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International Medications
Your Prescription for Lower Drug Prices

Universal Drugs
Winnipeg, Canada

Low Cost International Medication
Nationwide Medication Program

 Save Up To 80%
Helping Americans Get Lower Cost Medicine Since 1998

Use Multiple Sources To Find Lowest Price
 Same Medications . Lower Costs
  U.S. Prescriptions Honored
 Medications mailed directly to your home

Everyone can get very low cost International Medications mailed to their home...We offer three easy steps to drastically cut your prescription drug costs forever.

Step 1 - Compare prices & advantages
Step 2 - Enroll in the International Medication Program.
Step 3 - Order your medications

Call now for a free quote - (888) 380-MEDS (6337)
Hours of operation Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

 

Hundreds of Low Cost International Medications
Partial Price List (3/28/08)

Brand Name:

Fosamax 70mg, 12 tabs, $175.14
Lipitor 40mg, 90 tabs, $239.40
Advair Diskus 250/50mcg, 180 doses, $264.60
Premarin 0.625mg, 100 tabs, $43.38
Zocor 20mg, 90 tabs, $216.72
Synthroid 50mcg, 100 tabs, $56.97
Benicar 20mg, 84 tabs, $151.20
Metformin 500mg, 100 tabs, $64.93
Vytorin 10/20mg, 90 tabs, $274.05
Xalatan Eye Drops 2.5ml, 3 bottles , $97.00
 
Generic:
Alendronate (Fosamax) 70mg, 12 tabs, $144.79
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 40mg, 100 tabs, $131.36
Salmeterol & Fluticasone (Advair Diskus) 250/50mcg, 180 doses, $182.70
Estrogens Conjugated (Premarin) 0.625mg, 100 tabs, $40.28
Simvastatin (Zocor) 20mg, 112 tabs, $151.20
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 50mcg, 120 tabs, $47.39
Glucophage (Metformin) 500mg, 100 tabs, $40.49

Many U.S. Seniors Choose Canada Prescription Drugs Over Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
Benefits of either option depend on annual drug expenses. 

Seniors are not rushing to join the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.   Of the 14.3 million people who enrolled in the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan since January 1, 2006, only 3.6 million have signed up on their own. This is troubling to some insurance experts, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. The balance of people who joined the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan were automatically transferred from state Medicaid programs, or they already had prescription drug plan coverage through Medicare Advantage HMOs.

The Times reports that for seniors with certain levels of medical expenses, the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan will save significant amounts of money, but many other seniors find the best deals by purchasing Canada prescription drugs.

  • Many seniors have not signed up for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan because they find it too confusing.
  • Many seniors are willing to risk paying a penalty for not joining the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan by the enrollment deadline of May 15, 2006 because they are believe they save more money without the program.
  • While Medicare spokespeople say they are on track with expected numbers of seniors enrolling in the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, the Kaiser Foundation reports that if more healthy seniors do not sign up the program could be in trouble, causing premiums to go up and some insurance companies to opt-out.
  • Seniors who benefit most from the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan are those who spend between $1,500 and $3,000 per year, or more than $6,400 per year.
  • Some seniors purchase the cheapest Medicare Prescription Drug Plan policy they can find to cover themselves in case of catastrophic medication expenses, but continue to purchase Canada prescription drugs day-to-day.
  • Many other seniors have consciously chosen not to join the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan because they prefer to purchase Canada prescription drugs, which save them more money.
  • About half of the estimated $1.5 billion in foreign drugs that are imported into the U.S. each year come from Canada.
  • Seniors who benefit most from buying International prescription drugs are those who spend either less than $1,500, or between $3,000 and $6,400 each year.

Advantages of using Universal Drugs of Canada (UDC)

1.    When ordering and re-ordering through MDI, you are dealing with a U.S. company that deals exclusively with proven Canadian medication sources. 

2.   You become part of a purchasing cooperative that has volume purchasing and negotiating power which maintains consistently lower medication rates.

3.     U.S. money orders are honored.

4     As a MDI International Medication Program member, your orders are given special handling and prioritized ahead of other orders.

5.  To eliminate the possibility of tampering with and/or shorting your medications, all medications are shipped in sealed drug manufacturers’ bottles.

6.    U.S. Prescriptions Honored – as part of your membership, your physician’s prescriptions are co-signed by a Canadian physician at no additional cost.

