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Edward Lawrence, Reporter

Testing the Ease of Canadian Pharmacy Web Sites

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Estelle Braverman tried to log on, and immediately there was an operator issue. Estelle Braverman tried to log on, and immediately there was an operator issue.
"Nevadans can save anywhere from 30 to 50-percent on brand name drugs," said Extended Care Pharmacy President Andy Troszok. "Nevadans can save anywhere from 30 to 50-percent on brand name drugs," said Extended Care Pharmacy President Andy Troszok.

Nevada's Canadian Prescription Drug Website

Nevada residents waited more than a year to buy prescription drugs from four licensed Canadian pharmacies. Now that it's legal, we wanted to know how well the system works.

The state Web site has a lot of legalese on the front page. It's legal to buy the drugs here and the page says the federal government considers mailing Canadian drugs illegal, but border agents are not enforcing the laws so far.

At the bottom of the page is the number of hits. In the first half of the day 317 people viewed the page. Now, it's that many people per hour.

"Nevadans can save anywhere from 30 to 50-percent on brand name drugs," said Extended Care Pharmacy President Andy Troszok.

Eyewitness News decided to test this Canadian pharmacy president's claim and see how easy it was to order.

Estelle Braverman tried to log on, and immediately there was an operator issue.

"I used to work for the chamber of commerce and I worked the computer," said the retired Braverman. "Then I quit so.. I forgot already."

When we found the right site it was clear she had no problem computing the cost savings.

"Twenty-five dollars I would be saving, Braverman said. "It's a savings. I don't say no, but it's no big deal. That is a savings, but I'm not going to stay on that drug very long."

When you subtract the $15 shipping charge Braverman would have an extra $60 in her pocket each month. However, this retired real estate agent knows the power of negotiating and talks her pharmacist down. "I call up Costco and I say what are you giving for such and such a drug? I take the phone number and amount and go to my pharmacy. I tell them. If he wants to check he checks them."

She tried the same technique with the Canadian pharmacies. “I have told the Canadians. They are not giving me much of a bargain. They don't care.”

However, in the end, the ease of getting her drugs in person won over the savings and week wait for Canadian drugs.

Braverman says calling the 1-800 numbers for the Canadian pharmacies is easy and that someone answers right away and answers any question. She says between the Canadian pharmacies there's a price difference and one should shop around when looking north of the border.

Here are the four Canadian pharmarcies that will take part in the program:

Granville Pharmacy
Canada Way Drugs
Extended Care Pharmacy

Hometown Meds

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