Travel Forums General Talk MALARONE FOR SALE!!??

1. Posted by JT1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If anyone has any malarone tablets (in date..aug-dec 08) left over form their travels and would like to sell them then please reply with your contact details and i will contact you re: payment!
I am looking for nearly 60 tablets so with the £2 plus as an average cost per tablet any help would be massively appreciated!!

Thank you very much

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

My following comments have nothing to do with you personally, John, and I honestly don't mean to be a curmudgeony Moderator/member about this topic. But, (there's always a but) I recommend any member considering this proposition to think seriously about it before putting the medication in a box for shipment.

  • Unlike several of the other anti-malarials (chloroquine, doxycycline, etc.), Malarone is by prescription only around the world. It is not available as an over-the-counter medication. (Any Malarone sold as an OTC should be considered a conterfeit drug and avoided.)

  • Given item #1, prescription medication being mailed without the proper paperwork (which would normally accompany mail-order prescription shipments) can be construed as "trafficking in prescription drugs" regardless of the amount. If caught, in several countries, the fines can be very stiff for both the sender and recipient. Needless to say, the Malarone will be confiscated.

  • Unless this transaction takes place in person, all may go very well and then again it could go to hell in a handbasket without either side being at fault (other than buying/selling one's prescription meds).

  • John may have taken Malarone before thus knows he will not have a reaction to the drug. If he hasn't taken it before and now has a serious complication...

Again, I don't want to sound like I'm picking on anyone. John is not the first to ask for or offer up Malarone. I simply recommend that people think about the consequences before makng a snap decision. I also realize that Malarone is the most expensive anti-malarial on the market so any way to save a bit of traveling money is an option. The choice is always your own - just make it an informed one.

3. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Overall a bad idea to get involved with this-
Not only for the reasons listed by Isadora, but you have no guarantee what you are getting, expiration dates of the tabs, if it is contaminated/or a conterfeit tab (and there have been many of all kinds of conterfeit meds originating in Asia). You need to get this from your own doctor, who assesses if this is the right medication for you.

There are cheaper antimalarials ( I have used doxycycline on several SE Asia trips and this is one of the recommended options), but quite frankly if a travel physician went through your itinerary and determined this was the best drug for you, without alternatives, then get it through the proper means. Consider it a part of the cost of your trip, and if you cannot afford it... you need to think a little harder about traveling.... Your health, and malaria prevention is NOT the place to cut corners!

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