7.    When using MDI, International Medications are mailed directly to your home.

8. There is a $10 total shipping and handling charge regardless of number of medications ordered.  Additionally, there is only one shipping charge for all family members if going to the same address and ordered at the same time.

9.  When comparing prices of international pharmacies, you will find that multiple charges are common.  However, when you use MDI to order and re-order medications, multiple charges are eliminated and there are No hidden costs (i.e. no pharmacy fee, no prescription fee, no physician fees etc. etc.).  Important Note:  If you order or re-order directly without MDI monitoring the costs and shipment on your behalf, you may lose your order, find hidden charges or the price you pay may be increased without notice.

10. In most cases, when using MDI to order your medications, the price is often less than what you would pay if you went directly to the foreign pharmacies. For instance, when ordering directly from Canada your credit card will charge an additional 3-5% to convert U.S. to Canadian dollars. Whereas there is no additional conversion fee when ordering through MDI.

11. MDI has a unique consumer order tracking system is in place from the time of your order until it reaches your door. We help you monitor your shipments and delivery dates

12. As a U.S. based company, when using MDI there are no long-distance international telephone calls or faxes.

13. When using MDI, if your meds are lost or if the wrong meds are shipped, the pharmacies will re-ship the correct medications at no additional cost.

14. To prevent damage due to heat, all medications are shipped in sealed bottles containing desiccants to prevent medication break down.  Note: The pharmacies we use will not ship any heat or cold sensitive drugs that could be broken down by exposure.

15. In the unlikely event that your order is detained by customs or the FDA, as an MDI member you would be given the option to have your order re-shipped or your money refunded. 

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International Prescription Services

Medical Discounts International is dedicated to increasing more affordable health care access for all Americans. Medications are cheaper in countries outside the U.S. because the countries tightly control pharmaceutical costs. Another important factor is the favorable exchange rate for U.S. dollars that makes medications less expensive.  Additionally, drug prices are higher in the U.S. due to costly advertising campaigns, government lobbying and research and development expenses. 

Same Drugs, Lower Prices

Drugs purchased by U.S. citizens internationally generally are manufactured in the same plants as drugs sold in the U.S. Many United States residents on fixed incomes celebrate the savings that they are able to receive on lower priced international medications.  No authority that we have been able to find (including the FDA) has provided any evidence that medications from licensed international pharmacies are inferior to medications purchased in the U.S.

Anyone who wants to pay less for their medications can use this service. MDI is not a pharmacy nor do we have any clinical personnel. All medications and prescription services are provided exclusively by contracted pharmacies in Canada.  MDI simply assists individuals in obtaining lower cost personal medications. The prices through MDI are often lower than if a consumer were to buy direct. There are many advantages of using MDI that are unavailable to consumers who attempt to import their own medications without assistance.

Prescriptions written by American physicians are honored at No additional cost. MDI keeps people informed by sending out reminder notices, pricing changes, and changes in legal, regulatory and legislative information. Contacting MDI's toll free number and toll free fax number saves on spending money on toll calls to contact pharmacies in Canada.  MDI has a proven track record using its participating pharmacies.

Everyone Qualifies
To Receive Low-cost Canadian 
Medications For Personal Use.

Legal Requirements

Although the FDA would prefer that Americans purchase their medications within the U.S., for many years, as a humanitarian gesture, the FDA has allowed United States residents an opportunity to purchase medications from Canada provided the product is only for personal use and does not exceed a 3 month supply. The product is not for resale, and the patient seeking to import the product affirms that it is for their own use, and has a valid prescription from a licensed physician.

Narcotic and controlled substances 
are NOT available in this program!

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CANADA: YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR LOWER DRUG PRICES
by Frank Kaiser
Editor Suddenly Senior

Originally written Feb. 2002, last updated December 27, 2006

This is for the 14 million seniors who, like me, have chronic illness and no prescription drug coverage. Bush's heralded Medicare Drug Benefit will do little but transfer almost a trillion dollars from our pockets to the insurance and drug companies. Unfortunately, it doesn't go into effect until next January. Only then will seniors discover how they've been duped. In the meantime, and after, millions of us must continue to look North if we're to afford both food and medicine.

Here's the scoop: 

After investigating several Canadian pharmacies, my wife and I paid $624.77 for a three-month supply of drugs at an online Vancouver registered pharmacy. These same drugs cost us $1,208.04 buying at Walgreen's, Target, and Kmart where we shopped for the lowest prices.

