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Legitimate Canadian Pharmacy for US RX's?

menloparkmommenloparkmom 12694 replies551 threads Senior Member
Hi all,
I'm hoping someone here can point me to a real Canadian Pharmacy [ with English speaking Pharmacists please] that ships RX's directly to the US, and is NOT a front for a Phony Chinese or Indian or who knows were.com hoping to con vulnerable US citizens out of their $$.
Only those who have used the same Canadian RX for a long time and are very happy with the service please.
I've read too many stories about phony.com "pharmacies" that are supposedly located in Canada, but turn out to be fraudulent operations.
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  • gitlecoeurgitlecoeur 22 replies1 threads Junior Member
    We have had good experiences with Marks Marine Pharmacy in Vancouver.
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  • WellspringWellspring 1533 replies9 threads Senior Member
    I get my asthma meds from canadianpharmacyworld.com. So far so good. I'm going to continue to get my asthma meds from them instead of through Medicare Part D because if I get it it through Part D I fall into the donut hole because there is no generic (why???).
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  • alwaysamomalwaysamom 12281 replies217 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    Canadian pharmacists are required to have a Canadian doctor approve an American prescription prior to filling and shipping the meds. If you find a Canadian online pharmacy that isn't doing that, they are doing so illegally.
    edited January 2019
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  • greenwitchgreenwitch 9189 replies42 threads Senior Member
    I've used canadapharmacy.com in the past. I didn't have any problems. Some of the generic meds come from India, but that is because they are both commonwealth nations.
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  • geraniolgeraniol 170 replies1 threads Junior Member
    All pharmaceutical sold in Canada are approved through Health Canada and will have a DIN identifier on them if they're legitimate. (https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/drug-products/fact-sheets/drug-identification-number.html)

    Canadian generic drugs are overwhelmingly made in Canada by one of the many generics companies in Quebec/Ontario. Wherever Canadian-sold drugs come from, be it India or any other country, it is not because of some "Commonwealth" relationship. The "Commonwealth" designator is just a sort of old-boys club of being able to claim the Queen/King as head of state, and has no other real meaning - it's not a trade alliance and where there are treaty relationships, it's probably a result of history. Health Canada approves all pharmaceuticals and regulates labelling - just because they come from a Commonwealth country doesn't mean they get a free pass.
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  • gouf78gouf78 7812 replies23 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    Check out pharmacychecker.com
    edited January 2019
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  • OttermaOtterma 1505 replies30 threads Senior Member
    I've also used canadapharmacy.com. It was a while ago but I liked them.
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  • GRITS80GRITS80 646 replies8 threads Member
    This is interesting information. We've used NorthWest Pharmacy based on a doctor's referral. They aren't included in pharmacychecker in either the good or bad list. I wonder if I should consider switching to one of the approved pharmacies? I've never been aware of a Canadian doctor approving the rx nor have I seen a DIN number.
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  • sherpasherpa 4895 replies97 threads Senior Member
    ...and is NOT a front for a Phony Chinese or Indian or who knows were.com hoping to con vulnerable US citizens out of their $$.
    I don't understand this sentiment. While we buy most of our drugs through American pharmacies, for a few we get the best prices, by far, by purchasing from Asian sources. They aren't phony.
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  • gouf78gouf78 7812 replies23 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    @sherpa—Chinese and Indian sites are notorious for counterfeit drugs. They are a huge scam business and dangerous to your health. Many operate posing as Canadian sources knowing Americans trust that.
    edited January 2019
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  • HImomHImom 35823 replies396 threads Senior Member
    Many respiratory patients I know have used AllDayChemist dot com in India for well over a decade with no complaints. They get a wide range of medications from them, including inhalers, antibiotics, retin A cream, and many other Rx. No Rx is required and they have taken the meds from US pharmacies and those they get in the mail from this firm and swear by the pharmacy.

    More of the Respiratory patients I know fill their Rx at this mail order pharmacy than Canadian or other pharmacies, particularly when they are in the doughnut hole.

