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Old 21-02-2017, 23:31   #1
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Refilling prescriptions

So, my wife is thinking about us living aboard a sailboat when we retire. Therefore, I'm thinking about it, too. Our first destination will be somewhere in the Caribbean.

I am a few years away from becoming eligible for Medicare, and I don't want to lose that benefit. I understand I can use Medicare in Puerto Rico and the USVI.

I am curious about how I am going to get prescriptions filled when running down to the local pharmacy in Puerto Rico or the USVI isn't practical.

Your experience in this area would be most appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: Refilling prescriptions

Welcome to the forums. This question comes up with some regularity, so that if you do a search on it, you'll turn up lots of info. There are some search tools in the blue tool bar near the page top, & if you click on search, a variety of choices of search type(s) will appear.


As to your question, most folks tend to get their MD to write prescriptions for them to be filled in quantities of 3 months. Along with many getting their refills mailed/shipped to them when 3 months is up. That, or they simply consult with a local MD during their travels. Health care tending to be much less expensive outside of the US. And this is assuming that the meds that you need can't simply be purchased locally, over the counter. Since in lots of places the rules aren't so strict.


Oh, & you can also get a letter from your doctor stating what you're taking & why to carry with you. To include both the trade names for the meds, & their generic name.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Chief.
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This plan, as described by Uncilvilized, is our practice. Most mail order pharmacies that fill these three month prescriptions also have paperless automated physicians refill requests and automated payment options. We match this service with a mail forwarding business like St. Brendans Isle and this becomes very easy. All we need is the need to determine a location that will allow us to receive a package. We have used marinas (sometimes available without being a slip holder), local businesses, or general delivery at a post office.
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Re: Refilling prescriptions

Theboatgalley.Com has a couple of good articles about presciptions. The real "trick" is figuring out the right timing for new deliveries so you don't run out. Take a backup that you don't dip into unless your prescription is late. The service we have been using sent one order to the wrong address and then took an additional 10 days to resend the order. Stuff happens. Just plan for it!
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Thanks everyone for the information. Very helpful!
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