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Offline positivelynerd

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International travel
« on: June 21, 2013, 03:51:19 PM »
I'm traveling to Europe next week and while most people have prescription bottles with their name and Dr. on them, I'm in a trial so my meds are in the pharmaceutical manufacturer boxes/bottles, with no name (my initials and patient number).  Is it sufficient for the study Dr. to just write a letter for purposes of customs and security?

Thanks ahead of time.

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Offline ad2san

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Re: International travel
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013, 03:59:28 PM »
Hi there,

well it depends on the national legislation (there is no united EU regulation concerning drugs, medicines, etc ...) check : 
http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/common/links/customs/index_en.htm
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Offline Dr.Strangelove

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Re: International travel
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 04:39:26 PM »
As far as I am aware in most countries here in Europe (Spain, Germany,...) there is no patient's names on the bottles and boxes of the drugs unlike the US.
I'd think that a letter of your doctor would be sufficient.

Offline mecch

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Re: International travel
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2013, 06:40:03 AM »
Switzerland doesnt put the name on the bottle or tubes or whatever....
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Offline Grasshopper

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Re: International travel
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2013, 07:10:29 AM »
Here in The Netherlands the pharmacy labels all dispensed meds with the following:


1)date meds dispensed + amount dispensed
2)prescribed by (doctor X,Y,Z)
3)name & date of birth patient
4) prescribed dossage
5)condition:  virusinfection/allergy/bacterialinfection
6)any specific warnings/caution  (can affect driving / cause dizziness / etc.)

Ask for a letter as a "safeguard"   (better safe than sorry)

* in the early 90's  when I was on all sorts of "trial meds" , I Always carried a letter, when travelling abroad,  stating that my meds were "prescribed experimental medication"  *

Have a nice trip
« Last Edit: June 22, 2013, 07:17:19 AM by Grasshopper »

Offline ad2san

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Re: International travel
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2013, 08:42:09 AM »
As far as I am aware in most countries here in Europe (Spain, Germany,...) there is no patient's names on the bottles and boxes of the drugs unlike the US.
I'd think that a letter of your doctor would be sufficient.
Yes but boxes are branded or labelled .... in some part of the world they are not ...
Feb   2009 CD4 358 VL 2000 16%
May  2009 CD4 305 VL 3069  14% <---- Started TVD+ATZ/r
Jul  2009 CD4 512 VL <50   18%
Jul 2010 CD4 418 VL <50 24%                     
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Norvir + Reyataz (due to sleep problem)
Aug 2010 CD4 606 VL <50 25%
Jul 2011 CD4 494 UD 23%
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Viramune XR (due to kidney problems)
January 2012 CD4 564 UD 31%
October 2012 CD4 684 UD 29%
January 2013 CD4 594 UD 26%
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Isentress due to BIG increase GammaGT
Feb 2013 CD4 699 UD 28%
May 2013 CD4 385 UD 28%
July 2013 CD4 CD4 636 UD 25%
Oct 2013 CD4 588 UD 39%
Aug 2014 CD4 639 UD 25%

Offline ad2san

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Re: International travel
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2013, 08:44:27 AM »
you can save yourself a lot of trouble if you put your medication in some Aspirin, vitamin or whatever recipient .... (what I personally do when i travel anywhere ....)
Feb   2009 CD4 358 VL 2000 16%
May  2009 CD4 305 VL 3069  14% <---- Started TVD+ATZ/r
Jul  2009 CD4 512 VL <50   18%
Jul 2010 CD4 418 VL <50 24%                     
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Norvir + Reyataz (due to sleep problem)
Aug 2010 CD4 606 VL <50 25%
Jul 2011 CD4 494 UD 23%
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Viramune XR (due to kidney problems)
January 2012 CD4 564 UD 31%
October 2012 CD4 684 UD 29%
January 2013 CD4 594 UD 26%
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Isentress due to BIG increase GammaGT
Feb 2013 CD4 699 UD 28%
May 2013 CD4 385 UD 28%
July 2013 CD4 CD4 636 UD 25%
Oct 2013 CD4 588 UD 39%
Aug 2014 CD4 639 UD 25%

Offline bocker3

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Re: International travel
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2013, 08:59:17 AM »
you can save yourself a lot of trouble if you put your medication in some Aspirin, vitamin or whatever recipient .... (what I personally do when i travel anywhere ....)

Well sure -- that will work, unless someone decides to look into it and then you become a suspected drug smuggler.

To the OP -
It doesn't sound like you are going to any country that prohibits HIV+ folks from entering, so I would just do as you mentioned.  Keep the pills in their bottles (and/or in a pill box, for your current week) along with a letter.

Most of all -- enjoy your trip -- it is most likely that you will simply walk through without anyone looking at either your pills or your letter.

Mike
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: International travel
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2013, 10:39:22 AM »
I'm traveling to Europe next week and while most people have prescription bottles with their name and Dr. on them, I'm in a trial so my meds are in the pharmaceutical manufacturer boxes/bottles, with no name (my initials and patient number).  Is it sufficient for the study Dr. to just write a letter for purposes of customs and security?

Thanks ahead of time.



Yes, I was on two clinical trials in 2006 when I travelled to Iceland with my parents and I travelled with a letter from my doctor, on his letterhead. I actually was searched in Iceland on the return trip and the letter explanation sufficed completely, though I was slightly delayed with the process by about 10-15 minutes so budget time for this.
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