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geordie ric
11-30-2005, 05:03 AM
Have just paid the final balance on our holiday this morning :banana: .
I would like to hear from anyone who has travelled with prescribed medication and what the content of the doctors letter contained.The reason being that to take my doctor says he normally just signs a copy of the prescription but TCD say they require a letter.Please help me :earseek:

FizzyPop
11-30-2005, 10:20 AM
We went with TCD in september I had a whole hand luggage bag of prescribed medication, one which is classed as a class b drug, I never even told them I was carrying prescription medication. I just made sure they where all in there original boxes. I never took a doctors letter either. The only time we had trouble was when we had a doctor traveling back with us and he had scissors needles and some pretty strong drugs just incase my son went into cardiac arrest. But we all got on when they had confirmed our story of what had happened.

JohnnySharp2
11-30-2005, 10:28 AM
Haven't flown with TCD but when we go with Virgin we always take prescribed medicine in our hand luggage.
In addition we ensure we have a prescription to hand also but have never been quizzed or asked to produce it.

musketeer
11-30-2005, 10:43 AM
We fly Virgin i usually just leave the medication in the box that it came in and also take the prescription with me but we have never been asked about this.

alisonbestford
11-30-2005, 11:24 AM
DH always has to take a 'shedload' of prescribed medicine when we go away :teeth:

We keep it in the original boxes, pack it in the hand luggage and I always carry the tear off part of the repeat prescription in my purse.

We flew with Virgin last year and mentioned medication for the first ever time (I normally just pack it in hand luggage and don't bother :rolleyes: )
Virgin e-mailed me a form which I had to fax or e-mail back, detailing all his drugs, but they didn't require a signed record from the GP :flower: .
They did ask for a letter to say that he was fit to fly from his consultant though which I e-mailed over.

As a nurse I would have said that your GP signing the prescription would have been good enough.
It may well just be a case of who you get on the end of the phone (ie their understanding of procedures, as to the answer you get) but I'd just give them a call and go over it all with them again - saying what your GP has said.

Good luck :grouphug:

Ali and boyz
11-30-2005, 01:04 PM
We flew in July with MY Travel and weren't told to take any letter etc but having read some threads I decided to get a letter from GP as one of the drugs my son has to take is a controlled drug. We kept all the drugs in the original boxes along with his prescription repeat form . The letter our GP did was purely for the controlled drug only stating why he needed it.

and............................... guess what ... nobody even opened or searched the bag just the cranberry tablets in the suitcase!

Even though there was no problems I would still take the prescription form and if the drugs he was on were major I would do a letter that way you have always got it. I also think I read somewhere that if you run out of or for emergencys some chemists over there will allow you to buy the drugs if you show your presrciption form but I don't know if that was 100% accurate.

GP also gave us a fit to fly letter (incorporated the drugs and fit to fly letter in into the same one) as there seems always to be a difference between the airlines. MY Travel said no they didn't need one but I felt a bit panicy incase we got to the airport and then wouldn't let us travel so took one anyway and would take one again.

VSL
11-30-2005, 01:32 PM
OMG - please tell me I won't need anything for my contraceptive pills!

geordie ric
11-30-2005, 01:44 PM
Have been in touch with TCD and they are insistant on a doctors letter.I had asked if that the presciption signed by the doctor would be adequate but was told i must have a letter listing what medication we need and why.I suppose rules are rules and I don't want to chance breaching them. ;)

Claire L
11-30-2005, 01:57 PM
I always take prescribed medication with me up until recently it was only my migraine tablets and never took any form of letter with me just the tablets in their original packaging, not even with my name on them! Now I take a few more mainly painkillers and make sure there is a label for them with my name on but no letter from the Dr, how does an airline know if you are carrying prescribed meds? I am sure 80% of people must carry some form of prescribed meds, even if not prescribed here they may be classed as prescribed in anotehr country.
Claire ;)

wilma-bride
11-30-2005, 02:16 PM
We went with TCD in september I had a whole hand luggage bag of prescribed medication, one which is classed as a class b drug, I never even told them I was carrying prescription medication. I just made sure they where all in there original boxes. I never took a doctors letter either. The only time we had trouble was when we had a doctor traveling back with us and he had scissors needles and some pretty strong drugs just incase my son went into cardiac arrest. But we all got on when they had confirmed our story of what had happened.

Blimey, Sharon - what DID happen?

gilld
11-30-2005, 02:57 PM
If you do feel obliged to get a Dr's letter, and the repeat part of the script should be sufficient according to my husband, be aware that you will have to pay to get it.

Always pack any medicines in your hand luggage and carry your repeat with you as well.