Oct 20, 2010, 5:39 PM
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In a previous message the poster indicated there was a problem with prescription medications through Mexican Customs because he did not have "written prescriptions", I presume that means doctor's hand written prescriptions, for each, just the normal pharmacy label showing patient, doctor, medication and dosage, date, etc. I take six or seven medications daily for blood pressure, cholestoral, etc. and have traveled in Mexico before with the seven prescription bottles in a bag plus a "weekly" pill box with each day's pills preloaded in each day's compartment to be sure I don't forget anything as some I take in the morning and some in the evening.
I have been casually searched many times at military checkpoints and at the 25 km checkpoint with never any comment or hesitation over the medications although they surely saw them when they casually looked in the bag. Some of the prescription bottles are large and naturally gravitate to the top.
I don't think many doctors today write a hand-written prescription anymore and the pharmacy keeps it any way. I guess I could make a Xerox copy if I had one. Normally my doctor faxes my prescriptions to my mail-order pharmacy or occassionally gives me a computer generated print-out that I mail, but never anything hand written. I thought I could buy my prescriptions (Lipitor, Diavan, etc.) at a Mexican pharmacy without a prescription anyway. What happens if I have a U.S. prescription purchased in Mexico without a prescription?
From the previous poster it appears I have a problem. Do I and any suggestions how to handle if challenged? Do I have to ask my doctor for hand-written prescriptions each time and make Xerox copy to present to Mexican searchers (pharmacy will keep original) and is copy sufficient?