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A recent Rand Corporation study shows that brand name drugs cost 344% more in the United States than in other countries. This report is of particular importance in my mind because it’s the first substantive, methodologically rigorous analysis of international drug price comparisons in ten years. In short, this deep dive is long overdue. But here’s the thing: other reports in the interim have shown strikingly if not identical results!

The Rand study included 32 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In looking at all drugs, brand and generic, costs are 256% more in the…


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You may have heard that prescription drugs are yet another thing you can get when you go to Amazon.com. But, unlike in many other industries where Amazon can crush the competition on prices, its online pharmacy launch does not accomplish that. Amazon Pharmacy’s brand name medications, even those with generic competition, are similarly priced to CVS, Walmart, and the like. Overall, brand name drugs do not appear to be any cheaper using Amazon Pharmacy than what you can get using a discount card found on GoodRx or PharmacyChecker.com. …


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Here’s hoping that Trump’s drug importation momentum carries over to 2021 without him…

On immigration, race and ethnicity, the environment, science, and even democracy and elections, Trump’s rhetoric appalls me. Notice that I wrote “rhetoric” — not actions. Yes, he’s moved beyond rhetoric to action on several of these fronts as well. What about on drug prices?

Trump’s rhetoric on drug prices has actually mimicked the will of the people — Democrats, Republicans and everyone in between, not just his base. Trump famously and correctly stated that the drug companies were “getting away with murder.” In fact, he said that…


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I have been fighting misinformation and lies by drug companies for what is now approaching two decades. I don’t believe personal drug importation is “the answer” to our drug prices problem. I believe it helps people now, in a current healthcare system rife with murky price gouging. I started a non-profit organization called Prescription Justice that is dedicated to a future America where drug prices are lower and the need to go online for lower prices in other countries is greatly reduced. We’ll get there… Until then, there’s PharmacyChecker.com.

While PharmacyChecker is small, our very existence and message threatens the…


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I can’t stand him. But hate him or love him, Americans — Democrats and Republicans — should applaud Trump’s executive order to permit personal prescription drug importation.

Of course, anyone who follows prescription drug affordability in the U.S. knows that Americans have already been using online pharmacies. In fact, PharmacyChecker.com has been in operation for close to two decades providing information that helps people buy safe and far more affordable medicine from Canada and other countries. Since 2003, through our online pharmacy verification and drug price comparisons, we provide the most comprehensive information for consumers who choose to safely import…


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Safe online pharmacies with lower drug prices help people afford treatments they need. We launched PharmacyChecker in 2003 to fill a gap in FDA regulation oversight by providing consumers with critical information to safely order prescription drugs from a licensed Canadian or other international online pharmacy. It’s vital to get the word out about this affordable access to legitimate prescription medication.

PharmacyChecker online pharmacy verifications and drug price comparisons are referenced in media sources, such as AARP Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, the New York Times, Kaiser Health News, and many others.

How do Americans find the best Canadian or international online pharmacy?

I can’t say which one is…


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In late March, drug giant Bayer Pharmaceuticals, out of the goodness of its heart, agreed to donate three million tablets of chloroquine phosphate to help the Trump administration get this drug into U.S. pharmacies. That’s according to an investigative article in Vanity Fair by Katherine Eban, called:

“‘Really Want to Flood NY and NJ’: Internal Documents Reveal Team Trump’s Chloroquine Master Plan”

How inflammatory?! For Trump lovers, that title has the ring of just more biased, liberal media Trump-bashing. For Trump haters, it’s another reason to hate Trump. This post isn’t about our constant partisan divide or even Bayer or…


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Linda Gebhards is 69 years old and gets her estrogen drug, Premarin, internationally. It’s $97 outside the U.S. compared to $500 domestically. The FDA took it.

“‘It was really a shock when I got a seizure letter,’ Gebhards said. ‘I only had three pills left.’”

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the FDA has decided to increase seizures of international mail-order prescriptions.

Historically, far less than one percent of personal medicine imports are taken away by the FDA, despite the federal restrictions on importation. I only believe this to be the case if the exporting pharmacy requires a valid prescription. I don’t…


medications manufactured in china
medications manufactured in china

In the wake of the spread of Coronavirus, many folks are concerned about whether or not their prescription medicines are coming from China. The answer is that over half of the active pharmaceutical ingredients used to make “American drugs” are made in China and India, with more coming from China. The fact is that most finished prescription drugs sold in U.S. pharmacies are manufactured in facilities located all over the world, but very few in China. Many are made in Australia, Canada, India, France, Germany, Japan, Malta, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and, yes, right here at home in the…


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Trump administration drug prices

The FDA has done something that prescription drug importation advocates had possibly given up on. Not me. The agency drafted a new proposed rule to allow importation from Canada of lower-cost drugs and industry guidance for drug manufacturers to import their FDA-approved foreign drug versions, for which they can charge lower prices. The proposed rule provides specifics so that states contemplating or already formulating wholesale drug importation programs have a shot at gaining approval for those programs, per Section 804 of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Year after year after year, the media has reported Pharma’s talking point: No…

Gabriel Levitt

Public advocate for prescription drug affordability, Internet freedom & the UN. Co-founder of PharmacyChecker.com & PrescriptionJustice.org

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