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Top 20 Best-selling Prescriptions Filled by Canadian Pharmacy King

by Carissa  -  August 20th, 2018

Finding prescription medications that are affordable can be a challenge to many people. Over 60% of all Americans are taking at least one prescription medication—the highest percentage in the country’s history. Unfortunately, prices are also at an all-time high, so it’s no surprise many Americans turn to us to get their medications filled at a more affordable price. There are a number of medications we sell frequently here at Canadian Pharmacy King, however twenty medications by and far outsell the rest. As of summer 2018, here’s a list of our 20 most popular prescriptions filled by our Canadian Pharmacy. Let’s have a closer look to see if any of your medications are on the list and if we could be saving you some cash.

1. Cialis

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Generic or other alternative names: Tadalafil, Tadacip, Tadalift, Exilar, Modula, Megalis, Tagra, Tadalis

Treatment: Erectile Dysfunction (male impotence)

Our stock: We carry both brand name Cialis (comes from Canada, Turkey, India, UK), manufactured by Eli Lilly, as well as the generic tadalafil (comes from Canada and India). Both come in various dosages ranging from 2.5mg up to 20mg. They also come in a variety of prescribed quantities from 8 to 90.

Impacts: Cialis is a blockbuster erectile dysfunction drug and the patent on this medication will expire in 2020 or 2021. Lupin has received tentative approval for generic Cialis in various strengths. Unichem has announced a settlement agreement with Eli Lilly.

CPK Brand Price: $135 for 5mg (28 qty), from $4.82 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $65 for 20mg (28 qty), from $1.02 per pill

US Brand Price: $441.14 for 5mg (30 qty), from $14.70 per pill

US Generic Price: Not Available

2. Advair

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Generic or other alternative names: Fluticasone, Seretide

Treatment: used to prevent asthma attacks and also prescribed to those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), associated with chronic bronchitis and emphysema

Our stock: We carry this medication in both the brand name form from GSK (from India & Turkey), as well as generic Fluticasone/Salmeterol Diskus. They come in a variety of dosages from 100mcg/50mcg/60 dose to 500 mcg/50mcg/30 dose.

Impacts: GSK’s Advair is the fourth-best-selling drug in the U.S. over last quarter century, according to IQVIA, a search firm. Brand-name rivals and generics are invading its place, a new generation of inhalers are poised to replace it, and a generic from Mylan is threatening –- finally – to crack the U.S. market.

CPK Brand Price: $45 for 250mcg/50mcg/60 dosage (1 qty)

CPK Generic Price: $119 for 500mcg/50mcg/30 dosage (6 qty), from $19.83 per unit

US Brand Price: $396.92 for 250mcg/50mcg/60 dosage (1 qty)

US Generic Price: Not Available

3. Crestor

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Generic or other alternative names: Rosuvastatin, Rosulip, Vrestor

Treatment: a “statin” drug used to help maintain normal cholesterol levels in the body

Our stock: We carry both the brand name medication manufactured by AstraZeneca (from Canada, India, Turkey), as well as the generic medication, rosuvastatin (from the UK, Canada, and India). It’s available in a number of dosages from 5mg to 40mg, as well as quantities available in 84, 90, and 100.

Impacts: Lupin got approval from USFDA to launch a generic equivalent of Crestor in the US market. Research has said some common cholesterol medications may have surprising dangerous side effects, such as Crestor’s links to muscle pains. This is especially true for drinking too much alcohol, if you’re female, or are 65 or older. Talk to a health professional before taking this medication.

CPK Brand Price: $119 for 20mg (84 qty), from $1.42 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $25 for 5mg (100 qty), from $0.25 per pill

US Brand Price: $825 for 5mg (90 qty), from $9.17 per pill

US Generic Price: $96 for 5mg (90 qty), from $1.07 per pill

4. Synthroid

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Generic or other alternative names: Levothyroxine, Thyronorm

Treatment: used to treat low thyroid hormone levels in the body, as well as prevent goiters (enlarged thyroid glands)

Our stock: We only carry the brand name Synthroid manufactured by Abbott and BGP Pharma/Mylan from India and Canada. It’s available in a variety of dosages ranging from 12.5mcg to 300mcg and comes in 90, 100, or 120 quantities.

Impacts: Levothyroxine has been in short supply this year, causing prices in the United States to rise—and leaving some patients without access to their medication. According to sources, the shortage is a result from hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit Puerto Rico late last year.

