Is it legal to order medication for import into Canada? Ask PharmacyChecker
Is it legal to order medication for import into Canada?
May 25, 2023
In Canada, it is illegal for residents to import prescription medication from other countries, except in certain limited circumstances. Read More
My Experience Buying Inhalers Internationally
May 01, 2023
After over 30 years as a pediatric nurse, I decided to retire 18 months ago. Given my long career, I thought I knew my way around insurance and how to manage prescription costs. Read More
Health & Medicine
The Difference Between Lipitor and Livalo
June 16, 2021
High cholesterol affects about 38% of all adult Americans. Too much cholesterol in your body can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease, two of the top causes of death in the United States. Read More
Why I Order Eliquis From a Canadian Online Pharmacy
March 24, 2023
I am in line at the pharmacy counter and stifle a gasp when the person in front of me is presented with a $1200 prescription. He pays by credit card with, what appears to me, great hesitation. I’m next. Read More
Online Pharmacy Safety
Get to Know Jordan Burns, Pharmacy Information and Compliance Manager
April 18, 2023
Arizona licensed pharmacy technician, Jordan Burns, has spent 15 years in the world of pharmacy, tackling everything from retail pharmacy technician management to leading inpatient pharmacy compliance teams. Read More
Americans Save 72.49% on Generics at Local U.S. Pharmacies By Comparing U.S. Coupon Prices on PharmacyChecker.com
March 21, 2023
PharmacyChecker data shows that U.S. pharmacy coupons helped U.S. consumers save an average of 72.49% off average retail pharmacy prices at their local pharmacies.... Read More
Can a pharmacy fill a prescription early?
September 26, 2019
One hundred percent of the time you don’t pick up your medication, it will not work. According to the CDC, 3.8 billion prescriptions are written annually in the U.S. Read More
Is there a generic available for Apoquel (oclacitinib)? How can dog owners save money on Apoquel?
July 24, 2020
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. How to buy cheaper Apoquel for your dog. Is there a generic version of Apoquel? Read More
Can U.S. doctors and pharmacies send or transfer prescriptions to Canadian pharmacies?
December 03, 2021
If you decide to buy a medication from a pharmacy in Canada and you have a prescription with a U.S. pharmacy, you'll most likely need to request a new prescription from your provider. Canadian and International Mail Order Pharmacies That Accept U.S. Prescriptions. 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 online doctors prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)?
May 31, 2020
Prescribing Xanax via telemedicine. Xanax prescription online legality. Read More
How much does Vetmedin (pimobendan) cost? Is there a shortage?
April 14, 2020
Most pet owners know that pet medicine, like human medicine, can be exceedingly expensive. Thankfully, Vetmedin (pimobendan), a veterinary drug used for pets suffering from congenital heart failure, is not one of those drugs. Read More
How to Access Affordable Xifaxan (rifaximin)
November 16, 2022
Xifaxan is a very popular medication and the pharmaceutical industry is cashing in. The average retail price for 60 Xifaxan 550 mg tablets sold at U.S. pharmacies is $3,271.84 – a steep 22% increase from the average price in 2019 ($2,686.95). 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
How can I tell 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 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
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
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
Which is cheaper? Xarelto or Eliquis?
November 18, 2020
Eliquis (apixaban) is almost half the price of Xarelto (rivaroxaban), although both are relatively expensive medications. Read More
10 Medications That Can Cause a False Positive on a Drug Test
February 25, 2021
Medical tests are notoriously wonky — the recent rapid COVID tests are known to show both false positives and false negatives — but drug tests are especially out-of-touch, particularly if you are currently taking medication. 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
How can I determine where a drug is manufactured?
October 15, 2017
Prescription drugs sold in the USA 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 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 much does tacrolimus cost without insurance?
June 26, 2020
Tacrolimus, sold under the brand name Prograf in its oral form, is a life-saving, and expensive, drug used to prevent the rejection of new organs after transplants. Read More
The Peculiar Case (and Cost) of Creon
February 10, 2023
Before there was FDA-approved Creon (pancrelipase), an expensive combination of pancreatic enzymes that require a prescription, there were over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for the same condition, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). Read More
How to Get a 99% Off Your Prescription (without ordering from Canada)
August 12, 2020
There are people all over the U.S. presenting the PharmacyChecker Discount Card to achieve savings up to… wait for it... 99% off the retail price. Take a look! Download your PharmacyChecker Drug Discount Coupon today. 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
Dexilant is Expensive: Why are Dexilant prices so high?
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. PharmacyChecker experts have identified some ways you can save money on your Dexilant prescription. Read More
Uceris (budesonide) is expensive. How you can cut costs.
September 03, 2020
Budesonide ER, brand name Uceris, is among many drugs sold in the U.S. with an embarrassingly high price tag. The drug, which treats inflammatory bowel disease caused by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, sells for an average of $72 per pill. 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
About Marinol (dronabinol): Is it the same as CBD? What about medical marijuana?
September 10, 2020
Marinol (dronabinol) and CBD are quite different, and have divergent paths in terms of FDA approval and use. Dronabinol is pure THC, which is unique from cannabidiol (CBD). THC and CBD are two derivative chemical compounds of the cannabis plant. Read More
Why is Zovirax (acyclovir) cream more expensive than the tablets? How can patients cut costs?
July 28, 2020
There is one more formulation of acyclovir, which the FDA approved in 2014: Xerese. Xerese is an ointment composed of acyclovir and hydrocortisone used to treat herpesvirus. As it is newer, and does not have a generic alternative, Xerese is the most expensive formulation of acyclovir. Read More
U.S. vs. Canadian Drug Prices in 2021
January 28, 2021
Our favorite drug companies kicked off 2021 the only way they know how: extensive drug price increases in America! In an analysis of about 500 drugs, the median price increase was 4.9%. This is a time-honored tradition: Last year, the median was 5%. Read More
Where can I get supplements made in the USA?
