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Prescription Drugs From Canada

Purchasing Prescription Drugs By Going To Canada

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Before you go to Canada:

  • Make arrangements to see a doctor who is licensed to write prescriptions in Canada. Many U.S. doctors who are located near the Canadian border have dual licenses. (If you see a U.S. doctor, your visit may be covered by your insurance company or by Medicare.) 
  • Get a copy of your prescription from a U.S. doctor.
  • Pull out your passport. You now need it to get back into the U.S.
  • Call ahead to be sure the drugs you want are available in Canada.

When in Canada, only purchase from a licensed pharmacy.

  • You can eyeball a pharmacy to see whether it seems to be reputable or whether it is just set up for Americans. 
  • If there is a question, call the Provincial Regulatory Authority to confirm that the pharmacy's license is genuine. You can locate local regulators at the following web sites:

Before you leave the store, check to see that you  receive the correct drug at the proper dosage.

If you need help: U.S. nonprofits that help people of any age fill prescriptions from licensed Canadian pharmacies are:

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