CIPA Pharmacy - Canadian International Pharmacy Association
CIPA is the only national association of international pharmacies in Canada. CIPA members are licensed brick and mortar pharmacies that fill prescriptions for both Canadian and American patients.
Each Canadian pharmacy is licensed and inspected by the provincial authorities where they are located and are subject to additional inspections by the Federal Government through Health Canada. In addition, 6 American States (Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin) have inspected member facilities and listed them on their web sites. Nevada has now licensed 4 of our member Canadian pharmacies, with more to come, as Nevada pharmacies.
We offer mail-order services to Americans only after receiving a valid and signed prescription from the American primary care physician. For medications dispensed from a CIPA member's canadian pharmacy, a licensed Canadian physician conducts an independent medical review of the patientís medical history, American prescription and profile including a review of current medications being taken.
We are NOT virtual "internet pharmacies" that hide behind a website with a Canadian flag and dispense controlled substances without a prescription or patient medical profile.
The often used label of "internet pharmacy" is a misnomer since the majority of all orders are still placed over the telephone. The internet is merely a communications tool and is not our primary interface with patients.
From Canada, only Health Canada approved products are dispensed and in their original manufacturers containers with tamper evident seals intact. Canadian DIN #ís can be found on all products on our shelves at our Canadian pharmacies. The Drug Identification Number (DIN) is the number located on the label of prescription and over-the-counter drug products that have been evaluated by the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) and approved for sale in Canada.
For all medictions dispensed from canada we ensure that: 1. A Canadian physician conducts an independent medical review of the American patientís prescription from their own primary care physician after a physical examination has been conducted. 2. A completed medical history questionnaire including a list of all medications currently taken and a signed patient consent form.
We fill prescriptions primarily for maintenance medications that the patient has, in most cases, been on for years. We do NOT offer controlled or banned drugs to patients even if a prescription is provided.
In addition to compliance with Canadian Federal and Provincial regulations, CIPA member pharmacies must also comply with the terms of the CIPA license agreement which legally obligates them to adhere to further enhanced standards that are relevant just to the practice of international pharmacy. We comply with all Canadian Federal and Provincial laws and offer mail-order prescription services by consent with terms of recourse for American patients should they be dissatisfied with the product or service.