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How Can I Get Generic Viagra in Canada?

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How Can I Get Generic Viagra in Canada?

While there has been plenty of sound and fury about the sky-high prices charged for most prescription drugs in the United States, the prospects for price relief any time soon range from slim to none.

Most other developed countries have comprehensive health care programs that give those governments the power to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies that market the drugs. The United States has no such bargaining leverage, at least not yet.

For men who are put off by the relatively high prices charged for erectile dysfunction drugs in this country, the temptations of Canada’s lower prices for brand-name drugs and the wider availability of generic substitutes across our northern border are hard to resist. Thus, it’s hardly surprising that many Americans, particularly those living close to the U.S. border with Canada, regularly make the trek northward to take advantage of those lower prices.

Online Canadian Pharmacies

Others who are not in a position to travel regularly to Canada are tempted to avail themselves of the lower prices offered by so-called Canadian pharmacies that advertise their wares on the internet. However, determining the accuracy of such claims and the availability of medications that are truly what they’re represented to be does present a whole new set of questions and problems.

If you’re bound and determined to buy generic Viagra — or even Pfizer’s brand-name original — in Canada (or any other foreign country), you should first be aware of the U.S. regulations governing such purchases. Because all prescription drugs are subject to regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, it is that’s agency’s rules that apply to the importation — whether in-person or by mail — of such products from foreign sources.

FDA Rules on Drug Imports

According to FDA rules, an individual can import a small quantity of a prescription drug into the United States only under the following circumstances:

  • The imported product is for the treatment of a serious health condition (a) for which no effective treatment is available in the United States and (b) for which there is no known commercialization or promotion to people residing in the United States.
  • he imported prescription drug poses no unreasonable risks.
  • The consumer importing the drug affirms in writing that the drug is for personal use only.
  • The quantity of the imported drug does not exceed a three-month supply.
  • The consumer importing the drug must either provide the name and address of a licensed U.S. physician who is responsible for treatment with the drug or alternatively prove that the imported drug is to continue treatment that began in the drug’s country of origin.

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Imports Technically Illegal 

Strict adherence to this FDA’s regulation would, therefore, make it illegal to import any drug that is already available in the United States. That would apply to all ED drugs, all of which can be purchased in this country, albeit at higher prices. As a practical matter, however, most customs agents tend to look the other way providing the amount of the drug is reasonable (a supply of 90 days or less) and providing the drug is not a controlled substance.

However, because the applicable laws prohibit the importation of drugs that are already available in this country, travelers have no real defense should they encounter a customs official who’s having a bad day and decides to follow the letter of the law.

Process Is Fairly Straightforward

If you’re willing to take the risk, albeit a small one, you can walk into a pharmacy across the border in Canada armed with a prescription for Viagra (make sure your U.S. doctor indicates that generic substitution is permitted) and start the process. However, the Canadian pharmacist may require you to complete additional paperwork (including a medical questionnaire) so that he or she complies with Canadian regulations. If all goes well, you’ll be able to make your purchase and hopefully realize a significant savings over what you’d pay for brand-name Viagra back in the United States. By the time you factor in your travel costs, you may well find that you’d have been better off buying the drug back home.

An online search for “Canadian pharmacies” will bring up scores of seemingly impressive results, providing links to virtual drugstores that purport to sell Canadian-sourced pharmaceuticals at a fraction of the price you’d pay for them in this country. Be warned that the vast majority of those websites operate from countries other than Canada and sell drugs that couldn’t pass muster with either Health Canada or the FDA. Most of these drugs are counterfeit. And while some of these products may actually contain the active ingredient found in the prescription drug you want, it may be either too little to be effective or at dangerously high levels.

US Pharmacy Board Warns Congress 

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Canada is a popular destination for Americans who are looking to purchase prescription drugs at prices lower than those charged in the United States.

Concerned that the U.S. Congress might consider easing drug importation regulations to allow Americans to buy drugs from online Canadian pharmacies, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacies sounded the alarm in February 2017. In an open letter to Congress, NABP issued the following warning:

“NABP is unaware of any Canadian online pharmacies that consistently dispense Health Canada-approved medicines to U.S. consumers. To put it bluntly, sending consumers online to look for Health Canada-approved medicines is reckless, as U.S. patients are likely to receive unapproved, substandard, and counterfeit drugs from unknown foreign sources, posing a serious risk to patient safety.”

And don’t forget: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA is set to debut its generic version of Viagra at the end of this year in the United States.  Although the precise timetable is not yet certain, generic formulations of Levitra and Cialis are sure to follow in the not-too-distant future.

Trustworthy Online Suppliers

If the convenience and confidentiality of ordering ED drugs online appeal to you but you don’t want to take chances with online vendors of questionable repute, you can take your business to one of a handful of dependable online drugstores based right here in the United States. One such supplier is AccessRx.com, which is part of the Secure Medical family of online drugstores and sells only FDA-approved medications.

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