It is no secret that prescription drugs are getting more expensive by the year in this country. Some drugs are so expensive that pharmaceutical companies have had to set up financial assistance programs for people who cannot afford them. It’s both amazing and sad at the same time. Thankfully, there are options. One of them is to order Canadian drugs online.
In fairness, not every prescription drug you can get down at the corner primacy is available from Canada. Opioid pain medications are at the top of the list. You might be able to order drugs like Cialis and Viagra from Canadian pharmacies, but you will not be able to get opioids. There are limits.
If purchasing Canadian drugs online intrigues you, note that you’ll need a few things to do it successfully and legally. Three of those things are discussed below, compliments of the Canada Pharmacy website.
1. A Valid Prescription
Needing a valid prescription seems like a no-brainer. Yet, there are online pharmacy websites claiming they can send you prescription drugs without one. If you ever run across that kind of site, click through and move on. Do not even entertain the idea of checking their inventory list or pricing. You don’t need the temptation.
Any online pharmacy purporting to ship drugs without a prescription isn’t legitimate. Not only is the business itself a scam, but there is no way to know for sure that what you’re getting is legit. You may think you’re getting your blood pressure medication when you’re really getting a bottle of sugar pills. You obviously don’t need that risk.
Incidentally, Canada Pharmacy will let you initiate the ordering process with just a copy of your prescription. But they want the genuine article before they will ship. You can mail it to them or, in the case of an e-prescription, have your doctor send it to them. Either way, you don’t get your order until they get the original prescription.
A U.S. Mailing Address
Next, you will need a valid U.S. mailing address. Sites like Canada Pharmacy only ship to U.S.-based customers with verifiable addresses. Moreover, post office boxes will not do. You’ll need a physical address to guarantee your order is shipped only to you.
You should also be aware that ordering Canadian drugs is technically a form of importation. As a result, you’ll be limited in the amount of prescription medication you can purchase at one time. As long as you stay below a certain monetary threshold on medications approved by the FDA, you don’t have to abide by importation restrictions.
A Bit of Patience
Finally, ordering Canadian drugs online requires a bit of patience. It’s not like driving down the street and picking up a prescription from the corner drugstore. When you do things online, it takes time. You are not going to get your medications overnight.
Ordering is simple enough. You can do it in minutes if you know what you want. However, there may be some delay between you placing your order and the pharmacy receiving your original prescription. Should you choose to mail it in, you could be looking at a couple of days. Additional time is necessary for shipping. It could take up to a week for your order to reach your door.
Ordering your prescription medications from an online Canadian pharmacy is one way around high U.S. prices. Almost all Canadian drugs are cheaper. In many cases, Canadian pharmacies can even beat Medicare prices. But do not expect the experience to be hassle-free. It takes a bit of work and patience to get prescription medications from Canada.