The Bare Minimum Prescription Reserve You Should Have on Hand
Your pharmacy’s drug supply is in constant danger. Between an ever-increasing number of drug shortages and the alarming rise of major prescription rug heists. Criminals target warehouses, shipping containers, even semi trucks carrying drugs. Many pharmacies struggle to keep a full inventory.
If you have secured your financial assets and put away ample food reserves, great. You also need to shore up your medical security. Otherwise you are a sitting duck for pandemic disease, medical rationing, Rx supply disruptions, and more.
If anything big happens and you don’t have a supply on hand of the prescriptions you rely on, you’re in trouble.
No other critical component for survival is as difficult to navigate as acquiring and storing prescription drugs. It has become way too easy to break the law. I want to help you get this done legally. I’ve worked with my research team to exhaustively explore all your options. Yes, you can create a reserve of prescription medicine. And without compromising your health or attracting the attention of regulators and law enforcement.
What Your Doctor Never Tells You:
How to Legally Stockpile Prescription Drugs
In Spite of Burdensome Rules
If you or a loved one takes a prescription of any kind, you need to review what I’m about to tell you very carefully. You may at times have to “read between the lines,” as we step right up to the boundary of what today’s freedom-stealing legal system permits you to do with your own body. I urge you to comply with all laws. But you can never let anything stand in the way of protecting your health.
Reliable access to a pharmacy is essential for maintaining your health. I myself take a prescription drug that I’d just as soon skip in order to save money and avoid any potential side effects. But my doctor has told me that this drug is important for protecting my long-term health. So I’m sticking with the program.
First, let me recommend that you take steps to obtain a 90- to 180-day stockpile of your essential medications. A supply this size should be enough to get you through any supply disruption. Whether it’s due to a shortage or because it’s not safe to go to your local pharmacy.
When it comes to building this stockpile, you have several options. What I’m going to describe is completely, one hundred percent legal—at least as of this writing. I’m also going to tell you about various options you’ll hear other people recommend. It is important that you are clear on the
risks in case you put your toes over that line.
I trust you understand the reasons to put away a back-up food reserve. It’s the same with your prescriptions. And just as compelling, if not more so. It’s simply too risky to depend on the wholesale pharmaceutical supply chain. This includes retail outlets (whether stand-alone pharmacies or those
located inside mega retail centers such as Target or Wal-Mart), and the ability to travel safely to them and home again.
Even grand theft larceny can keep vital drugs from reaching you! Organized crime has evolved for the 21st century. Large-scale, carefully planned heists of drugs in transit are now so common that drug makers have created a Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Consortium (PCSC) to try to keep a watchful eye on drug shipments and the criminals who would intercept them.
The PCSC even has an acronym for the theft of a full truckload of prescription drugs; they call it an FTL. I’m not making this up! One such FTL theft ccurred in October 2011 in Pennsylvania. A well-prepared criminal hopped into the cab of an 18-wheeler and simply drove off with 14 pallets of oxycodone (a high-demand street drug). The heist included six pallets of the anxiety drug alprazolam, and nine pallets of epilepsy meds.
Despite the crime-busting efforts of the PCSC, every year millions of doses of meds intended for patients with legitimate health needs simply vanish. All into the black market. They’re almost impossible to trace once stolen. That can leave pharmacies — and their customers — high and dry.
Sadly, the medical bureaucracy makes it difficult for you to stockpile your prescriptions. The powers-that-be don’t think you can be trusted. Even with an extended supply of the drugs you need to stay alive and well. They’ve taken a vital freedom away from you — the right to control your own healthcare.
So let’s look at some possible “work-arounds” for this vexing issue. You need to learn how to stock up on pharmaceuticals. Please follow along closely.
Priority #1: Finding a Doctor You Can Trust
As long as you aren’t seeking an extended supply of narcotics, addictive pain medications, or other controlled substances, most doctors will be sympathetic. They’ll understand your desire to keep an extended supply of prescription drugs on hand.
In fact, a 90-day supply of almost any medication meant to control a chronic condition or disease is essential. Especially for diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. Asking your doctor to double that is not so beyond the pale that he’ll think you’re suggesting something dubious.
Pharmacies have large lists, available on the Internet, of medicines that can be purchased in 90-day supplies at a very low price. You could easily get a 180-day supply as long as you can convince a prescriber to give you two 90-day supply prescriptions and visit two separate pharmacies.
Your best approach is an honest one. Have a conversation with your doctor about your concerns. Talk about shortages and other types of disruptions from the social to the financial, and ask him to write you two 90-day prescriptions. Ask to fill it immediately plus one 30-day prescription that you’ll use as your normal course.
Then, when you finish your 30-day prescription, you’ll begin using your stockpile for your daily medication. But you’ll also get your next 30-day prescription and put it at the back of your rotation. By doing this, you will always have a six-month supply on hand. Your medication never loses its potency, and you’re insulated against any and all disruptions.
This even backstops you if forget to call in for your next prescription.
The one issue you will run into with this strategy is your insurance plan. If it covers prescriptions, you will likely get only one 90-day supply. The rest you’ll have to pay out of pocket until 90 days has passed. Then, your insurance will kick in to cover each new 30-day supply that you fill.
Prescription Drug Backups:
The Slow Build Up Strategy
If you don’t think your doctor will support your decision, you have another perfectly legal option to protect your medical interests.
An even easier way to stockpile your medication is to skip a dose once a week – and put it aside for a rainy day. Now, I must warn you that this strategy could have health consequences. So I am in no way recommending it. Only you can make this kind of a decision.
