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.
The information provided on Ask PharmacyChecker is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, nor is it an endorsement of any product or service.
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.
Do you need a prescription get Viagra? How about substituting a Viagra prescription for the generic?
December 05, 2019
Many people buy erectile dysfunction pills, such as Viagra, without a prescription over the Internet. This is incredibly dangerous. Viagra is known to be one of the most counterfeited medications sold online so don't be fooled by rogue online pharmacies that offer brand-name Viagra.Read More
Which pharmacies provide prescriptions via online consultations?
May 03, 2019
All pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, which include those on the PharmacyChecker.com list of approved online pharmacies, require a valid prescription from your doctor or other licensed prescriber.Read More
Which Canadian pharmacies have the fastest free shipping?
April 09, 2019
Be advised that medication ordered from outside the U.S. can normally take 2-3 weeks to arrive. If ordering medication from India, it can take even longer.Read More
How do I order Valium (diazepam) online?
March 19, 2019
Valium (diazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety and seizures, typically creating a calming effect. Valium is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance by the U.S.Read More
Can U.S. doctors and pharmacies send or transfer prescriptions to Canada?
March 14, 2019
Yes, doctors in the U.S. can and do send prescriptions to Canadian pharmacies. Canadian provinces require that pharmacies dispense medications pursuant to a valid prescription authorized by a Canadian practitioner.Read More
Can a U.S. pharmacy transfer a prescription to Canada?
March 14, 2019
The short answer is, generally, U.S. pharmacies cannot transfer a prescription to a Canadian pharmacy. An original prescription from your provider is required.Read More
How do I order a 3-months' supply if different quantities are listed, but my prescription is for 90?
March 14, 2019
The pharmacies listing medications on our website are required to follow PharmacyChecker Verification Program standards and guidance policies, which permit pharmacies to market, sell, process and/or dispense internationally a maximum 3-months' supply of non-controlled medication pursuant to a valid...Read More
Why isn't Ambien (zolpidem) available to order from Canada?
March 04, 2019
The short answer is that no international online pharmacy listed on PharmacyChecker.com sells Ambien (zolpidem) —or controlled medications of any kind — to consumers in the United States.Read More
How can patients get a paper prescription so we can buy meds from Canada? Everyone is e-prescribing!
February 28, 2019
It is true—there are substantial benefits to electronic prescribing (e-prescribing). It facilitates the integration of prescription records into the patient's medical record, has the potential to minimize medication errors, and may reduce prescription theft and forgery of controlled drugs.Read More
What payment methods do verified online pharmacies accept?
February 04, 2019
The short answer to that question is that payment methods vary from pharmacy to pharmacy, but sometimes these methods can be confusing, so we'd like to take this opportunity to explain the differences.Read More
Do Canadian online pharmacies fill prescriptions for Fioricet or Fiorinal?
January 29, 2019
For starters, Fiorinal (Butalbital, Aspirin, Caffeine) is a scheduled III controlled substance per the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).Read More
How can I safely order medication from an online pharmacy?
October 04, 2018
Many people order prescription medications online. Americans buy medications through mail-order pharmacies associated with their health insurance or from independent online pharmacies based in the U.S. Many opt to shop at international online pharmacies due to cost.Read More
Is it legal to order medication online from other countries?
August 29, 2018
If you're in the U.S., it's legal to order a medication online that is mailed directly from a U.S. state-licensed pharmacy. It's not legal, under most circumstances, to order and import medicine from a pharmacy in another country, according to the U.S.Read More
I am traveling and forgot my medication at home. What can I do?
June 27, 2018
Forgetting medication while traveling abroad, or even within the U.S., is an inconvenience in the best of circumstances; scary in the worst.Read More
Can I order Enbrel from Canadian online pharmacies?
June 14, 2018
Most prescription drugs can be ordered online and mailed to you, but not Enbrel. Currently, the PharmacyChecker verified pharmacies only offer Enbrel for local pick-up, which would be in Canada. This is because Enbrel should be refrigerated at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C) and should not be shaken.Read More
Do online pharmacies accept discount cards from manufacturers?
May 02, 2018
In most cases, drug manufacturer discount coupons are accepted at U.S. retail, online and mail-order pharmacies — but not at international online pharmacies, such as the pharmacies verified in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program....Read More
Do online pharmacies accept medical necessity letters?
