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Travel preparation can be a tedious process that requires careful consideration of every item being packed, especially, when medications are needed.
can be a
tedious process that requires careful consideration of every item
packed, especially, when medications are needed. Each country has developed their own distinct guidelines
regarding the legal statu
s of medications, which makes
much more difficult task
for those with chronic or serious health conditions.
Many people who travel internationally
are unsure about what they
are permitted to bring with them, and where they can acquire their medication
once they reach their destination
If travelers violate another country’s rules, they
may face consequences that could present serious setbacks to their health or impose penalti
es that could lead to charge
s for drug trafficking. The CDC is encouraging individuals to be aware of these varying regulations prior to traveling
avoid such consequences. Clinicians can help by counseling patients who are planning vacations or other trips.
When packing, medications should be kept separated from oth
er products, and stored in
that medications can be easily located, and accessed
. TSA has a specific list of medical supplies that they allow on the plane, so it is important to look at that beforehand. For example, TSA states that diabetes-related supplies, equipment, and medications are allowed
through checkpoint after they have been screened or inspected.
The CDC also recommends bringing a small surplus of medicines in case of delays, and to make sure the containers have their original labels. Travelers should have a copy of all prescriptions in their possession
leave another copy at home with family or relative
. For controlled substances, such as marijuana, and injectable medicines, a note on letterhead stationary from the prescribing doctor should accompany.
A travel health medicine specialist or health care provider should be contacted to obtain
information. These individuals
discussions on how to adjust medication schedules when facing time zone changes and the best way to store medicines. Also, be sure to make an appointment, weeks in advance, to get
There is a high likelihood that certain medications will not be accessible for purchase in a different country.
And if medicines
can be bought
destination, they may not meet the same
In addition, counterfeit drugs are a major problem amongs
t many developing countries, according to the CDC. Patients should stay
alert, and buy only medicines in original packaging, from a licensed pharmacy.
What the United States may consider common prescriptions, or available over-the-counter drugs, may be illegal somewhere else. Travelers should be
cognizant of the guidelines of
the country being
to prevent issues, and to ease the entire traveling process. They should c
with the foreign embassy of that
country and utilize the International Narcotics Control Board to verify that medicines are permittable.
During vacation and travel endeavors,
people may neglect
. It’s important to continue proper management of health issues while in a different country without letting
serious health conditions or chronic diseases get in the way of exciting, new experiences
Traveling Abroad with Medicine. CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/features/travel-medicine/index.html. Updated July 2, 2018. Accessed July 6, 2018.