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Officials Say That There Are No Fake Drugs In Los Cabos Pharmacies, Disputing Recent Findings 

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In recent months there have been reports of fake drugs popping up in pharmacies in Mexico, and pharmacies getting shut down in multiple cities.   

In fact, according to Los Cabos officials, a U.S. publication, the Los Angeles Times, has reportedly indicated that this is a problem in a number of tourist destinations in the country.   

But officials say that there are no fake drugs in Los Cabos pharmacies, disputing the recent findings.   


The Dangers Of Fake Drugs 

When referring to fake drugs in Mexico, it’s not so much that they are fake but that they may not contain what the package says.   

Essentially, they’re more counterfeit than they are fake, containing stronger substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine, which can lead to an accidental overdose.   

Usually, these cheaper drugs are used to be passed off as drugs like Adderall, Oxycodone, and Percocet.   

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Fake Drugs In Mexico 

At least 23 pharmacies were recently closed in a handful of Mexican Caribbean vacation destinations due to the presence of fake pills.   

At the time of the announcement, the pills had not yet been analyzed for content but were found not to contain in them what the package said.   

The counterfeit drugs were found when authorities analyzed nearly 60 different pharmacies in the region.   

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The LA Times Report 

The L.A. Times reported in June that “tainted drugs” were being found in pharmacies all over Mexico.   

In fact, public health officials in L.A. County even issued a warning to residents about the fake drugs and named multiple cities.   

Prior to that warning, the L.A. Times specifically named Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, back in February, as being two of the places where counterfeit pills were found. 

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Fake Drugs In Los Cabos Not Confirmed  

According to COEPRIS, the State Commission for Protection Against Health Risks, in the state of Baja California Sur, there have not been fake drugs found in Los Cabos pharmacies.   

An official from the office reported that they had received reports of counterfeit medications but that nothing was confirmed during past visits to local pharmacies.   

That official commented that “they were reports, but nothing justified.” 

Blue Pills Being Investigated In A Lab

How Los Cabos Is Ensuring That Fake Drugs Don’t End Up In Their Pharmacies  

José Manuel Larumbe Pineda, the head of COEPRIS, reportedly indicated that periodic visits are made to Los Cabos pharmacies to check for fake or pirated drugs.   

He said that the purchase and sale of drugs in pharmacies is closely monitored as well and that it is more common to see such drugs being sold in other establishments, like grocery stores, for example.   

Typically, these are sold as single pills, rather than in packages.   

different types of pills in a lab

How Tourists Can Protect Themselves 

While it would be nice for fake pharmaceuticals to simply not make their way to Los Cabos, it’s better to err on the side of caution, and there are ways for tourists to protect themselves.   

Avoiding sketchy, no-name pharmacies is one way to do that.  Also not purchasing drugs from grocery stores, or, obviously, from anyone on the street.   

The best thing you can do, though, is to have the medications you need when you travel in the original prescription pill bottles. 

Man At A Pharmacy In Mexico

Staying Safe In Los Cabos 

Los Cabos is a safe vacation destination, one of the safest in Mexico, in fact.   

But as with any vacation destination, there are risks, so it’s important to take precautions to keep yourself safe.   

In Los Cabos, one way to do that is avoiding pharmacies, despite the fact that no fake drugs have been found yet.

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Wednesday 6th of September 2023

Last July, I purchased some Norco's from the pharmacy around the corner from Squid Roe and across the street from what used to be Aramburo Supermarket. I take these occasionally for pain and had run out of my prescription. I took 1/2 and was messed up for hours. I could not wait for this bad trip to be over. I threw the rest away. I am convinced that it was laced with, or was completely fentanyl.

On top of that, I was overcharged on my credit card. We had agreed on a price and she rung it up in Pesos. When I questioned why it was so high, she said that my credit card company would calculate the corrected amount in US Dollars. They did not and I ended up overpaying more than we agreed on.

IMO, most pharmacy's in Cabo are crooks in lab coats.