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.
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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
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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.
Does Zoloft sold by Pfizer outside the U.S. have the exact same ingredients?
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.
Zoloft Sold at Canadian Pharmacies vs. Local U.S. Pharmacies
The Zoloft sold in Canadian pharmacies is in capsule form instead of a tablet like in the U.S. Also, while Zoloft contains the same active pharmaceutical ingredient, sertraline, it may have different inactive ingredients. Keep in mind that Zoloft is available as a generic in the U.S., usually at very low cost so buying Zoloft internationally may not be necessary.
Although the medication is not exactly the same as the one manufactured in the U.S., the Canadian version is manufactured by Pfizer Canada Inc. and approved for sale in Canada by Health Canada, the U.S. FDA's counterpart that is responsible for regulating medications in Canada.
Safely Buying Zoloft Online
Legally-manufactured Zoloft that is dispensed from licensed pharmacies in other countries is also available for purchase online. Online pharmacies can help you save a lot of money, often 90% less than what you might pay at your local pharmacy. For some patients, this could mean the difference between obtaining a prescribed medication or without it. To save money safely, patients need to avoid dangerous rogue online pharmacy websites. A peer-reviewed study showed that online pharmacies that are not credentialed by groups such as PharmacyChecker.com are more likely to sell counterfeit medications.
Be aware that, under most circumstances, it's technically prohibited to import prescription medication for personal use into the U.S., but there have been no instances of consumers being prosecuted for doing so.
The PharmacyChecker Verification Program ensures that online pharmacies that publish the PharmacyChecker Seal are evaluated, verified and monitored. Using our website, you can compare prescription drug prices among verified online pharmacies that meet good pharmacy practice standards. By doing so, you can make the best decisions for your health and finances.Updated November 26, 2019