Canadian drugs are typically 30-40 percent cheaper than the ones purchased from US drug companies or pharmacies. The vast difference between the prices of Canada and the US drugs has led to a continued growth in the number of Americans crossing the border to buy their medicines or placing their orders online. However, is purchasing drugs from Canada legal? Although, according to the US laws, it is illegal to import drugs from Canada, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not prosecute anyone who imports prescription Canadian drugs for personal use. So, you can import or order a three-month supply of drugs for personal use without the fear of prosecution.
Canadian Drugs: Are They Safe?
The reason why Canadian drugs are cheaper than the US drugs is an effective price control policy put in place by the Canadian government. Canadian pharmacies are strictly controlled and each province in the country needs to license every pharmacist. In addition to this, the government of Canada has stipulated a price ceiling at which the drug manufacturers and distributors can sell Canadian drugs to the public. The whole Canadian pharmaceutical industry is tightly regulated. In contrast, the US drug companies are allowed to sell medicines to the public at prices that the market can bear. This approach is responsible for the vast difference in the prices of Canada and the US drugs.
Several Canadian pharmacies offer to sell Canadian drugs at significantly cheaper prices and aim to capitalize on the vast US demand for prescription drugs. However, according to the FDA laws, it is illegal to buy drugs from Canada that were either manufactured in Canada or manufactured in the US and then sold to the Canadian distributors. The reason the FDA states for this regulation is that they cannot guarantee the quality of Canadian drugs.
However, Canadian pharmaceutical industry is also regulated and monitored by several agencies including Health Canada, the government department responsible for the health of the nation. This organization plays a major role in governing the manufacture and sale of Canadian drugs by:ensuring that all drugs sold in Canadian pharmacies are manufactured in good quality conditionsby reviewing the product in various stages of the development processby reviewing the research reports of clinical trials conducted by a pharmaceutical companyby reviewing the adverse reactions reported for any of the approved drugsThe Canadian drugs industry is also regulated by several regulatory authorities who work to ensure that the quality of these drugs is good. These drugs are available through the traditional brick-and-mortar stores and several online pharmacies. However, before you select an online Canadian pharmacy for placing your order, make sure that it has the requisite licenses and that it sells Canadian drugs only after getting your physician prescription.
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