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Old 04-15-2018, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Now that Canadadrugs.com has been caught doing truly awful things, I don't trust them, nor do I want to give them another dime of our money. Canadian pharmacy fined $34 million for illegal imports | News & Observer

DH takes one cholesterol med that is not available with a generic in the US and, if we bought it through his Part D Medicare plan, would put him in the donut hole in 5 months. We've had zero trouble with it from Canada Drugs, and yes, his cholesterol has come down considerably because of this drug.

So - those of you who use Canada Drugs, are you going elsewhere? What alternatives are there?
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:58 AM
 
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Canadacloudpharmacy.com are the best alternative I found... they’re an actual licensed pharmacy in Vancouver and only send medication from Canada. You can speak with the Pharmacist as I have done... super pleased with the service and the product
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:06 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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How does it work? I've never used a Canadian pharmacy but always wondered. Does your regular US doctor's prescription work there, or what?
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Old 05-26-2018, 11:10 AM
 
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So - those of you who use Canada Drugs, are you going elsewhere? What alternatives are there?
There are hundreds of online pharmacies, a little research and you will find them. Most ship the same medications that W-M and CVS sell, made by the same factories in India, Singapore, etc. Prices are ridiculously low.
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Old 05-26-2018, 12:51 PM
 
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There are hundreds of online pharmacies, a little research and you will find them. Most ship the same medications that W-M and CVS sell, made by the same factories in India, Singapore, etc. Prices are ridiculously low.
Ah, but the truth is many are manufactured in a shadow factory. That is when a factory running brand name medication on the first and second shift with manufacture QC and inspectors present, uses packaging and spoiled or left over ingredient in various levels of dilution to run counterfeits on the third shift after the manufactures inspection personnel have gone. The packaging looks and feels just like the OEM because it's the exact same packaging, but the medication and binders can be anything form near exact as OEM all the way to minimum medication with crushed sawdust and cow dung as the binder.

I personally fail to see what savings any of these locations can give that makes gambling on my medication worth it.
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Old 05-26-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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Ah, but the truth is many are manufactured in a shadow factory. That is when a factory running brand name medication on the first and second shift with manufacture QC and inspectors present, uses packaging and spoiled or left over ingredient in various levels of dilution to run counterfeits on the third shift after the manufactures inspection personnel have gone. The packaging looks and feels just like the OEM because it's the exact same packaging, but the medication and binders can be anything form near exact as OEM all the way to minimum medication with crushed sawdust and cow dung as the binder.

I personally fail to see what savings any of these locations can give that makes gambling on my medication worth it.
You are free to believe all of that even though from a manufacturing standpoint it makes no sense for any legitimate company to do the things you claim. Where I live in AZ, people routinely go across the border to Mexico to get their medications at better prices. It's just another charming facet of the U.S. Healthcare system, over-priced drugs and import laws that limit competition. People in India and Mexico pay $2, but because you're an American, you get to pay $10 for the same blister pack of pills. Winning!
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Old 05-26-2018, 01:42 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Now that Canadadrugs.com has been caught doing truly awful things, I don't trust them, nor do I want to give them another dime of our money. Canadian pharmacy fined $34 million for illegal imports | News & Observer

DH takes one cholesterol med that is not available with a generic in the US and, if we bought it through his Part D Medicare plan, would put him in the donut hole in 5 months. We've had zero trouble with it from Canada Drugs, and yes, his cholesterol has come down considerably because of this drug.

So - those of you who use Canada Drugs, are you going elsewhere? What alternatives are there?
We use either Northwest Pharmacy, or Global, depending on the price. No issues.
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Old 05-26-2018, 01:45 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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How does it work? I've never used a Canadian pharmacy but always wondered. Does your regular US doctor's prescription work there, or what?
You would get a paper prescription from your doctor and either photograph it and attach it to an email, or fax it.
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Old 05-26-2018, 04:31 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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You would get a paper prescription from your doctor and either photograph it and attach it to an email, or fax it.
Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2018, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Thanks!
Here's a bit more information.

"Prescriptions written by U.S. physicians require a co-signature from a Canadian doctor before a Canadian pharmacist can legally fill them. Canada's internet pharmacies wouldn't be able to operate legally without the practice of co-signing, but from the beginning it's been the source of controversy..."


"However, it's against the standards of care for doctors in every province to prescribe drugs without a direct physician-patient relationship. "

Canadian doctors co-signing prescriptions for U.S. patients | CBC News
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