Seller of herbal medicine from Canada, New Brunswick says it has purchased $40,000 worth of herbal pills from the U.S. pharmacy chain, and now sells the products online.
“We had a situation where we were trying to get herbal medicines for my children, my husband, my daughter and my husband’s kids, and we weren’t able to get them through the health insurance,” said Carol Schmier, co-owner of Rosemont Pharmacy in New Brunswick, N.B. “The prescription was expired and the insurance didn’t cover them.
We had no idea what the cost was.
We were very desperate, but we had no money.”
Rosemont’s online pharmacy offers more than 60 different herbal medicines including: turmeric-based cough syrup, tinctures, teas, and creams.
It also offers other products such as a herbal tonic, herbal teas and supplements.
Rosemont said the purchase from its New Brunswick office came after a series of interactions with pharmacies in the U., including the recent sale of the company’s Canadian business to a Canadian pharmacy.
The purchase came after the Canadian business sold to a U.K. pharmacy, which purchased its Canadian supply and then shipped it to Rosemont’s New Brunswick headquarters, Schmiers said.
“This pharmacy, I think they had a lot of concerns about our business and their quality,” she said.
“We had to do some extensive research to see if it was worth it.
I can tell you, the results were a no-brainer.”
Schmier said her pharmacy has been in business since 1984 and has sold more than 80,000 herbal medicines.
The pharmacy owner has been contacted by Canadian health care providers and has been able to keep the sale going, she said, but it is an opportunity to educate consumers about the risks of taking prescription medications.
“I think a lot people have a misconception that if you go to a pharmacy, they don’t do harm,” she explained.
“There are definitely dangers, and that is true, but if you do what you need to do, you’re not going to do harm.”