CPK Price: $25 for 25mcg (120 qty), from $0.21 per pill

US Price: $95 for 25mcg (90 qty), from $1.06 per pill

5. Spiriva

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Generic or other alternative names: Tiotropium Rotahaler or Handihaler, Tiova

Treatment: This medication is used as a preventive inhaler used to treat shortness of breath and wheezing associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Our stock: We carry both the brand name medication manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, as well as the generic equivalent, tiotropium rotohaler in the 18mcg dosage.

Impacts: Spiriva from Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the top respiratory brands in the United States, generating 1.87 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. It has recently started to feel the effects of generic competition.

CPK Brand Price: $329 for 18mcg/30 blisters (3 qty), from $109 per inhaler

CPK Generic Price: $75 for 18mcg/15 capsules (3 qty), from $12.50 per inhaler

US Brand Price: $282.65 for 18mcg/15 capsules 1 inhaler

US Generic Price: Not Available

6. Zetia

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Generic or other alternative names: Ezetimibe, Ezetrol, Ezedoc

Treatment: a “statin” medication used to lower the cholesterol levels absorbed into the body

Our stock: We currently have the brand name medication manufactured by Merck (from Turkey, UK, Canada), as well as the generic Ezetimibe by different manufacturers (from the UK, India, and Canada). It is available in only one strength of 10mg.

Impacts: Merck's cholesterol medication Zetia had a 21 percent jump in per-prescription prices in 2014, rising to $290. Overall spending increased to $1.03 billion, up from $886 million in the prior year.

CPK Brand Price: $201 for 84 qty, from $2.39 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $65 for 100 qty, from $0.65 per pill

US Brand Price: $368 for 30 qty, from $12.27 per pill

US Generic Price: $196.76 for 30 qty, from $6.56 per pill

7. Jardiance

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Generic or other alternative names: Empagliflozin

Treatment: an oral anti-diabetic medication used to treat type 2 diabetes as it helps the body to get rid of excess glucose from the bloodstream

Our stock: We currently only stock brand name Jardiance manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim from Canada and India. It’s available in a 10mg and 25mg dosage; with quantities of 30 or 90.

Impacts: This medication is at least five years away from having a generic equivalent approved. Recent studies have shown Jardiance reduces the risk of kidney disease for patients with type 2 diabetes who have CVD.

CPK Price: $155 for the 25mg (90 qty), from $1.72 per pill

US Price: $564 for the 25mg (30 qty), from $18.80 per pill

8. Januvia

Generic or other alternative names: Sitagliptin

Treatment: a DPP-4 inhibitor used to treat type 2 diabetes

Our stock: We currently only have the brand name Januvia, manufactured by Merck, which comes from different countries including the UK, Canada, India, Australia, and Turkey. It comes in a 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg dosage and in quantities of 84, 90, or 100.

Impacts: This top selling diabetes drug rose 7% to $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2018.

It is one of the more expense “popular” medications, and a generic isn’t likely to happen before 2022.

CPK Price: $145 for the 50mg (84 qty), from $1.73 per pill

US Price: $457 for the 25mg (30 qty), from $15.2 per pill

9. Lumigan

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Generic or other alternative names: Bimatoprost, Careprost

Treatment: available in eye drop form and is meant to help people with glaucoma keep the pressure in the eye at normal levels

Our stock: We carry both the brand name Lumigan ophthalmic solution manufactured by Allergan from Canada and India, as well as the generic equivalent bimatoprost which comes from India. It is available in a number of dosages (0.01% and 0.03% in 3 ml, 5 ml, 7.5 ml), depending on your needs.

Impacts: About 3 million Americans have glaucoma and globally 65 million have glaucoma. It is the 2nd leading cause of blindness worldwide. Allergan’s Lumigan 0.01% has received approval as first-line therapy indicated for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients. Lumigan 0.01% is an optimized reformulation of Lumigan 0.03%.

CPK Brand Price: $115 for the 0.03%/3ml (3 qty), from $38.33 per bottle

CPK Generic Price: $49 for the 0.03%/3ml (3 qty), from $16.33 per bottle

US Brand Price: $196 for 0.01%/2.5 ml per bottle

US Generic Price: $56.96 for 0.03%/2.5 ml per bottle

10. Myrbetriq

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Generic or other alternative names: Mirabegron, Mirago

Treatment: This medication is used to treat the symptoms of overactive bladder; including the symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage

Our stock: We have both the brand name medication manufactured by Astellas Pharma from Canada, as well as the generic Mirabegron coming from India. It is available in 25mg and 50mg dosages; with quantities of 30, 90, or 100.

