India: How to buy prescription drugs?

Feb 15th, 2015, 06:46 AM
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India: How to buy prescription drugs?

I recall reading in some past trip reports that people could buy their prescription drugs at a much lower cost in India. Specifically, I'd like to buy Symbicort, which is an expensive asthma inhaler. How would I do this? If I bring a prescription from the US, would that work? Can I go to any pharmacy? Thanks for sharing your experiences with me.
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Feb 15th, 2015, 09:06 AM
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The first issue is whether your medication is available in India. If it is, it is likely an "equivalent" made by an Indian pharmaceutical company. Your US prescription is worthless in India. The medication might well be available over the counter in India, but if it requires a prescription, it would require a doctor's visit for you.
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Feb 15th, 2015, 10:53 AM
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I'm already getting my drugs from Canada…and they come from all over, including India. The latest equivalent, Vannair came from New Zealand. However, based on your post, I did a search for equivalents made in India and I found one available from a different CA online pharmacy for $49 instead of $155….Bingo! I'll just them them there. Thanks!
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Feb 15th, 2015, 12:34 PM
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I bought some expensive pills in india... the pills I was taking in usa were indian in origin already.. I just took my bottle and a foil wrapper (each pill came in a wrapper) to a drug store in Guargoan. They did not have the drug. Next my driver took me to a pharmacy in deli at haus kaus mall, I believe and he asked how many I wanted. I bought a year's worth. The pills were identical.

They could care less about scripts..

I might have to think twice about an inhaler...
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Feb 16th, 2015, 05:07 PM
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Bob, it was probably your trip report that I recalled. I looked at the site again and found I could get 3 inhalers for $69……vs. $250 at US Walmart each…or $155 each at the other Canadian pharmacy I was using. It's truly amazing the discrepancy in drug prices. At that price, I won't bother looking in India.
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