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.
Medication Savings Tips
How much does an EpiPen cost? Is there a more affordable option?
January 16, 2020
Severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylactic shock, can kill. In these cases, EpiPens save these people’s lives. This is precisely why their high cost can be a serious problem.Read More
Health & Medicine
What is the best medicine for seizures?
January 20, 2020
Treatments for seizures are based on the cause. Treating the cause of the seizures helps prevent future seizure episodes from occurring. Treatments can include the following: Medication therapy, Nerve stimulation, Surgery for brain abnormalities correction, Ketogenic diet.Read More
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
Online Pharmacy Safety
Can I get a doctor's prescription online?
October 24, 2019
Sometimes the hardest part of obtaining prescription drugs is actually getting a prescription. Doctor copays can be a real burden and taking time off work to get an appointment can be difficult. So, can you get a prescription online?Read More
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
Drugs prices are going to be listed in TV ads. How will that work exactly?
July 01, 2019
The U.S. is one of two countries (the other being New Zealand) that permit pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers (DTC advertising). If you’ve ever watched TV (and I know you have), you’ve seen such advertisements.Read More
What is Prasugrel from India supposed to look like?
November 02, 2017
Depending on where you are in the world, prescription medications are packaged differently and may look different.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
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
Can I send my prescriptions to several different pharmacies?
August 24, 2017
Shopping around and even using several pharmacies to maximize savings can provide financial relief, but there are safety concerns to be aware of!Read More
What are the different types of insulin? Which work best?
November 01, 2018
When it comes to insulin, and drug therapies in general, people have different needs. That's why there are so many types. For years, insulin has been trusted by physicians to help lower blood sugar in patients.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
Why isn't my medication listed on PharmacyChecker.com?
January 25, 2018
When using PharmacyChecker.com to find international online pharmacies and compare drug prices, it is important to make sure you enter the correct spelling of the medication name.Read More
Why do multiple Canadian pharmacies have the same pharmacist manager and address?
September 12, 2017
The simple answer is that, in general, licensed pharmacies approved in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program often accept and process orders from multiple PharmacyChecker-approved websites that market and sell prescription drugs.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 the Crestor sold online the authentic, brand-name Crestor?
October 15, 2017
Crestor is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca. Brand-name Crestor sold in the U.S., is a product made in Germany and the UK, manufactured by a company called CordenPharma GmbH.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
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
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
How can I get help paying for medication in California?
August 27, 2018
Many Californians are suffering from shocking increases in their prescription medication bills. We’re here to help! We’ve investigated and found a few options.Read More
Why isn't my prescription drug on my health insurance plan's drug formulary?
November 09, 2019
Welcome to the weird, not-so-wonderful world of health insurance plans and prescription drug benefits (or lack thereof).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
How can I get help paying for medication in Florida?
August 22, 2018
Floridians 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.Read More
How can patients save money on Nitrostat?
August 09, 2018
Nitrostat can be purchased from verified online pharmacies at a lower cost than at your local U.S. pharmacy. Currently, 100 pills of 0.6 mg Nitrostat can cost you around $65 at a U.S pharmacy, and that's with a coupon.Read More
Do online pharmacies verified by PharmacyChecker require a prescription?
December 17, 2017
If you're ordering Doxepin, a prescription medication in the U.S. that is approved for use under the supervision of a healthcare provider, from a PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacy, you will be required to provide the pharmacy with a prescription that you obtained from your doctor or other licensed p...Read More
How can I save money on Domperidone?
March 14, 2019
Domperidone is approved in some countries, including Canada, to treat gastrointestinal conditions. It is approved in the United Kingdom for use in the relief of nausea and vomiting.Read More
Are Canadian pharmacies out of atenolol as the US pharmacies are?
November 12, 2017
Yes, the recent backorder of atenolol distributed by Teva Pharma has affected Canada in addition to the United States. Drug shortages and back orders by manufacturers can adversely affect drug therapy so it is no wonder consumers are concerned.Read More
How can Americans save money on Lisinopril?
