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Purchasing UK prescription only medicines in Akumel

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Purchasing UK prescription only medicines in Akumel

We are regular travellers to India and Egypt and whilst holidaying there we usually purchase any prescription medicines that are prescribed by our GP's in the UK. Our GP's are well aware of this, and some tend to carryout the same practice themselves. Basically if a drug is classed as precscription only in the UK, GP's will usually only prescribe a months supply at a time and a prescription costs just under £8 GBP a month .

In India I can purchase a years supply of my blood pressure pills for a little over £10 GBP!

In some chemsits they require a copy of your UK prescription and some they do not.

My question is, can we do the same in Mexico or is this not allowed?

Not sure if anyone has ever done this before but as a regular Goa visitor I know that many Brit's do this as it saves a fortune.

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1. Re: Purchasing UK prescription only medicines in Akumel

There are a number of pharmacies in Playa del Carmen where you can purchase prescription meds without a prescription. Last visi I bought some items at a pharmacy (ask if they have a generic to save more). I also purchased items at Play Mart on Fifth Ave and at the airport pharmacy.

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2. Re: Purchasing UK prescription only medicines in Akumel

It depends on the meds - some need a prescription in Mexico, some don't. Nearly all will be branded under a completely different name.

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3. Re: Purchasing UK prescription only medicines in Akumel

We managed to buy in playa carmen, but airport pharmacy which we bought at last year, said most now require prescription, but some are still available without prescription, at airport.

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