Rosuvastatin is now available in U.S. pharmacies as a generic but you can get Crestor 10mg, the brand version, 94% cheaper online. To put some flesh and bones, dollars and sense (pun intended) to this percentile: Ninety pills of generic rosuvastatin cost a whopping $795 at a Walgreens in Brooklyn, NY, but 90 pills of brand name Crestor is $45.65 at a low-cost international online pharmacy, one that is verified by PharmacyChecker.com.
What about using a prescription discount card to buy generic Crestor? Drug price comparison company GoodRx offers a coupon to be used at Rite Aid Pharmacy for a price of $329.52 – still more than seven times the price to get Crestor from an online pharmacy.
Care to know where these drugs are made? It may surprise you.
The generic rosuvastatin sold in U.S. pharmacies is made in Malta (a small country in Europe) by a company called Arrow Pharm. The brand name Crestor sold in U.S. pharmacies is made in Germany by Corden Pharma Gmbh.
Pictured above, the brand name Crestor sold by some of the international online pharmacies in our program is made by Astra Zeneca’s subsidiary in Puerto Rico, dispensed and shipped by an international pharmacy, one that is licensed in Mauritius (a small island nation in the Indian Ocean) and inspected by PharmacyChecker.com.
In addition to the great savings, there’s a great lesson to be learned here about the global nature of pharmaceutical manufacturing, pricing and distribution. The brand Crestor and generic rosuvastatin that is sold at your local U.S. pharmacy is not made by AstraZeneca but by contract manufacturers in foreign plants.* The brand Crestor you can buy from an international online pharmacy at a huge discount is made by AstraZeneca in Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory that is subject to U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing regulations.
Oh, the irony.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: these foreign plants are registered establishments with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as is the AstraZeneca plant in Puerto Rico.Tagged with: Crestor, rosuvastatin