Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Family matters/health
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 20.07.2015, 20:46
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Belgium
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 4 Times in 1 Post
joyous_jelly has no particular reputation at present
Importing medicine

Is it true that I can import some prescription medicine in limited quantities from abroad (without a prescription)? It sounds unusual but that's what swissmedic.ch says:
Individuals may, in the same way as a tourist, import a one month's supply into Switzerland for their own use but not for third parties. If a medicinal product is classified as a narcotic (Link), the shipment must also include a prescription from a Swiss physician.

(Source)

That they add the "needs a prescription" for narcotics implies that that is not the case for non-narcotics.

I guess my question is whether this is accurate or possibly just a poor translation?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 21.07.2015, 23:16
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Gva
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
simon44 has no particular reputation at present
Re: Importing medicine

I don't know but this is even stranger:
Travellers are allowed to carry medicinal products containing narcotic or psychotropic substances without an import or export permit, provided that the quantity carried is no greater than that required for 30 days, and in the case of exportation, that the destination country allows this.

N.B. You may only carry the quantity required for a month if it is for your own personal use and not for someone else.


http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

Again no mention of prescriptions. So you could personally import any narcotic/psychotropic drug so long as it's "medicinal"? Meaning what? And you can import this on person but ordering it you need a prescription? It doesn't really make sense.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 21.07.2015, 23:22
roegner's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,036
Groaned at 87 Times in 65 Posts
Thanked 3,061 Times in 1,568 Posts
roegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Importing medicine

It says: whether the medicinal products are licensed or compliant

So compliant with Swiss regulation.

So yes, you can import medication for a month, but it should be medication that is also allowed to be sold in Switzerland I would imagine. When in doubt, contact the customs office
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 21.07.2015, 23:48
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Belgium
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 4 Times in 1 Post
joyous_jelly has no particular reputation at present
Re: Importing medicine

But by that logic, according to the first link, you can order for example adderall from abroad, if you have a prescription. Adderall is in the list linked to in the first post as a "narcotic" that requires a prescription.
But since Adderall isn't authorized in switzerland (you can check the db at swissmedic.ch) so you wouldn't be allowed to bring it in personally?

I don't think this makes sense.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 21.07.2015, 23:52
roegner's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,036
Groaned at 87 Times in 65 Posts
Thanked 3,061 Times in 1,568 Posts
roegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond reputeroegner has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Importing medicine

Again, check with the customs authorities.This is an internet forum? Im somehow sure that the chances of someone being able to tell you that, yes, you can bring that in, are limited
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 22.07.2015, 00:28
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Belgium
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 4 Times in 1 Post
joyous_jelly has no particular reputation at present
Re: Importing medicine

I was asking here because I know from experience that talking to the authorities can be a bit frustrating since I don't speak good french/german (yet)... Especially when it gets to subtle details with lots of room for misunderstanding.

After reading more I think I have it figured out. The quotes above are confusing at best.

Here's what I gathered after reading some more detailed articles on swissmedic: ordering any medicine of any kind is illegal without a prescription. Yes, even medicines that don't require a prescription:
"To obtain medicines by mail order nevertheless requires a medical prescription for each order. This also applies to medicines that are otherwise sold without a prescription."

For importing medicines across the border by yourself, it's a bit more relaxed and you can bring in medications without a prescription, except for narcotics - and what they consider narcotics is a pretty huge list and contains even some pretty tame medications.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 22.07.2015, 09:31
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ostschweiz
Posts: 3,027
Groaned at 99 Times in 79 Posts
Thanked 3,752 Times in 1,940 Posts
Urs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Importing medicine

Quote:
View Post
I was asking here because I know from experience that talking to the authorities can be a bit frustrating since I don't speak good french/german (yet)... Especially when it gets to subtle details with lots of room for misunderstanding.

After reading more I think I have it figured out. The quotes above are confusing at best.

Here's what I gathered after reading some more detailed articles on swissmedic: ordering any medicine of any kind is illegal without a prescription. Yes, even medicines that don't require a prescription:
"To obtain medicines by mail order nevertheless requires a medical prescription for each order. This also applies to medicines that are otherwise sold without a prescription."

For importing medicines across the border by yourself, it's a bit more relaxed and you can bring in medications without a prescription, except for narcotics - and what they consider narcotics is a pretty huge list and contains even some pretty tame medications.
Check the age of the document you quote. The one I found is from 2011, that may well be outdated.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

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
Expired medicine - inhalers Clumsy Maman Other/general 1 14.01.2015 18:12
Complementary medicine Szilvia Family matters/health 1 25.11.2014 11:36
Studying medicine bommi Education 4 25.10.2013 23:10
Cough medicine help!! LaurenM Family matters/health 27 23.11.2012 13:12
Sleeping medicine bluesin Family matters/health 18 10.09.2008 15:09


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 12:18.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0