I'm a US citizen/resident. Due to health insurance changes (employer switched to HDHP/HSA requiring I use Expressscript
s which charges $6.89*180 = $1240/3mos instead of my old $40/3mos copay), I have been pushed into buying mesalamine from "Canadian drug referral services." Both my USA GI and my GP doctors are each advertising some of these services in their offices, right out in the
open, not hidden at all. And I checked 3-4 different services to find the one that had the cheaper price.
I'm particularly concerned about
getting safe, noncounterfeit, government-regulated/inspected/approved drugs from a website that isn't going to steal my identity.
The place I went with was recommended by my GI (he says he uses it personally) and it's approved by something called PharmacyChecker.com, though I don't know how much faith to put in *them,* PharmacyChecker says it's run by US doctors and seems legit enough.
I had my GI fax over my prescript
ion to the pharmacy referral service, paid my $188 with my Amex (only card they accept) and a few weeks later I have my 200 'generic Lialda' show up on my doorstep.
The first thing I noticed was that the package had no return address, and it had a German postal service postmark. So I'm guessing this medication has never set foot in Canada and was probably mailed directly from India to my doorstep. I know this pharmacy-referral service does not want me to cut out the middleman and go directly to the pharmacy, but it's still a little weird having no return address at all.
Next, I noticed the drug was called "Mesacol" from Sun Pharmaceuticals, manufactured in India, and it came in blister packs in boxes. At first I was concerned about
it coming from India, but then I did a little research into my US-supplied Zydus mesalamine, and they don't say at all where it's manufactured, and Zydus is an Indian company. So that's probably made in India as well, they just don't tell you.
The blister packs look more or less legitimate, they all have British spellings on them (e.g. "colour") and a lot of the text lacks proper capitalization. (Is that worrisome or indicative of a counterfeit? Or is that just the way some international meds are?) The pills look similar in shape, size, and color to my previous Zydus generic, and to the brandname Lialda before that. Unlike the Zydus generic, but just like the brandname Lialda, the coating does not get slippery when wet. There is no number or letter stamped on the pills from "Canada." The blister packs have lot numbers and such stamped on them.
By all accounts Sun Pharmaceuticals is a legitimate manufacturer that sells a lot of drugs to the USA. However their website doesn't have a page "This is what Mesacol 1200 should look like", just a listing that they do make this drug (http://www.sunpharma.com/indiaproducts/
)while Zydus http://www.zydususa.com/product-details/?id=307
does have such a page.
The pharmacy-referral services says I can call a Canadian pharmacist for counseling. I will do this and let you all know how that goes.
Post Edited (UCinGV) : 2/25/2019 8:35:46 AM (GMT-7)