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Fri May 5, 2017, 04:25 PM

Are we allowed to by prescriptions out of the country?

We are retired and have junky retirement insurance with no RX help. The meds are cheaper online in other countries such as Canada. Thanks in advance.

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Reply Are we allowed to by prescriptions out of the country? (Original post)
Sadie5 May 2017 OP
hlthe2b May 2017 #1
CountAllVotes May 2017 #2
LastLiberal in PalmSprings May 2017 #3
Nwgirl503 May 2017 #4
Warpy May 2017 #5
dixiegrrrrl May 2017 #6
Sadie5 May 2017 #7

Response to Sadie5 (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 04:27 PM

1. They CAN be conviscated at the border, though a lot of people do it and get by with it.

so, you takes your chances...

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Response to Sadie5 (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 04:34 PM

2. I've ordered from India before

It took awhile but I did get what I ordered but their site/info. got hacked and I still gets calls from sales people in India (did this over 5 years ago).

Good luck.

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Response to Sadie5 (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 04:47 PM

3. I was ordering my drugs through a Canadian drugstore until a year ago

It wasn't because I was having any problems with Canada, I just started to be able to get the drugs from the VA for a lot cheaper.

Example: Abilify -- one month from Medicare HMO = $990; three months from Canada = $120; three months from VA = $24

I used Canada since 1994 without any problems in delivery. That was pre-Trump, however.

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Response to Sadie5 (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 04:54 PM

4. I bring stuff home every time I go to Mexico and Canada

I also brought home a bunch of stuff when I went to Europe. I don't remember what the exact rules are, but IIRC, you are allowed a certain amount for "personal use". I don't know what limits there are on what drugs though. I've also ordered online from out of the country pharmacies. It can take weeks to get through customs though, so plan accordingly.

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Response to Sadie5 (Original post)

Fri May 5, 2017, 05:11 PM

5. It's technically illegal

but the USPS doesn't fine comb all the parcels coming into the country.

When my drugs were on patent, I got them from a reputable Canadian pharmacy.

The procedure is to fill out a health questionnaire online, order your medications, mail or fax your prescription from a US doctor, then wait 2-3 weeks for the first delivery. What happens up there is that a Canadian physician reviews your health questionnaire and rewrites your prescription. Then your medications are sent out.

You can't order Schedule II drugs like benzodiazepines or painkillers. You can order anything else.

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Response to Sadie5 (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 01:48 AM

6. Please try this site here in the US, it truly works

goodrx.com
It will list your drug, number of tablets/pills/ whatever and show you several places where you can get them for as much as 80% off. The list is often for the generic version, but sometimes the name brand.
When you find your drug and decide which of the brand name stores you want to buy from, you click on the page and it opens to a printable coupon
OR
they will send you, free, a card to use.
I like to download tho, cause it gives me the exact price at the most current date.

I have no drug insurance and have to take a medicine which costs as much as 1200.00 a MONTH, but have been able to get it for as low as 20.00 a month, as high as 37.00, from Wal-Greens and Wal-Mart.
Been doing this for almost a year now, once I realized it really worked.
My doc writes 2 scripts and I fill them at 2 different places every 90 days, using the coupon at both places, and it works.

Also, Wal-Mart prints a list of 4.00 a month for 30 days supply or 10.00 for 90 days supply of a lot of generic medicines.
Google Wal-Mart generic drug list 2017 and it will show you a pdf file you can download, The first and 2nd Google responses seem to be for the 2017 list, but do check it once you download it. I keep it in my computer so I can look up when needed.

or you can pick one up at Wal-Mart. Wal-greens has a "customer discount" whcih I have not bothered to check into.
Been using it for years now.

Private ( non-chain) drugstores often do not accept the discount, but large chains do, even stores like Safeway which have a pharmacy.

give it a try and let me know how it worked for you. MUCH cheaper than even out of country.

Re: Goodrx...there are also other

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Response to Sadie5 (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:23 AM

7. Thanks everyone

I appreciate the help.

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