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What Happened to CanadaDrugs.com? Now What?

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What Happened To Canadadrugs.com?

If you were a loyal customer of CanadaDrugs.com, you may be wondering what happened to the online Canadian drugstore you used to order from. Well, we’re here to tell you that we have both good news and bad news. The good news is that you’re still going to be able to buy high quality, affordable prescription drugs from Canada that are delivered straight to your door on a reliable basis. The bad news is that these drugs won’t come from the Canada Drugs brand you’re used to.

That’s because CanadaDrugs.com has closed. In its place, however, stand other Canadian online pharmacies (like ours!) who are ready to serve you and deliver the same drugs you’re used to at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled customer service.

Are you ready to learn more? In this article, we’ll not only review what happened to CanadaDrugs.com, we’ll also take a look at the “Now what?” question you may be asking yourself as you try to figure out a new plan for ordering drugs from Canada. We’ll help you understand the difference between CanadaDrugs.com and other Canadian online pharmacies so you can make an informed and educated decision about where to buy meds online. Keep reading to get filled in on everything that’s happened lately in the Canadian pharmacy world after the shutdown of Canada Drugs. A new marketplace is ready to emerge in its place, so customers who relied on this service need not worry about their options now that this website is offline.

What happened to Canada Drugs?

That’s the question on everyone’s mind in the Canadian pharmacy world. What happened to Canada Drugs? What’s with the image that’s in place when you type in their website URL now? In short, CanadaDrugs.com had to turn over their domain to the United States government and effectively shut down their operations after a batch of counterfeit cancer drugs made their way into the supply chain of a company affiliated with Canada Drugs. This may sound shocking and appalling and outrageous, but keep reading. It’s important to know the full story and get all of the facts.

In December of 2017, according to CBC News, “The president of Canada Drugs, the Winnipeg-based online pharmacy accused of selling misbranded and counterfeit drugs in the United States, has had his licence to practice pharmacy in Manitoba suspended [though he got it back days later]. … The suspension came the same day news broke that Canada Drugs and related businesses — credited with starting the online drug sales industry — have reached a tentative plea agreement in the United States, which requires a guilty plea and millions of dollars in fines for allegedly selling counterfeit cancer drugs over the border.”

The online pharmacy verification checker tool that we use, PharmacyChecker.com, also issued a statement on the situation as they see it. This tool is a trusted source that consumers can use to find the best drug prices out there from verified online pharmacies they can trust. PharmacyChecker.com helps to provide peace of mind and helps people make smart choices with pharmacies that have been checked and verified by an outside source.

PharmacyChecker.com explains the situation this way:

“CanadaDrugs.com was verified in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program from 2005 until March of this year. Last month, CanadaDrugs.com withdrew from our program. CanadaDrugs.com will be closing its website and no longer selling medications to Americans beginning June 13th, 2018.

This is the unfortunate outcome of a case that did not involve medication sales through the CanadaDrugs.com website, which has been safely selling medication at low cost to Americans for many years. The case involved a separate wholesale business conducted by the owners of the website. Sadly, two counterfeit batches of the cancer medication, Avastin, entered the supply chain of that wholesale business in 2011 and were sold to medical offices in the United States. Avastin was never sold on the CanadaDrugs.com website.

In a plea bargain signed on April 13th with the U.S. Department of Justice, the owners of CanadaDrugs.com are forfeiting the website www.CanadaDrugs.com and other websites they operate to the U.S. government. The FDA recognizes that there is no urgency to shutting down CanadaDrugs.com, giving them 90 days to wind down their international retail pharmacy business. To that effect, they are informing their patients and website visitors that they are closing on July 13th, 2018. For more information, please read our blog post.

This case does not apply to all Canadian online pharmacies, just CanadaDrugs.com and other websites it may operate. For future medication orders, you can consult our list of current PharmacyChecker verified international online pharmacies.”

Good news: CanadaDrugsOnline.com is on that list!

So, in other words, even though CanadaDrugs.com did not actually sell a counterfeit cancer drug to some unsuspecting patient who ordered it online, an associated company of theirs did end up providing a counterfeit version of Avastin to a medical office, thereby establishing enough of a reason to the U.S. government to force the online pharmacy to cease operations. While it seems obvious that any entity selling a counterfeit cancer drug would be shut down, it’s important to add a little context to the case.

