5 Tips for Traveling to the U.S. With Medications

You’re returning from a trip overseas and want to bring back over-the-counter drugs from Europe that aren’t available here. Can you? Your mother-in-law is visiting from Mexico to help with the new baby and runs out of her blood pressure medication. Can she refill her prescription at a U.S. pharmacy? Your foreign exchange student forgot his allergy medication. Can his parents mail it to him from Japan? These are just some of the questions people ask the Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Drug Information. Note that FDA cannot ensure that medications approved in other countries are safe or effective, or have been manufactured properly. So what are the rules for flying with or shipping medications? Follow the link above for answers to common queries: Q: What should travelers and visitors know about bringing medications into the U.S.? Q: What if there’s a generic available overseas but not here? Q: Can a foreign traveler get a prescription filled when visiting the U.S.? Q: Can you ship or mail a prescription medication to the U.S.? Q: What else should you know about traveling with medications?
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