Question: Can I Fill A Foreign Prescription In The US?

A: If you’re traveling to the United States from another country and need a prescription filled, you should visit a health care provider.

Very few pharmacies can fill a foreign prescription, and this is determined on a state-by-state basis.

There is no marketing or promotion of the drug to U.S.


Can I get a prescription filled in another country?

Even if you’re prepared with a copy of your prescription and the money to pay for the drugs, many countries do not permit pharmacies to fill prescriptions that originate outside their country. One solution is to see a local doctor to explain your medical condition to get a new prescription that can be filled locally.

Can I fill a Canadian prescription in the US?

Yes, doctors in the U.S. can and do send prescriptions to Canadian pharmacies. Therefore, U.S. prescriptions received by a Canadian pharmacy must be approved by a Canadian physician, who issues a Canadian prescription, prior to it being filled.

Can I use a Mexican prescription in the US?

You can’t legally cross pharmacy drugs that are in the controlled substance list, even with a valid prescription from a US, Canadian, or Mexican doctor (although exceptions apply). They are also highly regulated in Mexico.

Do you have to declare prescription drugs at customs?

You don’t have to declare non-liquid medications at the airport security checkpoint. But if you want to take more than 3.4 ounces of liquid medication through, or if you simply don’t want your meds to take up space in that baggie, you do need to declare them at the TSA checkpoint.