Lauri-Anne Hammond

Buffalo, NY

“My first experience with breast cancer was in 2004. My doctor prescribed Tamoxifin. Calling every pharmacy in the area – my limit was 50 miles – the cheapest I could find was $389 a month. Being on Disability, the cost was well beyond my means. Luckily I live in the Buffalo, NY area and had heard that drugs in Canada were significantly cheaper. I went to a Canadian pharmacy but was still very much filled with trepidation that it would continue to be beyond my means and I would leave empty handed. Much to my surprise, the cost was just over 10% of the American price and they would dispense the three-month supply all at once. $389 a month American vs. $40 Canadian is absurd!”

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