April 06, 2021
When it comes to anything we put inside our bodies, consumers are rightfully concerned as to where and how such products are manufactured. Read More
How can HIV patients afford Biktarvy costs?
June 18, 2020
HIV medications, especially those still on patent, are frequently very expensive. With an average retail price of almost $4,000 in the thousands, Biktarvy is no exception. Drug companies constantly churn out new HIV medications. Read More
My insurance no longer covers Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium). How do I save money on Nexium?
June 12, 2020
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
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 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
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
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 to Make Medication Taste Better
October 07, 2020
Let's face it. Most medications taste disgusting. A major barrier for medication adherence in children (and even adults) is the nasty taste and smell that flood your senses before you take it down the hatch. 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
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
Can Americans legally 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 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
Is it legal to order medication for import to Australia? How can Australians order online safely?
November 29, 2022
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
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 inspected online pharmacies located in India that sell to Americans. Here's what I discovered.
September 11, 2020
I have inspected varying types of pharmacy operations over my career: retail, hospital, mail-order, and international. I was actually the friendly face in your Boston neighborhood CVS at one point! 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
Do pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing than research and development?
July 24, 2020
Pharmaceutical companies say that they charge high prices for medications because they need that revenue to invest in research and development (R&D). 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
Which Canadian pharmacies have the fastest free shipping?
November 16, 2020
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 much does ivermectin cost? Can we expect shortages due to coronavirus?
May 08, 2020
Ivermectin, sold under the brand name Stromectol or Soolantra in the U.S., treats conditions caused by parasites, such as threadworm and roundworm. In early April of 2020, ABC News reported that the drug was being investigated as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus. Read More
Is it illegal to share or donate insulin and other prescription drugs?
May 08, 2020
While the word “sharing” does not necessarily appear in any legal literature, it is illegal to “use or distribute” a prescription substance without a valid prescription. 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
Janumet (sitagliptin/metformin) Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
July 27, 2020
Janumet is one of the U.S.’s most perplexingly expensive diabetes drugs. A combination of sitagliptin and metformin, the drug works alongside insulin to lower sugar levels in the body. Read More
Do Canadian online pharmacies fill prescriptions for Fioricet or Fiorinal? How much does it cost?
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
Where can I get cheap pet meds?
May 13, 2020
Pet medication pricing varies as much as the size and shape of your furry friends. Like meds for humans, prices can be very, very high. There is no one-stop shop for the cheapest pet medication! Pet owners are forced to shop around for the best price. Read More
How can I get a lower Pataday (olopatadine) price? Does it require a prescription?
April 29, 2020
For the uninsured in the U.S., olopatadine prices run around $161.95 for a 2.5 ml eye dropper. And that’s if you are buying generic. If you opt for the brand-name version -- called Pataday -- you’ll be hit with an even higher bill. Read More
Does my medication cause constipation?
February 26, 2020
Constipation isn’t exactly dinner table conversation, yet it’s something almost everyone faces at some point or another. Read More
How much does it cost to produce insulin?
January 25, 2021
Though Frederick Banting co-discovered insulin at the turn of the century — winning the Nobel for it in 1923 — the turn of the millennium brought a new, more horrific discovery: Big Pharma. 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 do I childproof my medicine cabinet?
April 07, 2020
We take you step by step on how to childproof your medicine cabinet at home. Keep kids away from prescription medications. Step #1 - Check the The Cabinet Itself Step #2 - Child Resistant vs. Child Proof Step #3 - Proper Storage | Be careful how you store your medicine. Read More
Is there a generic Tradjenta available? How can patients save money on Tradjenta?
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
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
Can I get prescribed antidepressants or anxiety medication online?
May 31, 2020
Yes, you can get a prescription online for certain antidepressants or anxiety medications. 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 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
The Cheapest Place to Find Viagra Online
October 07, 2020
Viagra? Expensive “blue pill”? Viagra (generic name sildenafil) is widely-recognized as the drug that can help induce and prolong an erection. 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
Proctofoam HC vs. Proctofoam: Cost and Generic Alternatives
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
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
What’s the difference between the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and PharmacyChecker?
October 04, 2022
CIPA and PharmacyChecker both endeavor to provide information about safe international online pharmacies that are accessible to and affordable for patients, most of whom are seeking lower prices on prescription drugs. Read More
The FDA approved a peanut allergy drug. How much does Palforzia cost?
May 19, 2020
The FDA recently approved a new medication called Palforzia to help people suffering from allergic reactions like anaphylaxis when they are accidentally exposed to peanuts. Palforzia is taken daily and the dose is gradually increased for individuals aged 4 to 17 years. Read More
Does it really matter what time of day you take medications?
January 27, 2021
When it comes to taking prescription medications, timing isn’t always everything. Many patients wonder if the directions to take their meds at the same time every day are critical for peak effectiveness. Yes, there are several drugs where timing can be important. 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
Breathing is Expensive (For Americans)
July 12, 2022
This month’s PharmacyChecker drug price report analyzes both the price and country of origin of 30 inhalers listed by the U.S. 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
Stuck abroad without your meds? How to get your prescription ASAP.
August 20, 2020
Being stuck far from home is already traumatic and stressful enough. But finding yourself abroad without your medication can be downright dangerous. Read More
How can I save money on Aptiom (eslicarbazepine)?
March 04, 2020
With an average U.S. retail price around $1,200 for 30 tablets at 800mg, Aptiom is one of the more expensive anti-epileptics. Aptiom also has no generic alternative available locally. 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
How can I save money on Galvus Met (vildagliptin/metformin)? Why is it not approved by the FDA?
