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Old 01-16-2013, 04:36 PM   #16
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Hi OP, I am a pharmaceutical sales rep and I promote diabetes medication. You should always travel with a doctor's note and with medication in original containers, especially with insulin which your son may be on. Do they always check? No. But could you get an agent that is very by the book and ruin your vacation? possibly.

This is taken directly from the US Travel.State.Gov website:

Bringing Medications or Filling Prescriptions Abroad

A traveler going abroad with a preexisting medical problem should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic names of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics. (A listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. is available on the Department of State’s website at http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/dpl/32122.htm. Foreign embassy and consulate contact information can also be found on the Country Specific Information for each country.)
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:54 PM   #17
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Hi OP, I am a pharmaceutical sales rep and I promote diabetes medication. You should always travel with a doctor's note and with medication in original containers, especially with insulin which your son may be on. Do they always check? No. But could you get an agent that is very by the book and ruin your vacation? possibly.

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Bringing Medications or Filling Prescriptions Abroad

A traveler going abroad with a preexisting medical problem should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic names of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics. (A listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. is available on the Department of State’s website at http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/dpl/32122.htm. Foreign embassy and consulate contact information can also be found on the Country Specific Information for each country.)
Not that I'm disagreeing, because you've obviously did your homework, but IMO having to have a letter from your attending physician, describing your medical condition seems a little over-board...guess they don't honor our HIPPA laws. You'd think if you have a prescription bottle with your name, and your Dr.s name on it would be enough. Again, not questioning YOU, just think their law is a little too much.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:36 PM   #18
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Not that I'm disagreeing, because you've obviously did your homework, but IMO having to have a letter from your attending physician, describing your medical condition seems a little over-board...guess they don't honor our HIPPA laws. You'd think if you have a prescription bottle with your name, and your Dr.s name on it would be enough. Again, not questioning YOU, just think their law is a little too much.
But you have to take into account the thought process of the country. As a PP said, her friend traveled in/out of Europe and Mxico no questions asked. Australia, injectible meds need a precrip. MY Dad went to Japan, they have very strict drug laws. He was told to make sure not to have any over the counter meds with him that had caffine/stimulants. IF they had decided to really question him or his DR, when would they call his DR? There is a major time differance between Japan and FL, potential language issue. He had his letter and declared his meds and was never questioned about it


For us, just one thing we don't mess with, we will always have meds in orginal bottles with labels on it.
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But you have to take into account the thought process of the country. As a PP said, her friend traveled in/out of Europe and Mxico no questions asked. Australia, injectible meds need a precrip. MY Dad went to Japan, they have very strict drug laws. He was told to make sure not to have any over the counter meds with him that had caffine/stimulants. IF they had decided to really question him or his DR, when would they call his DR? There is a major time differance between Japan and FL, potential language issue. He had his letter and declared his meds and was never questioned about it


For us, just one thing we don't mess with, we will always have meds in orginal bottles with labels on it.
Thanks for the explanation.
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Regarding the note.....

I think that is more for emergency purposes. If all your medications are in original containers, and a note describing your condition are in place- if there is an emergency, they have all your information.

....less chance of a mistake happening during an emergency-especially if it happens to be in another country where medications and treatments for certain conditions might be slightly different.

I would definitely bring everything when traveling, along with any documentation that might explain certain medical conditions, especially if they are being treated with narcotics.
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