Nogales Pharmacy Information – Drugs not Sold in Nogales

As we have received requests for medication prices in Nogales, Sonora, another category of drug classification has emerged – prescription medications that are not available for purchase in Mexico.

There may be several reasons that the medication is not available south of the border. Many times, it simply has not yet been approved for marketing in Mexico (or has been removed from the market) by that country’s drug oversight authorities, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS).

It is also possible that newly patented drugs are not yet allowed to be sold internationally. Oftentimes with such medications, foreign pharmaceutical firms will “reverse engineer” the medication to produce a generic equivalent. These drugs may not have the same efficacy as the original, so when taking a generic equivalent for a brand-name drug, monitor your health to make sure that you are receiving the full intended benefits of the medication.

Following is the list of medications that are not currently for sale in Mexico. We will update this page as we find new medications that cannot be found in Nogales, or for those which are now available and can be removed from the list. If you have any comments or contributions for the list, please contact us.

Aczone (antibiotic and anti-inflammatory)

Amour thyroid pills

Fetzima (Levomilnacipran, an SNRI for treating depression)

Levimir Insulin

Tikosyn (Dofetilide, an antiarrhythmic)

Tiotropium (Brand name: Spiriva) to treat COPD

Viibryd (Vilazodone, an antidepressant)


This information is for general information purposes only and is not in any way provided to promote or sell medication. Consult with a physician before using this prescription drug.