July 04, 2018
Lisinopril is legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries just as it is in the U.S., and it can be purchased from PharmacyChecker-verified online pharmacies....Read More
How can patients save money on Crestor?
May 17, 2018
In the United States, the current average retail price of a 30-day supply of Crestor 10 mg is $184.48.Read More
How can Americans cut costs on diabetes medication?
August 20, 2018
Commonly used diabetes medications include metformin, glyburide, glipizide, glimepiride, repaglinide, nateglinide, pioglitazone, sitagliptin, Invokana, etc. If there are generics available at your local pharmacy, then the price might be very affordable.Read More
Do the online pharmacies listed on PharmacyChecker pay a fee?
May 02, 2017
A fee is required for an online pharmacy to apply to the PharmacyChecker.com Verification Program, and, if approved, to list on the PharmacyChecker.com website.Read More
How can Americans save money on Lipitor?
July 04, 2018
Lipitor is legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries just as it is in the U.S. You can search verified pharmacies that list Lipitor prices on PharmacyChecker.com.Currently, 90 capsules of 40 mg Lipitor can cost you over $1,300 at your local U.S pharmacy.Read More
How is an online pharmacy vetted by PharmacyChecker?
May 23, 2018
Peer-reviewed and independent research demonstrates that when consumers use PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacies to buy medications purchased online (foreign or domestic), they receive lawfully-manufactured, high-quality medication, pursuant to a valid prescription, typically at a much lower price th...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
I’m turning 26. What can I do about health insurance?
September 20, 2019
Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was implemented in 2010, young Americans have been able to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26.Read More
What exactly are pharmacy gag rules? How can I get around gag rules?
June 18, 2018
It's quite possible that paying cash for your medication instead of using insurance could save you a lot of money. Your pharmacist might know this but, due to gag rules, can't inform you that your copay exceeds your drug's cash price — unless you ask!Read More
Are Repatha and/or Praluent available through Canadian pharmacies?
November 21, 2017
Repatha and Praluent are already available through Canadian pharmacies.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
How can I save money on Metformin? I don't have great insurance.
October 11, 2019
Metformin, an oral medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, is, all things considered, a relatively inexpensive drug. But for people with type 2 diabetes, metformin is a life-saving drug.Read More
What are the best medications for Alzheimer’s dementia?
August 16, 2019
Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be hard, but with the right information, you can learn what to expect. More importantly, you can learn what to do next. Patients who have just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may feel isolated, disconnected, or abandoned from others.Read More
Can I use drug discount coupons if I have Medicare Part D?
December 02, 2019
A less well-known, but still painful, limitation of Medicare Part D is that plan enrollees cannot access many discounts provided by pharmacy discount coupons.Read More
Is an online pharmacy that is not verified or no longer verified by PharmacyChecker unsafe?
February 04, 2019
The PharmacyChecker Verification Program is a voluntary credentialing program in which online pharmacies can choose to have their pharmacy evaluated for strict online pharmacy practice standards and licensure.Read More
What should I know about Vosevi (sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir)?
December 02, 2019
The combination of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir, otherwise known as Vosevi, is a medication that is used to treat hepatitis C (Hep C or HCV) in adults.Read More
How do I prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes?
November 11, 2019
Over 100 million American adults have either prediabetes or diabetes, but according to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, a prediabetes diagnosis does not have to equal a future with type 2.Read More
How can I talk to my doctor about erectile dysfunction meds?
March 04, 2019
If you have been experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), loss of interest in sex, and problems ejaculating, there is nothing to be ashamed about. You are certainly not alone.Read More
What if the doctor prescribes a medication I need to start that same day?
May 03, 2019
If your doctor prescribes a medication you have to start immediately, you'll need to use a local pharmacy.Read More
How can Americans save money on Epogen?
August 07, 2018
If you are eligible, a patient assistance program can help you afford Epogen. Review the information to see if you qualify.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
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 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
Is it safe to order medication online?
