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Old 12-07-2018, 16:48   #1
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Medications... If on sea longer that Fill Amount

Have a question pertaining to required medication(s) and being onboard / at sea longer than the Fill Amount timeframe.

Has anyone had to deal with a required medication for a condition that can only be filled for 30 days? And if so, How do you obtain (more like where?)

Sounds difficult, if not impossible.... Especially, If you want to get away from the cold New England weather.

Any thoughts or solutions to this dilemma?

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Re: Medications... If on sea longer that Fill Amount

Not sure if helpful but my mother-in law travels overseas often for extended periods.....she has called the insurance company and they just authorize a 90 day refill once she explains the situation.
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Re: Medications... If on sea longer that Fill Amount

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Have a question pertaining to required medication(s) and being onboard / at sea longer than the Fill Amount timeframe.

Has anyone had to deal with a required medication for a condition that can only be filled for 30 days? And if so, How do you obtain (more like where?)

Sounds difficult, if not impossible.... Especially, If you want to get away from the cold New England weather.

Any thoughts or solutions to this dilemma?

Thank You

Alan
get them to triple the monthly dose!

after a few months you will have 4 month extra,just check expiry dates and use oldest first.
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Once in less well regulated locations many meds become easily available OTC and much more affordable.

Local expats and doctors through the best hospital will help you avoid knockoffs
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Re: Medications... If on sea longer that Fill Amount

What/who is enforcing the 30 day restriction? Are you trying to solve this for a one time occurrence or for the long term?
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Old 12-07-2018, 18:24   #6
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Re: Medications... If on sea longer that Fill Amount

depends on your plan
if you are on plan that covers medication usually (example dosis x 90 days refill 3 more times)that equals one year.
Someone at home will call the pharmacy have it refill,pick up and mail it to you.
If you are Not covered like this then is an arrangement between you and your physician.
If you do not have either a plan or physician then will depend on each country to contact a health care provider and secure a prescription,more likely a visit to a local physician,this will be not only feasible but cheaper as medications on USA are more expensive.
If medications refills are managed in USA and mail to you be carefully where.
In Mexico my cholesterol meds. were to be picked ONLY if I travel to Mexico City, Customs office,a visit to the local USA Consulate and only because the Consul was a very helpful person intervened and "rescued" my meds and were delivered to
Ixtapa where I was at the time.
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What/who is enforcing the 30 day restriction?...
Do you require a blood test (or other monitoring) every 3 mos? If so, your condition may preclude those longer voyages, away from a Dr.
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Re: Medications... If on sea longer that Fill Amount

I got a little caught up in the thought that "other parts of the world do it like we do" which isn't exactly true. When in the Bahamas I went to a local pharmacy, showed my script bottle (not the script itself, it was at a CVS in Florida!) and presto, it was refilled!

If your life depends on the medication I wouldn't count on the above. Depending on where you are in the world it may work or it may not.

I heard a call out for assistance on the George Town (Exuma, Bahamas) Cruiser's Net where a person was asking if anybody had 5 pills of a certain medication to hold them over until their meds arrived from the states. Someone spoke up, said they had the medication and did indeed loan them 5 pills.
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Do you require a blood test (or other monitoring) every 3 mos? ...
I meant to ask "every 30 days"
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I got a little caught up in the thought that "other parts of the world do it like we do" which isn't exactly true. When in the Bahamas I went to a local pharmacy, showed my script bottle (not the script itself, it was at a CVS in Florida!) and presto, it was refilled!

If your life depends on the medication I wouldn't count on the above. Depending on where you are in the world it may work or it may not.

I heard a call out for assistance on the George Town (Exuma, Bahamas) Cruiser's Net where a person was asking if anybody had 5 pills of a certain medication to hold them over until their meds arrived from the states. Someone spoke up, said they had the medication and did indeed loan them 5 pills.
Thank You SV..... Your scenario fits my situation to a "T"... CVS and all

So Once again Thanks for letting tink / breathe a little easier.

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I just phone my doctor's office. They e-mail a prescription for whatever length of time I need, plus a contingency, to the drug store I want to get it from.
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I just phone my doctor's office. They e-mail a prescription for whatever length of time I need, plus a contingency, to the drug store I want to get it from.
IME, this can also be done by fax. Whatever works best where one is. Sometimes the doc can do it by phone. There are usually ways to arrange 6 months or so of supplies, but the docs have to write the prescriptions so that it is clear to the pharmacy that you are to have that much. If your doc requires the results of blood work before re-issuing a particular prescription, then s/he will not want to provide more medicine than the interval between tests.

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