McALLEN — A life-saving medication that costs more than $600 is the United States is only a few cents in Mexico.
The EpiPen’s controversial price hike from about $100 to more than $600 in just a few years is drawing many Rio GrandeValley residents to seek relief in Mexico, where medication is easily accessible.
Nuevo Progreso is a Mexican medical destination, with tourists from near and far making the trip to the tiny border town. An array of street promoters greets tourists as they enter the country, promoting anything from Viagra to Xanax to Lipitor.
However, the EpiPen, which is used to treat extreme and possibly fatal allergic reactions, is highly sought there but is not available.