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Suzan April 27th, 2005 10:47 AM

Buying medicine in Mexico
Will be leaving on the Escasty May 12 from Galveston and going to Cozumel, Mexico.
Question: Can you purchase medication (antibotics, blood pressure etc..) and bring it back on the ship and consequently through customs?

Harry Martin April 27th, 2005 12:16 PM

Re: Buying medicine in Mexico
I bought antibiotics for a friend when we were in Ensenada. I just popped 'em in my checked baggage when I disembarked. Legal? I don't know.


sls April 27th, 2005 12:26 PM

Re: Buying medicine in Mexico
My parents winter on the Texas/Mexican border and a lot of their friends get their meds in Mexico. My Mom gets my brother retinol. No one ever has any problems getting the stuff back. If they were narcotics like vicodin maybe there would be a problem.


TC(Top-Cat) April 27th, 2005 03:53 PM

Re: Buying medicine in Mexico
I am a GA nurse and I have been to and bought medications in Cozelmel three different times.

I just read an article on yahoo news last week that medications bought in Mexico in small, 90 day supply or less, quantities will still be tolerated.

Two words of caution:

The drugs you buy in Mexico may NOT look the same as their American counterparts. They may be a different shape and or color.

Secondly, they will be labeled in Spanish, so go on the net, find the name of the drug that you wish to purchase and get the Spanish name. This is to ensure that you get what you went for.

The drugs I purchased were packaged by American Pharmacy's (MerK, eli Liily, etc.) I put them right in my shopping bag and was never questioned when I returned to the ship.

There is also now a Mexican Pharmacia in the cluster of shops right there at the pier. It was a busy place.

Post Edited (04-27-05 17:17)

Jim Bragg April 27th, 2005 04:18 PM

Re: Buying medicine in Mexico
We often buy meds in Mexico and Grand Caymen and so far have not had a problem. We do not buy thousands of pills though. <G>

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