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Legal ways to obtain impossibly overpriced drugs?

Discussion in 'Health & Healing' started by Brickjectivity, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Brickjectivity

    Brickjectivity Veteran Member
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    Suppose you need one of those drugs that costs 2000$ per month in the USA, you don't have that kind of money. Lets say you also want to protest the price, so you don't want insurance or the government to cover it for you.

    Can you legally go to another country to buy it at a reasonable price then bring it back here?

    Can you legally produce it at home, and are there automated systems commercially available to assist with this?

    Are there other ways to legally get around the price? For example can you rent a laboratory or have a professional chemist produce it for you?
     
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  2. ADigitalArtist

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    Under the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987, it is illegal for anyone other than the original manufacturer to bring prescription drugs into the country. But it's selectively enforced. Some people still do buy from Canada, but the drug must be USDA legal to pass through customs and you will need a prescription.
    Technically your second two questions aren't illegal but it depends on the drug, the chemicals involved and if they're scheduled, and the ethics of the chemist involved (I don't know of any who would do this as it can come back to bite them professionally even if operating independently from any work place.)
     
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  3. viole

    viole Metaphysical Naturalist
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    I am not sure it is legal. My friend tried that with mixed results. He started an opium producing plantage... Columbia cartel prices are indeed horrible. Alas, the police was not so impressed about that.

    Ciao

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  4. columbus

    columbus Conservative Catholic from Hell

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    Legal is such a squishy concept. Who's laws are you dealing with? How will the laws be enforced, if at all?
    Tom
     
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    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic troll ☿
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    You can go to an old fashioned Compounding Pharmacy and have them make the medicine for you.
     
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    No, big business has everything geared towards profiting from your suffering.
     
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    There are bus convoys into Mexico and Canada every weekend for drugs and Dr visits.
     
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    They don't synthesize drugs, they just compound unusual mixtures of existing drugs.
     
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    Sometimes the pharmaceutical companies have a voucher/coupon program but Big Pharma is in the business of making trillions of dollars over helping people so there are all kinds of obstacles set up to protect those interest. Probably at best, you'd have to see if there's an alternative drug or treatment that's more affordable (though, obviously, such isn't available for every illness).
     
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