Ensuring That an International Online Pharmacy is Legitimate and Safe – a Pharmacist’s Advice

Ensuring That an International Online Pharmacy is Legitimate and Safe – a Pharmacist’s Advice

By Shivam Patel, PharmD, Director of the PharmacyChecker Verification Program It’s now commonplace to either be outraged or hear of a friend who is outraged by drug prices at local pharmacies. The national struggle to afford prescription drugs inspires an onslaught of questions: Why do these prices fluctuate so much? Why is the price of Lipitor at Walgreens a fraction of the cost of the one you bought at Walmart when they’re just across the street? And what’s the deal with these online pharmacies from Canada and India peddling prices that are as much as 98% cheaper than what you’d get in Florida? Is it the online pharmacies that are scamming you or is it the U.S. healthcare system? Thirty pills of Januvia, which treats type 2 diabetes, sell for about $573 at one U.S. pharmacy but $477 at another. At a Canadian online pharmacy, the same amount of Januvia can cost $128.98. That’s over a 70% discount off the U.S. pharmacy...
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