    The customer service is good as well. I was curious so I did place an order with them years ago, for Zyrtec in pill form (before allergy meds were made over the counter), retin a cream and a few other things. I received my delivery promptly and it worked as well as the Zyrtec I’ve obtained from any other source. It was much cheaper than I would have paid for my copay, even after shipping and though I have excellent drug coverage.
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  • menloparkmommenloparkmom 12694 replies551 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    @sherpa
    I think you need to read this report
    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/11/29/567229552/bad-drugs-are-a-major-global-problem-who-reports

    and this one

    https://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2016/counterfeit-prescription-drugs-rx.html

    as well as this report

    https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-find-an-online-pharmacy-you-can-trust-1123983


    Canadian Pharmacies

    Sometimes Americans order medications from Canada because they may be cheaper. Many of these pharmacies are approved by CIPA. However, not all online pharmacies with the name "Canada" are actually Canadian. The Canadian government has provided warnings to consumers and CIPA provides a full list of verified online pharmacies so that you can check if a Canadian pharmacy is verified.

    Canadian Pharmacies

    Sometimes Americans order medications from Canada because they may be cheaper. Many of these pharmacies are approved by CIPA. However, not all online pharmacies with the name "Canada" are actually Canadian. The Canadian government has provided warnings to consumers and CIPA provides a full list of verified online pharmacies so that you can check if a Canadian pharmacy is verified.
    edited January 2019
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  • HImomHImom 35823 replies396 threads Senior Member
    Thanks @menloparkmom. I guess it’s just really tough for the many who have so much trouble find affordable medications to treat them. Inhalers are very expensive, especially once folks reach the doughnut hole or if the medicine isn’t on the formulary. :-(
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 17857 replies164 threads Senior Member
    No Rx is required

    And you don't find that kind of sketchy?
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 41441 replies2248 threads Super Moderator
    This is timely. I screwed up and got an insurance plan through Anthem that doesn't have co-pays for meds. We have to meet our deductible (more than $6,000) before meds are paid for at all. :( So our local pharmacy will charge us $600 for a month supply of an acne med for middle kid. We can't afford that right now. I will look into a Canadian pharmacy after verifying it's legitimate.
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  • allyphoeallyphoe 2542 replies61 threads Senior Member
    Have you confirmed (with insurance or your pharmacy) that the insurance-negotiated price is $600/mo? I've got HSA-eligible insurance, which requires that you meet your deductible before they pay for anything but the ACA-mandated 100% coverage items, and I pay significantly less than the cash price for prescriptions.
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  • OttermaOtterma 1505 replies30 threads Senior Member
    "No Rx is required"...And you don't find that kind of sketchy?
    @Nrdsb4 - You should research the particular drug in question before ordering but many drugs in the US require prescriptions for reasons that have zero to do with patient safety. I would personally be wary of Indian or Chinese based sites but for several years I bought allergy medicine from Canada that was OTC there while being prescription in the US.

    On a related topic, for veterinary meds: petsofoz.net is an australian based site that I've used for flea and heartworm medicine. (Always get your dog tested for heartworm before starting them on the medication.) The prices are better than the marked-up prices at the vet's although chewy.com is sometimes cheaper and faster.
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  • greenwitchgreenwitch 9189 replies42 threads Senior Member
    @HImom - looking around on the Canada Pharmacy site, I realize there are now generic equivalent inhalers for Symbicort, Ventolin, Xopenex, etc. They are $20-$40, which is amazing.
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  • WellspringWellspring 1533 replies9 threads Senior Member
    Those asthma drugs should be available in generic form here but they're not. From what I understand the big pharmacy companies keep taking each other to court about it and getting delays of six months here, a year there. (I realize that's a simplistic description of what's going on.). As to the rescue inhaler, there used to be generics available in the US but when they had to get rid of the chlorofluorocarbons in the propellent the ones with the new propellent got the patent or trademark for x number years and the generics disappeared. (Again, an overly simplified explanation.)
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