Get the Facts About Personal Prescription Importation


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The news stories about Americans having to choose between paying bills or filling expensive prescriptions continue to grow.  The monthly expense for some people is unbearable, even if they have health insurance to help soften the blow.  We have seen stories of Americans traveling to Canada to visit Canadian pharmacy services to fill their prescriptions at a more affordable price.  Senator Bernie Sanders and other politicians have organized bus trips to Canada to promote the fact that Americans need access to affordable and safe prescription medications.  The stories go on and yet the prices of prescription medications in the U.S. continue to rise. Fortunately, there is some relief as more Americans are ordering their medications online from trusted Canadian pharmacy services in order to save hundreds, and in some case, thousands of dollars per month. 

According to the FDA : “A personal importation is a product not for sale or distribution into the U.S. commerce. These products may be carried in baggage or shipped by courier or international mail.”

Importing personal prescription medication from Canada is an option for individuals who need to save money on medication and they have the reassurance and peace of mind that they are ordering from a safe and reliable online pharmacy.  Note that the FDA also limits the quantity available for shipping to not more than a three month supply.

The Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation (CPPI) released survey results on January 8, 2019, which showed that more Americans than ever are turning to safe, licensed, online Canadian pharmacies to save money on prescription medication.

Some key facts from the survey include:

Primary reason for ordering from a trusted, safe, online Canadian pharmacy: 

  • 94% – cost
  • 9% – consistent pricing
  • 7% –  convenience
  • 6% – consistency of availability
  • 4% – lack of availability in the U.S.

Saving money through online ordering:

  • 52% – respondents who say they save up to $199.00/month
  • 38% – respondents who say they save more than $300/month.
  • Among those who save more than $300/month, the average savings they report is $910.

Insurance coverage

Even with health insurance, such as Medicare, many Americans still turn to safe and affordable prescription medications from Canadian pharmacies.  67% of survey respondents have Medicare, while 16% say that their employer provides insurance coverage.  9% said they don’t have any insurance coverage, while 8% are self-insured.

According to the Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation (CPPI), Americans spend approximately 40% more on prescription medications compared to what Canadians spend – and the prices in America continue to rise.  “For more than 15 years, millions of Americans have imported their personal prescriptions from Canada and saved between 50-80% on the cost of their medications.”

Is Personal prescription importation safe and legal? YES!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that there are circumstances when it is legal to important prescription medications into the U.S.  For example, if the medication is for the treatment of a medical condition and the quantity does not exceed a three month supply.  For more information you may read the FDA’s personal importation guidelines The FDA “is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released a “Safe Importation Action Plan” which openly recognized that importation of prescription medications from Canada as being SAFE.  Read the full report here. is a prescription referral service that connects you with licensed, contracted, CIPA certified pharmacies from around the world.  All our partner pharmacies are fully licensed by their country’s regulatory agencies, and each pharmacy is staffed by fully licensed pharmacists.  In fact, our licensed and contracted pharmacies have been dispensing prescription medications to Americans for years.  This means they have experienced pharmacists and team members working to serve you better to make your prescription and non-prescription medications both safe and affordable. 

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Tell your friends and family about what personal importation can do to help them combat the increasing price of prescription medication.  We invite you to visit the CPPI website at and at our website You can also call us at 1-844-4CHEAPO (424-3276) and/or email us at [email protected]

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