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Canadian Pharmacies Online 

For Top Canadian Online Pharmacies, seniors provide 54% of traffic; Sixteen of the 50 Most Popular Pharmacy Sites Are Canadian and Mexican Based

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2004--  Among the top 25 pharmacy sites with the highest percentage of users age 55 and older, 12 are foreign based, usually Canadian Pharmacies and Mexican Pharmacies

U.S. seniors are fighting an increasingly difficult battle in their quest for affordable prescription drugs, and new Hitwise data indicate their search is spreading to neighboring countries via the Web. 

According to Hitwise, the world's leading online competitive Intelligence service, the foreign sites with the highest percentage of their U.S. visitors stemming from this older demographic are Canadian based: Canada Drugs (www.canadadrugs.com) at 53 percent; Med Center Store (www.medcenterstore.com) at 44 percent; and Doctor Solve (www.doctorsolve.com) at 42 percent. (Data period: week ending Sept. 11, 2004)

"The latest online data bolster reports about the growing demand among seniors for lower drug prices," said Bill Tancer, vice president of research, Hitwise. "We've been hearing about seniors obtaining prescriptions via foreign mail-order, as well actually traveling thousands of miles to Canada or Mexico to purchase them. While there is growing controversy around this trend, the latest Hitwise data show that the Internet is increasingly augmenting these more conventional methods."

While seniors are heavily driven to foreign sites, at 37 percent they also are the dominant demographic to visit the entire pharmacy category. The 55+ age bracket is more than twice as likely as all others to visit pharmacy sites. This helps explain why sixteen of the 50 most popular pharmacy sites among all U.S. Internet users are foreign based. Five of those sixteen include: Canada Pharmacy (www.canadapharmacy.com); Mexican Pharmacies Online (www.pmeds.com); MyRxForLess (www.myrxforless.com); Canada Drugs (www.canadadrugs.com); and RxNorth (www.rxnorth.com).

Top 25 Pharmacy Sites For Seniors

Pharmacy Sites - Ranked By Highest % of Visitors Age 55+
Data Period: Week Ending Sept. 11, 2004
Rank Site % Of Visitors Age 55+ Explicit Foreign Country Affiliation
1 AARP Pharmacy Services                75.65%
2 Prescription Solutions 66.43%
5 Express Scripts Members 59.55%
6 CareMark 59.44%
7 Medco                   58.12%
8 Express-Scripts.com     54.36%
9 Canada Drugs 52.89%  Canadian
10 AdvanceRX.com           49.76%
11 Med Center Store        43.60%  Canadian
12 DoctorSolve       42.40% Canadian
13 Jan Drugs 41.48% Canadian
14 Canada Pharmacy 40.82% Canadian
15 RxNorth 39.79% Canadian
16 Affordable RX           39.60% Canadian
17 Candrugstore.com 38.89% Canadian
18 MedCenter Canada        38.55% Canadian
19 AmeriCanaMeds.com 30.78% Canadian
20 legalmedsonline.com     28.39%
21 Drugstores-Online.com 27.81%
22 RX-MEX.com 25.65% Mexico
23 Rite Aid 24.46%
24 MyRX For Less 23.34% Mexico
25 Drugstore.com           23.24%


Top 50 Pharmacy Sites for All U.S. Internet Users

Pharmacy Sites - Ranking By All U.S. Visits
Data Period: August 2004

Rank Site % Of Visitors Age 55+ Pharmacy Country Affiliation
2 drugstore.com         14.46%
3 Walgreens.com 12.65%
4 Rite Aid              8.47%
5 CVS.com 6.12%
6 Express Scripts Members 3.35%
7 Canada Pharmacy       3.00% Canadian
9 Express-Scripts.com   2.57%
10 CareMark              2.46%
11 AdvanceRX.com  1.80%
12 Eckerd.com            1.30%
13 legalmedsonline.com   1.28%
14 Mexican Pharmacies 0.91% Mexico
15 Ideal Prescriptions 0.90%
16 eDrugstore.md  0.84%
17 MyRX For Less 0.72% Mexico
18 Frontier Pharmacies 0.71%
19 Canada Drugs 0.69%  Canadian
20 Medco                   0.68%
21 Drugstores-Online.com 0.68%
22 RxNorth 0.61% Canadian
23 RX-MEX.com 0.59% Mexico
24 Pillstore             0.56%
25 Jan Drugs 0.54%  Canadian
26 DrugBuyers.com  0.54%
27 Candrugstore.com 0.48% Canadian
28 ClickPharmacy         0.47%
29 Affordable RX           0.46% Canadian
30 DoctorSolve       0.41% Canadian
31 Prescription Solutions Online  0.41%
32 Access Med Net 0.40%
33 AmeriCanaMeds.com  0.39% Canadian
34 AARP Pharmacy Services                0.38%
35 Med Center Store 0.36% Canadian
36 USAPrescription.com 0.35%
37 MedCenter Canada 0.32% Canadian
38 TheHomePharmacy.com 0.32%
40 AmericaRx.com 0.29%
41 Foreign Pharmacies  0.29%
43 AlbionDrugs.com 0.26%
45 Rx1 0.26% Canadian
46 Universal DrugStore 0.25% Canadian
47 Web-Drug-Store.com 0.24%
48 I Can RX 0.24% Canadian

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