March 28, 2017
If done correctly, ordering medication online can be done very safely, but it can be very dangerous if done incorrectly. So how can you safely order medication online?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
My insurance is penalizing me for using Zetia. Do I have to go through my insurance?
September 21, 2017
While it's nice to not have to pay full price for your prescription drugs thanks to help from your insurance, it can be quite the hassle!Read More
How can I travel with prescription drugs internationally?
August 22, 2019
People often pack their over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications while traveling. As they should!Read More
Whom do patient assistance programs really help?
August 23, 2019
When the price of drugs looks intimidating, physicians will often point their patients toward what are called “patient assistance programs” (PAPs). These programs alleviate the pain of high-cost prescription drugs. In theory, these programs are good.Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Meloxicam?
November 02, 2017
Yes, verified online pharmacies listing prices on PharmacyChecker.com offer Meloxicam.Read More
How can I quit taking benzodiazepines? I'm worried I'm addicted.
August 06, 2019
Practicing as a pharmacist, I saw many people clearly abusing benzodiazepines and frequently in denial of the fact that they may have a problem. Abusers will often blame stress in their life in order to downplay the use of benzodiazepines.Read More
How can I save money on Prilosec (omeprazole)?
January 08, 2019
If you are in search for Prilosec, prescription or over-the-counter, to treat ulcers in your stomach or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be wondering how you can lower the cost at the pharmacy counter.Read More
How can patients save money on Tamiflu?
May 17, 2018
In the United States, the current average retail price of ten 75 mg capsules (or one pack) of Tamiflu is around $185. The generic, oseltamivir, is around $100.Read More
Is there any difference between Rasagiline and Rasagiline mesylate?
November 29, 2017
Rasagiline mesylate is the active ingredient in the brand-name product Azilect, a prescription medication used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.Read More
What is prescription drug step therapy? How does it work?
November 11, 2019
One important cost-controlling policy of insurance plans is step therapy, a process that exists to prevent patients from taking high-cost medications unnecessarily.Read More
How can I save money on Truvada?
November 25, 2018
If you were prescribed Truvada to treat your HIV and are uninsured or your health insurance just does not cover the drug, then you know that it's a very expensive medication....Read More
How do women treat low sexual desire? Do Vyleesi or Addyi work?
October 21, 2019
Yes, if you are a woman experiencing a decrease in sexual desire, you are certainly not alone. Popular culture leads us to believe that when women aren’t interested in engaging in sex, it’s simply a result of being vindictive or selfish or, yes, boring.Read More
Why are there so few generic HIV drugs? How am I supposed to cut costs?
October 07, 2019
HIV/AIDS is one of the most harrowing and complicated epidemics in medical history.Read More
What if Viagra doesn't work for me?
December 05, 2019
If you experience sexual dysfunction symptoms, there is nothing to be ashamed about. You are certainly not alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 31% of men are affected by symptoms of sexual dysfunction.Read More
What food and drinks should I avoid if I have hypertension?
July 25, 2019
Almost half of all adults in the United states (103 million) have hypertension according to the American Heart Association. There is no shortage of prescription drugs out there to treat hypertension. You need to abide by your providers advice and prescription on this matter.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
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
Why would an online pharmacy approved by PharmacyChecker be listed as “unapproved” by LegitScript?
September 06, 2017
LegitScript and PharmacyChecker both operate online pharmacy verification programs, which in some ways are similar but the differences are substantial.Read More
How does Zulresso (brexanolone) for postpartum depression work?
June 19, 2019
Brexanolone represents a novel approach to the treatment of depression. Traditional antidepressants, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft (sertraline) and Lexapro (escitalopram), typically take 2 - 4 weeks to yield initial results. for people with depression.Read More
How does Clomid (clomiphene citrate) compare to other fertility drugs? How much does Clomid cost?
December 13, 2019
Clomiphene citrate, sold as the brand Clomid, is a medication that is used to treat female infertility. Clomid works by signaling low estrogen levels in the body; as a result, the brain increases the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).Read More
How can I get help paying for medication in Texas?