May 20, 2020
If you had never heard of Galvus Met or Galvus, you’re not alone. Galvus (vildagliptin) is a diabetes medication approved for market in over 120 countries, including those in the European Union (EU), Japan, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. 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 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
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
Why is multiple sclerosis (MS) medication so expensive?
May 13, 2020
Generally, medical treatments for multiple sclerosis, a condition that requires lifelong care, are hellaciously expensive. This is true despite introductions of generic versions, and average U.S. retail prices are usually in the thousands of dollars. Read More
How much does Livalo (pitavastatin) cost without insurance? Is Alipza the same as Livalo?
January 29, 2020
Even with insurance, Livalo, an FDA-approved brand of the drug pitavastatin, can cost around $310 for a three-month supply. It’s understandable that most folks would balk at such price and some would find it impossible to afford. 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 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
Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company Frequently Asked Questions
February 14, 2022
Gabe Levitt, co-founder and president of PharmacyChecker.com, answers your most frequently asked questions regarding the highly publicized new Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company. 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Are Repatha and/or Praluent available through Canadian pharmacies?
November 21, 2017
Repatha and Praluent are already available through Canadian pharmacies. Read More
How can I save money on Motilium (domperidone)?
June 26, 2020
Domperidone, sold under the brand name Motilium, is a medication prescribed for nausea and vomiting. Patients have also used it to encourage breast milk production, although it is not approved for this use in any country. 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
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
How to Save Money on Rybelsus (oral semaglutide)
November 23, 2022
International pharmacies sell and ship Rybelsus for as much as 82% off the average U.S. retail pharmacy price. Read More
Are Revolade and Promacta the same drug? How much are they?
February 13, 2018
You can compare prices for Revolade 25 mg and Revolade 50 mg among verified online pharmacies on PharmacyChecker.com. You can also find international pharmacy price comparisons and U.S. pharmacy discount cards for Promacta 25 mg and Promacta 50 mg. Read More
Can a pharmacist recommend medication?
July 14, 2020
Pharmacists are, indeed, your local drug experts. They are the most accessible health care providers for community questions about, not just about meds but your overall health. Read More
How can diabetics save money on Jardiance (empagliflozin)?
June 11, 2020
With an average retail price above $500 for 30 tablets, brand name Jardiance is not cheap, nor does it have a generic alternative. According to the Mayo Clinic, Jardiance (empagliflozin) prevents glucose absorption in the kidneys, keeping overall blood sugar low. Read More
Why did CanadaDrugs close? Are there safe online pharmacies Americans can order from?
April 24, 2018
CanadaDrugs.com was accredited in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program from 2005 until March 2018. In February 2018, CanadaDrugs.com withdrew from our program. Read More
A Pharmacist's Review of Canadian Online Pharmacies
December 14, 2020
When one thinks of drugs from abroad, Canada is quick to the tongue as a country with affordable drugs and a great healthcare system, which isn’t a coincidence. 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 many Levitra (vardenafil) pills can my doctor prescribe at one time? How can I cut costs?
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 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
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
Medicare finally gets to throw its weight around. But for which medications?
September 06, 2022
This PharmacyChecker report identifies drugs most likely to be eligible for negotiated pricing under the IRA in 2026 based on (1) the top drugs by total expenditures in Medicare Part D in 2020, (2) dates of initial FDA approval, and (3) projected year for generic availability.... Read More
How to Get Xeljanz at a Lower Cost
March 30, 2021
Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is nearly a household name, thanks to a few ubiquitous commercials. It is also — and, put a tin hat on me, I think these facts are connected — exceptionally expensive, running an average of $113 per tablet in the United States. 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
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
Can you buy Adderall online?
April 26, 2017
You might want to know if you can buy Adderall pills from an online pharmacy and even do so from Canada or other countries because it's cheaper. Read More
Is it illegal to order medication online from Canada in 2020?
September 03, 2020
Millions of Americans use online pharmacies, located in Canada and elsewhere, each year. In a 2016 poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8% of respondents said they or a member of their household had imported prescription drugs to save money. Read More
How much cheaper is medicine in Canada?
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
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
Which is the safest online pharmacy?
June 22, 2020
Are online pharmacies safe? And, if so, which one is the safest? How do Americans find the best online pharmacy? If you live in the U.S., the answer to these questions is of grave importance due to the exorbitant drug costs at our local pharmacies. Read More
Your Money or Your Life: U.S. Pharmacy Prices 9 Times Higher Than Prices in Other Countries in 2022
January 26, 2023
In the year 2023, in the richest nation in the world, millions of Americans continue to struggle to afford their prescription drugs. Massive drug companies have effectively captured the U.S. market demanding your money or your health. Read More
How much does ADHD medication cost?
June 18, 2020
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) has one very famous treatment: an amphetamine salt combination called Adderall. 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
State Drug Importation Laws. What’s the deal?
March 05, 2021
Elected leaders of state governments recognize that prescription drug prices are out-of-control expensive in America. After all, the same and most expensive prescription drugs sold here cost on average 75% lower in other high-income countries. Voters are rightfully fuming. Read More
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen: Can you take Advil/Motrin and Tylenol at the same time?
February 23, 2021
Can you take Advil/Motrin and Tylenol at the same time? What is the difference between acetaminophen and ibuprofen? How much ibuprofen and Tylenol can I take together? How do you alternate Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen for pain? 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
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 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
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
If I order medication for international import, will my package be seized at the border?
