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Mexico tomorrow


Last Edited: September 8, 2005, 12:27 am

Every few months I make a trip to Mexico for some medications I take daily, because they’re dirt cheap down there compared to getting them in a pharmacy here. Prislosec use to run me $3 per tablet here and I was taking a couple per day. In Palomas, Mexico, they cost about 75 cents per tab. Now that it’s over-the-counter here they’re about a quarter per tab, compared to a buck here.

So it’s time to run down there again. I like Palomas because it’s a tiny berg, mostly pharmacies with lines of US oldsters stocking up on medications. It’s like the Powerplay option in reverse, stepping across the International Border into Mexico to buy prescription meds.

So, you parks the car at the border, walks across a couple of blocks, pays in gringo dollars, and walks back to the Border to be questioned and sometimes searched and hassled by US Border guards. They worry a person will pick up some anti-biotic for a friend, or anti-inflammatory for a rheumatoid arthritic acquaintance. So they like to ask what condition you’re taking the medication for while they thumb through the book and see if they can catch you out.

I've never had the body-cavity search, probably because I'm not female, but maybe just because I've never caught them on a boring day.

Sometime I’ll tell you an amusing story about a Japanese Jew pharmacist I used to buy from in Juarez who had an Israeli flag on the wall behind him, didn’t speak English. But it’s a long story.

Anyway, I go down through Deming to Columbus, the US town Pancho Villa raided in 1912, and got the US Army chasing him all over Mexico. That’s where General Blackjack Pershing won his fame. There’s still a lot of ruin from the raid all over Columbus, so it’s worth poking around the bear grass, usually.

I like to stop at this little shrine in Columbus, also. I’d guess the folks who built it in the 60s have grown old… I’ve never seen them there, but when I first saw it during the early 90s someone was still taking care of it, putting out palm branches every day. Now the place is showing a bit worse for the wear.

I also usually stop and scrutineer a little airstrip north of town with a windsock model of the airplane Pershing’s troops used to help chase Villa.

Everything goes well I ought to be back tomorrow night.


Entry #259


LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 8, 2005, 6:23 am
good luck on your trip......
Comment by lchoro - September 8, 2005, 9:42 am
good luck. how is customs about bringing in meds from mexico? the bush administration had customs confiscate the shipments from canada awhile back that were destined for the states' pharmacy benefit plans. i'm still too young for medicare, but my parents are in the program and the bush prescription plan has really jacked up the premiums for the insurance (40% last year and 18% this year).
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 8, 2005, 10:33 pm
Hi Ichoro:
Thanks for the comment. It went okay. I'll be doing a blog entry or three about the trip, but I'm stocked up for another six months on blood-pressure meds and generic prilosec at a dirt cheap price. Well worth the trip.
LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 8, 2005, 11:29 pm
ain't it ashamed that our elderly have to go other places when we have the richest nation in the world.i have one thing to say about those companies and the government.GREED
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 8, 2005, 11:54 pm
You callin' me elderly, Lottomike? (I'm smiling)

Yep, I think it's unfortunate meds cost so much here, and I'm glad they're so cheap for me 250 miles away. What I find almost as unfortunated is the complicity of the border patrol in keeping this blessing of cheap meds so much under control by cooperating with the pharmaceuticals, not allowing me to bring meds back for other people.

But all you have to do is walk a block down there to get a vivid picture of why US health care is doing it's best to bankrupt us if gasoline doesn't. Incorrigible, is a word that comes to mind, trying to think of a way of describing those responsible.
LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 9, 2005, 1:23 am
i don't understand why things have to be like this.with gas,medicine and everything else outrageous in price and then places like canada and mexico everything is cheaper.it just seems like the government here in the US is taking advantage of its citizens.......
Comment by Rip Snorter - October 19, 2005, 7:55 am
I'm not sure gas is cheap anywhere anymore mike. I think the FDA is certainly in bed with the major pharmaceutical manufacturers to help drive up the prices of drugs, but there's also so much health insurance .... people don't worry about the cost of pharmaceuticals if the insurance company's paying, so there's not a lot of stink about comparisons of prices.


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