Ordering Prescriptions From Canada
Canada is one of the friendliest countries in the world. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of speech, religion, the press, and association. Canadians are also world-class hockey players, beer connoisseurs, and stay true to Justin Trudeau’s famous motto “True North Strong and Free”. Do you know what else is friendlier in Canada? Prescription drug prices. Getting prescriptions from Canada is a great way to catch a break when our own health system is so unaffordable.
But is it legal? How do you fill prescriptions? We’re going over all that below.
Why are Canadian Drug Prices So Low?
Canada has socialized healthcare. They pay higher taxes on everyday items and on their salaries. Those funds go towards universal healthcare for all Canadian citizens. Most health services in Canada are free, but if there is a cost, it’s exponentially lower than what we’d pay in the States.
If you had to pay out of pocket for an MRI in Canada, for example, you’d pay about $500. In the US? Over $1,000.
The trend continues with overall healthcare costs. In the US, Americans pay about $8,000 per person, per year for healthcare. In Canada? It’s less than half that. Imagine what you could do with an extra four thousand dollars a year per person in your household!
Speaking specifically about medication, Americans with Type 1 diabetes spent an average of $3,490 on insulin alone in 2018. Our Canadian friends? Less than $800.
Seeing how expensive medications are in the US is frustrating, but knowing you can access Canadian prices is exciting. Learn how next.
Is Getting Canadian Drugs Legal?
Most of the time, yes. If the drug is approved by the FDA in America and you have a prescription, there’s a very low risk when ordering drugs from a Canadian pharmacy.
When considering a Canadian pharmacy, it’s safest to stick to non-controlled substances like medications you use to treat chronic issues. Only ever order prescriptions that you have a prescription for.
Steps for Ordering Prescriptions From Canada
First, make sure you have paper prescription scripts from your doctor. Next, open your phone or computer browser and open our website. You’ll see a search bar where you’ll type in the name of the medication you’re looking for.
Pick the medication from the dropdown list and then click on it. This will take you to a page with all the different options for your medication, such as brand name, dosage amount, prescription format (liquid, tablet, capsule), and all the associated prices.
You can pick and choose which you add to cart and play with amounts, depending on what your prescription allows. You can choose shipping speeds, costs, and other online ordering variables.
Once you have everything you need in your cart, you’ll head to checkout. If you haven’t created an online account on our site yet, then you’ll need to do that before completing your purchase.
When you make an account you’ll put in your personal details, your delivery address, pick a payment method, then choose how to upload your prescription. You can scan and upload your prescription to the site, email it in, or mail it in. If you mail it, regular mailing times apply.
Once your prescription is received, a Canadian pharmacist will look over it, make sure it’s legitimate, then fill your prescription. If they have any questions they will reach out to you through email.
Once your prescription is filled, it’ll be packed in a discreet box and shipped to your door. When you receive the medications you take them as usual. Store the ones you aren’t using in a cool, dry, dark place to extend their shelf life.
Getting your prescription from Canada is already giving you a low price. Some companies have provided us coupon codes, which make the cost of your cheap Canadian drugs even cheaper.
If there’s a coupon available, you’ll see the code on the details page when you’re ordering medications. Add that code to the promo code box at checkout to save! Coupons are based on manufacturers and some have limited availability.
Some medications may have coupons at one time but not another — there are no coupon guarantees.
Refills at a Canadian Pharmacy
When you’re paying with insurance for medications in the US, you can only fill a certain number of prescriptions at a time. For most antidepressants, for example, you can only fill a prescription once a month.
Since you’re not paying with insurance when you order from a Canadian pharmacy, you can order all your refills at once. That way you only have to pay for shipping one time!
The benefits to filling all your prescriptions at once include less money spent on shipping, not running out of medication between filling prescriptions, and potential discounts when shopping in bulk.
It’s Easy to Fill Your Prescription at a Canadian Pharmacy Online
As you can see above, it’s cost-effective to get your prescriptions from Canada. You can take advantage of their socialized healthcare to help you make ends meet at home, or just to give your healthcare budget a much-needed break.
If you have any questions, you can use our contact us feature to connect with someone. You’ll never want to shop for prescriptions in the United States ever again!
We hope this guide taught you what you needed to know about using Canadian pharmacies. If you have further questions, you can reach out to someone on our team.
Are you ready to start switching your prescriptions to save? Create your account, here.