A safe way to avoid fake drugs

I found this press release from the folks at PharmacyChecker.com both interesting and compelling. See what you think:

You may be interested to know that the main Op-Ed article in today’s New York Times, “The Wrong Way to Stop Fake Drugs,” makes points espoused by PharmacyChecker.com for the past nine years regarding buying drugs online:

“Careless buyers play Russian roulette, but those who look for credentialed sites can purchase safe drugs at a significant discount. Some Americans know this, but far more should. And it should be made entirely legal for them to do so.”

The author, Roger Bate, a resident scholar at American Enterprise Institute, offers intelligent, fact-based, and compassionate approaches to help uninsured/underinsured Americans obtain medication at affordable prices and to reduce the threat of counterfeit medication domestically and abroad. Bate calls for the legalization of personal drug importation from online international pharmacies and a global treaty against fake drugs.

Dr. Bate notes that among medications purchased from pharmacies certified by PharmacyChecker.com, “all passed quality-control tests” in his research.

We hope more news and editorial coverage is given to these topics and that legislative action occurs to bring Dr. Bate’s proposals to fruition. Forty-eight million Americans forgo medication due to cost, according to the Commonwealth Fund, yet our government and pharmaceutical groups continually attempt to scare them away from pharmacies offering lower prices abroad. And, of course, counterfeit medication is a problem that can face anyone anywhere.

For your interest, below is a comparison of current prices for popular drugs sold from a U.S. pharmacy versus credentialed online international pharmacies.

Drug Prices for 3-Month Supply of Popular Brand Name Medications

  U.S. Pharmacy* Credentialed Foreign Pharmacy ** 3-Months Savings Percent Savings One Year Savings
Lipitor 20 mg $620.97 $78.70 $542.27 87.33% $2,169.08
Plavix 75 mg $773.97 $88.82 $685.15 88.52% $2,740.59
Nexium 20 mg $606.89 $44.89 $562.00 92.60% $2,247.99
Abilify 10 mg $2,189.97 $340.93 $1,849.04 84.43% $7,396.17
Advair Diskus 250-50 mcg (3 inhalers) $947.97 $149.00 $798.97 84.28% $3,195.88
Average: $1,027.95 $140.47 $887.49 86.34% $3,549.94

*U.S. bricks-and-mortar pharmacy in New York City; data collected April 14th, 2012

**Lowest price online pharmacy on www.pharmacychecker.com on April 23rd, 2012

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