March 10, 2023
If you order medication from abroad for personal use, the chances that it will be held at the border are incredibly slim. While the law allows the FDA and U.S. Read More
Buyer Beware: Mexican Pharmacies Found to Sell Single Pills of Controlled Substances Laced With Fentanyl
February 16, 2023
Pharmacies across the border that cater to U.S. tourists have been found to be selling single pills without a prescription requirement, a majority of which are laced with illicit drugs. Read More
Compare Adderall vs. Adderall XR: Uses, Side Effects, Cost
March 08, 2021
Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts combo) has been around long enough to have a few duplicates on the market, Adderall XR included. Read More
Toradol (ketorolac): The Drug Football Players Take for Pain
November 24, 2020
Approved by the FDA in 1989, Toradol actually has top players waiting in line to get a shot before each game -- and even sometimes practice. Read More
Should I get a medical credit card? What are the benefits?
March 30, 2020
Medical credit cards, lines of financial credit to be used specifically for medical expenses, are a high-interest topic. Read More
Which antihistamines don't cause drowsiness? How do antihistamines work?
March 10, 2020
Springtime is almost upon us! For some, it's their favorite season; for others (myself included), the fear of miserable allergy symptoms starts to settle in. There is nothing pleasing about the annual drama of itching, sneezing, watery red eyes, runny noses and congestion. 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
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
My insurance won't cover an Androderm prescription. What are my savings 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 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
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
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
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
Where Your Drug Is Made Depends On Who You Ask
March 30, 2022
Federal Law and Drug Labeling: Differing Definitions of An Imported Drug. Read More
Americans Spend 87% Less When They Compare Prescription Drug Prices
March 09, 2022
We looked at the top 20 most sought-after medication on PharmacyChecker.com in 2022 so far, and the savings patients are achieving is unreal. Americans potentially spent an average of 87% less on their prescribed medication when they compared medicine costs on PharmacyChecker.com. Read More
How can the uninsured save money on Albenza (albendazole)?
June 11, 2020
With an average price of almost $600 for just two tablets, albendazole (brand name Albenza) is one of the more expensive anti-parasitics. Fortunately, the drug can be found for much cheaper at international pharmacies. The brand name can be found for a 98% discount. 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 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
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
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
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
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
Savings From Canadian Online Pharmacies Increase from 68% to 77% Due to U.S. Drug Price Hikes
February 03, 2022
Year after year, Americans ring in the new year with report after report of drug price hikes in the United States. Read More
Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Manufacture Most of Your Drugs in the United States
January 05, 2022
Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Manufacture Your Drugs in the United States. PharmacyChecker published a report called Not Made in the USA: The Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and Prospects for Safe Drug Importation. Read More
Patients Don’t Support Prescription Price Hikes (And Neither Does Clinical Evidence)
November 17, 2021
Highlighting reporting on prescription drug prices in the United States is, to put it plainly, quite depressing. Read More
Buyer Beware: Don't Fall for These Common Mail Order Pharmacy Scams
October 04, 2021
Canadian and other international online pharmacies can help you (and have already helped millions of Americans) save a lot of money. How much are we talking here? Read More
Prescription Medications for Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating
March 04, 2021
Eating disorders have many etiological parents, from anxiety disorders to environmental stimuli. Thus, treating them is not always direct. Read More
Which treatment is best for rheumatoid arthritis? How can I cut arthritis medication costs?
January 23, 2020
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis affects 54.4 million American adults. That means about one in four adults in the U.S. have arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. 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
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 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
Where can I buy Dilantin (phenytoin) 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
Prime Savings Means Looking Beyond Amazon’s Drug Discount Card
May 16, 2021
When costs get out of hand, the natural next step of a savvy shopper involves comparing costs online. Perhaps, like many Americans, the autopilot answer to our financial woes is Amazon. Read More
Compare Muscle Relaxers: OTC vs. Prescription, Side Effects, Cost
March 30, 2021
Muscle relaxers help us recover from chronic or severe pain. Severe pain can seriously affect your quality of sleep, causing uncomfortable cranky mornings. Read More
Do international pharmacies make medication errors like in the U.S.? Blister Packs vs. Loose Pills
March 04, 2020
Millions of medication errors in the U.S. have caused illness and death to those seeking only to improve their health. When it comes to our pharmacists and the care they take with our prescription meds, we’d like to think patient safety is top priority. And it is, for the pharmacists. 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
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
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
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
PORTAL Research Group Guest Speaker Gabriel Levitt Presents “Not Made in the USA” Key Findings
March 10, 2022
On March 2nd, PORTAL (Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law) Research, led by Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, welcomed Gabriel Levitt, president and co-founder of PharmacyChecker.com, as the meeting’s guest speaker. Read More
Imported Drugs Accounted for 57% of Overall Spending in Medicare
January 25, 2022
Which prescription drugs are most important to Americans in relation to the issues of drug importation, prices, safety – and even national security? This was a question we asked ourselves when thinking about the impact of our report, Note Made in the USA. Read More
Americans Got Their Medications for 78% Cheaper By Ordering Internationally in 2021
January 17, 2022
Price comparisons of the most searched prescription drugs on Pharmacychecker.com in 2021 showed patients saved an average of 78% off what they would pay at their local U.S. pharmacy by opting to order internationally from accredited websites. Read More
How to Safely Access Abortion Pills Online
June 03, 2021
Ensuring that people access only safe websites for abortion consultation and prescriptions is critical to reproductive health. Read More
Compare Sleep Apnea Medications: Side Effects, Cost, OTC vs Prescription
December 03, 2020
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that happens as a result of minor respiratory failure. Read More
Alexa, does Amazon Pharmacy offer the lowest drug prices?
November 18, 2020
In a country full of medical debt and sticker shock at the pharmacy counter, could Jeff Bezos, of all people, be here to save us? Read More
Are mail order pharmacies regulated by the FDA?
