Meds from overseas?
June 9, 2009 6:13 PM Subscribe
Prescription medication from other countries to the US - logistics?
posted by jnnla to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have recently been prescribed Lexapro in combination with a CBT regimen which has been working very well in combating mild depression / anxiety. My insurance company may be reluctant to cover the drug.
This is frustrating in that it seems to be working for me very well, but I can not pay full price for it (over 100 dollars for a one-month supply) and do not want to have to discontinue using it after just starting (about 6 weeks in). As such I am looking for advice on getting it for cheap from other countries (I DO have a prescription for it).
-Is this even possible / Legal? (If not legal, I am still interested in the logistics from an educational standpoint)
-Is "generic" brand lexapro from other countries trustworthy? Is there a way to be sure? (I understand it hasn't been released as a generic in this country - which makes me suspicious of foreign generics)
- Are there reputable foreign companies that provide US customers with prescription medication? Are some more reputable than others?
-Are there people who do purchase prescription medications from other countries regularly, safely and reliably?
-What are the risks involved?
For full disclosure, I am increasingly frustrated with the US healthcare system and in my experience road-blocks are thrown up EVERY STEP of the way by insurance companies. I have never been on any sort of prescription medication before and am extremely healthy, yet I am finding it very difficult to work within the system to get the help that I need (and a treatment that is indeed working thus far). I am ignorant of the other options out there and have heard about people getting meds from overseas....so I'm wondering what the deal is.