Canadian Drugs

The high cost of prescription drugs has prompted millions of Americans to turn to Canada to get their medication.

While this technically is illegal the food and drug administration had made it clear, it has no plans to prosecute individuals.

Consumer Reports takes a close look to see exactly what you're getting.

We spend $235 billion a year on prescription drugs. Even if you have insurance, the cost can really add up.

Consumer Reports' Amanda walker just reviewed research on drug prices from Canadian and U.S. web sites to see what you can save.

“We looked at the five best-selling brand-name drugs and we found that Canadian pharmacies offered big savings."

For example, filling a prescription for Prevacid, a medication for acid reflux costs $379 in the U.S. while in Canada you pay just $197. That's a savings of $182. And a prescription for Zocor, used to treat high cholesterol costs about $434 in the U.S. the best price in Canada is $208, a savings of $226. But if you buy Canadian drugs online, consumer reports has a caution.

There are lots of web sites that have been set up to lure U.S. buyers seeking a deal. They may not be connected to legitimate pharmacies... And they may send you medications that are sub-potent or even counterfeit.

To be sure you're ordering from a legitimate pharmacy's web site... Look for this seal. That way you're sure it's certified by the Canadian international pharmacy association... Or CIPA. But beware, Consumer Reports says getting prescription drugs from Canada won't always save you money.

We researched the five most frequently dispensed generic drugs. It turns out that a U.S. site offered the best deal every time.

So ask your doctor if a generic drug might work for you. That way you can save money at your corner pharmacy.

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