Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Generic Drugs Can Be Pricier in Canada

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Generic Drugs Can Be Pricier in Canada

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Q. Canadian online pharmacies charge ridiculously high prices for generic medicine compared with the U.S. For example, Metformin 500 mg tablets can be bought here for about 2 U.S. cents each. They are charging more than 10 times that price.

A. You are right that generic drugs often are more expensive in Canada. According to PharmacyChecker.com, 500 mg metformin from a Canadian online drugstore costs between 20 and 50 cents a pill. The cutthroat competition on generic-drug prices in the U.S. usually makes such medicines much cheaper here.

Brand-name drugs, on the other hand, frequently are much less expensive in Canada. People who buy medicine from an online Canadian pharmacy to save money should be very careful to verify the pharmacy is actually in Canada. Some unscrupulous operators have taken advantage of the good reputation these online drugstores enjoy. They may pretend to be Canadian although they are located elsewhere in the world and not subject to Canadian regulation. We discuss the ins and outs of Canadian online pharmacies and how to determine which are legitimate in our updated Guide to Saving Money on Medicines. This online resource is available at PeoplesPharmacy.com.

Q. I appreciate you reporting side effects of PPIs. It was because you wrote about a small study from Denmark that I learned what was causing a horrible scaly, patchy rash all over my husband's body. It was driving him crazy, and none of his doctors, including a dermatologist, could diagnose the rash. It turned out to be a rare side effect of omeprazole.

The rash disappeared in two weeks after he stopped taking the medicine. When I looked into other side effects, I found that his muscle weakness and mental confusion also were related to the drug. …

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