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.
How can I get help paying for medication in California?
Many people nationwide are suffering from shocking increases in their prescription medication bills. We're here to help! We've investigated and found a few options that are helping Californians today.
California Local Drug Price Comparisons
Californians can compare prices among local pharmacies using PharmacyChecker.com.
Search for your medication on our website. The search box is at the upper righthand corner of this screen. Select your prescribed drug strength and scroll to the bottom of the price page. There, enter your ZIP Code to find the discounts available in your area. When you choose a pharmacy, just click "Print Card for This Pharmacy" and you are ready to obtain your discount at the local pharmacy.
More California Drug Savings Options
We found a few options for savings in the Sunshine State that may help patients save big.
• California Drug Savings Card — You and your family have access to this California-wide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). All Californians are eligible to get pharmacy discounts that may provide savings on prescriptions not covered by your health insurance or Medicare Part D. The program may also be used instead of your insurance coverage when it offers greater savings than your copay, which is the case more often than you think!
• Medi-Cal — Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program which provides health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low-income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS.
• MCAP — MCAP provides pregnant women with comprehensive coverage for a low cost with no copayments or deductibles for its covered services. MCAP is for middle-income families who do not have health insurance and whose income is too high for no-cost Medi-Cal.
• Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — California families with uninsured children can receive health insurance through CHIP. To qualify, a child must be age 18 or younger, a California resident and a U.S citizen or legal permanent resident. The citizenship or immigration status of the parents does not affect the children's eligibility and is not reported on the application form. The program provides great benefits regular checkups, dental care and prescription medication coverage.
Verified Online Pharmacies
Californians can often save around 90% off their medication bills by shopping internationally. Millions of Americans order their medication online each year. Since 2003, PharmacyChecker.com has been helping Californians find the lowest drug prices online from licensed pharmacies in Canada and other countries. A doctor in Sacramento recently recommended our verification and price comparisons:
"Our patients are held hostage by these outrageous pharmaceutical costs in the US. I am grateful to have discovered PharmacyChecker as well, as are my patients. Last week, I saw one of my patients who is an RN with Parkinson's disease; she was in the 'donut hole' with Medicare and no longer able to afford her medications. Because of PharmacyChecker, she is now back on her meds. She is telling all of her friends about your website. Your work makes a huge difference in the world."
We provide a list of online pharmacies verified by PharmacyChecker with the lowest drug prices that meet critical safety standards to protect patient health when buying medication online. You can also compare prices among those online pharmacies on PharmacyChecker.com!