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    Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    When you are bringing in a small amount of prescription drugs are there any problems with going through customs, etc?

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    I had some script hydrocodone I brought with me from my hernia operation and nobody said anything. I made sure that I had them in the pill bottle with my name and script on it.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Thanks!

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    In Panama -- "everything is ok" -- IF you have paperwork. People do not question paperwork. Paperwork is God.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Quote Originally Posted by No-Non-Sense-Matt View Post
    In Panama -- "everything is ok" -- IF you have paperwork. People do not question paperwork. Paperwork is God.
    Got a paper with your name and some stamp on it you are good as gold.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    So true -- so true... lol.
    Quote Originally Posted by MRWOOHOO View Post
    Got a paper with your name and some stamp on it you are good as gold.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    I travel a fair bit and while I am not taking any large amounts of anything, I nearly always fill a 2 week daily pillbox with stuff... prilosec, omega 3 gel, multivitamin, sleeping tablets for the flights, a few aspirin and occasionally or a vicodin in case of emergencies. I've been through airports in europe, asia, the middle east and all over the US... never had anyone once ask me what those pills were. I was thinking last trip... ya know, I could literally be carrying any kind of pills and no one would ask as long as there were less than about a dozen of them.

    I'm too old to mess with anything recreational, but I did kind of wonder abuot never once being asked (I'd estimate at least 25-30 airports) what the pills were.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Quote Originally Posted by photogirl View Post
    When you are bringing in a small amount of prescription drugs are there any problems with going through customs, etc?
    Hi Photogirl!
    No you will not have any problems. They do not even have to be marked. I carry alot with me including Schedule drugs and they do not ask. If you are nervous, then just make sure that they belong to you with your name. I carry mine in a big clear bag but they are never given a second glance. The reason is that Americans are considered the most drugged people on earth! Haha! No seriously, my Dr in David says that we are the most prescribed of all the nations. They expect you to bring your bag of scripts with you and they see so many of us coming back and forth that they do not even bother to look at the names on the bottles. No worry. I did get a written note from my doctor many years ago but after it was never asked, I threw it away.
    The important thing to remember is to put all and any into your carry-on and take it on the plane with you. The baggage handlers love to open a suitcase and find scripts in it. They will never make it to your destination if you pack them in a suitcase. You will have no problem, Photo.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    If you have the CORRECT paper work. The Panamanians would not have any problems observing women and children dying by the dozens for bringing the wrong paper work.

    Panamanians are by far the nastiest paper work fascists on earth. They constantly look for a missing stamp, a missing page, anything to make you suffer. It does not matter if you have 200 pages by now and have been certified by every government organization in the country. The most recent monkey in front of you will always try make the paper work process fail.

    Most of the paper work they do is not even sensible, they just do it for the sake of the paper work. Make themselves seem official and important, while in reality they are just low life garbage that distrust everyone because they are dishonest corrupt $hits themselves.

    Quote Originally Posted by No-Non-Sense-Matt View Post
    In Panama -- "everything is ok" -- IF you have paperwork. People do not question paperwork. Paperwork is God.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Hi Ed, how are things your way? Yes, you are correct. Even a missing stamp is a process unto itself. When you have every little i dotted and t's crossed. they will find something that will incur their service and cost. I see the racket that they have as far as ALL paperwork completed. WE were charged alot of money per page of documents, and there are alot of them. and don't forget that "seal" of approval. That one will knock you back weeks...The bottom line is that is cost alot of money to complete the process of Pensionados. and then dont forget the time that it lays around on each ones desk, forgotten until another day. But hey, after the birthing comes the child. We are in process and it is still better in alot of ways than the States. Just pay it and do it. After all, it is their country. People that dont like it are so welcome to leave. Leaves more room for me!