Impacts: Some medications have the potential to cause Dementia some 20 years later—luckily, Myrbetriq seems to be a better alternative to Ditropan and Detrol LA, as it has far fewer anticholinergic properties. However, the drug is somewhat newer, making it more difficult to distinguish its long-term cognitive side-effects.

CPK Brand Price: $265 for the 50mg (90 qty), from $2.94 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $183 for the 25mg (100 qty), from $1.83 per pill

US Brand Price: $376 for the 25mg (30 qty), from $12.53 per pill

US Generic Price: Not Available.

11. Propecia

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Generic or other alternative names: Finasteride

Treatment: used to treat male pattern baldness by preventing the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Our stock: We carry both the branded Propecia, manufactured by Merck from New Zealand and Canada, as well as the generic Finasteride coming from India and Canada. It’s only available in 1mg dosage with an 84 or 100 tablet quantity.

Impacts: An estimated 80 million Americans, including 50M men and 30M women, have experienced some level of hair loss. Finasteride can affect libido, cause erectile dysfunction, and birth defects. It shouldn’t be used by premenopausal women who aren’t using an effective contraceptive.

CPK Brand Price: from $1.61 per pill

CPK Generic Price: from $0.30 per pill

US Brand Price: from $3.87 per pill

US Generic Price: from $1.71 per pill

12. Eliquis

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Generic or other alternative names: Apixaban

Treatment: an oral factor Xa inhibitor anticoagulant used to reduce the risk of stroke or dangerous blood clots with patients who have atrial fibrillation caused by a heart valve issue

Our stock: We currently only carry the branded Eliquis manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb which comes from Canada, Turkey, India, and Australia. It’s available in a 2.5mg or 5mg dosage, with quantities of 60, 120, or 180.

Impacts: Findings from the largest real-world data (RWD) have been showing Eliquis has more proven benefits over Xarelto and Pradaxa.

CPK Price: $99 for the 2.5mg (60 qty), from $1.65 per pill

US Price: $446 for the 2.5mg (60 qty), from $7.43 per pill

13. Livalo

Generic or other alternative names: Pitavastatin, Pivasta

Treatment: a “statin” drug, used to treat high cholesterol in adults

Our stock: We carry both the brand name Livalo, manufactured by Kowa Pharm from US, as well as its generic Pitavastatin, manufactured by Zydus Healthcare. It’s available in a 1mg, 2mg, or 4mg dosage.

Impacts: Mary Bridgeman, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, discusses opportunities for avoiding clinically relevant drug interactions with statin therapy in a video.

CPK Brand Price: $1049 for the 2mg (90 qty), from $11.66 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $79 for the 2mg (100 qty), from $0.79 per pill

US Price: Not Available

14. Nexium

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Generic or other alternative names: Esomeprazole, Nexpro, Izra, Esomac

Treatment: a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn. It also can be combined with amoxicillin and clarithromycin for the treatment of patients who have ulcers and H. pylori infections.

Our stock: We have both brand name Nexium, manufactured by AstraZeneca (coming from the UK, Canada, Turkey, and India), as well as its generic esomeprazole (coming from the UK, Canada, and India) in a tablet or capsule form. It’s available in dosages of10mg, 20mg, 40mg and in quantities from 70, 84, 90, 100.

Impacts: Dr. Reddy’s noted the combined market of new Nexium 24HR capsules and private label OTC Esomeprazole Magnesium products had U.S. sales of approximately $311 million for the most recent twelve months, ending in May 2018.

CPK Brand Price: $40 for the 20mg (70 qty), from $0.57 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $30 for the 20mg (100 qty), from $0.30 per pill

US Brand Price: $270 for the 20mg (30 qty), from $9.00 per pill

US Generic Price: $233.67 for the 40mg (30 qty), from $7.79 per pill

15. Flovent

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Generic or other alternative names: Fluticasone

Treatment: a corticosteroid inhaler prescribed as a preventative medication used to treat asthma.

Our stock: We currently only carry the brand name Flovent inhaler manufactured by GSK (coming from Turkey, New Zealand, the UK, and Canada). It comes in dosages ranging from 50mcg/120 dose to 250mcg/120 dose and from 1, 2, or 3 inhalers.

Impacts: New research suggests long-term use of inhaled corticosteroids like Flovent, Pulmicort, and Qvar to relieve inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could increase the risk of bone fractures.

