Archive for the ‘Drugs Availability’ Category

The Cost for Brand Name Drugs Has Skyrocketed in the U.S.

Posted by on December 14th, 2012

iStock_000009645608XSmallIn 2012 prices for the most popular brand-name prescription drugs surged once again. This continues a long-term trend that has seen the price that Americans pay for leading brand name drugs outpace the rate of inflation every single year for the past decade.

In 2012, the most highly prescribed brand name drugs saw their average price increased by 13.3% overall. This report was done by Express Scripts and used information from a random sample of over six million Americans to compile its price figures.

The only bright spot for Americans that are struggling with record high drug costs is that overall in 2012, spending on all drugs only rose by 3.5%. The reason for this is that many leading brand name drugs, such as Lipitor, went generic in 2012. Overall, spending on generic medication as a category was 22% lower in 2012 than a year earlier.

Generics often offer the best possible value. Whenever a lower-cost generic is available from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, we here at CanadaDrugs.com offer it as a lower priced alternative to our patients. The price of brand name medication from CanadaDrugs.com also represents significant savings on drugs that have no generic equivalent available.

Almost 25% of drug spending in the U.S. in 2012 was spent was on drugs for mental and neurological disorders just as depression or Alzheimer’s. This category has seen the largest jump in use over the past decade, surpassing what is spent on drugs to combat various forms of diabetes and heart disease, the former leading category of medication spending. The reason for this is mostly because generic versions for many leading drugs to tackle depression or other mental disorders have not yet been released in generic versions, whereas many of the most prescribed drugs for heart disease have been released from patent protection and are now available in lower cost generic versions.

If brand name drug costs continue to grow as 13% a year, and Americans struggling with their cost are not allowed to look to safe, lower-cost international mail order pharmacies, more and more people will be pushed over the edge and will be unable to afford the medication they need.


Thank You for making your voices heard on your right to affordable medication

Posted by on September 7th, 2012

During the last few weeks of August, CanadaDrugs.com and RxRights.org, a national coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action around safe prescription drug importation worked tougher to raise awareness about changes to the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA).

Signed into law on July 9th, 2012 the bill had language that gives government agencies the right to seize and destroy prescription drugs imported for personal use. Currently there is the ability to import up to a 90-day supply of prescription medication for personal use. Millions of Americans’ take advantage of lower international drug prices to order their life saving medication from Canada and have done so for over 10 years. But the FDASIA could threaten that.

We urged all of the patients that have safely ordered from CanadaDrugs.com since 2001 to let the Obama White House know that they disagree with the wording in FDASIA and attempts by Big Pharma to make it impossible to find an alternative to the high drug prices they impose on Americans.

Over 10,000 of you visited the We the People Petition and made your voice heard. We didn’t quite reach the threshold of signatures in the allotted amount of time to direct the petition to the White House directly, but it was still important to gather the voices we did.

Canada Drugs and groups like RxRights.org will continue to fight for your rights and we urge you to stay involved and stay connected to what RxRights is doing in Washington to make sure that people who count on safe, affordable prescription importing are not ignored. Big Pharma spends billions to have their voices heard, but the millions of Americans who can’t afford medication are more powerful in the end, and their voices will echo to those in power if we unite.

At CanadaDrugs.com, we want to thank all you that signed the petition and congratulations to Margaret Benson who won a $100 prize for signing and helping share the petition to her friends during the blitz we ran through our call centre during the last week of August.


Tell The White House To Allow You To Keep Ordering Affordable Medication

Posted by on August 17th, 2012

The FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) was signed into law on July 9th, 2012. The bill was long, like most major pieces of legislation, and it covered a variety of drug and regulatory issues under one document. Hidden in the bills massive 140 pages, amongst changes to licensing of medical devices, changes in fee structures for generic medication, patent exclusivity guidelines, etc, was language that that poses an immediate danger to the millions of Americans that depend on safely importing cheaper medication to maintain their health.

The language of section 708 of FDSIA will effectively end Americans’ ability to import prescription medication from Canada and other first-world nations. The affordable alternative that safe, licensed online pharmacies like CanadaDrugs.com have offered for over a decade will be outlawed and patients that have come to depend on cheaper mail-order products will be left with no way to afford their prescription drug bill.

The provision that raises alarms for anyone who has ever ordered from a Canadian online pharmacy is in section 708. This section contains language that gives government agencies the right to seize and destroy prescription drugs imported for personal use. Currently there is the ability to import up to a 90-day supply of prescription medication for personal use. Millions of Americans’ take advantage of lower international drug prices to order their life saving medication from Canada and have done so for over 10 years.