Though dangerous, counterfeit drugs making it into the supply chain isn’t as uncommon as you might think. In fact, it has even happened to a brand you likely know, trust, and frequent. Trusted household name CVS Pharmacy faced a somewhat similar situation once, when both CVS stores and the website CVS.com were found to be selling fake Lipitor. What did the FDA do about this occurrence when it happened? Well, one thing they did not do was force CVS.com to turn over their domain. As you can see if you head to the CVS website right now, the pharmacy giant did not have to forfeit their domain to the U.S. government when they were found to be selling counterfeit drugs. So why was CanadaDrugs.com held to a different standard?

Of course it’s necessary (and even preferred) for the US government or the FDA to interfere and help to ensure that they stop the spread of illegal or counterfeit medications from being distributed to people. That’s something we fully support because we care about the safety and efficacy of all medications we distribute. However, it would make more sense to treat this online Canadian pharmacy the same way they treated pharmacy giant CVS. What’s worse, Big Pharma and the greedy corporate pharmaceutical industry are using this Canada Drugs situation as a scare tactic to discourage people from seeking low cost, safe, and effective alternatives to the name brand, expensive medications that they can buy in big box stores like CVS.

So, why does this all matter? How important is the accessibility of low cost alternatives to life saving prescription drugs? Well, in short, sometimes it’s a matter of life and death. Did you know that millions of Americans don’t fill their prescriptions due to the cost of whatever drug it is that they need? This is a sad and unfortunate reality, and we firmly believe that it’s not the way things should be. In the words of one former Canada Drugs customer, “I have been getting three scripts from Canada Drugs that I could not afford here in Texas. One is an inhaler that I need for asthma. It costs me $157 per month here in Texas and $157 for three months in Canada. Big pharm is killing us that are on Social Security.” Another former customer shares, “I have Crohn’s disease for which I take Asacol (mesalamine 800 mg) six times per day. The cost from say Drugs.com is about $995 for 180 pills. From Canada Drugs it is (was) $190.” Stories like theirs perfectly represent why we’re passionate about helping people fill their prescriptions at an affordable rate and with medications and service they can rely on.

In the words of Gabriel Levitt, President of PharmacyChecker.com, about the Canada Drugs shutdown situation, “A very well-run, safe, international online pharmacy was forced by the U.S. government to stop helping Americans afford prescription drugs because the pharmaceutical industry wanted that outcome. It’s a shame and American patients struggling with prescription costs are worse off for it.”

So… Now what?

So, the case is closed and CanadaDrugs.com has been shut down. As of July 2018, they will discontinue shipping prescription orders to the United States. So now what? Are patients’ prescription filling options limited now to only paying full price on brand name drugs? Can people still order from Canadian online pharmacies and feel comfortable doing so?

We’re here to share with you the good news that the answer is yes! There are some great options out there, like our website CanadaDrugsOnline.com, that you can feel good about ordering from. Whether you were a previous customer of CanadaDrugs.com or not, you should know that there are solid alternatives out there that are perfect for people who want safe, easy, and fairly priced access to the medications they need for their health and wellness.

What can you do to prevent the risk of purchasing counterfeit drugs or buying from non-verified pharmacies? Consumers can learn a few things in the wake of the CanadaDrugs.com closing. You should do your due diligence and conduct plenty of research prior to ordering any type of medications online. It’s important to only support businesses you can trust to deliver the legitimate and effective medications that you need. You should never order from an online pharmacy that does not require a doctor’s official prescription or that does not provide external verification for their products.

Now that CanadaDrugs.com has closed, consumers can explore other options for filling their prescriptions through Canadian online pharmacies offering fair prices and reliable service. We are proud to be one of those, and we’ll share more on that below. In the meantime, we’ll be happy to help you put your mind at ease: as you can see here, we are Pharmacy Checker approved!

What’s the difference between CanadaDrugs.com and CanadaDrugsOnline.com?

You may be confused about CanadaDrugsOnline. Didn’t that company just get shut down? How can I order off the website if this company had its domain seized by the U.S. government?

It’s a common point of confusion that we get all the time. Yes, our domain names are similar, but there’s one important difference. Here at CanadaDrugsOnline.com, we are not CanadaDrugs.com! That one word addition is an important distinction to make. Though we have similar names, we are not affiliated in any way with the company Canada Drugs that was recently ordered to shut down. We here at Canada Drugs Online are a separate entity entirely, though we are an even better source for safe and affordable prescription drugs from Canada. We are still fully operational and open for business. No need to worry that you are buying from a fake or illegally operating Canada Drugs website.

