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U.S. Generics Are A Good Deal

Monday, 26 September 2005 12:00 AM

Everyone knows that brand-name prescription drugs are usually less expensive in Canada, but here's a twist -- generic versions usually cost less here at home, according to a recent survey sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Consumers Union. The survey found that American on-line pharmacy prices were frequently less than half the Canadian on-line prices for five very common generic drugs -- Lisinopril, Atenolol, Amoxicillin, Hydrochlorothiozide and Furosemide.

"The larger, more competitive generic market in the U.S. helps keep prices down," explained Thomas McGinnis, the FDA's director of pharmacy affairs.

Before buying brand-name medications from a Canadian pharmacy, the Union recommends these steps: * Check for generic and over-the-counter drug options that could save you money at www.CRBestBuyDrugs.org. * Ask your doctor about prescribing generics instead of brand-names -- and then buy them in the U.S. * If you still need a brand-name drug, check with the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (www.pparx.com; 888-477-2669) to see if you are eligible for any of 275 different programs that can help Americans save money on prescriptions. * If you still must order from Canada, visit www.PharmacyChecker.com to find a store that has the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) seal of approval.

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