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Brand Name Prescription Drugs Prices Up to 90% Lower from Canada than Leading U.S. Pharmacy Prices

Washington, D.C. - A new price comparison of the most sought after brand name prescription drugs reveals average Canadian drug prices 50% to 90% cheaper than leading U.S. pharmacy prices. The analysis by the Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation (CPPI) compares prices at leading U.S. pharmacy competitors including AmazonPharmacy, CVS, GoodRx, and Walgreens against online Canadian pharmacies.

“50 to 90 percent savings on drug prices at online Canadian pharmacies can literally mean life or death for many U.S. patients. While the Inflation Reduction Act promises lower prices in the future on a few prescription medications, Americans who need access to critical daily medications now are turning to personal prescription importation” says Jack Pfeiffer, Executive Director of CPPI. “Online Canadian pharmacies place medications back in the reach of American patients, allowing patients to directly recoup the savings.”

An estimated 18 million Americans are unable to pay for at least one prescription for their household over the last three months.


Purchasing prescription medications for importation from licensed and certified online Canadian pharmacies is safe and easy. Annually, Americans receive over 1 million prescriptions from online Canadian pharmacies. For decades, FDA guidance has helped people safely import medications. Online pharmacies recommended by CPPI like those certified by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) report a 100% perfect safety record while serving millions of American customers since 2002.


This comparison reflects prices for 30 day supplies of top selling brand-name medications using the most common strengths prescribed to patients. Prices recorded as of October 30, 2022. Pricing and discounts do fluctuate day by day. The recorded percentages reflect savings offered by certified online Canadian pharmacies over the lowest U.S. discount price, be those from Amazon Prime or a traditional U.S. pharmacy as reported by GoodRx. All prices are in U.S. dollars. This comparison reflects prices without insurance.

Canadian mail order prescription pricing calculated using the average price of pharmacies certified by Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA). Canadian product pricing is for Health Canada approved brand name products, dispensed by a pharmacy licensed in Canada. Over 70 websites have CIPA certification, prices vary. Certified online pharmacies do not sell controlled substances, narcotics, pseudoephedrine products, or highly temperature sensitive products including Botox, Insulin, Victoza, Saxenda.

Amazon Pharmacy is not yet available in all regions of the U.S. Figure 1 displays prices at the discounted Amazon Prime rate, non-Prime prices and discount percentage are included in Table 1.

Prices for traditional pharmacies were compared through GoodRx, and the lowest discount/coupon prices are reflected in the U.S./GoodRx column. GoodRx gathers current prices, coupons and discounts from leading traditional pharmacy operators including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Safeway, Albertsons, Publix and others.

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