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How to Find the Best Online Pharmacy

Get Canada pharmacy and U.S. pharmacy ratings, costs and delivery fees


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It’s true that an online pharmacy often costs less, but it’s important to make sure that the online pharmacy you choose is legitimate -- and that task can be daunting.

Now there’s a Web site that compares online pharmacy prices for you.

PharmacyChecker evaluates online, mail order and fax pharmacies in Canada and the U.S., and reports their credentials, prices, and customer feedback in one handy location.

You can also search by drug name to find the best prices.

About PharmacyChecker:

  • PharmacyChecker claims to be independent, however a pharmacy must pay a fee to be evaluated and included in the PharmacyChecker roster of pharmacies.
  • PharmacyChecker helps consumers find the lowest priced products from the most qualified and reputable online pharmacies.
  • Each pharmacy listed in PharmacyChecker is licensed, and that is verified with appropriate local pharmacy boards.
  • PharmacyChecker provides customized reports and other information about the online pharmacy industry.

Is there a fee to use PharmacyChecker?
You can search for drug prices by pharmacy for no charge, but members receive additional benefits:

  • Price discounts
  • Special offers, which can include free or reduced shipping charges
  • View a no-advertising site
  • Have access to additional search capability
  • Post feedback on the site

A one-year membership in PharmacyChecker costs $19.95, and there is also a 90 day trial membership available for $15.00. If your social or work group is interested, group memberships in PharmacyChecker are also available.

Without paying the membership fee, I was able to easily research drug prices by pharmacy, and the search results clearly indicate whether the prices are from a Canada pharmacy or a U.S. pharmacy. I could also navigate the PharmacyChecker site, so I recommend that you thoroughly check out PharmacyChecker -- and even order a prescription or two to see if you like the service – before paying the membership fee.

How long does it take to receive an order?
Depending on the online pharmacy you choose, it can take anywhere from 4 to 21 days to receive your prescription, so emergency medication is not an option. If you choose to order from an online pharmacy, plan ahead to reorder your prescription drugs well before you run out.

Can you really save money? Yes
Being a thrifty shopper, I just had a prescription for my dog filled at a local pharmacy instead of at the vet, and I congratulated myself for saving about $20. When I compared what I paid at my local pharmacy with the search results from PharmacyChecker, I was surprised to discover that the prescription would have cost about half if I ordered it from a Canada pharmacy.

No wonder so many Seniors are Choosing Canada Prescription Drugs Over the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

To get started, see PharmacyChecker.

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