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Dealing with the Part D Doughnut Hole

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Q. I seem to recall reading on your web site about a reliable Canadian site from which to get less expensive legitimate prescription drugs. I am in the Part D doughnut hole and a 90-day supply of my Actos is more than $500.00.

Can you direct me to that Canada information once again so I can get some much-needed help with my drug costs?

A. We did some checking and found that in the U.S. the diabetes drug Actos might run you anywhere from $570 to $692 for a three month supply. The same medicine in Canada could cost between $161 and $382. The savings are significant.

When people enter the dreaded “doughnut hole” in their Medicare Part D prescription plan, they have to pay 100 percent of the medication costs. Buying from Canada can be helpful, but caution is necessary. Some Web site that claim to be Canadian are actually based elsewhere.

We are sending you our Guide to Saving Money on Medicine with guidelines for determining which online drugstores are legitimate Canadian pharmacies. Medicare participants who spend more than $4050 out of pocket become eligible for catastrophic coverage. If you think your drug bills will be a lot more than that, you should probably continue buying your medicine in the U.S.

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It would have been very helpful if you provided the trusted Canadian website address in your response. It seems you are in the market of only protecting your bottom line; of how much is in it for People's Pharmacy. If your website intends to offer free advice than offer all of it - free for everyone.
Let me also state I love your show, I've been a People Pharmacy fan for a long time, and I do enjoy your shows.

I was dealing with a very reputable Canadian pharmacy which did require written prescriptions. There was never any problem in receiving shipped medications from that pharmacy until 2006, when Medicare Part D was passed.

Then my shipments were all confiscated by the customs agents. I believe that was an act on the part of the Bush Administration to encourage us to buy Medicare part D. The same drug from Canada was considerably cheaper. The accusation is made that the US government protects the financial interests of the pharmaceutical companies. It certainly seems so.

I have approached the doughnut hole a couple of times, but I have never fallen in. Has anyone ever been able to explain why the doughnut hole exists? Surely there is someone, somewhere who could come on your show and try to explain it for us senior citizens. It really seems to be intended to hasten the elimination, through death, of those pesty old sick people who make health care so costly for insurance companies.

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