September 02, 2020
The FDA is a drug-regulator; not a pharmacy regulator. The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is a federal agency that regulates the supply chain of medications sold in the United States. Read More
Fighting Big Pharma: Business Leaders, Social Justice Organizations, Public Health Experts & Internet Freedom Activists Have PharmacyChecker’s Back
August 28, 2020
In America, tens of millions of people are skipping necessary medications because the prices are too high. PharmacyChecker exists to help people, mostly Americans, find prescription drug safety and savings information on the Internet. 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
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
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
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
Why are my antidepressants so expensive?
February 05, 2018
In fact, medication affordability is often the driving factor in determining medication therapy. 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 does the Inflation Reduction Act affect prescription drug prices?
August 18, 2022
You may have heard that the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will lower drug prices in America. Let’s cut the politics and lay down the facts here. I’m going to start with the good news: What you’ve heard is true! Read More
Importing Medication Saves Senator Kaine’s Dad ‘A Lot of Money’
June 22, 2022
Senator Tim Kaine’s father is certainly not the only American who imports prescription medication from another country. Millions of Americans each year rely on filling their prescriptions internationally. Read More
Foreign-made Drugs Make Up Majority of Medicare Part D Spending On Specialty Drugs
May 24, 2022
An analysis of government data published in Health Affairs shows that more and more Medicare patients are taking new higher-priced specialty drugs, which has substantially increased Medicare’s spending on brand name drugs. Read More
The Top 10 Prescription Drugs You Should Not Get in Canada
April 06, 2022
When it comes to prescription drug affordability in 2022, Canada isn’t always the answer. If a patient is prescribed a generic medication, the coupon price at their local pharmacy often beats out the potential savings that await them at online pharmacies. Read More
Conducting Inspections of International Online Pharmacies
November 09, 2021
The world of international online pharmacies is growing at an extremely fast pace. It is important to know how to distinguish a rogue online pharmacy from a legitimate online pharmacy. Some bad actors are very easy to spot: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Read More
The History of Buying Viagra Online: In Pfizer We Don’t Trust
August 06, 2021
For 20 years, from the late 1990s until it lost patent protection in the U.S. in 2017, Viagra (sildenafil citrate) was an extraordinary cash cow for drug company Pfizer. It has generated about $34 billion worldwide. Read More
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Side Effects, Alternatives, Cost
May 11, 2021
Before and during menopause, estrogen and progesterone hormones fluctuate quite a bit resulting in unpleasant symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal discomfort. Hormone replacement therapy replenishes these hormones providing relief. Read More
Is it ethical for Canadian doctors to help Americans fill prescriptions they can afford?
May 06, 2021
When Americans order prescription drugs online from a Canadian pharmacy, if they are buying from a reputable online pharmacy, they must submit a valid prescription. However, that prescription is often written by a U.S. doctor. Read More
Curious about globalization and international online pharmacies? Here's the scoop.
April 07, 2021
To some folks, the word “globalization” has a negative ring to it: the idea that America should focus on its own people and not the rest of the world; lost factory jobs; United Nations bureaucrats; and international elites. Read More
Compare Viagra vs. Cialis: Treatment, Side Effects, Cost
March 24, 2021
I have dispensed thousands of Viagra and Cialis prescriptions to patients throughout my career. In all my consultations, some men have success with Viagra, while others swear by Cialis. Some just go with whichever is cheapest. Read More
Compare Pantoprazole vs. Omeprazole: Treatment, Side Effects, Cost
March 03, 2021
Pantoprazole (Protonix) and omeprazole (Prilosec) are proton-pump inhibitors that treat various forms of gastrointestinal discomfort, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, stomach ulcers, and esophagitis (inflamed esophagus). Read More
How to Treat Varicose Veins
January 15, 2021
Varicose veins are visible and sometimes raised veins that tend to appear on the leg. They are generally not malignant unless they cause extreme discomfort. Read More
Asthma Savings: How These Moms Get Cheaper Inhalers for Their Kids
December 07, 2020
Asthma can be an expensive condition — chronic conditions like diabetes always are. A $20 inhaler doesn’t sound like much until you multiply that by sixty years. Plus, given how much time you may have to invest in care, quick fixes aren’t going to help. Read More
Ordering Brand Name Drugs from Canada is Cheaper. For Generic Meds, It’s Often the Opposite.
December 01, 2020
Drug prices in the U.S. are soaring and the sticker shock at pharmacy counters is sending many online to find financial relief. The prices of the top 20 drugs prescribed to seniors in the U.S. have risen ten times the rate of inflation in the past five years. Read More
Metformin RECALL: Where is your metformin made?
November 05, 2020
Nostrum Laboratories has announced with the FDA a voluntary recall on two lots of Metformin HCL extended release tablets of 750mg strength. Read More
I routinely audit online pharmacies located in Canada that sell to Americans. Here are the facts.
October 07, 2020
Through the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, we routinely audit Canadian pharmacies, as well as pharmacies in the United States, Canada, Australia, India, Mauritius, New Zealand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Read More
7 Ways Seniors Can Avoid Online Pharmacy Scams
October 01, 2020
Seniors are the most susceptible to these types of scams. This is mainly because people above the age of 65 are more likely to need medication, maybe even several kinds of daily medication. Read More
6 Ways PharmacyChecker Helps You Afford Prescription Medication
August 10, 2020
Explore all the ways PharmacyChecker ensures you get the medication you need with the lowest possible price tag. Read More
6 Ways to Save Time & Money at the Pharmacy
July 23, 2020
Waiting in a long line at the pharmacy only to find out insurance doesn’t cover your prescription can have the best of us pulling our hair out. Or perhaps the pharmacy doesn’t accept a discount coupon or allot the proper time to consider your questions. Read More
How do pharmaceutical companies price drugs?