April 01, 2018
U.S. pharmacies have more latitude to market and sell larger quantities of medication to their customers domestically, in accordance with a written prescription.Read More
How can I benefit from Canadian pharmacies if I have Atrial Fibrillation?
March 28, 2018
Tikosyn (dofetilide) is a prescription medication used to treat certain types of serious irregular heartbeat like atrial fibrillation and flutter. It is used to restore normal heart rhythm and maintain a steady, regular heartbeat.Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Amantadine? What does it look like?
March 13, 2018
Amantadine is a prescription medication used to treat influenza as well as Parkinson's disease. It is often used to treat symptoms of uncontrolled movement disorder.Read More
Do online pharmacies ship Myrbetriq worldwide?
March 05, 2018
Myrbetriq is a prescription medication used to treat an overactive bladder. Many verified online pharmacies listing prices on PharmacyChecker.com provide shipping worldwide.Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Linzess capsules?
February 25, 2018
Currently, 30 capsules of Linzess 145 mcg can cost you as much as $395 ($13 per pill) at your local U.S pharmacy—and that's with a coupon.Read More
How can I buy Acitretin for my psoriasis?
February 19, 2018
Acitretin is a medication that treats severe psoriasis.Read More
Do online pharmacies carry Lupron Depot-Ped?
February 15, 2018
Lupron Depot (leuprolide) is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men and endometriosis, premature puberty, or uterine fibroids in women.Read More
How much is Diclofenac through online pharmacies?
February 01, 2018
Diclofenac gel is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Diclofenac gels reduce hormones that cause pain and inflammation, specifically joint pain caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.Read More
How much does Tobradex cost at online pharmacies?
January 02, 2018
Verified international online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program list prices for Tobradex Ophthalmic Ointment 0.3/0.1 %. Currently, the lowest price for a 3.5 g tube of Tobradex ointment is $25.49. The average U.S. retail price is around $270 for a 3.5 g tube.Read More
Do online pharmacies accept U.S. Medicare insurance?
December 27, 2017
Unfortunately, international online pharmacies do not process U.S. insurance claims for medications. Medications are paid for "out-of-pocket." Although I expect most insurers do not cover the expense under reimbursement, it would not hurt to ask.Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Tretinoin Cream?
December 26, 2017
Tretinoin topical cream, which is a vitamin A derivative prescription drug, is a popular generic retinoid commonly used to treat acne.Read More
What reputable Canadian or European pharmacies carry Resolor for treatment of SIBO?
December 11, 2017
Verified international online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program list prices for Resolor (prucalopride succinate). Online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program often work with pharmacies in several countries, including Canada and the UK.Read More
Do you online pharmacies sell Atenolol, Levothyroxine, and Atorvastatin?
November 08, 2017
Atenolol is the generic version of brand-name drug Tenormin, which is used to treat high blood pressure. PharmacyChecker.com has prices for brand-name Tenormin and generic Atenolol.Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Meloxicam?
November 02, 2017
Yes, verified online pharmacies listing prices on PharmacyChecker.com offer Meloxicam.Read More
Why doesn’t the drug price quoted on PharmacyChecker match the price on the pharmacy website?
October 24, 2017
PharmacyChecker.com provides prescription drug price comparisons among international online pharmacies that we have verified as meeting our pharmacy practice standards.Read More
Mesalamine tablets are listed in quantities of 10 sachets. What is that quantity in U.S. terms?
October 15, 2017
Depending on where you are in the world, mesalamine may be available in tablets, capsules, and/or powder sachets. In the U.S., most medications are packaged by the manufacturer in containers with a specific quantity of loose tablets or capsules.Read More
Is there a limit to the amount of medication I can order online?
August 31, 2017
Online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program shipping internationally may dispense up to a three-month supply of a non-controlled substance pursuant to a valid prescription for which the prescriber permits a three-month supply.Read More
If I order a brand-name medication from an online pharmacy, will they substitute it with a generic?
August 24, 2017
In most instances, when ordering medication from an online pharmacy verified by PharmacyChecker, you will receive the brand version of the medication that you selected during the ordering process.Read More
How can I buy Catapres-TTS patches (for treating high blood pressure) at a lower price?
June 20, 2017
You can find Catapres-TTS patches at a much lower price (over an 80% savings) by taking advantage of the fact that it is sold outside the U.S., by the same company that distributes it in the U.S., at a fraction of the cost....Read More