Frequently Asked Questions: International Meds
Yes! Americans are allowed to import up to a 3-month supply of each of their medications for personal use.
Click here to be directed to documentation.
All of our medications are of the same quality, purity, and potency as those available in the USA.
All prescriptions are reviewed and filled by government licensed pharmacists and physicians.
We only use Tier 1 countries. Just as the Unites States has the FDA, these countries have their own government agencies tasked with the approval of medications, abiding by rules for generics, facility inspections to ensure health and safety regulations are being followed, guaranteeing that medications include the active/incactive ingredients listed, and making sure packaging included the correct medication. Plus, all of the medications are government approved.
The names of these agencies are:
Canada: The Pharmaceutical Drugs Directorate (PDD)
United Kingdom: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care
New Zealand: Medsafe, which is a business unit of the Ministry of Health
Australia: Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) within the Department of Health
Turkey: The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TMMDA)
India: Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
All of our suppliers are located in Tier 1 Countries. Tier 1 designations correspond to the World Bank’s list of high income nations and represents “Developed Countries”
Our medications are sourced from Canada, India, United Kingdom (UK), Turkey, Australia and New Zealand. We do NOT source from China.
If choosing a specific country is important to you, just let us know, and we will show you the savings from several countries and let YOU decide.
We have over 2,000 name brand and generic medications available for International Mail Order.
Here is a list of our most commonly sold medications and their prices.
In general, you will find the best savings on brands and high-priced generics.
We have injectibles and other climate controlled medications, but shipping charges are higher for these and we only source these medications from Canada.
We cannot place orders for narcotics nor any controlled substances.
You can use your discount prescription card at our US based retail pharmacies for these medications.
Yes. A medical practitioner must have prescribed all medications ordered from us. To provide us with your prescriptions, you can email us or fax us a copy of the original prescription to 216-274-9668. You will also have the opportunity to upload a scanned copy of the prescription via our encrypted portal when placing your order.
Occasionally, an original prescription must be mailed.
Christian Healthcare Ministries does not share in the cost of medications, except where indicated in their sharing guidelines. Regardless of whether the expense is shareable or not, you are still responsible for finding the best possible price. If you have questions as to whether your prescriptions are a shareable expense, you should contact them directly or call 800-791-6225 for assistance. If your medications costs ARE shareable, we will provide you with the documentation needed to submit for reimbursement.
The best way to see is to price your individual medications by calling us or clicking here for our encrypted pricing request form. In general, International mail order is best for your expensive medications. Some generic and brand name drugs will be cheaper through your local walk-in pharmacy, in which case you can use your existing CHMRx card. You can look up retail pharmacy prices right here.
No. Prescriptin medicines from Internation pharmacies are tax and duty free. You pay only for your medicine and the shipping fee. Occasionally, we will offer tracking if it is not included in the price, but you have the option to pay or not.
All your medications will be shipped to you for a flat rate per order of only $9.95 from our Canadian and our other International pharmacies. Therefore, we suggest you order all your medications at the same time to save on shipping.
Depending on the country of origin, we will give you the option of adding tracking for an additional charge. In most cases, tracking is included in the price automatically.
- Submit a pricing request. You can see pricing for our most common meds by clicking here. We will confirm the price with you via email.
- You will receive an email with your medication pricing. You will also get a link to complete your Simplified Health History in our encrypted portal. We will also give you instructions on how to get your prescription to us. We have an upload feature within our encrypted portal, it may also be faxed to us at 216-274-9668 or emailed to us.
- Once we have received your Simplified Health History and your prescription, we are ready to take your payment information and place your order.
- Once your order has been placed, we will send you a confirmation and payment receipt.
- Once your order is in transit, you will receive a tracking number if applicable
- We will call you in plenty of time to place your refill order
We take credit cards, but you can also mail us a check. Checks need to clear before the ordering process begins. If budgeting is a factor for more expensive medications, we can ship and bill monthly instead of quarterly. This will incur additional charges of $19.95 per order.
We ask that you give your first order 4 to 6 weeks to be received by you, but most orders normally take 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the country of origin. After that, we will reach out to you via email and phone to reorder in plenty of time to ensure you always have a supply on hand.
Our free reorder reminder service will call and email you before your refill is due so that you can authorize your reorder. We highly encourage you to keep track of your eligible refills, but we will also do that for you, and send a reminder when your doctor needs to submit a refill.
We all know that generic medications offer safe, high-quality medicine at a, fraction of the cost of a brand-name drug. In fact, once a generic medication hits the market, prices tend to fall by 60-80%. The problem is that many other drugs we rely on today are not yet available generically in the U.S. The good news is that this is not the case in other countries! The law in several countries allow medications to enter the market nearly 20 years sooner than in the U.S. As a result, generic medications are available for virtually every brand-name drug.
The law in several countries allow medications to enter the market nearly 20 years sooner than in the U.S. As a result, generic medications are available for virtually every brand-name drug.
Generics are generally named after the active ingredients in the medications, but may vary from country to country.
India is an excellent example of how India and the United States Pharmaceutical industries are intertwined. This isn’t apparent to patients who simply walk into a U.S.-based retail pharmacy, and never question where those medications came from. The largest producer of generic medications in the world. India’s Pharmaceutical Industry is the 4th largest in the world. Many of the generic drugs on the shelves at your local US pharmacy come from drug companies in India, and other countries – the same drug companies we buy from. Plus, many of the brand-name drugs in the United States are manufactured with base ingredients supplied by India. India sells the exact same brand name drugs; they just have a different economy of scale so everything is far less expensive.