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Taking Control of Your Health: Crossing the Border to Keep Healthy in America

Jun 9, 2008
Though the FDA doesn't approve of buying drugs in Mexico or Canada, American doctors can be licensed to prescribe drugs to be filled in Canada. And many Americans are going to Mexico or Canada to get their medicines because they are cheaper. They are also buying them online and the online companies buy them from Canada or Mexico. Simply put, Americans are taking control of getting the medications they need and can't afford at American prices. Why are they cheaper in Canada? In Canada they have an anti-lobby act for drug companies.

You can buy some drugs in Canada as over the counter medication that are prescription in the United States. Some of them are Claritin and a pain relief medicine that contains codeine. You can buy Valium and Clomid in Mexico without a Mexican prescription. Granted some people have been arrested for these activities. In Mexico you can buy all medications unless they are controlled substances like Vicodin and codeine. You need a prescription for those.

A researcher at the University of Texas named Shepherd says that one out of five drugs in Mexico is counterfeit or substandard. If you are considering importing prescription drugs from a foreign country be aware that it is overseen by the U.S. Customs and The FDA. They both state they it is illegal for you to import drugs for personal use without a prescription. The best advice is to have a prescription. Any drugs that are banned in the U.S. are prohibited. A caveat is that if the drug was originally exported from the U.S to Mexico, Canada or elsewhere it is illegal for anyone, but the manufacturer to re-import it back to the U.S.

You can either take a trip to foreign countries or buy them from their online stores. Basically, most governments issue warnings about buying drugs from other countries saying they may not be safe. In Mexico the Department of health says don't buy drugs from the U.S. or Canada they may contain imperfections; they might not be safe.

People discus buying drugs from other countries with and without prescriptions. Most of them say they haven't had any problems with safety. It seems that it is people that haven't tried this method that are more cautious in ht e forums. People say that they have bought the same medications in the same packaging as in the United States, only much cheaper. That is because there aren't any price controls on the drug companies in the United States and they are allowed to lobby. We all know that money is a persuader.

It seems that many people buy their meds from drug stores that are close to the dock where the cruise ships come into foreign ports and in some causes they are ran by former U.S. pharmacist. When considering making these purchases it is best to consider the risks involved. If you are caught with these meds without a prescription you can go to jail.
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