Has anyone traveled to Mexico to buy their supplies?

while I have seen 40% in the past here is one that lists it at 20%. https://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/fulano_de_tal/2011/aug/24/how-safe-are-mexican-prescription-drugs/#

Thanks for following up with an article. However, the article is mainly talking about some specific drugs like lipitor and viagra. I would indeed be wary of buying any sort of generic drug that comes in pill form, especially in a border town. But the insulin I would buy came in the exact same Novo Nordisk packaging as the insulin I bought in the US. I live in Hong Kong now and it comes in the same packaging here as well. I wasn’t worried about it being fake. But buying viagra from some guy on the street, probably not a good idea.

A lot of Mexican hospitals have pharmacies attached. If you’re worried about finding a good, legitimate pharmacy, you can start by going to a hospital pharmacy. The pharmacy I used in Juarez was Farmacia Benevides, which I believe is a national chain.


I think the article is pretty good at pointing out that it’s impossible to tell the counterfeit packaging from the genuine Packaging. I also saw an article about a bunch of deaths in Phoenix from people crossing into Mexico to buy some medicine but I don’t recall what it was.

The deaths in Phoenix are over 30 and attributed to a fake opiate made in Mexico by the cartels called Fentanyl and includes something banned by the FDA in the 70s. I am on a smartphone so you’re going to have to Google it.

There’s a huge difference between buying insulin from a pharmacy and buying addictive drugs from a street dealer getting his supply from drug traffickers. I doubt the criminal underworld is dealing in insulin. Although with the price of insulin in the States, it makes one wonder.


That isn’t what’s being described is it

The article specifies pharmacies in border towns only. However, it doesn’t specify in each section if all stats are only specific to pharmacies. This is an article… not a study. It’s difficult to say if the source is even reliable. It’s annoying that none of the claims are backed up by links to the original sources.

Here’s an article somewhat advocating for buying insulin in Mexico: http://planetnogales.com/soaring-us-insulin-prices-send-diabetics-to-mexican-pharmacies/

I have no idea if it’s legitimate or not.

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30 dead people is still 30 dead people

None of that is related to diabetes or purchasing insulin in Mexico.

Dealing in opiates is a whole different ball game. Nevermind the fact that opioid overdose is a national epidemic and hardly specific to near the mexican border. Also, as you said, those drugs were sold by the cartel.


Fentanyl is a huge global problem right now. If only it were as easy to get insulin as is it to get fentanyl.

Given that diabetes is a burgeoning problem in both the US and Mexico, we should count ourselves lucky that drug cartels don’t deal in insulin.

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While I was living in Mexico I started seeing a great endocrinologist in the US. I mentioned to him how inexpensive insulin was in Mexico compared to the US. His astute comment was that high drug prices in the US subsidize low drug prices throughout the rest of the world. The next time I bought a box of Tresiba in Mexico I realized how right he was.

Mexican Glipitrol XL has been tested and found to have too much of the active ingredient and been found to be impure.

When I google that drug, all I come up with are links to news reports that supposedly say what you said. However, when I click on the links, it pulls me to a website that is trying to sell viagra.

I’ve never even heard of that drug. When I entered it into the search engine on this website, the only result that came up was your post. In fact, google autocorrects it to glipizide xl.

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There is a New York Times article on that specific drug

And once again we’re back to the question of the source…

I’m still unconvinced the drug is real. If I google a diabetes drug and almost all the returned results are about viagra or cialis, then yes… I’d hesitate to buy that drug in Mexico. It appears to be unavailable anywhere else (including there), so I’d move on to a different drug.

This topic is ridiculous. I’m done discussing it.

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more info on fake drugs in Mexico. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/17/health/when-purchasing-medicine-in-mexico-buyer-beware.html

Those 32 dead people in Phoenix were identified as addicts buying drugs from dealers on the illicit drug market. To use this story as a warning against buying insulin from a pharmacy is fearmongering.

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The real point which you’re trying to avoid is that the drugs in Phoenix that killed people were fake fentanyl from Mexico. The real point is at anywhere from 20 to 40% depending on the estimate of the meds in Mexico are fake.

and yet you have no legitimate source to back up this claim…

Show us a study or an article on a legitimate diabetes drug to make your point.

Making unsupported statements to elicit fear in people is practically the definition of fearmongering.

The real point of this thread is actually quite far from where you’ve taken it.

I already posted it go ahead and read