PharmacyChecker experts answer consumer questions related to affording lower-cost, prescription medications.
We help people afford the medication they need by verifying online pharmacies and comparing their prices. Drug prices are out of control. Americans face the highest medication prices in the world. That's why millions of Americans choose to buy medication from other countries.
Our Panel of Experts
Tod Cooperman, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dr. Tod Cooperman is a noted researcher, writer, and speaker on consumer healthcare issues.
Gabriel Levitt, MA
President and Co-Founder
Mr. Levitt oversees all business operations, development and research. He is a public advocate for prescription drug affordability.
Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Verification and Information
Dr. Patel provides expert knowledge regarding safe pharmacy practice, quality assurance, drug safety, and patient access to affordable medication.
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If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
Namenda (memantine): Made in America; Cheaper Abroad
December 29, 2019
Namenda made in the U.S. is sold outside the U.S. for 94% cheaper. And Americans can easily order it directly to their door. A 94% difference sounds like an exaggerated scam, but it’s sadly (or ‘fortunately’ considering you can take advantage of the cheaper price?) true.Read More
Is it legal to order medication for import to Australia? How can Australians order online safely?
May 24, 2019
Importing medicine for personal use in Australia is legal but with important caveats. Australia’s government warns consumers against ordering medicine online because of the dangers of rogue online pharmacies.Read More
Are drugs sold in Canada identical to those sold in the U.S.?
March 14, 2019
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—is responsible for regulating medications approved for sale in the United States.Read More
Does Zoloft sold by Pfizer outside the U.S. have the exact same ingredients?
February 12, 2019
Foreign versions of drugs sold in the U.S, like Zoloft, are not exactly the same as the ones sold here. This answer is based on the fact that Zoloft may contain different inactive ingredients. The Zoloft sold in Canadian pharmacies is in capsule form instead of a tablet like in the U.S.Read More
Can Americans drive to Mexico to fill a prescription?
December 21, 2018
In general, while it’s technically federally prohibited, you can drive to Mexico, buy medication and bring it back, as long as it's for your personal use.Read More
Can Americans drive to Canada to fill a prescription?
December 11, 2018
In general, you can drive to Canada, buy medication and bring it back, as long as it's for your personal use. When crossing the Canadian border, the U.S.Read More
Is medicine in Canada cheaper?
October 11, 2018
Since 2003, drug price comparisons between the U.S. and Canada have shown that the potential savings in Canada just continue to grow. Why? The government in Canada keeps prices more affordable and prices for medications have increased much faster in the U.S.Read More