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#1 corki

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 12:18 PM

Dori Pharmacy gives a discount to locals with a Plan Local card
I use the one on Salas between Ave 15 and Ave 20
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:50 PM

the only Mexican pharmacy I have found that does NOT give a discount is Super ISSSTE's on 30th by airport road.

I also found that you really have to know the price of what you are purchasing to compare. All prices are printed on the end flap of the medication box (some prices will be higher to start, the same, or lower)that is your starting point to compare.

I found one of the medications I take was $100p's more at ISSSTE's then at Chedrui's.

I have medical insurance now that also covers prescriptions, which pay 70% at all drugs store except at Pharmacy YZA which pays 100%...(more on the local medical insurance, costs, and how it is working in another post).
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 02:53 PM

ISSSTE used to be the cheapest giving a full 30% discount off of the list price (maximum price to the public). That changed when they opened their own clinic originally on avenue 15, now located on calle one and avenue 60. ISSSTE may be the most expensive pharmacy in town with the exception of a couple of tourist places downtown that I would never trust buying anything from if they don't have air conditioning.

Too many doctors have not gotten the word and still send their patients to ISSSTE. The other issue is ISSSTE carries no generics which is a sin for many of their clients of low wage earners to pay top dollar for what they can get cheaper or even cheaply any number of other places. My wake up about ISSSTE was when I stopped in to pick up some Advil or ibuprofen and it was like $220 pesos for 20 pills and Soriana had it down the street (brand name for $46 pesos for 30).

Chedraui has been slightly the cheapest on some things (especially the expensive imported items, those that cost more than $500 pesos). Most places significantly discount their prices off the full list price, 20% has been standard for years at Dori. The supermarkets, Mega, Chedraui, even Soriana give around a 35% discount, sometimes more. I have never in my life been asked to show a local card for a discount, Dori automatically, at least with me. I am doing some comparison shopping now. There can be major differences in prices when you are buying in larger quantities such as bottles of 100 instead of packs of ten.

Don't forget Farmacia Similares Mondays happy hour discount hours, an extra 25% off, 11 to 1:00PM and then 5-7:00PM. They have rapid turnover of product and good expiration dates. Don't buy medicine downtown at places that it has been baking on the shelf for maybe months in the heat.

Dori will stock some medicines not carried elsewhere and are willing to do special orders with a paid deposit. Dori buys from I believe six wholesalers, most one or two.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 10:08 PM

and if you need controlled drugs (major pain killers for example), dori carries it more frequently than the others.
sometimes, in addition to their regular discount, mega will give 10% back in your monedero (like a vip card for a grocery store). you can use this credit on your card whenever and on whatever.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:36 PM

I beg to differ, there are controlled substances, but there are no major pain killers available. (none of the basic common ones in the States) One day with Manual we compared notes on what was listed in the "Big Blue Book,Vol. I&II, what was listed as being available from their assorted wholesale suppliers. He went down the list, orders this every two weeks, this one once a month. Controlled substances are so restrictive, so tightly controlled, the manufacturers are reluctant to sell to wholesale suppliers, the wholesaler are reluctant to sell them to retailers and even if retailers were willing, they were wide open targets for inspections. manual added, you know some Spanish, what is another word for inspector? Extortionist! No matter how perfect your records are, every last item accounted for, maybe they need to take all the archival records and the on site inventory and do a more through inspection at their home offices.

Besides the unnamed pharmacy downtown, Dori is the only pharmacy licensed to sell controlled substances, anything deemed to have the "potential" for abuse and misuse. Chedraui used to and had better prices, but they chose not to renew their license. Prices were better, but you had to catch the one person with keys to the lock box where they were secured. I remember the day I spotted Tylex CD for the first time, my eyes spotted the C III from a distance. I went to my regular doctor who could not believe it. He wrote out the script as required, but asked me to please bring it by his office at the earliest convenience, he believed me, but wanted to see it in his own hands for confirmation. I remember when IMSS brought out two pills and said they were extremely strong, never to take more than 1/2 tablet in 12 hours and only when in extreme pain. It was the strongest medicine they could give me. I looked at the ingredients, it was Tylenol, 500mg, my God that doesn't work for paper cuts, I had major surgery.

People are surprised that basics like Vicodin, Percocets are not available. People used to buy demi-percodan thinking they were getting something, that's Darvocet 65mg. I wouldn't put those things through my liver or kidneys.

I have to buy a few basic staples that I have had legal prescriptions for years as well as a couple of over the counter items in the States that are either expensive or not available where I go.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 07:30 AM

I have found that if you can't use the generics at Similares Chedraui has the best prices by far. However, their stock is somewhat small and it can be weeks to never before a special order comes in. Mega I have to make a big to do at the counter and practically beg them to get a discount -- even with my plan local and speaking to them only in Spanish.n They have too many cruise people coming in trying to buy viagra and retina a (available without a scrip) and valium (NOT available without a scrip.)So they've hardened their hearts. Or maybe they're just lazy.

Dori I've come to love, the one on Salas between 15 and 20. If a drug or cream or whatever is sold in Mexico, they can get it and they DO get it. Fast, professional service. Typically if you order and put down a deposit (anticipo -- pronounced ant-ee-SEE-poh) they will have what you need within 24 hours and they can easily buy larger quantities of things if you want to stock up on something.

I have come to love that store both for the professional people who work there and also for the very intriguing mix of products they have out on the floor. Real interesting oils and ungents and lotions. They really do have everything in there. It's like a drugstore version of the old 5 and Dime variety stores that I'm old enough to remember from my childhood.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 07:59 PM

dori carries tylex CD. in their "Special box" and they keep the RX. gotten several bottles for a friend who was prescribed it by her doc.
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