CPK Price: $68 for the 50mcg/120 dosage (3 qty), from $22.67 per inhaler

US Price: $198 per inhalation

16. Uloric

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Generic or other alternative names: Febuxostat, Adenuric, Febucip

Treatment: belongs to the xanthine oxidase inhibitors and is used to reduce uric acid levels in people with gout

Our stock: We carry both the brand name Uloric comes from Canada (by Takeda) and UK (known as Adenuric by A. Menarini), and the generic Febuxostat, manufactured by Cipla, which comes from India. It is available in 40mg, 80mg, and 120mg dosages.

Impacts: An extended release formulation of febuxostat (Uloric) was effective for reducing uric acid in patients with gout; including patients who had renal impairment, a phase III trial found.

CPK Brand Price: $175 for the 80mg (84 qty), from $2.83 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $45 for the 40mg (100 qty), from $0.45 per pill

US Brand Price: $343 for the 40mg (30 qty), from $11.43 per pill

US Generic Price: $160 for the 40mg (30 qty), from $5.30 per pill

17. Premarin

Generic or other alternative names: Conjugated Estrogens, Premique

Treatment: a female hormone used to help reduce the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness

Our stock: We only carry the brand name Premarin, manufactured by Wyeth, which comes from New Zealand, India, the UK and the US. It’s available in the 0.3 mg, 0.45 mg, 0.625 mg, and 1.25mg dosage (though a limited supply of last dosage). Quantities range from 56, 84, to 100.

Impacts: Latest research says taking hormone pills (including Prempro estrogen-progestin pills and Premarin estrogen-only pills) for several years after menopause doesn’t shorten older women’s lifespans.

CPK Price: $105 for the 0.625 mg (84 qty), from $1.25 per pill

US Price: $210.82 for the 0.625 mg (84 qty), from $7.23 per pill

18. Cantharone

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Generic or other alternative names: Cantharidin, Canthacur

Treatment: used to treat molluscum and warts

Our stock: We carry the brand name Cantharone, manufactured by Dormer Laboratories, from Canada. It is available in two different dosages: Regular: 0.7 %/7.5 ml, Plus: 7.5ml Vial (1 %/2 %/30 %)

Note: Cantharone is a non-prescription drug and Cantharone Plus is a RX medication, which requires a prescription. Do not share this medication with others.

CPK Price: $95 for the regular solution

US Price: Not Available.

19. Xarelto

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Generic or other alternative names: Rivaroxaban

Treatment: the third most popular anticoagulant, commonly referred to as blood thinner—used to prevent blood clots from forming in patients who have had hip replacement or knee replacement surgery. It can also be used to prevent stroke or blood clots for patients with atrial fibrillation.

Our stock: We currently only have the brand name Xarelto, manufactured by Bayer, which comes from different countries including Canada, Australia, Turkey, and the UK. It’s available in the 10 mg, 15 mg, and 20 mg dosages—with quantities ranging from 50, 84, 90, to 100.

Impacts: Xarelto is still the top-selling new oral anticoagulant (NOAC) in the US, with roughly $1.83 billion in sales for 2015. It may become available as generic Rivaroxaban in 2021, when the brand name patent expires.

CPK Price: $265 for the 10 mg (100 qty), from $2.65 per pill

US Price: $446 for the 10 mg (30 qty), from $14.87 per pill

20. Motilium

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Generic or other alternative names: Domperidone

Treatment: antiemetic and a prokinetic medicine used to treat nausea and vomiting

Our stock: We carry both the brand name medication, Motilium, manufactured by Janssen from India, as well as its generic domperidone from Canada & the UK. Regardless of the dispensing location, brand or generic medication, or quantity prescribed—we only carry the 10mg dosage. It is available in 100-1000 quantities, as prescribed by your doctor.

Impacts: A recent review found domperidone was associated with a small increased risk of cardiac side effects. The domperidone drug interactions cam be also serious. It must be supplied on prescription.

CPK Brand Price: $240 for 10mg (1000 qty), from $0.24 per pill

CPK Generic Price: $149 for 10mg (1000 qty), from $0.15 per pill

US Price: Not Available

Canadian Pharmacy King proudly dispenses medications safely and affordably from Canada and other countries around the world. This list covers our top 20 most popular medications as of summer 2018—but we also deliver hundreds more. For all of these medications, a prescription is required—but our online ordering is easy to understand and completely safe. Make sure you order your medication from a safe & verified Canadian pharmacy, like Canadian Pharmacy King. You can always call our toll-free number at: 1-877-745-9217 to discuss with a customer support representative for the lowest possible prices of your prescription medication and which country it may come from.

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