Buying Drugs in Mexico and/or Online? Is it safe? Is it the same stuff?

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    Sep 04, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    Hey Guys- I have purchased Cialis in USA for a few years but the cost is too expensive without insurance $48 a pill or I can purchase generic online with my prescription for $2.50 a pill.

    I did some research and they all warned of the dangers!
    Is it just USA propaganda or is it really unsafe?

    If any of you have used online and purchased drugs or know of someone who did or went to Mexico for meds. Please advise. Is it the same stuff? Do you have to be careful? etc. I would be going to Mexico Los Algodones or ordering online from so called Canada pharmacy.

    PS if you know of a good pharmacy, please let me know.

    Thanks
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    Sep 04, 2014 5:49 PM GMT
    Dont do it. You'll never get off of hundreds of phone lists and email lists. Annoying at best. Scary at worst when U.S. Customs sends you official communications that your package has been confiscated and further attempts to import pharmaceuticals may result in criminal prosecution.

    Not that I would know any of this first hand, of course.
  • AWashingtonia...

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    Sep 05, 2014 4:15 PM GMT
    I live in China, but isn't everyone state-side supposed to have free healthcare or something by now?
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    Sep 05, 2014 6:43 PM GMT
    Drugs sold (legally) in the US have to follow FDA standards in regards to their chemical composition and their entire manufacturing processes. Drugs manufactured outside of the US aren't held to those same standards, so you aren't guaranteed the same quality or chemical composition. In other words, be wary about ordering drugs on-line or those made in other countries.
  • KaZT

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    Sep 06, 2014 1:14 AM GMT
    I think drugs are not safe at all...
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    Sep 08, 2014 12:47 AM GMT
    N2Now saidHey Guys- I have purchased Cialis in USA for a few years but the cost is too expensive without insurance $48 a pill or I can purchase generic online with my prescription for $2.50 a pill.

    I did some research and they all warned of the dangers!
    Is it just USA propaganda or is it really unsafe?

    If any of you have used online and purchased drugs or know of someone who did or went to Mexico for meds. Please advise. Is it the same stuff? Do you have to be careful? etc. I would be going to Mexico Los Algodones or ordering online from so called Canada pharmacy.

    PS if you know of a good pharmacy, please let me know.

    Thanks


    You can buy generic drugs from most mainstream drugstores without any risk, as far as my experience most "branded" pills are a waste of money. That being said I usually don't buy drugs for more than a cold usually.
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    Sep 08, 2014 5:02 AM GMT
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    Sep 10, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
    We started getting one drug for my husband by mail from Canada for a while, after he complained to me how much it had been previously costing from US pharmacies. It was an upper "tier" med that wasn't covered by his insurance plan, and he was paying hundreds of dollars a month. Each daily pill cost about $10 each, not a huge sum but a significant budget drain for us, more than our utility bills run.

    I researched online and found what looked like a reliable Canadian company, that did so much of this business that they kept a US office & number in Seattle. I would fax his prescription renewals to them, and they'd mail a box of pills to us. All legal, and lowered his cost to less than a third of previous.

    But then he changed one of his doctors to mine, during my cancer treatment (we share all our doctors, easier to manage and we often have double appointments together). Who told us some of these meds, and likely my husband's in particular, came from India via Canada, and weren't as effective as the US versions, and possibly not safe.

    He said the good news, however, was that this particular one had recently become available in the US as a generic. Making it a no-cost Tier 1 med under my husband's insurance, for which this doctor wrote a new prescription.

    So now it costs us nothing at all, a US med we get right here at our local pharmacy. It therefore pays to check on these things periodically, because they can change. And some doctors do believe these non-US meds can indeed be inferior.
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    Sep 10, 2014 8:24 PM GMT
    The thing is, doctors wouldn't necessarily know.
    Big Pharma, increasingly run by Wall Street Kleptocrats, runs a constant campaign of misleading articles that cite bogus "studies" on the horrors of imported drugs. (Being on the periphery of biomedical research, I get bombarded by these too.) It takes careful reading to discern that when they say "fake" or "ineffective" drugs, what they mean is 100% identical drugs without a US Licensed Pharma label on them. In most cases, they are probably produced by the exact same subcontractors who make the name-brand drugs.

    This is just one of the tricks they use to try to keep the borders closed, while they jack up prices internally as much as they can. But with the internet, it's hard to conceal that, for example, the same kid's asthma inhaler that costs $250 in the US sells for $7 in Europe. The same sort of patent trickery is used to keep the price of erectile disfunction drugs (which should be off-patent by now) stratospheric within the US.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/us/the-soaring-cost-of-a-simple-breath.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131013&_r=0

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/10/heres-why-your-asthma-inhaler-costs-so-damn-much

    Yes, conceivably criminals (e.g. "Chinese entrepreneurs") might take advantage of the situation to introduce completely bogus materials into the system. They have before. But since the real stuff is so cheap, compared to US prices, there hardly seems to be an incentive to do so.
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    Sep 10, 2014 8:51 PM GMT
    Interesting. Ten or twenty years ago, there was a big push to develop hand-held analyzers that could determine, for example, whether a pill imported from Asia was really what it claimed to be. Not unlike a Star Trek tricorder.

    So these things are really on the market now, but the price is in the tens of thousands of dollars per unit. (The pricing of lab instruments is as whacky as the pricing of drugs.) They're being marketed to factories and pharmacies as a way to check the ingredients that they receive. A bit too pricey for an individual to get one to check his own imports though.

    However, there are a bunch of "open source" projects to make similar units that might interface with your smart-phone. Not exactly consumer products yet. But here's a project to make a 3-D printable Raman Spectrometer icon_biggrin.gif
    Maybe the iPhone 10 or 12 will check your drugs for you.
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    Sep 11, 2014 5:34 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidDont do it. You'll never get off of hundreds of phone lists and email lists. Annoying at best. Scary at worst when U.S. Customs sends you official communications that your package has been confiscated and further attempts to import pharmaceuticals may result in criminal prosecution.

    Not that I would know any of this first hand, of course.


    I also attempted this with a Indian pharma that was recommended by a well respected RJ member. Chase blocked the credit card charge. But good gawd the telemarketing calls now. So nope not worth it.