June 29, 2020
Pharmaceutical companies price drugs to maximize profits. Considering the fact that they are for-profit, publicly-traded companies, operating in a free-market economy, should this surprise us? Read More
Over 600 prescription drug costs increased in the U.S. in 2020. Are they cheaper in Canada?
March 30, 2020
If your prescription drugs are even more expensive this year, remember this: brand name drugs are almost always much cheaper in Canada. The U.S. is notorious for high drug prices, largely because we don’t have federal regulations dedicated to keeping drugs affordable. Read More
What are the requirements to receive Medicaid?
January 29, 2020
Many Americans struggling with their prescription drug bills could benefit from Medicaid. Especially if you are uninsured, you should find out if you qualify. Medicaid is the nation’s federal and state health insurance program for Americans with low incomes. 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
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
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
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
Benzodiazepines: How to quit your addiction and get help
August 06, 2019
Getting help for yourself, a friend, or a family member is imperative. You can easily reach out to your health care provider for medical recommendations. Another great resource is drug abuse helplines. 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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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. Diclofenac is also available as an oral tablet or patch. 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 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
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
FDA's Missed Target In Opioid Crackdown Hits Americans That Can't Afford Their Medications
March 08, 2023
America’s opioid problem isn’t an international mail issue, yet the FDA keeps asking Congress to increase funding in order to expand efforts to seize shipments of opioids.... Read More
Raising the Bar on Online Pharmacy Verification for 20 Years
September 28, 2022
In PharmacyChecker’s view, online pharmacy safety exists for patients who purchase medicines from websites that transparently market and sell government-regulated prescription drugs, made in accordance with good manufacturing practices, which are filled by duly inspected and licensed pharmacies that... Read More
Is Congress going to lower drug prices in 2022?
May 16, 2022
Well, I’ve been writing about this topic for close to 20 years. Year after year, Congress after Congress, Democratic and Republican majorities, the call to arms against Big Pharma came to virtually nothing. Read More
Don’t Fall for Fake Covid Treatment Scams Online
April 25, 2022
With newly-approved effective treatment options, comes the inevitable online scam artists trying to sell fake Covid treatments, which can be detrimental to your health and/or finances. Read More
Importation as Policy to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
February 14, 2022
The U.S. drug supply chain relies on pharmaceuticals produced in other countries and drugs are priced much lower in those foreign countries. Read More
Not Made in the USA: Our Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
February 08, 2022
The finding in this report, that 78% of APIs for the dataset of 100 drugs are imported, appears to corroborate the FDA’s ubiquitous datapoint of 80%, but this dataset consists only of brand name drugs. It is likely that an even higher percentage of generic drugs are imported. Read More
FDA Drug Supply Chain Data Remained Unchanged For 20 Years
January 18, 2022
In 2018, columnist and journalist David Lazarus from the Los Angeles Times wrote about how difficult it was to find out where prescription drugs are made. His article was called, “ Where do prescription drugs come from? Read More
Not Made in the USA: Key Findings
January 12, 2022
Most of the expensive brand name drugs Americans purchase from local U.S. pharmacies are not made here. Our research “Not Made in the USA,” published last week, addresses the pressing issue of prescription drug affordability in America - and Big Pharma’s campaign to stop drug importation.... Read More
Big Pharma Takes Advantage of the Surge in Opioid Deaths With New Bill
December 23, 2021
With opioid deaths only surging during the Covid-19 pandemic, this sounds like an excellent idea. But here’s the thing: the FDA already has a program for tackling online opioid drug dealers. So what’s this really about? Read More
Less than a Quarter of Physicians Can Accurately Estimate Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs
November 24, 2021
“Can physicians accurately estimate a patient’s out-of-pocket expenses if they are given all the necessary information about a drug’s price and the patient’s insurance plan?” This is the question a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study sought to answer, finding that only 21... Read More
What is Medicare Catastrophic Coverage?
September 20, 2021
“Catastrophic” health coverage never had the best branding. It is, as its title suggests, available and helpful only in the case of true catastrophes. Read More
Limiting Deals Between Name Brand and Generic Manufacturers is Obvious
July 19, 2021
If you ask me, “pay for delay” is a little too cutesy a term for a practice that places medicine more and more out of patients’ financial reach. More than a quarter of Americans stated they or a family member have been unable to afford a prescribed medication over the past year. Read More
The Scoop on Walmart Insulin
July 07, 2021
Patents have expired on two competing insulins produced by Eli Lilly (Humalog) and Novo Nordisk (Novolog). Read More
Getting to Know Jeffrey Poirier, Director of the PharmacyChecker Verification Program
July 07, 2021
Pharmacist Jeffrey Poirier has had a long, impressive career in various health care settings. Now, he takes on leading the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, through which online pharmacies, international and domestic, are assessed for compliance with high accreditation standards. Read More
Biden's Lukewarm Support of Florida’s Drug Importation Program
June 07, 2021
As a patient consumer looking for information about more affordable prescription drugs on the Internet and from other countries, you may be interested to know the status of a lawsuit brought by the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA or “Big Pharma”). Read More
Let Florida (ahem, but really everyone) Import Prescription Drugs
June 04, 2021
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is attempting to halt a rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under former President Donald Trump that would allow states to import drugs from Canada. Read More
The Role of Online Pharmacies and Personal Importation in the Battle for Lower Drug Prices
April 29, 2021
Last night, in his speech before Congress, President Biden called for allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices to bring down the cost of drugs in the United States. Before thinking this is some liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Read More
