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Can I Buy My Fertility Drugs From Another Country?

When looking to save some cash on fertility treatments, lots of patients look for ways to cut the cost of their fertility drugs. That’s because costs for these medications can add up quickly, especially when more than one cycle is needed.

You certainly have the option of buying fertility drugs online from different countries—a quick Google search will yield many results—but should you do so? Or are you putting yourself at risk?

The FDA states that since it does not have jurisdiction over prescription drugs from other countries, it can’t guarantee their safety or efficacy. Medications from different countries may have slight variations or different ingredients. Even more concerning, they may not be legit. Many illegal online pharmacies make it seem like their drugs are coming from countries with high safety standards, but the truth is, the medication could have actually been made anywhere.

In order to bypass the uncertainties of an online pharmacy, some infertility patients consider traveling to Mexico for their fertility drugs. It’s important to recognize that any drug classified as a controlled medicine in Mexico must have a prescription written by a Mexican physician. Purchasing such a drug with a U.S. prescription is illegal, even if a pharmacy in Mexico is willing to fill it. Additionally, when you bring prescription meds back into the U.S., you’ll need to show a U.S. prescription—in addition to the Mexican one you’d need to get the drugs in the first place.

Buying fertility drugs from an unknown or disreputable source can put your health in jeopardy, and you don’t want to take that chance to save a few bucks!

Looking for some savings tips for fertility meds? Drop by the Fertility Coupons, Promotions, and Discounts forum on FertileThoughts!

Did you know it is also common for fertility patients to travel to other countries for reduced cost or higher success rates with fertility treatment? Watch as Dr. Angeline Beltsos, a fertility doctor with Fertility Centers of Illinois, explains what is known as reproductive tourism.

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