That's a saving of $583.27 which includes a Canadian physician's rewriting your doctor's prescriptions — required by Canuck law — personal consultations, and shipping.

Chances are, you‘ll save 25 to 80 percent buying your drugs in Canada.

There are big savings to be had across the board. A 100-day supply of Celebrex 200 mg is $151 in Canada, about $262 at your corner drug store. Nexium is $240 (112 pills) there, $380 (90 pills) here. Lipitor 20 mg (90) is $174 there, $290 here. Have your doctor write 40 mg Lipitor, cut them in half, and save 180 bucks.

There is nothing illegal about buying drugs in Canada. (See below.) For years, Americans have been driving across the border to buy prescription drugs at lower government-regulated Canadian prices.

Now, Canadian drugstores are marketing mail-order drugs directly, offering anyone in the US with a valid US prescription the benefits of Canadian price controls. As of September, 2005, over two million American seniors — 33 percent more than in 2003 — are taking advantage of these huge savings.
 

No One Wants to Arrest Granny
 
What's the catch? If Big Pharma had its way, customs and the FDA would be confiscating all imported drugs, crying that the government can't guarantee their safety. But that just isn't the case. Your pharmaceuticals from Canada normally come in factory-sealed packages. There’s a higher chance of getting counterfeit pills at your corner drugstore. Anyway, it would be politically incorrect to arrest grandma for trying to make ends meet. Some members of Congress even encourage the practice by listing Canadian pharmacies on their Web sites.

Here's how it works. For current prices, either call or visit the Web sites [see below] of some of the many reputable Canadian drug stores offering this service. Since each store has different prices as well as varying shipping costs, etc., comparisons can be tricky. Most, however, end up within a few dollars of one another.

Once you decide on a druggist, simply fax your prescriptions for a 90-day supply, renewable in three months. In my case, a doctor then called and reviewed each script with me. Furnish your credit card number and you'll have your drugs in a week. At an average of at least 40 percent off what you have been paying her. Services vary. Some charge for shipping, some don't. You can get automatic refills for up to a year. And prices are in US dollars. This has become a very competitive business with over a billion dollars changing hands across the border last year. I'd suggest that you pick two or three pharmacies from the list below, compare prices, and order.

That's all there is to it. Though certainly not a long-term solution to many older Americans' inability to afford essential medication, this may help some of you as a stopgap. It's certainly a Godsend to me and my wife.

NOTE AS OF DECEMBER 2006: Because there are absolutely no market restraints on name-brand drugs (and generics are being held back by both the FDA and drug company payoffs to generic companies), Canada is still cheaper than the US than the average Plan D coverage. The FDA and Customs has stopped completely their harassment and interception of imported pharmaceuticals.

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US TO STOP SEIZING
CANADIAN MEDICINE

BY JOHN CARREYROU, Wall St. Journal
OCTOBER 4, 2006

Under pressure from Congress, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials scrapped their 11-month-old policy of seizing prescription drugs imported through the mail from Canada.
 

The practice, implemented last November, had come under fire from lawmakers for depriving tens of thousands of American seniors of their drugs and protecting the high prices charged by U.S. pharmaceutical companies. Lynn Hollinger, a Customs spokeswoman, said the seizures would stop Oct. 9 but declined to explain the policy reversal. "We're going back to operating procedures prior to November 2005," she said.

Although most prescription-drug importations are illegal under U.S. law, Customs had long turned a blind eye to small mail orders coming across the border from Canada, before launching the new policy of seizures late last year.

Prescription drugs are significantly cheaper in Canada because its national health-care system negotiates lower prices for its citizens. The U.S., by contrast, is one of the only markets in the world where the government doesn't exercise control over drug prices.

As a result, pharmaceutical companies earn the bulk of their profits in the U.S. market. Imports from Canada, which have surged in the past six years with the rise of online pharmacies, have been a sore point with drug makers. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has argued that drugs imported from Canada are unsafe because they haven't been vetted by the Food and Drug Administration.

Upon learning that Customs would stop the seizures, Ken Johnson, senior vice president of the industry trade group, said he was disappointed with the policy reversal. "We're adamantly opposed to any importation schemes. Fake drugs are a very serious problem that is real and growing."