August 16, 2018
Many people nationwide are suffering from shocking increases in their prescription medication bills. We’ve investigated and found a few options that are helping Texans today. If buying brand name drugs with no generic available locally, Texans can save up to 90% by shopping internationally.Read More
How can I buy Acitretin for my psoriasis?
February 19, 2018
Acitretin is a medication that treats severe psoriasis.Read More
How do consumer reviews on PharmacyChecker.com work?
March 11, 2018
Consumer ratings and reviews can provide insight into what one can expect when choosing to purchase medication from an online pharmacy. It's important to distinguish between the PharmacyChecker verification checks from a consumer's rating and review.Read More
Why would an online pharmacy not be accredited by PharmacyChecker?
June 16, 2018
The online pharmacies approved through the Program require valid prescriptions, fill orders through licensed pharmacies, protect and encrypt financial and health information transmitted electronically, and publish a phone number and address that patients can use to reach a licensed pharmacist....Read More
Do Eliquis and Pradaxa work in the same way?
February 06, 2018
While both Pradaxa (dabigatran) and Eliquis (apixaban) are prescription medications used to lower the chance of stroke in people with a medical condition called atrial fibrillation, your healthcare providers, such as your doctor and pharmacist, are the best people to determine which medication is ri...Read More
How can patients reduce prescription drug costs at the pharmacy counter?
July 18, 2019
Patients pay far more for medication in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that prices on patented brand-name drugs were 3.2 to 4.1 times higher than in other countries.Read More
Which CIPA pharmacy has the lowest price for QVAR inhalers and Ventolin HFA inhalers?
January 21, 2018
Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) membership is open to qualifying Canadian pharmacies, ones that sell medication online and work with partner pharmacies in other countries.Read More
Why won't the pharmacist fill my prescription?
September 30, 2019
Pharmacists have a great deal of responsibility in patient care when dispensing medications within their local community because they are often the most accessible health provider in the neighborhood.Read More
How can I save money on Symbicort? I don’t have great insurance.
April 03, 2019
The average retail price of a 90-day supply of Symbicort 160 mcg/ 4.5mcg is $415 in the United States. When it comes to a necessary medication, that’s not exactly a deal.Read More
I'm in the Medicare donut hole. What now?
September 23, 2019
Mind the gap! Medicare, our nation’s public health insurance available to all Americans 65 and older, and others with disabilities, has a nasty, frustrating flaw: the Medicare donut hole.Read More
Do I really need to adhere to medication expiration dates?
April 24, 2018
Drug Expiration Dates. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other drug regulatory authorities, such as Health Canada, require an expiration date on prescription and over-the counter medicines. The expiration date is located on the label or stamped directly onto the bottle or container.Read More
How can patients cut costs on Levothyroxine? Is the brand name Synthroid actually cheaper abroad?
August 07, 2019
Levothyroxine sodium, often shortened to just “levothyroxine,” is a prescription generic medication used to treat hypothyroidism. Levothyroxine can also treat an enlarged thyroid gland and thyroid cancer.Read More
How can I save money on my hepatitis C medications?
March 22, 2019
If you need hepatitis C medication, you may be wondering how you can lower the cost at the pharmacy counter. New hepatitis C medicines, such as Sovaldi, Harvoni, and Epclusa, are incredibly expensive.Read More
Is PharmacyChecker trustworthy when looking for a safe online pharmacy?
January 08, 2019
The Verification Program Standards outline the requirements that online pharmacies must meet to publish a PharmacyChecker seal.Read More
How can patients deal with drug price increases?
February 22, 2019
Drug price increases are a common and unfortunate reality for American consumers. Whether it’s dealing with a higher copay or an out-of-pocket list price jump, people are suffering at pharmacy counters across the country.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
Why are my antidepressants so expensive?
February 05, 2018
In fact, medication affordability is often the driving factor in determining medication therapy.Read More
Can I get a better price for Potassium Citrate at online pharmacies?