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Have you heard the news that talks about drug prescription? In the news they have mentioned that patents on some very prominent brand-name prescription drugs will run out soon, and the market will flood with less expensive generics. Some drugs are about to become a lot cheaper. Some of the best-selling prescription drugs on the industry are integrated, so Big Pharma’s damage will be the public’s gain. Brand name medications to get cheaper as patents expire With the variety of over-the-counter and prescription drugs available, many consumers would like to know because of the marked difference in cost between patented name-brand drugs and generic brands. Whether it is a patent for an invention, a process or a product, the government allows certain protections to the patent holders, and that includes drug companies.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    I have never had a problem bring both herbal supplements and prescription medicines into Panama. I buy most of my prescription medicines in Colombia because they are much cheaper in Colombia. I buy generic medication like Metoprolol (blood pressure meds) in Colombia (100mg) for $2.05 for 30 pills and in Panama City the only choice I have found is Lopresor 100mg for $14.74 for 20 pills (they both have the same active ingredient). I have never been questioned leaving Colombia or entering Panama about carrying medications or supplements in six years. One time I entered with a suitcase full of herbal supplements and they asked if I was bringing them to sell and I said no they were for my heart condition (true) and they closed the suitcase and let me pass.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    I have traveled to Panama several times over the past 10 years or so, and never had a problem bringing my personal meds into/out of the country! buzz.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Quote Originally Posted by Viewpoint View Post
    I have never had a problem bring both herbal supplements and prescription medicines into Panama. I buy most of my prescription medicines in Colombia because they are much cheaper in Colombia. I buy generic medication like Metoprolol (blood pressure meds) in Colombia (100mg) for $2.05 for 30 pills and in Panama City the only choice I have found is Lopresor 100mg for $14.74 for 20 pills (they both have the same active ingredient). I have never been questioned leaving Colombia or entering Panama about carrying medications or supplements in six years. One time I entered with a suitcase full of herbal supplements and they asked if I was bringing them to sell and I said no they were for my heart condition (true) and they closed the suitcase and let me pass.
    So, if one wants to buy meds in Columbia, does he/she have to have a script and go to Columbia to buy the meds or can this be done on the Internet? Thanks for any help in this matter, Buzz.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    I brought with me from my hernia operation and nobody said anything. I made sure that I had them in the pill bottle with my name and script on it

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    I could literally be carrying any kind of pills and no one would ask as long as there were less than about a dozen of them.

    I'm too old to mess with anything recreational,

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Hi...,

    I have read that you are only allowed to bring a months worth of prescription medication through Customs without going through a lot of hassle, paperwork. However, I've also read that many people have managed to get through with much more than a months worth... and that many times, their bags haven't even been opened.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Thanks dear .

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    What kind of medications can be purchased without a prescription in Panama? Are things like heart medications, biologic (like Enbrel), tramadol? My Mom takes several different kinds and if she comes and stays with us it would be important to know so that I can be prepared if there are any problems. We are trying to come down and stay for several months in the Boquete area. Is there a good physician there we could see so we have my Mom taken care of? Thank you.

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    why do you want to take prescription drugsand damage your healthevery child knows that prescription drugs DON'T work

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    @ macssam: Because sometimes diseases are so bad that there is nothing you can do at the late stage and you have to do things to allow some sort of quality of life rather than sitting around and suffering from the disease that wastes your body away. Diet, exercise, supplements help, but many times do not stop the progression of a disease. Maybe by coming to PA there are alternatives not offered in other countries because physicians practice medicine and not protect their wallets instead? I am not trying to be insulting, but until you walk in another persons shoes you cannot make an assumption as broad sweeping as your comment might indicate. But, all said I appreciate your response.

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    @Caitlin - maybe this is not the place to ask a question like this. Email me if you have any questions.

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    chemistry and lifestyle make you ill in the first place
    avoiding all this would be the cure
    medications might treat symptoms but can't cure anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by BELLE View Post
    @ macssam: Because sometimes diseases are so bad that there is nothing you can do at the late stage and you have to do things to allow some sort of quality of life rather than sitting around and suffering from the disease that wastes your body away. Diet, exercise, supplements help, but many times do not stop the progression of a disease. Maybe by coming to PA there are alternatives not offered in other countries because physicians practice medicine and not protect their wallets instead? I am not trying to be insulting, but until you walk in another persons shoes you cannot make an assumption as broad sweeping as your comment might indicate. But, all said I appreciate your response.

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    Prescription drugs' side effects are especially dangerous for the elderly
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    Prescription drugs' side effects are especially dangerous for the elderly

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    Re: Bringing prescription drugs into Panama

    Quote Originally Posted by buzz View Post
    So, if one wants to buy meds in Columbia, does he/she have to have a script and go to Columbia to buy the meds or can this be done on the Internet? Thanks for any help in this matter, Buzz.
    Good question Buzz. I was wondering the same thing.



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