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Buying Drugs from Canada

June 2004

My daughter's dermatologist has prescribed a very expensive drug (Periostat), which our insurance company doesn't cover for treatment of acne. The doctor suggested we buy it from Canada, but she didn't have any leads on how to do this. Does anyone know a particular source in Canada with their contact information?


Check out the websites for the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin - on them you will find information about several Canadian internet pharmacies that are reputable. One is at crossborderpharmacy.com; two others you can find through those states' websites. I don't have any personal experience with them. Richard
I have purchased drugs online from Canada at reduced prices. The web site is www.crossborderpharmacy.com. You need to fax a prescription, and then they mail the medication to you directly. It is very easy and the selection of drugs available is large. I also uncerstand that you can take a prescription with you, have filled and bring medication back if you plan to be in Canada. Additionally, you can purchase drugs from New Zealand at planetorders@vanuatu.com.vu or 1-877-271-6591, but I do not have personal experience with them. Karen C.

24-hour Pharmacy

June 2003

I was wondering: does anyone know which drugstores around here are open 24 hours, 7 days a week? We recently needed some liquid benedryl at midnight this weekend, and our local Safeway was out of stock. I'd like to have more options next time. Thanks. Elisabeth


Walgreen's at 51st and Telegraph. kathy
When I had mastitas in the middle of the night the only place I found was Walgreens on 51st and Telegraph. They filled a physician called in prescription in the wee morning hours. I would call first and see if you can buy over the counter meds in those late hours. Dana McMahan
The Walgreen's Pharmacy at 51st and Telegraph in Oakland is open 24-7. It's proximity to Oakland Children's Hospital makes it very convenient. They have a drive-through window for prescriptions. Jane Turbiner
Most hospitals (probably all) have a 24-hour pharmacy. Beyond that I've just spent some time looking on the Longs and Walgreens sites and as far as I can tell your only 24 hour pharmacy is the Walgreen's at 5055 Telegraph. It also has a drive through. There is also one in San Leandro. I also noticed that there was a drive through pharmacy at the Albertson's in El Cerritto Plaza.

If you are looking just for OTC stuff, the Albertson's in Montclair is 24 hours. If you are looking for a "fairly late" pharmacy, the Longs at 5100 Broadway is until 10pm, the store until midnight. Myriam


Friendly pharmacy

March 2000

Wanted, fair and honest pharmacy in the Berkeley/North Oakland/Albany area. I've been using Long's Drugs in Berkeley on Shattuck for many years, but lately they are getting out of hand in overcharging on co-pays, and splitting perscriptions up so that I end paying twice as much in copays for a given set of pills. Somehow I doubt my insurance company is seeing all of this money. Can anyone recommend a pharmacy in Berkeley or the surrounding areas which does not indulge in this sort of price gouging? Thanks.


We've had good luck with the Solano Avenue Pharmacy (1395 Solano, 2 blocks west of Santa Fe, 524-5881). The staff is friendly, the service prompt, and we've never been overcharged! Greg
You might try some of the online pharmacies. I've had particularly good luck with www.drugstore.com and planetrx.com. It's absolutely no help, of course in the instance of an emergency prescription, but quite helpful in terms of ongoing prescriptions.
I heartily recommend Thousand Oaks Pharmacy at the top of Solano (across from the Oaks Theatre). Owned by the Totah family, longtime Berkeleyites, neighborly, friendly, helpful, courteous, kind, honest, etc. And its not a chain!!! Open until 6:30 weekdays, to 6:00 on Saturday, closed Sunday. Tim
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