March 25, 2018
A 90-day supply of Potassium citrate 1080 mg can cost you around $504 ($1.87 per pill) at your local U.S pharmacy. You can find Potassium citrate 1080 mg for as low as $0.44 per pill by comparing prices on PharmacyChecker.com.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
How can I save money on Advair Diskus (fluticasone/salmeterol)? I don't have great insurance.
June 27, 2019
Asthma is incredibly common. You probably know at least a handful of people that suffer from it. So, what’s with the hefty price tag of such a widely-used, necessary medication?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
Is a lower-priced, generic Zetia (ezetimibe) available online?
February 20, 2019
Zetia and its generic version, ezetimibe, are prescribed along with diet and exercise—and sometimes with other cholesterol-lowering medications— to help treat high cholesterol.Read More
How can patients cut costs on Actos (pioglitazone)? Where is the cheapest place to purchase Actos?
December 17, 2019
Pioglitazone, sold under the brand name Actos, can run you a pretty penny if you are purchasing the brand name.Read More
Which is the best medication for anxiety?
November 12, 2018
At some point in our lives, we may develop feelings of anxiety that usually subside without the need for medication. However, a diagnosed anxiety disorder may call for therapy with a licensed professional and/or medication (i.e. psychotherapy and/or pharmacotherapy).Read More
How can patients cut costs on organ transplant immunosuppressant (anti-rejection) medications?
April 29, 2019
According to the American Society of Transplantation, 72% percent of liver transplant patients, 65% percent of heart transplant patients, and 59% percent of lung transplant patients are not insured with Medicare when they undergo transplant surgery.Read More
Why are drug prices high in the U.S.?
October 25, 2018
Drug prices are too high in the United States. Eighty percent of Americans surveyed believe that drug prices are unreasonable.Read More
How many Levitra pills can my doctor prescribe at one time?
April 04, 2018
If you choose to buy Levitra locally in the 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 Americans save money on Nasonex?
May 22, 2018
In the United States, the current average retail price of just one nasal spray of Nasonex 50 mcg is around $315. The generic, mometasone, is around $225.Read More
Can a doctor self-prescribe?
June 21, 2018
It's typically legal for doctors to self-prescribe, except in the case of controlled substances, which you cannot obtain internationally at PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacies.Read More
Is Prasugrel a safe, equal substitute for Effient?
March 04, 2019
Effient, the brand-name product of a prescription medicine containing generic active ingredient prasugrel, is a platelet inhibitor indicated for the reduction of thrombotic cardiovascular events. Effient (prasugrel) is distributed in the U.S. by Eli Lilly and Company.Read More
Where do the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates stand on drug prices? A Healthcare Voter Guide
January 14, 2020
This means the 2020 prospective democratic candidates are also heavily focused on healthcare. Each person running for office has had to answer to America’s soaring drug prices.Read More
How can Americans save money on Januvia?
July 24, 2018
Currently, 30 pills of Januvia 100 mg can cost patients over $540 at local U.S pharmacies.Read More
What does Flomax (tamsulosin) cost without insurance? What is a good alternative to Flomax?
December 11, 2019
Tamsulosin (Flomax), an alpha-1 blocker used to treat an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH), is not one of the nation’s most exorbitantly expensive drugs, but it isn’t exactly cheap. This is especially the case if you find yourself uninsured.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
Can I get my IBS medication for a cheaper price?
April 16, 2018
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract presented by symptoms including abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements without a specific cause. IBS affects between 12-20% of adults.Read More
What's the difference between a brand name drug and a generic drug?
October 24, 2019
The word “generic” can have bad associations. Some people hear it and immediately think of a “grocery store brand” bag of chips that might be inferior to the brand name product.Read More
What is the lowest price available for Sentinel Spectrum for dogs?
December 03, 2017
PharmacyChecker.com compares prices among verified online pharmacies for Sentinel Spectrum.Read More
My insurance won't cover a prescription for Androderm. What are my options?
November 20, 2017
Testosterone is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance by the U.S. DEA because it can be abused or lead to dependence. International online pharmacies approved in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program do not sell or ship controlled substances to consumers in the U.S.Read More
Why are brand-name drugs so expensive?
