Prescriptions in India

#1 Jul 14th, 2008, 11:00
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I travel frequently to India for business and pleasure. I am also take Valium for a medical condition. Any time in the past I have run out of Valium I have never had a problem getting some from just about any pharmacy where I might be visiting. On my last trip in March I was unable to get Valium from any chemist in several cities (the presumption being that I might take a large amount of these with alcohol and get really high, or so I was told by someone). I can easily get a prescription written by my doctor here in the States to take to the US, but then what? Will an Indian chemist accept a US prescription or would it be best to take the US prescription to an Indian doctor and ask for it to be written locally? Any advice? I would appreciate any assistance you can give me as I don't want to take months worth of this medication with me. Thanks!
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Once valium was available over the counter everywhere ... last few years the central government has cracked down, although over counter sales still in some places. Last time I asked I was told "see a doctor".

I doubt an Indian pharmacy will be impressed by a foreign prescription. Its no time and little cost to get a local script. Oh, and the benzos are a fraction of the cost at home.
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Prescriptions don't mean anything internationally, if someone brings me an RX from India or Canada or anywhere else I can't legally fill it. I would assume it is similar elsewhere and it is my understanding that the Indian government is moving towards "scheduling" drugs similar to the way the US and Europe does. My suggestion would be to just take a suppy with you from the US, generic valium is cheap as dirt anymore and as long as you have some kind of documentation there shouldn't be any issues getting your MD and your pharmacy to fill a 90 days supply or whatever you will need. Thay way, you are guarenteed to have it when you need it, you know the quality of drug your getting, and no hassle of tracking down a doctor or chemist in India.
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I doubt an Indian pharmacy will be impressed by a foreign prescription. Its no time and little cost to get a local script. Oh, and the benzos are a fraction of the cost at home.
Yes, we just had a local doctor busted along with his assistant for operating such a ring here..
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#5 Jul 14th, 2008, 15:35
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Originally Posted by devorenm View Post it is my understanding that the Indian government is moving towards "scheduling" drugs similar to the way the US and Europe does.
I think they are already there: many of the medicines we buy have a schedule marking and a statement that they may not be sold without a doctor's prescription.

Thing is, that law and enforcement are entirely different matters!
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Yes, scheduling of drugs has been around for years.

BUT

Because of somebody being sick at home, we have got all kinds of drugs, including sedatives, anti depressants, antibiotics, cardiac medicines including glyceril trinitrate etc.... delivered in large quantities at home after ordering over the phone over the last five months. Something like 50/70 pills/capsules of each at a time.


In two cities. No prescription shown even once.


Welcome to india


Edit after puchoo's post: this is widespread. I bet I could cold call a half dozen chemists in a one kilometer radius of where I am sitting and not one would refuse decent sized business. All would home deliver all kinds of drugs, without even having seen me before, and without any prescription required.
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Totally, its a rare event that a chemist asks me to show a prescription , even if one does you can find who wont really care.


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