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CBP Advises Travelers On Rx Medications

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are advising travelers that some medications are prohibited from entry if purchased abroad without a valid U.S. prescription.

According to CBP , travelers who plan to visit Mexico for medical purposes or medical procedures , and who purchase medications are subject to FDA pharmaceutical entry determinations when they return to the U.S. Two commonly encountered pharmaceuticals at U.S. / Mexico border crossings are listed as Schedule IV drugs and require a valid u>s. prescription to be allowed to enter the U.S.

CBP advises U.S. residents to take several steps to avoid problems. Declare all drugs , medicines and similar products at the border , carry the substances in their original containers and present a valid prescription for substances issued by a U.S. - licensed practitioner.

If a U.S. resident wants to bring in a controlled substance but does not have a prescription for the substance issued by a U.S. - licensed practitioner  , the individual may not import more than 50 dosage units of the medication. Failure to declare medications and other items purchased abroad can result in penalties ranging from confiscation , monetary fines , and in some cases , arrest and prosecution. More details are available at the FDA's website.