October 16, 2018
Brand-name drugs are often incredibly expensive, and especially so in the United States. When we write "incredibly" expensive, we mean it. Some brand-name medications that treat cancer cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.Read More
How can I save money on the new Shingrix vaccine?
May 07, 2018
The Shingrix vaccine (shingles vaccination) is administered to protect against shingles. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses, spaced over 2 to 6 months, of the Shingrix vaccine.Read More
I want to find low prices for brand-name and generic Vesicare (solifenacin).
February 28, 2019
With the current average retail price being somewhere around $475 for 30 tablets of brand-name Vesicare 10 mg and a generic version yet to be sold locally in the U.S., it may be financially wise to turn to patient assistance programs, discount cards or online pharmacies for some wallet relief....Read More
How much can I save on my nebulizer medication?
April 19, 2018
If patients would like to explore online pharmacy prices offered on Spiriva Handihaler 18 mcg, they can do so by comparing prices on PharmacyChecker.com. It can be found for as little as 97% off the cost of Spiriva sold in the United States.Read More
What's the deal with Eli Lilly's half price insulin lispro?
June 11, 2019
In March 2019, Eli Lilly (“Lilly”) announced that a lower-priced version of Humalog, called insulin lispro, would be coming soon to patients in the United States. Well, it’s here! Apparently. Now what?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
Should I get a flu shot this year?
December 23, 2019
A flu shot will not give you the flu. Possible side effects include soreness and redness at the injection site; you could also get a low-grade fever, nausea, and/or aches.Read More
Where can I buy Dilantin for a reasonable price?
December 18, 2017
Dilantin is available in both brand and generic versions. The generic version, Phenytoin, is covered by most insurance plans, but some U.S. pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.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
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
I don't have health insurance to cover my prescriptions. How can I afford my medication?
December 03, 2018
If you don’t have health insurance in the United States—and even if you do—you may be faced with surprisingly high medical and prescription drug costs. Many people are struggling with budgeting their lives around the rising prices of their prescription medications. One out of five uninsured adults in 2016 went without needed medical care due to cost. Forty-five million Americans did not fill prescriptions in 2016 because of expensive medication price tags, meaning that even insured Americans are skipping or rationing their drugs.Read More
Generic Lyrica (pregabalin) has been approved by the FDA. Are there savings to show for it?
August 30, 2019
The rumors are true! On July 19th, the FDA approved several Lyrica (pregabalin) generics for distribution.Read More
I can’t afford Albuterol. How can I get it cheaper?
September 18, 2019
Albuterol can become expensive if you do not have insurance. In some cases, depending on your pharmacy benefit plan, Albuterol can cost a lot even if you do have health insurance.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
Is health insurance worth it? Why is COBRA so expensive?
January 09, 2020
Health insurance was a very good, very simple idea that has, most unfortunately, become one of life’s bigger nuisances. The basic idea: Everyone pays a little bit of money each month in exchange for the see...Read More
Is Cialis manufactured by Eli Lilly?
July 13, 2017
Cialis, a popular drug that treats erectile dysfunction, is distributed by Eli Lilly in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States — and other countries.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
Why can't I eat grapefruit while taking certain drugs?
December 26, 2019
It’s early in the morning, your brain has just started to warm up and it’s time for breakfast. For some people, starting each day with a glass of grapefruit juice is preferred! But this also happens to be the time when most take prescribed medications.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
How much is Entresto through online pharmacies?
March 18, 2018
Currently, a 90-day supply of Entresto 49/51 mg can cost you around $761 ($8.45 per pill) at your local U.S pharmacy.Read More
How can men get lower cost legitimate Cialis (tadalafil)?
October 28, 2019
Tadalafil (generic Cialis) is covered by most health insurance plans. But if it’s not covered by yours or you’re uninsured, a quick look at the tadalafil price comparison chart below will certainly bring some relief.Read More
Why is CanadaDrugs closing? Are there other approved pharmacies I can order from?
