Wondering about the cost & availability of prescription and over-the-counter medications in Panama?
We compiled a list of the 50 most prescribed medications in the United States and researched their price and availability in Panama.
In Panama, you don’t need a prescription for most medications and the prices are usually less than what you’d pay in the United States.
For example, Lisinopril (brand names Prinivil & Zestril), which is used in the treatment of high blood pressure is available over-the-counter and sells for $11.56 in Panama. The same dose and quantity in the United States costs approximately $15.40 to $17.36 – over 33% more.
Metformin (brand names Glucophage, Fortamet, Glumetza, Riomet), which is used for the treatment of diabetes, sells for $7.25 in Panama. It’s also available over-the-counter. The same dose and quantity in the United States typically costs 160% more – $19.20.
Not all drugs cost less in Panama – Venlafaxine (brand name Effexor), which is used to treat depression and anxiety, can cost 700% more in Panama.
Some good news: If you have a Panama pensionado residency visa or if you have any residency visa and are 55+ for women or 60+ for men, you will receive a 10% discount on medications in Panama. Some pharmacies offer a 20% discount on certain days of the week.
If you take prescription medications, it’s a good idea to research their cost & availability before you move to Panama.
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