmacy can pay a fee to be listed as certified.
- Rita

Sunset 09-11-2019 10:45 AM

Here is the website of a real (has many stores in Canada) drugstore.
I have no idea if you can buy online drugs and ship to USA, but I have picked up prescription drugs from their stores for a sick Canadian relative.

shoppersdrugmart.ca

6miths 09-11-2019 11:47 AM

Happy to call Costco or Shoppers Drug Mart and find out a local Canadian price for you. Might be interesting. I make a habit of going into Pharmacies when I travel to ask about costs and prescription status of various drugs.

frank 09-12-2019 05:28 AM

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Originally Posted by 6miths (Post 2296229)
Happy to call Costco or Shoppers Drug Mart and find out a local Canadian price for you. Might be interesting. I make a habit of going into Pharmacies when I travel to ask about costs and prescription status of various drugs.

Advair 250/50 60 doses. there is also a generic, but don't know the name off hand. thanks do you know if prescription point pharmacy is legit or not? they look good on the website and have good ratings.


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