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Old 10.03.2017, 15:50
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

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Because it contains "Kortikosteroide" (corticosteroids?) it requires a recipe. The cream costs 6-7CHF whereas getting a recipe would cost 120CHF. I think I bought it in 5 different pharmacies so far, many times, I was never refused despite not having a recipe.
Maybe they had one from Betty Bossi ( sorry had to )
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Old 10.03.2017, 17:31
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

If it was a cost issue, you could pop over to Germany. The Apothekes are more forgiving and flexible (and cheaper).
My friend came over a few years ago and lost his blood pressure medication and nexium.
He told the head chemist about his predicament in English, explaining he was on holiday and she gave him enough tablets for a week for less than 20 euros - maybe as a kind gesture.
His face was getting pretty red and she even measured his blood pressure - which was very high.
Shame he died 2 years ago.
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

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If the medicine is that important to you, then it is irresponsible to run out ic your travel plans are delayed by less than a week.

You should take sufficient supplies with you, your perscription too and if tge medicine is really a little more exotic than panadol, expext to have to visit a Doctor locally to get what you need.

You need to be responsible for your own requirments rather than hoping all goes well 100% of the time!
As much as one tries to dot every I and cross every T, there are times when 'stuff happens'. Yes, even to the most responsible of us.

One example:

I had my meds confiscated once, even with a letter from the doctor explaining their necessity. I suspect the security dude was just being an (insert expletive here), but anyone who flies knows better than to argue with a TSA employee who has the power to keep you off your flight.

Painful flight and a painful additional couple weeks once back in Switzerland, which was the time it took to get an urgent-but-non-emergency appointment with the GP for a new Rx.
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Old 10.03.2017, 18:25
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

I had a prescription faxed to a pharmacy in CH, it was detailed and in Latin. Worked without problems (I did ask dad to mention dosage and exact active agent). Not only the chief pharmacist found a local equivalent, he was actually quite excited by the entire exercise. I paid in cash, it was not much so did not claim. I think I actually could have claimed it at my insurance here. I was thrilled with the pharmacist's fab service and knowledge. (I am usually not with the sales people at pharmacies, since they really push tiger balms, homeopathic stuff and other miracles I don't care for. The shift manager is however always great, no matter of the pharmacy).
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

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Oh a side note, for people travelling with medication--some countries have different classifications for drugs and strict laws. That means a medication which is over the counter is some countries, could be illegal in others. Make sure to do your homework. Importing illegal drugs could have some serious repercussions!
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Put it ALL in your hand luggage!
even when only connecting via e.g. Dubai.
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Old 10.03.2017, 18:52
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

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Not necessarily, generally speaking pharmacists are free to decide. If the situation warrants, they can skip the recipe
(The English for Rezept, in this context is "Prescription")

I went to a pharmacy to pick up my repeat prescription - only to be told it had expired. The pharmacist gave me a smaller pack than usual and told me to see my doctor about getting the repeat prescription prolonged. I was pleasantly surprised.
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Do UK pharmacies hold repeat prescriptions like they do here?
Can you register your repeat prescription with a pharmacy and have them liase with your doctor? Yes.

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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

I suppose I could ask my GP in the UK to fax a prescription to a pharmacy in CH... but given the amount of hassle I am currently having trying to get my repeat prescription altered to reflect a change in my medication, I doubt the service would be very efficient.

(So far it has taken 3 weeks, numerous phone calls, face-to-face conversations, letters... and I still can't get my medication on repeat prescription at a higher dose, despite the fact that my GP and my psychiatist agree it would be helpful. The best I have got is 'Come back on Tuesday'. I miss Swiss efficiency...)
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

So sorry to hear that- but you would have trouble here, even with a prescription from UK- to get any kind of anti-depressants, sleeping tablets, or pain relief containing opiates (like Tramadol) - without seeing a doctor- as a repeat long-term prescription could have dangers/risks.

Even in the UK- you may have to get a regular prescription with a doctor's visit- to ensure they can keep an eye closely on the effects of increasing dose. Makes sense. Bonne chance.
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So sorry to hear that- but you would have trouble here, even with a prescription from UK- to get any kind of anti-depressants, sleeping tablets, or pain relief containing opiates (like Tramadol) - without seeing a doctor- as a repeat long-term prescription could have dangers/risks.

Even in the UK- you may have to get a regular prescription with a doctor's visit- to ensure they can keep an eye closely on the effects of increasing dose. Makes sense. Bonne chance.
Not sure how the UK and CH interface, but one of my regular meds is an SSRI (anti depressant) and my prescription from CH was filled in NL, once my doctor faxed it to the Dutch pharmacy. initially, the Dutch pharmacy tried to give me a generic from Ranbaxy, which I refused, and they replaced it with another generic without a word. Didn't even charge me extra. It was .... interesting.

Ranbaxy had some serious quality issues at the time. But anyway, my point is that at least between CH and NL, there was not an issue with a refill for an ssri.
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Old 11.03.2017, 23:25
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I suppose I could ask my GP in the UK to fax a prescription to a pharmacy in CH... but given the amount of hassle I am currently having trying to get my repeat prescription altered to reflect a change in my medication, I doubt the service would be very efficient.

(So far it has taken 3 weeks, numerous phone calls, face-to-face conversations, letters... and I still can't get my medication on repeat prescription at a higher dose, despite the fact that my GP and my psychiatist agree it would be helpful. The best I have got is 'Come back on Tuesday'. I miss Swiss efficiency...)
Why not just go to a Dr in CH? I am sure they will remember you from when you lived here rather recently.
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Old 11.03.2017, 23:27
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

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So sorry to hear that- but you would have trouble here, even with a prescription from UK- to get any kind of anti-depressants, sleeping tablets, or pain relief containing opiates (like Tramadol) - without seeing a doctor- as a repeat long-term prescription could have dangers/risks.
If you have a prescription money talks in CH, I don't believe it will be a problem.
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Re: Hypothetical question: Visiting Switzerland & running out of medication

Maybe in Geneva or Zurich- but not at any of our local chemists, for sure. Our local chemist even challenged a prescription given by our local GP (at a time I was taking sleeping tablets after a really rough patch). Same happened at the 2 chemists down in the valley.

They wouldn't give you any of the drugs type I mentionned, like opiates, very strong painkillers, etc- without you seeing a local doctor first and getting a prescription from them. They would be ok with insulin, etc- but not dangerous drugs. If someone took an overdose, for instance, they would find themselves responsible in law.
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Maybe in Geneva or Zurich- but not at any of our local chemists, for sure. Our local chemist even challenged a prescription given by our local GP (at a time I was taking sleeping tablets after a really rough patch). Same happened at the 2 chemists down in the valley.

They wouldn't give you any of the drugs type I mentionned, like opiates, very strong painkillers, etc- without you seeing a local doctor first and getting a prescription from them. They would be ok with insulin, etc- but not dangerous drugs. If someone took an overdose, for instance, they would find themselves responsible in law.
Pop over the border to France, you won't have any trouble there.
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