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There are 2 pharmaceys at the pier in Belize. One is ran by a former US Walmart Pharmacist. We got back from Belize 3 weeks ago and went to both. There are lines from fellow cruisers at both places buying all kinds of stuff. This is totally LEGAL in Central America. You can purchase anything (you name it) like Darvocet, Hydrocodone, valium etc.. cheap and legal. It is alot cheaper in Belize than in Cozumel and Grand Cayman.
I have heard of doing this before, but I'm still not sure what everyone is saying. Do you need to have a prescription from your doctor or not? Thank you for straightening me out.
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Sovereign of the Seas 5/00, Fantasy 6/00, Monarch of the Seas 10/02, Grand Princess 6/03, Sovereign of the Seas 02/04, Enchantment of the Seas 06/04, Carnival Glory 10/05, Mariner of the Seas 02/06, Enchantment of the Seas 08/06
Saw a chilling documentary on cheap drugs the other night. Children who underwent heart surgery in Nigeria actually died because the drugs given to them as part of their care were below strenghth. An undercover journalist enquired about buying a large supply. The manufacturer (!!!counterfeiter) told him he could make them any strength he desired 10%, 20% etc.We were shown a stamp with the logo of a well know drug company that was used to stamp these counterfeit pills. Naturally the drug company was taking action to try and stop its good reputation being compromised but it is a losing battle.
Your US Drug Administration has high standards, just as our Australian counterpart has and would not allow these drugs into the country. Will you know where the drugs in Belize have come from? Will you be able to test the active incredients? Your health is not worth a few dollars saved.
I also bought Hydrocodone, Amoxill, and Darvon in Belize. All packaged (sealed). The pharmacist at the pier is an American ( US schooled and licensed pharmacist) and is not a street drug dealer. They have nearly anything that you could ask for. The staff at the pharmacy are extremely knowledgeable and helpful (THEY ARE AMERICANS). This must be a common practice by cruisers because several passengers head straight for the pharmacy. I have a prescription here at home , but even with insurance it's cheaper in Belize. It's just a matter of choice. If you don't feel comfortable buying there, by all means don't.
I have made a list of DH and my prescription drugs and will play it by ear when we get there I guess....I want to be sure the drugs are safe, but at the cost of 7 drugs total per month, I also could use some savings.
It's been a couple of years since we were there but I got birth control pills and Retin A. The BCs were 6.00 a pack, at the time I was paying 32.00 a pack (at home) until my deductible was fulfilled.
The woman's name at the pharmacy where we shopped was Angela Zebahn and she was licensed in Louisiana. You can try emailing her at:
azab at btl dot net and asking her prices. She will ship to you at your home and the shipping is reasonable.
Go early, when you get off the tender, because towards the end of the day the place is packed. We also went downtown to another pharmacy but didn't buy anything.
Here are the prices and sizes of Retin A from 2 years ago:
Retin-A 0.01% 40grams is $18.00 and add $2.00 every box for mailing
Retin-A 0.025% 40 grams is $18.00 and add $2.00 for mailing
Retin-A 0.05% 30 gram, generic, is $15.00 and add $1.50 for mailing.
My daughter and I purchased some prescription drugs (no prescription required) at the pier in Belize. The pharmasist was a young American woman who used to work in the pharmacy at Walmart. She was very helpful and very professional.
My husband and I have purchased drugs in Spain when we stayed for a month and needed some antibiotics, etc. Also have purchased drugs in Portugal.
I don't have any fear of purchasing these medicines in a foreign country from a regular drug store.
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We went to the drug store at the pier where the woman that worked in a Wal-Mart works. I bought Retin A and was given a 3X5 card with an email of: firstname.lastname@example.org They should answer your questions since this was the address they said I could use if I wanted to order any medication. They may be able to tell you if you need prescriptions for the medication that you need.
My avatar picture was taken about 20 steps away from this store.
I have been buying our prescription medicine in Mexico for years. Much less expensive. Same product. Read the label. Most often manufactured in Canada and US. It is the packaging and dispensing that raises the cost.