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$6 Million in Possible Prescription Drug Savings Uncovered In First Week of Nonprofit's 'Canadian Drug Savings Calculator'; Powerful Web-Based Tool from 'Results for America' Finds Audience in Wake of Medicare Bill Passage.

NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 consumers used the powerful, consumer-friendly "Canadian Drug Savings Calculator" ( to calculate $6.1 million in total savings during the first week that the powerful, consumer-friendly tool was available on the Web, according to the nonprofit Results for America (RFA).

Unveiled on November 25, 2003, the Canadian Drug Savings Calculator (also available at makes it possible for Americans using prescription medications to calculate exactly how much they could save by buying their medications in Canada. RFA is a project of the nonprofit Civil Society Institute.

Civil Society Institute President Pam Solo said: "We are delighted to see even stronger interest in this consumer information tool than we had originally projected. We are making this calculator available so that every American medical consumer can better understand their own personal stake in the fight for affordable prescription medication.

Nearly every home and every family in America will find this highly customizable cost-savings information to be of direct interest on a personal pocketbook level."

The RFA calculator allows consumers to gauge savings on nearly 50 of the most popular prescription medications by picking multiple drugs, different dosage settings and time horizons ranging from one month to 20 years. For example, the calculator shows that an American consumer who buys the widely prescribed osteoarthritis pain relief medication Vioxx and takes one pill per today would spend $524.16 a year less at Canadian prices, or a total of $10,483.20 over 20 years. Similarly, a person taking Lipitor, for treatment of high cholesterol, would save $338.52 per year -- or $6,770.40 over 20 years. A U.S. victim of acid reflux taking the medication Prevacid on a daily basis would save $640.64 a year or $12,812.80 over 20 years in Canada, according to the calculator.

The prescription medications encompassed in the RFA "Canadian Drug Savings Calculator" are Accupril, Actosm, Advair Disku, Allegra-D, Alphagan-P, Aricept, Arimidex, Avalide, Avandia,Avapro, Casodex, Celexa, Clarinex, Coumadin, Cozaar, Depakote, Detrol LA, Diovan, Exelon, Flonase, Flovent, Fosamax, Glucophage XR, Hyzaar, Lamictal, Lipitor, Mirapex, Mobic, Nasonex, Neurontin, Paxil, Pravachol, Premarin, Prempro, Prevacid, Prograf, Proscar, Risperdal, Serevent, Singulair, Synthroid, Topamax, Vioxx, Xalatan, Zocor and Zyrtec.

The list of prescriptions and the quoted prices in the Canadian Drug Savings Calculator are drawn from the "Fight for Affordable Drug Prices" Web site ( of the Office of the Governor of Illinois. Prices reflected in Web site were compiled from the list prices of four different online pharmacy retailers from October 1-7, 2003. Certain price factors that tend to cancel each other out (including inflation and competition-related adjustments in drug prices) are not reflected in the calculator's multi-year results.


Results for America is a project of the Civil Society Institute, which is based in Newton, Massachusetts. The mission of CSI is to serve as a catalyst for change by creating problem-solving interactions among people, and between communities, government and business, that can help to improve society. Visit Civil Society Institute on the Web at

RFA seeks to shape and tap the tremendous amount of community-level knowledge, experience and innovative action that could solve America's problems in four key areas:
 * Healthy Families, Healthy Economy, Healthy America. Results for America
 supports affordable health care and prescription drugs. It also
 supports a commitment to biomedical technologies and breakthrough
 treatments and cures for life-threatening illnesses that affect millions
 of us.

 * Great Kids, Great Schools, Great Communities. Results for America
 supports investing in public schools, making sure parents have more of a
 say in their schools and creating conditions that will lead to learning
 and success for every child.

 * Clean Air, Clean Energy, Bright Future. Results for America supports
 reducing our debilitating dependence on oil and fossil fuels and making
 sensible investments in alternative energy sources.

 * Rational Foreign Policy, A Safer World. Results for America supports a
 rational foreign policy that works in concert with global organizations
 not in opposition to them. It also supports restoring America to its
 place in the world community as a nation respected and admired rather
 than mistrusted and feared.

CONTACT: Stephanie Kendall, for Civil Society Institute, +1-703-276-3254 or

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