RxRights.org, a national coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action around safe prescription drug importation is fighting back against the language in FDASIA. Using the “We the People” petition site that the Obama Administration created to give citizens a tool to voice their opinion on government policy decisions, RxRights has created a petition for Americans that have safely used Canadian pharmacies to voice their opposition to the threat the FDASIA poses. A threshold of 25,000 signatures is needed for the White House to respond.

The petition states:

We petition the Obama administration to: Continue to allow Americans to import, life-sustaining prescription drugs from safe international online pharmacies.

We urge the administration to delay rule-making regarding Section 708 of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, which gives government agencies the authority to seize and destroy safe, imported medications valued at $2500 or less. Such low value shipments are clearly personal prescription drug orders. Over the past decade, millions of Americans have safely imported prescription drugs from licensed pharmacies in Canada and other countries because U.S. drug prices are unaffordable. This law will lead to higher healthcare costs, sickness, and even death.

Seniors and countless Americans who can’t afford the high price of U.S. medicine will be unjustly targeted and physically harmed by this regulation. Don’t implement this regulation until there is a solution to assist these needy Americans.

CanadaDrugs.com urges you to sign the petition and pass the word to your friends and family in order to allow us and other safe, licensed online Canadian pharmacies to continue to offer a more affordable option for your prescription drugs.

Visit and sign the White House petition.


John McCain and Al Franken support drugs importation from Canada.

Posted by on May 14th, 2012

RxRights.org, a national coalition that raises awareness and speaks in favor of Americans ability to safely import prescription medication recently wrote to several American senators to thank them for supporting a reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act which would have made it less difficult to order medication from countries like Canada.

Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain (R-AZ) introduced the amendment and in an example of bipartisan cooperation his fellow Senator Al Franken (D-MN) co-sponsored the bill.  Unfortunately the amendment only received 9 votes and was defeated by a 12-9 vote in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.  The amendment would have required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish a list of safe online Canadian pharmacies that are licensed and follow proper and ethical pharmacy practices. Such a list would allow American consumers to be more informed and be able to make educated decisions on the savings benefits of ordering safe medication from online Canadian pharmacies.

During the debate on the bill Sen. McCain held up a bottle of a popular heartburn medicine. It costs $5.71 in the United States, but Sen. McCain informed his fellow senators that in Canada, it costs only $1.34. Price differences like that are common, as many CanadaDrugs.com customers can attest.

The Minneapolis Star Triune wrote more in depth on this issue and quotes Sen. McCain questioning opposition to Canadian drugs as not being thought out, as Canada maintains a similar high level of pharmacy oversight as in the United States.

For over a decade, CanadaDrugs.com and other online pharmacies in Canada have been serving tens of millions of Americans and providing them safe, and affordable prescription medication that many would not be able to afford without importation. We join with http://www.RxRights.org and encourage you to contact your elected officials and tell them that you want more action taken on making it easier for Americans to import medication from safe countries like Canada.


Protect Your Access to Affordable Medications

Posted by on April 21st, 2011

Canada Drugs and other CIPA partner pharmacies are encouraging our customers to become aware of some of the recent political moves happening in Washington that concern ordering prescription medication online, and become involved with RxRights.org.

With millions of Americans lacking proper health insurance, or experiencing inflating premiums and deductibles that make their existing insurance inadequate, and the rising out-of-pocket drug expenses putting a pinch on budgets, we think that the affordable alternative that international pharmacies like Canada Drugs offers is an important service. Just last month the average cost of a representative sample of common medication rose by 6.7% in the United States. 2011 has seen some of the highest drug price increases since we started our business. We feel that our service and the access we provide to safe, convenient and affordable medication has never been more important.

However, misguided efforts are underway by both Congress and officials in the White House that could result in your freedom to choose affordable medication from companies like Canada Drugs being take away from you. As industry pioneers and industry leaders we have always stood for strict safety measures and applaud efforts to make ordering prescription medication online safer for American consumers.  We are proud of our record of ethical business and pharmaceutical practices. But these recent efforts from Congress and the White House don’t target the unethical and dangerous pharmacies that take advantage of consumers. They paint a wide brushstroke that would make ordering from CanadaDrugs.com no longer an option for those that are struggling with high prescription drug costs.

We invite any of our concerned customers who want to continue to order from high quality and safe Canadian pharmacies like CanadaDrugs.com to visit RxRights.org. RxRights is a national coalition dedicated to raising awareness and spurring action around safe prescription drug importation. The coalition of groups that make up RxRights seek to inform and educate both the public and our elected officials on the complex issues surrounding prescription drug sales in the U.S.

Please take a moment to visit RxRights and use the form on their website to send  an  important letter to your senator and house representative. This letter will let them know that you are concerned about high prescription prices and want the opportunity to continue to use legitimate and safe pharmacies like Canada Drugs as a cheaper alternative to U.S prices. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but letting your representatives know that this issue is important to their constituencies will be an important factor as they go forward on changes to health care in the United States.