Why You Shouldn't Worry About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine You Took
April 21, 2021
FDA-Approved and Working Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccines Are Foreign Made. Read More
When You Can Head to the Pharmacy Instead of the Doctor
April 05, 2021
Retail pharmacists are the most accessible drug gurus in every community. You are able to ask your local pharmacist questions about your medications and general health concerns any day of the week. We’re here to listen and help. Read More
Ways Seniors Best Organize Their Medications
March 30, 2021
Seniors, or those above the age of 60, are taking prescription medication, and, more often than not, they’re taking more than one medication. According to the CDC, 85% of the U.S. population above 60 took medication in the years 2015 - 2016. Read More
Why Drug Price Transparency Matters to Consumers
March 22, 2021
Most Americans have either experienced firsthand or know about the problem of high prescription drug prices. Drug prices are three times higher in the U.S. than in other countries. Moreover, for years they have increased much faster than the rate of inflation. Read More
8 Inconvenient Facts About Prescription Prices In the United States
March 19, 2021
Prescription drug prices are a symptom of a greater disease — greed and its effect on the U.S. healthcare system — but, oh, are they a nasty symptom. Read More
Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Health Coverage Is Open Through May 15th
March 15, 2021
The enrollment period for marketplace health insurance is typically in late winter, traditionally closing in December. The COVID-19 crisis, which began in March 2020, has ushered in a new “special enrollment period” from February 15, 2021 to May 15, 2021. Read More
Pregnancy & Prescription Medication
February 09, 2021
About Pregnancy & Prescription Medication: Teratogenic Medications. What medications are safe during pregnancy? What is the safest way to take medication during pregnancy? Which painkiller is best? Read More
Top 60 U.S. Brand Name Drug Prices 75% Lower Internationally, According to Rand Corporation Study
February 05, 2021
The Rand Corporation has released an impressive study showing that brand name drugs cost far more in the United States than in other countries – on average 344% more. Read More
Compare UTI Treatments: Natural vs. Antibiotics, Side Effects, Cost
February 04, 2021
A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria from the environment — from your rectum or from a sexual partner, for example — get inside your urethra, leading to an infection in the bladder. How do you treat UTIs? What is the best over-the-counter UTI treatment? Read More
What is the fastest way to get rid of a yeast infection?
February 03, 2021
Yeast infections, also called vulvovaginal candidiasis, occur when the yeast culture candida albicans gets a little too comfortable in the vagina, triggering your immune system. What is candida albicans? How does candidiasis occur? What did I do to get a yeast infection? Read More
About Hydroxyzine for Anxiety: Treatment, Side Effects, Cost
February 02, 2021
The United States is rapidly shedding its stigma around anxiety and depression as more and more folks realize just how common this condition is. If you feel anxious for a prolonged period of time, know that you are not alone. Read More
How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
January 20, 2021
The COVID-19 vaccine came in riding a wave of anticipation. Read More
What is a pharmacist's role in providing the COVID-19 vaccine?
January 13, 2021
Pharmacists play an integral role within community healthcare: they are on the frontlines daily providing medical consultations and vaccinations and have proven especially vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
5 Secrets About Canadian Online Pharmacies
January 08, 2021
"Canadian online pharmacies" has the ring of something that probably doesn't exist, maybe because "Canada" can also be the home of invisible girlfriends and spammers in your inbox. Read More
5 Ways to Manage Cystic Fibrosis Costs
January 06, 2021
Cystic fibrosis, like many chronic conditions, is expensive. Any condition that requires regular care -- doctor appointments, multiple medications, devices -- will be expensive, even with insurance. Read More
6 Reasons Your Prescription Drug Bill is So High
December 28, 2020
Copay exorbitant? Or, more likely, is your prescription cash price (with no insurance) just too expensive? These are common problems in the U.S. Eight out of ten Americans find U.S. prescription prices unreasonable. Read More
The Gift of Low Drug Prices
December 22, 2020
Tis the season to...lower your drug prices? Hear us out. Prescription drug costs in the U.S. are too high. In a 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 79% of respondents thought U.S. drug prices were unreasonable. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse. Read More
How These Moms Manage the Cost of Their Child's Diabetes
December 16, 2020
Diabetes is an expensive illness. Read More
Biden’s Plan to Lower Drug Prices. Did Trump help pave the way?
December 09, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden asserted that he wants to “put a stop to runaway drug prices and the profiteering of the drug industry.” President Trump is famous for saying the drug companies are “getting away with murder.” Whatever the soundbite, drug prices are too high. Read More
Is your online pharmacy safe? How to Know for Sure.
December 07, 2020
I’m a pharmacist, licensed and trained to take care of patients who need prescription drugs. So, you want to be sure you are shopping at a legitimate online pharmacy but don’t know where to start in your search? Completely understandable. Read More
7 Tips for Preventing the Flu (from a pharmacist)
November 23, 2020
Influenza, aka the flu, is an illness of the respiratory tract caused by two main types of influenza viruses. Type A and Type B influenza viruses are the main culprits of the dreadful seasonal flu epidemics we experience yearly. Read More
7 Secrets Moms Know to Lower Children's Prescription Costs
November 10, 2020
Prescription medication, especially for chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes, can run families a pretty penny. Sometimes — quelle horreur! — children’s medications are more expensive than medications for adults. Read More
How to Get Affordable Birth Control Without a Prescription
November 04, 2020
Although a prescription is always required for birth control, there are ways to obtain a prescription from a doctor without facing the cost or potential anxiety of a face-to-face appointment. Legitimate online pharmacies always require a valid prescription. Read More
How are cancer patients managing fatigue?
October 19, 2020
A cancer diagnosis spells more than just hair loss, the lesser-discussed hardship being exhaustion. Fatigue is extreme exhaustion; those suffering from it find that even everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth can feel debilitating. Read More
Should you participate in that clinical trial?
