Do You Trust Meds From India?

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elizabeth02

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I've been reading thru the forum off and on most of the evening and I've read a lot of posts where some of you flat out will not order from India. No one has given a specific reason (unless that's against the rules to do so) but I've ordered twice from India and so far, so good. I mean, I wish the shipping were a little quicker, but that's out of my control. So I guess I'm posing this question: countries you do and don't trust getting things from and why?
 

Mira

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I have used a few different things from India and found them to be okay. There are other medicines however that I wouldnt even think of getting from there, namely any pain killer stronger than tramadol. Those meds (other than codeine) are not widely available outside of the US and are very commonly used as bait for scams from India and some other places. It has also been said that some of their manufacturing standards are not quite up to par with other countries and that turns a lot of people away especially those leary of anything made outside of the US to begin with. Not all of their meds are bad but not all of them are good either.

Personally, I am not overly afraid of medicines produced in some other countries as I've lived outside of the US and had to rely on many non US things. I survived but I am cautious. On the flip side to that though, there are many countries I would not want anything from like China, many African countries, and a handful of others. Reasons? Not much of anything good comes out of those places. I think a lot of people are going to have a lot of opinions on this topic and I do believe it has been discussed before.

Most important when considering a purchase from any IOP, regardless of location, is to research that vendor and his/her products as much as you can. If the vendor has a reasonable amount of time in the business and mostly positive reviews from established members/customers for the product you want then there is a good chance you will receive what you order. Keep in mind though that any vendor is only as good as their last successful transaction. Any one of them can go south at any time regardless of their history or location.
 
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notcharlotte

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much of the anxiety about indian meds srems from the ranbaxy, which had many expensive fines imposed on it because of poor, unhealthy conditions in its factories. to date, ranbaxy is still not permitted to import legally into the u.s. the drugs found impure were antibiotics, by the way made in factories which were substandard.

india also comes under fire when vendors claim to have strong pks. only the u.s. produces synthetic opoid and it consumes 99% of it. india does not make these pks. other countries use codeine or dhc exclusively. so if you see strong synthetic pks advertised be very wary.

the u.s. still has companies with factories in india such as cipla which are regulated by u.s. inspectors. indian made meds for the indian market are not inspected by the u.s. this is where concerns over quality or purity come in. but there is really no reason to think that the indian public would be prepared to accept inferior or polluted drugs. most people think indian meds are weak, but if you have something from cipla, for example, it is still being held to u.s. standards.

i too am uncomfortable with the idea of supporting a terrorist state and i steer clear of pakistan. i'm sure there are good people there but i won't support their economy. i have no problem with indian meds as long as one researches the vendor and products.
 

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Quality Control of generics is a problem and I heard it is less stringent in some indian, pakistani and chinese firms. It would be nice to have a friend with chemical knowledge to test for impurities, dose equivalents etc. If possible I would prefere generics from EU but they are probably hard to come by. Patient searching will robably be rewarded.
 

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...Most important when considering a purchase from any IOP, regardless of location, is to research that vendor and his/her products as much as you can. If the vendor has a reasonable amount of time in the business and mostly positive reviews from established members/customers for the product you want then there is a good chance you will receive what you order. Keep in mind though that any vendor is only as good as their last successful transaction. Any one of them can go south at any time regardless of their history or location.....

Excellent advice here.

I don't order from India, because they seem to go thru SF/POE which is not my favorite EYE SEE SEE.

Some of their meds are quite good..For ex: Torrent Clonotril 2mg clonazepam also their Zolfresh Ambien by Abbott.

Other than that, I usually don't bother due to the customs challenges.
 

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Maybe this is overly simplistic but I don't know how anyone could realistically "trust" prescription drugs that bear no imprint and are sold in plastic baggies.
At least a foreign blister pack can be examined for obvious errors and requires a bit more effort to counterfeit (which many are).
The variables in government regulation and quality standards for pharmaceuticals manufactured in countries like Thailand, Pakistan, China, Russia, India, etc. are also factors that should be considered when assessing the safety of any drug products.
The Indian Ranbaxy problems mentioned earlier are excellent examples of these risks.
 

Jayman2123

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Personally I do not have a problem with Indian medications and have only had positive experiences

I have solely been using an Indian iop and have nothing but great things to say. 100% success over a year and the medication is consistent in quality. That being said certain medications I would procure from certain countries. I think it's important to try and research a little bit about where the medication is sourced from if possible. As far as P goes I don't feel extremely comfortable using those IOP.
 

SFGary

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This has been discussed in various threads over and over...considering that 40% plus of the generics sold in the U.S. comes from India I would suspect most or all of you who get regularly prescribed meds through your insurance have used it one time or another unless you insist on branded U.S., Canadian or European made pharma companies:

The Wall Street Journal "India’s generic drug makers remain large suppliers to American consumers, writes India Research & Ratings. The FDA may have banned imports from 21 Indian manufacturing plants last year – more than in any other year – but Indian drug makers accounted for 40 percent of U.S. generic drug imports, based on volume, and 39 percent of total generic drug approvals by the agency. Already, 86% of prescriptions filled in the U.S. last year were for generics, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. And so, the firm forecasts the Indian pharmaceutical industry should experience compounded annual growth of 20% for the next five years." http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-inte...generic-drugs-will-make-their-way-to-the-u-s/
 

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As to the OP's question "Do you trusts meds from India?", my answer is yes, and for the same reason as several others have pointed out that a good portion of the drugs we purchase through domestic pharmacies here in the US are manufactured in India by the same companies manufacturing the generics we're getting from IOP's. I've tried to educate myself through this site and have come to the conclusion that anything made by Ranbaxy or Aurochem is probably best avoided. But I understand that Cipla products are already in our domestic US generic supply and Cipla plants are inspected by the FDA for compliance. So I feel as long as I'm choosing products from known manufacturers, sold by known and verified vendors, I should be just fine.
 

ladyghost

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I only order one medication online and no other country offers it. It's a headache med. I personally would not order anything from India nor any other country.
 

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Meds manufactured in India yes. meds shipped from India NO! There are some fairly reputable pharmaceutical companies based in India (Ranaxby, Ajanta for instance), but the mail delivery from there to here along with the careless packaging from most Indian IOP's (there are exceptions as one poster noted) but most just aren't worth the headache IMHO.
 

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much of the anxiety about indian meds srems from the ranbaxy, which had many expensive fines imposed on it because of poor, unhealthy conditions in its factories. to date, ranbaxy is still not permitted to import legally into the u.s. the drugs found impure were antibiotics, by the way made in factories which were substandard.

Ranbaxy wasn't just neglegent, they were outright fraudulent! When they knew their meds wouldn't pass regulator testing they substituted them with drugs from other manufacturers. They then shipped went ahead a shipped whatever they could put together. This behavior was not only condoned but instructed from the top down. Like China, with multiple instances of substituting harmful ingredients into exported products, India is really no better with their call centers scamming folks. It's just another unregulated madhouse fueled by cheap manufacturing supported by out of control cost cutting.
 

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I agree. I got some white 2 mg xansnf they were basically a blank tablet scored no writing or anything at all.
 

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I order Sumatriptan from an Indian source. I have been happy with the source and the product.

I agree with the comments above that it is important to check out both the source and the product before ordering, whether it is from India, or anywhere else, for that matter.

Tom
 

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Got these from India. Is this real xanax/alprazolam?

I like them, I do. BUT NEVER order the bars, unless you want to eat chalk, the GG bars , taste just like chalk. I give fair reviews I will not kiss a vendors ass, just so I might get 10 free whatever they r meds. You owe the form that much to, I do like the tranex, they will do you alright.
 
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