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Buying Prescription Medicines in Mexico

February 08

Do I Really Need a Prescription?

It seems that there are conflicting statements in the following from your website....El Codo clarifies ... Let's go over the issue of written prescriptions one more time.... Remember, Mexican justice treats large amounts of unlawfully possessed class II and III medicines as harshly as they do Class I drugs like heroin, hashish, and speed.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell

Even though my need is legitimate my question is this: If I go to TJ in search of Cypionate with my U.S prescription and manage to get a mexican presescription for the actual purchase, will I have trouble at the border?... (more) Answer by David "El Codo" Eidell

•Buying Controlled Medicines With A US Prescription

First of all the US prescription is invalid in Mexico, so flashing it in a farmacia or at a snooping policeman is next to worthless.

A US prescription has two purposes, the first is to convince the Mexican doctors that your personal physician believes that the medicine is justified.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell

December 2002

•My Medicines Weren't Allowed Into The U.S.

When we came back to the border the Customs Officials detained me, told us we could NOT take ANY controlled substance into US unless we also had a US prescription.... (more) Answered by David "El Codo" Eidell

•¿What If They Won't Let Your Prescription Medicine Across the Border?
Uneven U.S. Customs Enforcement Policy Towards Controlled Medicines: Updated December 2002

Let's say that you've followed all of the recommendations regarding being legal and declaring your medicines to U.S. Customs. Upon your declaration, the Customs Agent responds with "Sorry you cannot bring that medicine into the United States" (or any number of other negative replies)..... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell

Buying Prescription Medicines in Mexico: Update: March 2002

Mexico's legislature nixed president Vicente Fox's plans to add a twenty percent tax onto prescription medicine sales. Medicines seem to be one of the few commodities in Mexico that haven't undergone a series of spiraling price increases in the last several months. If anything, competition in border cities has resulted in price slashing on some of the more expensive antibiotics and stomach remedies.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell

Save Your Medicine Receipts

Friday Feb 15th, 2002

US Customs announced that medicines from a Baja California chain of pharmacies will be confiscated at the border. Starting today, medicines purchased from farmacias VIDA SUPREMA, a Tijuana based chain of twenty pharmacies are "medicinas non gratis" into the United States.... The US Attorney General says that the pharmacy is somehow linked to the infamous Arellano Felix drug cartel and the ban is one way the United States plans to combat profits and money laundering.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell

Frequently Asked Questions: Buying Prescription Medicines in Mexico

•The People’s Guide has the last word on drugs in Mexico, right?
•Can I buy controlled drugs over-the-counter in Mexico?
•How do I know if a medicine is available in Mexico?
•Who’s telling the truth here? What’s the real scoop?
•Five Very Important Points about buying Mexican medications!
PLUS Many More

•Purchasing Prescription Drugs In Mexico: part I

Thousands of Americans cross the border every year in order to save a great deal of money buying prescription drugs. This is a major industry, and total sales to foreigners exceeds two hundred million dollars annually.... (more) by David Eidell

•Purchasing Prescription Drugs in Mexico: Part II

Medicines cannot be mailed or shipped from Mexico to the United States.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell

•Calling a Pharmacy for Price

If you wish, you can use the telephone numbers listed below (Farmacia El Fenix in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) in order to inquire about price and availability of prescription drugs in Mexico.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell

A Pharmacy in Tijuana

I read your article on buying medications in México and found it to be very accurate in its guidelines.

One thing that is a common occurance is the difficulty in getting information on medications. We are Farmacias Internacional, a 13 store chain in Tijuana and have been in business for well over 45 years.... (more)

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