Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 29-09-2008, 03:18   #1
Registered User
Russ's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Montpelier,VT
Boat: Brewer 44' Steel
Posts: 124
Prescription Medications

How do you deal with refilling prescripiton medication refills??? I think having them sent to an foreign country by an on-line pharmacy or a service like St Brendan's I belive becomes a customs/legal problem. Advice please??? russ

Russ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-09-2008, 05:15   #2
CF Adviser
Moderator Emeritus
Hud3's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: Island Packet 380, now sold
Posts: 8,849
Images: 47
Hi, Russ.

Our U.S. prescription drug provider can't or won't ship overseas, so I have them mail our prescriptions to our PMB at St. Brendan's Isle, who then forwards them to us here on Nevis. They have to be examined by customs before being released to us, but we've never been charged customs duties on prescription drugs.

The folks at St. Brendan's Isle are very knowledgeable about this sort of thing, and will attach a customs form to the outside of the package when necessary. I've never had any problems with shipments of any sort through them.

Hud3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-09-2008, 06:56   #3
Senior Cruiser
maxingout's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fort Pierce, Phoenix
Boat: Privilege 39 Catamaran, Exit Only
Posts: 2,367
Prescriptions are not an issue many places in the third world. I just go into the pharmacy and tell them what I want without a prescription and it miraculously appears. The medications are also much less expensive.
Dave -Sailing Vessel Exit Only
maxingout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-09-2008, 07:56   #4
Marine Service Provider
AnchorageGuy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Wherever the boat is!
Boat: Marine Trader 34DC
Posts: 4,617
We too usually just but what we need at a pharmacy in other countries without prescriptions and in over 16 years have never had a problem and yes we have heard all of the arguments over quality and counterfeiting but we have not encountered any of this. The cost is usually 1/3 or less the US prices.
Chesapeake Bay, ICW Hampton Roads To Key West, The Gulf Coast, The Bahamas

The Trawler Beach House
Voyages Of Sea Trek
AnchorageGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-09-2008, 09:12   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: San Juan Island, WA.
Boat: Mariner 32 ketch- Independence
Posts: 78
Reguarding pharmaceuticals,
My doctor told me that the government recently finished a study of prescription drugs and that the vast majority of them are prefectly good after 14 years! The drug companies insist on the 1 year expiration date because they'll make a lot more money.
San Juan Sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-09-2008, 10:51   #6
Registered User
Zanshin's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Caribbean
Boat: Jeanneau 57
Posts: 1,542
San Juan - that is not quite true regarding the pharma companies. The various governments require stability tests, where the drugs are stored for a given period of time (i.e. 1 or 2 years) in the type of conditions that might be expected - usually with a lot of temperature and humidity variations. After this storage period they are analyzed for physical and chemical deterioration. If no deterioration has occurred then they get approved for a shelf life of however long they were tested for, this is done by a national regulatory agency such as the FDA. So even though the manufacturer knows from their own tests that the drug might have a real shelf life of over 10 years they cannot label the product with any expiration date other than what the government mandates. For this reason you will see various shelf lifes for the same product in different countries. Many countries even require their own stability tests and won't recognize any tests done overseas - Japan being a typical example. In Japan they require that all foreign pharmaceuticals be re-tested prior to be approved for use in the Japanese marketplace. Even such products as Aspirin had to go through this expensive and time-consuming process.
Zanshin is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 29-09-2008, 11:09   #7
Registered User
RickD's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Colorado Springs
Boat: Transworld Formosa 41
Posts: 233
Some of us can't buy a 14 year supply of medications we require though, lol. The fact that our insurance companies would frown on that might be a problem as well!

Rick Donaldson, CET, NØNJY

If you survive today, tomorrow will be better.
RickD is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Subscription Prescription Ex-Calif Off Topic Forum 9 24-06-2007 22:45

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:59.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.