October 19, 2020
Clinical trials are necessary parts of the drug development process. The FDA requires approved drugs to have not one, but two “well-designed” clinical trials. But should you, a consumer suffering from a chronic condition (or not), engage in one? Read More
Navigating Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season
October 02, 2020
How to travel during coronavirus: train, plane, automobile. Safety precautions you should adhere to during pandemic holiday travel. At this time, international travel is more restricted than domestic travel. Read More
What can caregivers do when siblings don't help with caring for your parents?
September 24, 2020
Building a support system for yourself as a caregiver should include a healthy dose of self-care in addition to financial and administrative support. Providing care for aging parents can be overwhelming, especially if other family members (such as siblings) do not have time to help out. Read More
U.S. insurers will pay 33% more for remdesivir than other countries
September 24, 2020
Everything comes at a price. But the experimental COVID-19 treatment remdesivir will come at a slightly higher price for U.S. commercial insurers than it will for other developed countries. Read More
15 Tweets About America’s Prescription Drug Crisis
September 10, 2020
As we monitor prices, we often come across consumers who cannot afford their current drug regimen. They’re everywhere: at your supermarket, at the bus stop, (obviously) at the pharmacy, you name it. But also, they’re on Twitter. Read More
How These People Saved Serious Cash On Their Prescription Meds
August 18, 2020
PharmacyChecker’s goal is to help consumers safely access lower-cost drugs. To do so, PharmacyChecker verifies and monitors mail-order pharmacies both abroad and in the U.S. Read More
What to Do If You Lose Your Health Insurance
August 18, 2020
If you’ve recently found yourself without health coverage due to job loss -- incidentally, COVID has also seen unemployment rates soar -- you have a few options. Pending eligibility, the cheapest option by far would be to apply for your local Medicaid program. Read More
QUIZ: Guess How Much Americans Spend on These Common Medications
August 11, 2020
Take this quiz that reveals the outrageous drug prices Americans face daily at the pharmacy counter. Prescription drug costs have surged in the past 20 years. Read More
How does Trump’s executive order on personal drug importation change anything?
July 27, 2020
Three executive orders were signed by President Donald Trump last week. One of them is all about drug importation: measures already underway and new actions to help Americans buy more affordable prescription drugs from other countries. Read More
This Prescription Discount Card Saves Americans Up to 99%
July 09, 2020
A quick internet search for your prescription’s prices will likely offer a world of discounts, ranging from patient assistance programs to grocery store pharmacy coupons to Canadian online pharmacy offers. Read More
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Warnings on Potential Treatments
June 01, 2020
The Latest on Coronavirus: Remdesivir Emergency Use. Vaccine Efficacy. Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine, or Azithromycin Without a Prescription to Treat Coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing for COVID-19. Read More
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Pharmacist Tips To Protect Yourself
May 12, 2020
Now that COVID-19 has appeared in the U.S., you are not alone in feeling fearful or anxious about what lies next. The best thing to do at this point is to learn about Coronavirus and what you can do to protect yourself and your families. Read More
How does coronavirus affect Canadian and international online pharmacy shipping?
April 30, 2020
In the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, we are all trying to do our best to adjust to the new, although hopefully temporary, normal. Online pharmacies included! Read More
How can I cut costs on Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir)?
April 23, 2020
Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir) is an expensive antiretroviral used to treat HIV with generic availability limited to an oral solution in the United States. Read More
How much does the coronavirus (COVID-19) test cost? Should I get tested?
April 23, 2020
The COVID-19 test is just as controversial as it is necessary as a means to control spread of the virus. The test did not arrive in the U.S. until March, and, when it did, access was limited. Read More
Are EpiPens malfunctioning? How can I check if mine is safe to use?
April 16, 2020
The FDA issued an alert of EpiPen auto-injector errors related to the devices malfunctioning on March 23rd, 2020. Read More
What is the best medicine for quitting smoking?
March 19, 2020
Unfortunately, choosing the best way to kick a smoking habit is not easy. Every patient is unique, and figuring out how to quit an addiction, especially with the wealth of options, may take some calculating. Read More
How can I negotiate medical bills to make my costs lower?
March 09, 2020
Tips for Negotiating Your Medical Bills. Tips For Negotiating Your Medical Bill After You’ve Received It. The easiest – though often the most laborious – way to lower costs associated with medical expenses is to call your insurer. Read More
What are the best over the counter (OTC) pain medicines?
February 25, 2020
Commonly, it’s headaches. Sometimes it's that occasional elbow to the nose or banging your knee on the corner of the bed in the dark. Read More
The Medicare donut hole closed. Will the coverage gap closing actually save enrollees money?
February 11, 2020
The Medicare coverage gap, informally known as the “donut hole,” ostensibly closed at the end of 2019. But is the coverage gap really gone? Short answer: yes. Perhaps a more important question is if the hole’s closing will actually cut costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Read More
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
Where do the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates stand on drug prices? A Healthcare Voter Guide
January 14, 2020
The 2020 prospective democratic candidates are also heavily focused on drug prices and healthcare. Each person running for office has had to answer to America’s soaring drug prices. 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
Should I get a flu shot this year?
December 23, 2019
This recommendation is still relatively new. In 2010, the CDC voted to expand recommendations to every person above six months of age. Previously, the mandate had been that every person between six months and eighteen years should get a vaccine. 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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'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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
Is an online pharmacy that is not accredited 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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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
How can Americans save money on Januvia?
July 24, 2018
You can compare prices of Januvia among PharmacyChecker-verified international online pharmacies. Currently, 30 pills of Januvia 100 mg can cost patients over $540 at local U.S pharmacies. The same quantity of Januvia is as low as $84 at an international pharmacy. 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
Compare Librax Alternatives
May 31, 2018
Librax is a medication that is safe and effective for the treatment of ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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