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— 80 Canadian Pharmacies Currently Verified

  WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2006On Monday, October 9th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will ease its policy of confiscating drugs coming from Canada. This will reduce concerns among Americans who seek lower drug prices from Canadian online pharmacies. is reminding consumers to be sure that medications are dispensed through a licensed pharmacy. Through the Verification Program, has now verified the qualifications of 175 online pharmacies, 80 of them based in Canada. Most of these publish the Seal on their homepage. Clicking on the seal provides more details about the pharmacy. Approval in the program is now required for online pharmacies to advertise on most major search engines.

Dr. Tod Cooperman, MD, president of stated, "We encourage Americans to shop wisely from Canadian and other online pharmacies. You can not always tell a legitimate company from a rogue website. Consumers need to worry about online pharmacies that are not affiliated with a licensed pharmacy and those that dispense from countries with lax pharmacy standards." researchers verify that online pharmacies 1) fill orders with a licensed pharmacy, 2) require a prescription, 3) secure online transactions, 4) publish a privacy policy, and 5) publish correct addresses and phone numbers on their sites. Online pharmacies outside the U.S. that sell controlled substances can not be approved in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program. conducts mystery shopping and periodic three-month license checks to monitor compliance. also helps consumers find low drug prices from reputable online pharmacies on the free Compare Prices section of its website, where pharmacy profiles and price comparisons are currently provided for thirty-six approved online pharmacies.

Potential savings remain high using pharmacies in Canada and select countries. For example, the average price found through for Lipitor (20 mg, 90 tablets) is currently $184.31 from non-US online pharmacies, but $314.71 from online pharmacies in the U.S. Savings average 40% on top selling brand name drugs (see table below). Savings of up to 80% on generic drugs are also found through — typically sold by discount US pharmacies. is privately held and has no ownership in or from companies that sell or distribute pharmacy products. Visitors to can freely access drug prices as well as pharmacy ratings, customer comments, and in-depth profiles of online and low-cost pharmacies.'s Guide to Low-Cost Canadian and U.S. Pharmacies is available as a paperback and can be ordered from 800-431-1579. The company also operates where seniors can compare, rate, and review Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.