WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Dozens of drugs that do not have generic alternatives have recently been removed from the formularies of two large pharmacy benefit managers, Express Scripts and Caremark. This leaves Americans who need these drugs having to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars out-of-pocket per month for those medications. However, researchers at PharmacyChecker.com have found that some of the dropped drugs can be purchased from licensed pharmacies outside the U.S. for a fraction of the U.S. price.
International online pharmacies offer financial relief for Americans
A single tablet of the type 2 diabetes drug Jardiance, for example, costs $17.33 in the U.S. but can be purchased from licensed pharmacies in Canada for as little as $3.33, an 81% savings.
An 800 mg capsule of the kidney disease drug Renagel is $8.88 in the U.S., but just $2.11 if ordered from Canada.
Even lower prices are available for some drugs when purchased from licensed pharmacies in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, and India.
“High drug costs are a major contributor to nonadherence among patients. Verified international online pharmacies often offer lower prices, making drugs more affordable,” says Kelly Ann Barnes, a licensed pharmacist in Massachusetts who oversees the PharmacyChecker Verification Program.
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Savings on Popular Medications Using International Online Pharmacies Prices for a 3-month or 90-day supply of brand-name medications
Drug Local U.S. Pharmacy Price International Online Pharmacy Price International Online Savings Annual Savings Premarin 0.625 mg $623.70 $15.30 98% $2,433.60 Januvia 100 mg $1,593.90 $72.90 95% $6,084.00 Crestor 10 mg $969.30 $24.30 97% $3,780.00 Advair Diskus 250/50 mcg $1,437.00 $72.93 95% $5,456.28 Spiriva Handihaler 18 mcg $1,430.10 $72.00 95% $5,432.40 Nexium 40 mg $863.10 $18.90 98% $3,376.80 Synthroid 50 mcg $151.20 $13.50 91% $550.80 Xarelto 20 mg $1,560.60 $149.40 90% $5,644.80 Zetia 10 mg $1,260.90 $150.30 88% $597.84 Ventolin HFA 90 mcg $218.31 $68.86 68% $597.84
Prices collected March 2018