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If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
Why is CanadaDrugs closing? Are there other approved pharmacies I can order from?
CanadaDrugs.com was verified in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program from 2005 until March of this year. Last month, CanadaDrugs.com withdrew from our program. CanadaDrugs.com will be closing its website and no longer selling medications to Americans beginning June 13th, 2018.
This is the unfortunate outcome of a case that did not involve medication sales through the CanadaDrugs.com website, which has been safely selling medication at low cost to Americans for many years. The case involved a separate wholesale business conducted by the owners of the website. Sadly, two counterfeit batches of the cancer medication, Avastin, entered the supply chain of that wholesale business in 2011 and were sold to medical offices in the United States. Avastin was never sold on the CanadaDrugs.com website.
In a plea bargain signed on April 13th with the U.S. Department of Justice, the owners of CanadaDrugs.com are forfeiting the website www.CanadaDrugs.com and other websites they operate to the U.S. government. The FDA recognizes that there is no urgency to shutting down CanadaDrugs.com, giving them 90 days to wind down their international retail pharmacy business. To that effect, they are informing their patients and website visitors that they are closing on July 13th, 2018. For more information, please read our blogpost.
This case does not apply to all Canadian online pharmacies, just CanadaDrugs.com and other websites it may operate. For future medication orders, you can consult our list of current PharmacyChecker verified international online pharmacies. Also look up your medication by name to compare prices across verified international online pharmacies.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to comment below or ask our team of pharmacy and medical experts via Ask PharmacyChecker.Updated November 26, 2019