Many years ago American seniors would climb onto buses and take a trip across the border to Canada. They didn’t come here to see Niagara Falls, or the Rockies, they came to buy their prescription drugs. Back in the days before internet commerce, a physical trip north of the border was the only way to procure much needed and more affordable prescription drugs. We no longer get busloads of seniors crossing the border to get their drugs; internet e-commerce has moved much of that online.
Yet seniors still flock to us in droves; roughly 75% of our current customers are seniors. The fact is even with Medicare, even with Obamacare, even with patient assistance programs and generics people, seniors particularly, still struggle to afford prescription drugs. Seniors face particular challenges when it comes to out-of-pocket health care costs. Many of them are near or at the end of their working lives and are beginning to rely on savings, pensions and social security to live. Their incomes are more limited and less able to absorb sudden significant cost shifts. When drug companies jack up their prices without warning and reason, the costs are passed along to the end user. Considering that seniors represent a significant portion of prescription drug users, they bear a greater burden.
Increased cost sharing is often the result of higher drug prices. Its relationship with adherence is at best adverse. While cost sharing reduces costs for insurers, those savings are not passed along to consumers. What’s more, the more co-payments go up, the less prescription drugs are taken. A RAND study determined that for each doubling of co-pays prescription drug use was reduced between 25-45%! That reduction is not due to people getting better; that’s due to the drugs becoming unaffordable. Seniors aren’t safe from increased cost sharing and neither is anyone else.
This is why personal importation is so important. It gives seniors, and all Americans, the ability to access affordable, high quality prescription drugs. American seniors have been taking advantage of personal importation for many years and it has worked well for them. Big pharma has been trying to shut down personal importation for a long time. They prefer profits over anything, even if they come at the expense of a vulnerable person’s health. If you’d like to see if personal importation could save you a substantial amount of money visit us at www.canadadrugs.com or a call 1-800-226-3784.