Here at Canada Drugs Online, we are a verified and trustworthy Canadian online pharmacy. We invite you to take a look around our website, see if we carry the prescriptions you need, and check out our credentials and the reliability and efficacy of our products. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you feel unsure about ordering from us, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help.

Where to get Canadian drugs: How you can buy meds online now that CanadaDrugs.com is closed

How do you know which of the available Canadian online pharmacies are the right fit for you? Which are reliable and verified, and which are little more than fake storefronts? Which ones have the best prices and how do you avoid a scam? These questions may overwhelm you as you begin your search for a verified Canadian online pharmacy or seek to make the switch over from Canada Drugs.

If you’re not sure how to tell which online Canadian pharmacies are safe for you to order from, we understand. There’s a lot of information on the Internet and it can be difficult to wade through it all. We recommend that you use things like the Pharmacy Checker online verification tool to confirm that we are who we say we are. Having this endorsement from a third party website is an important way to verify that we are able to back up our claims of who we are and what we sell. It’s important to take your time and do adequate research before investing your hard earned money into a medication that may make the difference in your health. We feel confident we’ll stand up to the test.

Why CanadaDrugsOnline.com?

Here at CanadaDrugsOnline.com, we are proud to call ourselves Canada’s leading source for discount Canadian prescription drugs. The client base of CanadaDrugs.com was a wide and loyal one, but we are here to be your new and improved source of the medically necessary prescriptions you rely on every day. We are committed to you, both our existing and soon-to-be loyal customers, and all new patients who are looking for affordable alternatives to Canada Drugs. We are here to continue to provide care to patients who need better (not to mention better priced!) options than what is readily available in the United States.

In addition to our great prices and outstanding customer service, we are a certified pharmacy with endorsements from Pharmacy Checker and CIPA (Certified Canadian International Pharmacy). We also provide a security guarantee for everyone who orders from us; we are secured by GeoTrust and use 256-bit SSL certificates, which offer the highest level of encryption and security possible. Our site is also tested quarterly to ensure that the site maintains high security standards. We take your security and protection seriously.

Ordering from CanadaDrugsOnline.com

If you’re new to the idea of ordering from Canadian online pharmacies, you may be wondering: what can you order from an online Canadian pharmacy like Canada Drugs Online? Not everything is available for order online, but many prescription drugs are. Popular items and medications that consumers often order from CanadaDrugsOnline.com include Viagra, Motilium, Advair, Crestor, and Nexium. We offer affordable prices on brand name drugs and their generic equivalents where appropriate. If you have a prescription, we invite you to search our website and see if we carry and supply the medications you need. Check out our Canada Drugs sale to see if we are running a special on the prescription you need. We offer a wide range of prescriptions and other medications for sale on our website.

Canadian orders are dispensed by Candrug Pharmacy, which is duly licensed in the province of British Columbia, Canada, by the College of Pharmacists of BC. In addition to dispensing from our affiliated Canadian dispensing pharmacy, we also dispense medications from international fulfillment centers. These are approved by the regulatory bodies from their respective countries. We dispense medications from fulfillment centers around the world including but not limited to Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Turkey, Mauritius, India, and United Kingdom.

We offer both prescription items and non-prescription items. If you have a simple non-prescription order to make, you’ll simply sign up as a new customer and then complete the basic sign up information. Then, your account will be set up and ready to go for all future orders!

Note that if you are ordering a prescription medication, you will have to print out the prescription order form before ordering. Feel free to contact our customer service department if you have questions at any stage of the set up or ordering process. You can also order by phone or by mail, fax, or email. No matter what your online shopping preferences are, we have a convenient ordering method that will work for you!

Try us out and place your order today! Can we save you money on your next prescription refill? You bet we can! New customers can use welcome coupon “WLCM” to order their medications from online pharmacy CanadaDrugsOnline.com. We hope you’ll give us a try and see that you have found a new trusted name in Canadian online pharmacies. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with us. We’re here to help. You can even give us a call at 1-877-900-3784 if you’d like to speak to someone today.


In addition to dispensing from our affiliated Canadian dispensing pharmacy, we also dispense your medications from international fulfillment centers that are approved by the regulatory bodies from their respective countries. canadadrugsonline.com dispenses medications from fulfillment centers around the world including and not limited to Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Turkey, Mauritius, India, and United Kingdom.
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