Merck discount program may not really be competitive with Canadian prices

As reported earlier, Merck’s Prescription Discount Program, available to the uninsured regardless of income, is meant to compete with Canadian pharmacies. The program offers 15-40% off retail prices for Merck drugs.

According to PharmaLive, analyzed the Merck program and found that Canadian pharmacies remain a better deal–with discounts in the range of 29-46% for Merck drugs. Even deeper discounts are available from pharmacies in Australia and New Zealand.

Merck’s program still makes sense to me. Prices are reasonably close, and will be closer once shipping costs are added for overseas orders. And there’s a decent argument that it’s worth a little extra to buy from a domestic, completely legal source.

May 2, 2005

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