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Customs doesn't say anything about coming across with a couple hundred pills ? Blood Pressure and others ? Do the Pharmacist have a site you can go to and see if they got your medication ? One of mine a Anti-Fungal that I have to take for my ling disease and in the USA I have to com threw my state to get it monthly or have someone pick it up and mail to me. can't get 3 month refills on it. Was just wondering if I could check and see if they had it beforehand.
While the rule is 3 month supply for yourself only, (per trip) as long as it doesn't look like you are bringing them back to sell there is usually no problem. Only once did they open some of the bottles to check the pills. (When the border crossing was not busy.) You can do another 3 months worth the next day.
(01-04-2019, 10:55 AM)shadowmoss Wrote: [ -> ]I was in Algodones yesterday getting Levothyroxine.  For 50mmg tablets it is $17/100 at the purple pharmacy just inside the gate.  Had a good lunch and wandered around looking at stuff.  Took almost an hour in like e to get back across the border into the US.  I'll be going back next week when I get to the RTR.  I may check to see how much a doctor there would charge for the checkup.
Thank you!
(01-04-2019, 12:45 PM)Moxadox Wrote: [ -> ]Palomas is a sleepy little border town that almost exclusively exists to provide medical/dental/optical/pharmacy services to gringos. There is a medical concierge service in Santa Fe that organizes trips there!  Camping on the US side is available at Pancho Villa State Park, which is not free, but very inexpensive.  The US border town of Columbus, NM has a tiny RV park that is also very cheap.  There is BLM around there too.  I went to MX twice when I was staying in Deming at the Loners on Wheels campground, and both times I parked in the free lot at the border (it says to put $5 in a box, but there is no box!), walked across, did my shopping, walked back through customs with zero wait.  

The Dire Wolfess

That's where I will cross the first time then....thank you!
(01-04-2019, 12:45 PM)Moxadox Wrote: [ -> ]Palomas is a sleepy little border town that almost exclusively exists to provide medical/dental/optical/pharmacy services to gringos. There is a medical concierge service in Santa Fe that organizes trips there!  Camping on the US side is available at Pancho Villa State Park, which is not free, but very inexpensive.  The US border town of Columbus, NM has a tiny RV park that is also very cheap.  There is BLM around there too.  I went to MX twice when I was staying in Deming at the Loners on Wheels campground, and both times I parked in the free lot at the border (it says to put $5 in a box, but there is no box!), walked across, did my shopping, walked back through customs with zero wait.  

The Dire Wolfess

+1 on what Moxadox says.  

Regards,

WP
(01-04-2019, 06:10 PM)Smitty716 Wrote: [ -> ] Was just wondering if I could check and see if they had it beforehand.

I would suggest doing a Google Search for "Pharmacy Palomas MX" .... you should find a listing and can call.  

I have called one of them in Algodones before.  Also, many of them have websites you can check.  A little research can go a long way. 

Regards,

WP
I've been ordering my meds from India for about 8 years now. Online, it's alldaychemist.com. I purchase antibiotics, z-paks, levothyroxine, lisinopril, Diflucan among others. A z-pak averages $4.50 each. I can usually get a year's worth of thyroid meds for less than $20. Same for blood pressure meds. No prescription needed. It takes about 2 weeks for it to reach you, but saves me loads of money. I hope this helps.

PurdyOrnery
I think what most people wonder (including myself) is not what it takes to get the meds,...but what it takes to get them successfully across into the U.S.

If I'm carrying a shopping bag full of meds back across, even with scripts showing my legitimate use,...at what point does volume become a problem?

Ideally, I'd like to buy a year's worth so that I don't have to make 4 trips a year. But that might be a bit conspicuous.
The US border agents just want to know what meds you have in the bag. Just the medication name.
Don't buy a lot. Bob Wells did buy for family or whatever and was cautioned.
There are meds that cannot be brought into the USA. Example Cipro. Patented.
Anything generic should be fine.
The pills you buy in Mexico are not the exact same pills you buy in USA.
The chemical formulation of the medication would be the same, but the fillers and binders are cheaper. You may not notice.
Also, they do not always have the exact dosage, one may have to slice a pill in half or quarters to get their dosage.
Easy in and out.
Easier than taking a flight.
I think the rule of thumb is 3 months supply. Doesn't stop you from going back another day though.
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