April 24, 2018
CanadaDrugs.com was verified in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program from 2005 until March of this year. Last month, CanadaDrugs.com withdrew from our program.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 can I save money on Naftin (naftifine hydrochloride) gel or cream?
February 20, 2019
Brand-name Naftin gel sold in the United States is manufactured by Sebela Pharmaceuticals, a former division of Merz Pharmaceuticals.Read More
Are Revolade and Promacta the same drug? How much are they?
February 13, 2018
Revolade is a film-coated tablet containing the active ingredient eltrombopag, which helps to increase the number of platelets in the patient's blood.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
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
How can I save money on Xifaxan (rifaximin)? Is the generic available?
July 30, 2019
The average U.S. retail price is $2,686.95 for 60 Xifaxan 550mg tablets in the U.S. To make matters worse in your hunt for affordable alternatives, the generic isn’t available at local pharmacies, so cost relief won’t exactly be around the corner domestically.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 would Medicare For All affect my health insurance?
December 19, 2019
The upcoming 2020 election has ushered in the greater possibility of “Medicare for All,” an all-encompassing government-run medical plan that all Americans would eventually join.Read More
How can patients save money on Lumigan?
June 05, 2018
In the United States, the current average retail price of a 2.5 ml of 0.01% Lumigan eyedropper is around $225. Even with discounts and coupons available online, the price may still be out of reach for many, especially those Americans without insurance.Read More
How much does a 90-day supply of Restasis (cyclosporine) cost?
April 30, 2018
An expensive medication, there are currently no generic versions of Restasis approved in the United States.Read More
Can I test cholesterol levels at home?
January 08, 2020
Hearing the word cholesterol, many of us feel frightened as if it is something we should completely avoid. Well, that would be a mistake – if not impossible! Cholesterol is actually nothing to be afraid of and something we actually need.Read More
How can I cut costs on Lyrica? Is there a generic version?
February 28, 2019
If you have been prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) for the treatment of neuropathic pain, you may be wondering how you can lower the cost at the pharmacy counter.Read More
Eliquis (apixaban): Made in America; Cheaper Abroad
September 03, 2019
Eliquis made in the U.S. is sold outside the U.S. for 87% cheaper. And you can easily order it. Eliquis (apixaban) is made in America. At least some of it is. I’ll explain more below.Read More
Is there a generic Tradjenta available?
March 19, 2019
Unfortunately, there is currently no generic version (i.e. therapeutic equivalent) of Tradjenta available in the United States. In the U.S., generic equivalents can only be approved and distributed once the patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for medication expires.Read More
How do I know an online pharmacy is legitimate and safe?
February 05, 2019
A legitimate Canadian or international online pharmacy will always require a valid prescription and your order will be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.Read More
How can I save money on Humira if there's no generic available?
December 28, 2018
Humira is a brand-name medication without a generic currently available in the U.S. Since there is no generic competition, the manufacturer, AbbVie, is able to charge the highest price they believe American consumers will pay.Read More
How can I save money on Levitra (vardenafil)? Is the generic available?
July 23, 2019
Levitra (vardenafil) is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, the cost for this brand name drug only continues to rise. As of July 2019, Levitra 20 mg has an average retail price of $633 for ten tablets in the U.S.Read More
Is there an Elmiron generic available?
June 04, 2018
Elmiron is legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries and can be purchased from verified online pharmacies.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
What is the generic alternative for Librax?
May 31, 2018
If you are searching for lower prices for Librax or its generic at your local U.S. pharmacy, be sure to ask your pharmacist if paying cash works in your wallet's favor, because sometimes the cash prices of a medication costs less at the pharmacy counter than your usual co-payment.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
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
How can patients save money on Estrace (estradiol) cream?
September 05, 2018
Currently, one 42.5 g tube of 0.01 % Estrace can cost you around $429 at your local U.S pharmacy. The generic version, estradiol, is about half that and may be the cheapest option.Read More
Where is safe to buy Esbriet (pirfenidone) from Canada online?
