I am on the prescription med Lexapro. Here in Mexico it has been a little pricey to fill the scrip, costing me about 1,000 pesos for a month's supply of 10 mg tablets. So I have been researching ways to cut my costs. As it happens, Lexapro goes out of patent protection in the U.S. this week, on March 14; one company cut a deal to launch a generic version two weeks early, so there is already a generic available in American pharmacies, and there will be ten or a dozen FDA-approved generic versions available by the end of the year.
My online research indicated that there were already generic versions floating around in Mexico. However, I visited two pharmacies here in Culiacan, Wal-Mart and Farmacon, and both told me there was no generic available. This struck me as odd, but I just went ahead and got my usual box of genuine Lexapro. I am not sure if I was being given the run-around or not.
Is there a different type of pharmacy or pharmacy chain I should be checking - the Farmacias Similares I see downtown here, for example? ("The same, only cheaper!") Should I be concerned about the quality of an international, non-FDA-approved generic version should I find one? The genuine Lexapro has been a life-saving med for me; I don't want to tamper with success unnecessarily, but I do want to save money.
I would guess that with FDA-approved generic versions becoming available in the States, those might show up here, too, although I am not sure what the time lag would be.
I hope to get this situation resolved soon, as it would represent a considerable savings to me - savings that are already available to U.S. consumers as of this week.
(By the way, despite all the ballyhoo about how cheap it is to live in Mexico, I am finding it surprisingly expensive in many ways. I earn an excellent wage at a university job, 26,000 pesos/month, but it gets eaten up swiftly. Of course, the current exchange rate, that favors retirees who can get a lot of pesos for each American dollar, hurts me as a peso earner who has to pay some bills such as storage and existing debts in dollars. My Mexican bank's wire transfer fees are astronomical.)
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?