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Savings and Safety: New U.S. Study Confirms the Benefits of Accredited Canadian Online Pharmacies Like

online pharmacy safety

April 5, 2012

A new study on the safety of online pharmacies has recently been published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an esteemed American non-profit research organization founded in 1920. "Unveiling the Mystery of Online Pharmacies: An Audit Study" considers whether or not there is a trade-off between drug safety and price savings when purchasing medication online. The research, conducted over the course of three years, has revealed that verified Canadian online pharmacy websites dispense safe, authentic drugs at less than half the price charged at American online pharmacies. This confirms that as long as customers choose an online Canadian pharmacy that is verified by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) or, they do not compromise the quality of their prescription drugs when saving money on their medication.

The NBER study tested the authenticity of 370 drug samples purchased from 41 online pharmacies. Medications acquired from US-based online pharmacies verified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and were compared to those ordered from Canadian pharmacies approved by CIPA and There was no failure of authenticity in any of the medications purchased from verified pharmacy websites, yet those based in the US charged an average of 52.5% more than Canada drugs stores. The NBER study concludes that "a blanket warning against any foreign website may deny consumers substantial price savings," and such a policy "could potentially discourage price competition […] and therefore reduce drug affordability within the US."

Access to lower priced Canada drugs is not only a benefit, but a necessity for many Americans. As reported in a previous special feature article we prepared, a study conducted by The Commonwealth Fund revealed that 48 million Americans did not fill a prescription in 2010 due to cost, an increase of 66% since 2001. The price of prescription drugs continues to increase in the United States, and more people are relying on Canadian pharmacies online for affordable medications. The results of the NBER study reassures them that as long as they choose from a reputable and licensed online Canada pharmacy, such as, they can get the prescription drugs they need at low prices without giving up quality or safety. To learn more about how protects the authenticity of your medications, read: provides thousands of customers with the medications they need each week at the guaranteed lowest prices. is the most independently five-star rated online Canadian pharmacy, with over 45,000 customer reviews on, and we adhere to the strictest standards in quality and safety. In addition to being certified by CIPA and, the privacy standards of our website are certified by TRUSTe and every purchase is independently backed by buySAFE.

The information provided on the website is intended to facilitate awareness about healthcare products and medical conditions generally but it is not a substitute for professional medical attention or advice. You should always speak with a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking any prescription or non-prescription drug.
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