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Before ordering generic drugs from Canada or any other country, check out US prices.

Written by Diane Archer

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who has bought lower-cost medication from Canada or another country, then you know you often can save big time. You also know that if the pharmacy is licensed, requires your prescription, and has been verified, that you are getting the medication you ordered. But before ordering generic drugs from Canada or any other country, check out US prices.

PharmacyChecker.com verifies international online pharmacies and compares their prices with U.S. pharmacy discounted prices. Recently, it compared prices on 34 of the most commonly prescribed generics, to determine the best savings options for Americans paying out of pocket. Out of those generic drugs, PharmacyChecker found that 88% were cheaper in the US, and by an average discount of 68%.

For example, the price for 100 pills of lisinopril 10mg, a popular blood pressure medication, (brand name Prinivil), for which Americans filled 110,000 scripts last year from a PharmacyChecker-accredited Canadian pharmacy was $72.84. (An Indian online pharmacy charges $30.) With a free PharmacyChecker Discount Card, it’s $10 in the US.

Amlodipine besylate is another generic blood pressure medication, one that treats hypertension to prevent heart attacks, which goes by the brand name Norvasc. For 100 pills of the 5mg generic version, the price in Canada is $40. It’s $15 in the U.S. using a free discount card.

Of course, your Medicare Part D or other drug coverage may cost you even less than the price of low-cost generics in the US. But, if it does not, you know what you can do!!!!

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