Survey on Importation

Recently, we surveyed Americans to assess their experiences and perspectives on ordering prescription medications from licensed, legitimate online pharmacies in Canada.

Despite the rampant myths of safety concerns and lack of cost savings, the reality is that many people continue to purchase their personal prescriptions from online pharmacies in Canada, safely and at considerable cost savings.

Millions of people have been accessing prescription medication this way for many years, as they have learned that there are affordable and safe options to avoid the outrageous prices of pharmaceuticals in the U.S.

Below are highlighted findings from our national survey:

Primary Reason is Cost: The majority of respondents (79 percent) – cite cost as the primary reason that they order their medications from an online pharmacy in Canada. The other reasons cited include consistency in pricing (7 percent); convenience (5 percent); consistency in availability (5 percent); and lack of availability in the U.S. (4 percent).

Spending through Ordering Online: The majority of respondents (75 percent) spend less than $199 per month ordering personal prescriptions from licensed online pharmacies in Canada. Fourteen percent of respondents spend between $200-$299 and 10 percent spend more than $300. Among people who reported spending more than $300, the average amount they reported spending is $502 per month.

Savings through Ordering Online: We also asked survey respondents to compare what they would spend on their prescriptions in the U.S. to what they pay by purchasing them through a licensed online pharmacy in Canada. More than 60 percent of survey respondents report saving $100 or more each month by ordering through an online pharmacy. Among people who spend more than $300 per month (14 percent of respondents), the average savings that they report is $870.

Insurance Coverage:
Despite having Medicare or other insurance coverage, many Americans still purchase safe and affordable prescription drugs from Canada. More than half of respondents (53 percent) report having Medicare, while 18 percent report paying out-of-pocket for their medications. Seventeen percent report that their employer provides insurance coverage, while nine percent are self-insured.

Years of Ordering Online: The majority of respondents (65 percent) report ordering their prescription medications from an online pharmacy for less than three years. Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) have been using online pharmacies for between four and seven years, and 11 percent of respondents have been ordering for more than eight years.

Recommendations to Family and Friends: Overwhelmingly, survey respondents (98 percent) would recommend ordering prescription medications from an online pharmacy in Canada to their family and friends because they believe it is a safe option.

Initial Awareness of Ordering Online: Twenty-six percent of respondents learned about online pharmacies from a doctor or pharmacist. Thirty-three percent of people surveyed heard about ordering drugs from Canada through a website. More than 25 percent learned about online pharmacies from friends or family members and 16 percent heard about them from the media.

This survey illustrates the reality that many Americans buy their daily prescription medications from licensed, legitimate Canadian pharmacies each year.

The high price of brand-name drugs in the U.S. has created a serious health crisis and is a significant burden for the elderly and others on fixed incomes. Millions of people, often the elderly with chronic health conditions, are either skipping doses, splitting pills, or forgoing medications completely, which can lead to serious health consequences.

Importing prescription medications from safe, verified pharmacies in Canada provides a lifeline to those in need of affordable life-saving and health maintenance medications.

CPPI conducted this online survey between August 14 and October 12, 2017. Based on the universe of followers of CPPI, this sample of 2,851 responses represents findings with a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percent.