June 12, 2018
The standard dose of Esbriet is 801 mg per day — 3 capsules, each containing 267 mg of the active ingredient, pirfenidone. In the United States, the current average retail price of one capsule of Esbriet 267 mg is around $35.Read More
Are Indian pharmacies really safe? The prices are so much lower!
October 23, 2017
Many prescription medications sold in the U.S. are manufactured and distributed by multinational drug companies with facilities throughout the world. The U.S.Read More
What is the difference between Proctofoam HC and Proctofoam? Is there a generic available?
December 05, 2017
Both Proctofoam and Proctofoam HC are used to treat variations of swelling or irritation of the skin. Although both products contain the same active ingredient (pramoxine hydrochloride), Proctofoam HC is a combination product that contains pramoxine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone acetate.Read More
Is there a Chantix generic? How can I save money on Chantix?
December 11, 2018
Chantix is a brand-name medication without a generic currently available in the U.S. Since there is no generic competition, the manufacturer, Pfizer, is able to charge the highest price they believe American consumers will pay.Read More
Can you tell me how to get Oxycontin over the Internet ASAP?
March 19, 2019
Oxycontin is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the U.S. DEA because it can be abused or lead to dependence.Read More
How much is a 90-day supply of Jardiance?
March 05, 2018
Jardiance is used to treat Type 2 diabetes, in addition to reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack. In the United States, a 90-day supply of Jardiance 10 mg costs around $1600.Read More
How can I avoid a delayed prescription at my local pharmacy?
January 16, 2019
Despite many scripts now being issued electronically, many Americans are faced with prescriptions not being ready at our local pharmacies when we want them to be. There are several ways healthcare providers can send your prescription to your local pharmacy.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 Americans save money on Eliquis?
September 27, 2018
If you were prescribed Eliquis, are uninsured or your health insurance just does not cover the drug, then you know that it's a very expensive medication. We've identified some ways you can save money on your Eliquis prescription.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
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
Why are drug prices so different at different pharmacies?
February 12, 2019
Have you ever been outraged by drug prices at your local pharmacy, such as a Walgreens or CVS? Then, you walk across the street to another pharmacy and find that same drug at a much lower price? What a relief! But, also, what an outrage!Read More
My insurance no longer covers Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium). How do I save money on Nexium?
March 19, 2019
Nexium (40 mg) is no longer covered by my insurance, and neither are generics (esomeprazole magnesium). Are there less expensive ways of getting these drugs?Read More
Why are Dexilant prices so high? How can I save money on Dexilant?
November 01, 2018
If you were prescribed Dexilant and are uninsured or your health insurance just does not cover the drug, then you know that it's a very expensive medication.Read More
Are there safe online pharmacies in Mexico?
March 19, 2019
A licensed pharmacy in Mexico, with the requisite prescription requirements, and subject to inspection, could potentially qualify for the PharmacyChecker Verification Program.Read More
How do I save money on a 90-day supply of Xarelto? I don't have insurance.
April 09, 2019
In the United States, the current average retail price of a three-month supply of Xarelto 20 mg is around $1,600. Even with discounts and coupons available online, the price may still be out of reach for many, especially those patients without insurance.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
How can I determine where a drug is manufactured?
October 15, 2017
Prescription drugs sold in the U.S. are manufactured in facilities located all over the world. Many medications you rely on are made in Australia, Canada, China, India, France, Germany, Japan, Malta, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Read More
Is there a generic available for Apoquel (oclacitinib)? How can vets save money on Apoquel?
November 04, 2019
Apoquel (oclacitinib) is prescribed for the treatment and control of itching (canine pruritus) and inflammation in dogs that can come about for a number of reasons. Just like us, your dog may at some point develop certain allergies.Read More
How and where can I buy prescription medication without a prescription?
February 07, 2019
In the U.S., all prescription medications require a valid prescription before they can be dispensed by a pharmacy.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 you buy Adderall online?
April 26, 2017
You might want to know if you can buy Adderall from an online pharmacy and even do so from Canada or other countries because it's cheaper.Read More