You’ve probably heard that some Americans buy cheap pharmaceuticals in Mexico and Canada, but have you ever wondered exactly how that works? Kaiser Health News recently published an explainer clarifying that the practice is “technically illegal” yet U.S. customs agents are directed to let you keep the meds if you have a prescription and they’re clearly for personal use (that is, 90 days supply or less). The site interviewed one patient who now gets her insulin in Tijuana for less than 10% of what she paid in California but also pointed out that if you stick with generics, many medications actually are cheaper in the U.S.


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