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Wednesday 4 March 2020
In the U.S., Advair Diskus (fluticasone/salmeterol) costs $340.50 for 60 doses of 100mcg/50mcg powder, or $5.67 per dose (Costco's Advair Diskus prices are slightly higher than average retail prices). Meanwhile, Advair HFA (fluticasone/salmeterol) costs $420.77 for 12 grams (or 120 doses) of 115mcg/21mcg aerosol, or $3.51 per dose.
However, you can purchase Advair Diskus for as little as $42 for 60 doses of 100mcg/50mcg powder, or $0.70 per dose, from reputable online sources that sell prescription drugs from countries like Canada.
Similarly, you can purchase Advair HFA for just $112 for 12 grams (or 120 doses) of 115mcg/21mcg aerosol, or $0.93 per dose, from those same trustworthy online sources.
That major price difference can be explained by America's notoriously high drug prices. In other countries, Advair (and countless other drugs) cost a fraction of what they do in the U.S.
As illustrated in data from Drugwatch, people in other countries pay at least 70 percent less for Advair Diskus 250mcg/50mcg than do U.S. residents.
As any American who's ever purchased prescription drugs can attest to, the U.S.' exorbitant pharmaceutical prices can be seen across a range of drugs.
How expensive are we talking? The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that the U.S. pays more than $1,000 per person, per year on pharmaceuticals.
By comparison, even the country with the second-highest pharmaceutical spending per capita, Japan, spends significantly less than that with a total of $752 per person per year.
As a result, residents of other countries pay far less for the same medications than do their American counterparts.
Drugwatch showed that people in other countries save an average of 56 percent on certain drugs, just because they don't live in the U.S.
Americans are responding to those staggeringly high drug prices by cutting costs in a number of creative ways. One of those is through the practice of purchasing prescription drugs from overseas and importing them into the U.S.
As reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in 2016, about eight percent of the U.S. population have imported prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign countries in order to save money.
If you decide to cut costs by importing prescription drugs like Advair, it's important that you vet the pharmacy or pharmacy referral service you're purchasing from. To protect your safety, only do business with those that:
● Require a valid prescription from a licensed healthcare professional.
● Don't sell more than a 90-day supply of any drug.
● Don't sell narcotics or controlled substances.
And if you're shopping from a pharmacy referral service, check to see that they only work with licensed pharmacies and approved fulfillment centers.
Once you've found a reputable pharmacy of pharmacy referral service to buy from, you can start enjoying the low drug prices like people in other countries around the world.
For example, 60 doses of Advair Diskus 250mcg/50mcg powder from My Drug Center costs just $69, or $1.15 per dose.
There is a cheaper alternative to Advair, generic versions of the drug cost even less: 60 doses of a generic version of Advair Diskus 250mcg/50mcg powder from My Drug Center costs a mere $51, or $0.85 per dose.
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