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Mexico Medical Tourism Update: Mexican Government Changes Rules on Controlled Pain Medications

5 September 2015

Surviving Yucatan

Sept. 5, 2015

The Mexican government now requires that every prescription for controlled pain medications (like barbituates and opiates) include the patient’s CURP number. As has happened with Immigration & visas and Customs & importing vehicles, the Mex. Gob. now tracks prescriptions with a new national computer data-base system.

This presents significant problems for Visitors in Mexico on Visitante / Tourist visas, because they have no CURP number. CURP numbers mostly equivalent to having a US Social Security number – so temporary visitors to Mexico do not get CURPs with their visas. Residents, as Residente Temporal and Residente Permanente, do get CURPs as a part of their visa.

Specifically, medical tourists who come to Mexico for economical treatments cannot get controlled pain medications under this new policy.

We will provide updates, if there are changes in the law/rules, or if an amparo is filed.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Yvan permalink
    5 September 2015 1:32 pm

    There’s always the local pharmacia that specializes in under the counter hydrocodone, imported from the good old USA. Anywhere from 5 dollars to 20 dollars per pill. And always in dollars.

    • 5 September 2015 1:53 pm

      How long that will last is anyone’s guess. I suspect the rules will be tweaked to account for medical tourists (the legit ones, anyway).

  2. roberb7 permalink
    5 September 2015 3:43 pm

    Hope this doesn’t apply to nimesulida.

    • 5 September 2015 5:19 pm

      As always, ask your doctor or pharmacist (or curandaro).

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