As of mid-July, Customs had seized more than 37,000 prescription-drug packages from Canada. The agency declined to say how many more packages its agents have seized since then.

Congressional pressure had been building against the seizures. At the behest of Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs was investigating the new Customs policy.

"This is a huge victory," Mr. Nelson said. "For nearly a year, the White House has been punishing seniors for filling their prescriptions at lower Canadian prices. Now it looks like the government is getting out of the business of harassing these consumers."

Last week, Congress sent President Bush a Homeland Security appropriations bill that includes an amendment barring Customs agents from preventing persons from re-entering the U.S. from Canada with a 90-day supply of medicine. The amendment excluded packages sent by mail, but it represented a significant breach in the tight alliance between Republicans and the drug industry, which remains a major source of financial support for House and Senate campaigns.

Dan McLaughlin, a spokesman for Mr. Nelson, said the senator believes the seizures were politically motivated to bolster enrollments in Medicare Part D, the new drug benefit for seniors that took effect last January, and wants the Senate investigation to be completed.

Copyright © 2006 THE WALL ST. JOURNAL

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DISGUSTED WITH PLAN D? CONGRESS SUGGESTS PLAN C

by Frank Kaiser
Editor Suddenly Senior

This week all across The Hill, Congressmen and women ponder the question: Which is more important, thousands of elderly constituents unable to get life-saving drugs guaranteed under Medicare's Plan D or thousands of dollars in legal bribes from the pharmaceutical and insurance lobbies?  The conflict was inevitable.

Allow Big Pharma to write a 700-page bill that no one in Congress read before passing. Add Republican ideology to privatize Medicare, one of the most successful government programs ever. Mix with a blindly politicized Department of Health and Human Services, and you have a recipe for the most expensive government fiasco in this country's history.

Result? Today while hundreds of thousands of low-income seniors now scramble for medicines they normally get without cost or question, and with some 20 states forced to declare health emergencies, Congress still doesn't have a clue.

Plan D's “free market solution” was supposed to be win-win for everyone.

Insurance and drug companies stood to get hundreds of billions in windfall profits. Congressional coffers overflowed with grateful “donations.”

nd seniors? We got “choice.”

Overlooked in this I-scratch-yours, you-scratch-mine money orgy, the obvious (most recently reported by the Center for Economic and Policy Research): That changing the drug plan to allow Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies could save federal and state governments hundred of billions of dollars, enough that the current projected budget for the program would fully finance - no donut holes - the benefit without any contribution from seniors and would still leave a surplus of $40 billion over the years 2006 - 2013.

Don't hold your breath. Even if Congress is forced to revise Plan D, the result won't be pretty. Picture lipstick on a pig.

Involved are simply too much money and too many unscrupulous Americans.
 
Canada Better Option Than Ever
There is, however, Plan C.

The US House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, concluded “the complicated Medicare drug benefit now being offered to seniors has not succeeded in reducing drug prices.” Instead, the drug prices offered by Part D drug plans are “over 60 percent higher than the prices available to consumers in Canada…almost 3 percent higher than the prices available at Costco.”

In other words, on average, you can save 60 percent or more buying your medicines in Canada than through Medicare's new Plan D.

Read on:
  • For some plans, the price differences are even greater. Of the ten [leading] Medicare plans analyzed, the Advantra Rx Premier plan has the highest prices for the ten drugs…73% higher than the Canadian prices.

     
  • For specific drugs, the price differences can exceed or approach 100%. The Medicare drug plans negotiated an average price of $135 for a one-month supply of Prevacid, the ulcer medication manufactured by Tap Pharmaceuticals. This is 114% higher than the $63 Canadian price. The Medicare drug plans negotiated an average price of $85 for a one-month supply of Celebrex, the arthritis medication manufactured by Pharmacia. This is 91% higher than the $45 Canadian price.

Remember, this is not me talking. This is the Congressional Committee on Government Reform.

Nevertheless, I keep a wall between them and me. As longtime readers know, I am stubbornly honest.

To this day, my wife and I buy our pharmaceuticals abroad, now from advertisers. I (and many Suddenly Senior readers) have found each to not only be a place of great savings but of folks who are helpful, kind, and caring.  So as your Congressman and senators ponder what to do about Plan D, I sincerely suggest that you do what saves you, and your country, big money. Voting with your pocketbook may be the only vote you have that still counts.

© 2006 — Frank Kaiser

 

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