In my own case, however, I’ve made the decision that I’d rather skip one dose a week than face an extended period with no medicine at all. This easy technique allows me to amass a seven-week supply in the course of a year. And without spending extra money or running afoul of picky government rules. (If you do use this strategy to stockpile your drugs, be sure to rotate your inventory to keep them from hitting their expiration dates.)
Some medicines are prescribed as PRN (pro re nata), Latin for ‘as the circumstance arises.’ There could be potential for creating a stockpile by filling these take-as-needed prescriptions monthly even if you have a supply left. Make sure to rotate these medicines so as to not lose potency.
Plan a Trip – Enlist the Services of a Travel
Clinic to Get Your Backup Meds
One of the most common reasons that people seek extended prescriptions is because they plan to travel. So, one approach is to plan a trip. Then you can visit your doctor and request a long-term prescription to cover your needs during your trip.This strategy will allow you to build a stockpile of your medications.
Now understand that in no way am I advising you to obtain meds under false pretenses. I suggest you actually plan what you’ll do in the event you have to evacuate your home for three to six months or more. For example, you might plan to spend an extended period in Canada, a nation that’s easy to get to from anywhere in the U.S.
It’s also standard practice to request a copy of your prescription to take with you on your trip. That way, should any of your medications become lost, stolen, or damaged, you can work with an overseas doctor to replace them. If you follow this practice, you’ll have a prescription to fill for your extended trip — whenever that may be — and a prescription to fill for your everyday needs.
You may also consider consulting with a travel clinic as you plan your trip. A travel clinic has doctors who help travelers plan for the medications and vaccinations they’ll need to ensure a safe trip. Such a clinic may be able to help you get an advance on your prescription medicines to help you prepare for your trip.
Under this strategy you will be doubling up on your prescriptions. Plan to pay cash for anything outside of a normal 30 to 90-day refill. And plan to fill your different prescriptions at two separate pharmacies.
Obviously, you’re just doing this once to establish a safeguard supply of the prescriptions you rely on, so that when you do travel you’ll be ready. If you make double-filling prescriptions a habit, though, you could get flagged for doctor shopping or end up in the DEA’s system as a possible drug dealer. Not good.
It is not your intent to take a double dose, give or sell your drugs to someone else, or start a meth lab. Rather, it is your intent to do exactly as you say — to take one prescription now for your condition, and the other during your planned trip. It’s all above board!
Speaking of Doctors Overseas
The most hassle-free route may be to travel to another country with more relaxed prescription laws. Visit a doctor in that country to discuss your health conditions, get a real prescription, and then get it filled.
When you bring your medications back to the States with you, make sure you keep them in their original packaging. Keep the prescription (or a copy) with the medications so customs officials can see that a doctor has legitimately prescribed what you’re carrying.
Under the letter of the law, you’re not supposed to bring prescription drugs across the border into the U.S. However, the FDA instructs border agents to allow most individuals to bring a three-month supply of personal medication into the country providing the following criteria are met:
- The drug is intended to treat a serious condition.
- The individual bringing it into the country won’t sell the drug commercially.
- The product doesn’t create an unreasonable risk.
- You’re willing to sign papers saying the drug is for your personal use.
You may also be asked to provide contact information for your U.S.-based doctor or evidence that the medication was prescribed as part of a treatment plan begun in a foreign country.
What About Canada?
It is not technically legal to purchase drugs from Canada. However, the FDA and other law enforcement agencies do not prosecute individuals buying small quantities of drugs from across the border.
If you take advantage of the government’s current stance, you should plan to deal only with pharmacies that you have verified are legitimate and certified through the Canadian International Pharmacy Association.
These pharmacies will need a copy of your prescription before they can fill any orders for you. Using a Canadian pharmacy is a smart strategy when your insurance company won’t cover your extended prescription. You can expect to spend significantly less out of pocket when purchasing from a Canadian pharmacy than when buying from a U.S. pharmacy.
Online Pharmacies – Good Idea
or Legal Nightmare?
Many online, international pharmacies will send you prescription medications without a prescription. Some are legitimate pharmacies overseas and are careful not to deal in narcotics. Others run shady operations that you should avoid.
In any case, purchasing prescription drugs from international pharmacies without a prescription is illegal. But, here again, the border officials use discretionary enforcement and won’t often waylay packages from these companies as long as the drugs inside are purchased in three-month supplies and are obviously for personal use.
Still, this is a risky strategy because, make no mistake, you will be breaking the law if you choose to employ it. I do not advise you to even consider it unless you have exhausted all other possibilities. Even then, you have to weigh the potential legal consequences against the health consequences of not having the drug.
Alternatives to Pain Pills
Federal officials are cracking down hard on pain pills and other widely abused prescription medications. You simply cannot safely stock up on these types of drugs. The risks are too high that you’ll be flagged as a potential drug dealer, have your privacy violated, and possibly end up on the wrong side of some jail cell bars.
That being said, if you rely on pain medication to function, you do have options from the natural healthcare sector. I suggest you look into these two supplements…
Big Relief From a Traditional Spice
Most commonly known for the role it plays in Indian cuisine, turmeric is a powerhouse spice with a number of health benefits. It’s recently been pushed into the spotlight for its potential to provide a long-term solution to chronic pain.
Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory effect in the body that can help reduce or even eliminate pain. Preliminary research shows that turmeric interrupts the process that causes swelling and pain. Turmeric is safe and can yield dramatic results. It’s worth a try.
Another good natural substance that can promote pain relief is MSM – short for Methylsulfonyl-methane. This sulfur compound can help relieve pain and improve joint function in people who have osteoarthritis. Researchers at the University of California in San Diego did a threemonth trial in which patients took MSM supplements.
After three months, the average patient enjoyed a 25% reduction in pain.