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Posted by Lorraine Lee on April 25, 2000 at 18:42:11:

In Reply to: You can buy Allergra D on the counter in Canada! Please read! posted by Brooks on January 17, 2000 at 12:35:23:

: Hey to let everyone know that there you can buy :Allergra D on the counter in Canada!

Although I'm a U.S. national, I was aware of this. I'm aware that Claritin (Loratidine) and Reactine (Cetirizine, marketed Rx-only in US under the name Zyrtec) are also OTC in Canada.

:Does anyone know any prescribed medication that :you can get in Canada for Allergies? It's :because the Allergra in Canada is verry :expensive!

The price of Allegra at the Rx counter in U.S. pharmacies is about double the OTC price in Canadian pharmacies. The same is true of Loratidine and Cetirizine.

: IT's like $15 for 10 pills and we :have great :inssurance but they don't pay for things you can :buy over the counter! It's like the inssurance :company pay for shampoo! Ccan anyone else help?

Actually, Nizoral (active ingredient ketoconazole) anti-fungal shampoo went OTC in Canada several years before doing so in the US.

Flonase and Atrovent nasal sprays are (last we checked) still Rx only in Canada, and very attractively retail priced by US standards. Unfortunately (for us) Canadian pharmacies aren't allowed to fill prescriptions written by non-Canadian physicians. As far as I know there is no law prohibiting Canadian physicians from practicing on private-pay, non-emergency, non-Canadian patients, but I'd feel a little vulnerable if I ended up in a situation where I needed hospitalization on my side of the border and my personal physician is on the other side, probably without a green card (US work visa). So I pay US prices for prescriptions.

I haven't the foggiest idea whether your prescription coverage would include Flonase or Atrovent.

I've always appreciated Canada's more lenient policies of offering the lay public a wider range of OTC self-medication options, but I can see how the other side of the coin is more ways for your health underwriter to get out of reimbursing you.

Still, I suspect that whatever positive things you may have heard about healthcare in the USA you probably heard from Americans who are "established", i.e. well past the part time or temp agency job stage of their career development, typically the first decade or so after graduation from high school or college.

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