Travelling with medicines and medical devices


Traveling with medicines and medical
devices. Are you planning to travel with
medicines and medical devices? Don’t end up with an unpleasant surprise. You need to know about the rules and
requirements that apply to travelers Why do you need to be careful about
traveling with medicines and medical devices? Australia has regulations about carrying
medicines and medical devices for your own use in and out of the country. Taking medicines and medical devices out of Australia. Different countries have
different laws about what can be taken in and out. Check that the medicine or medical device is allowed in the destination country You can do this by consulting the
country’s Consulate or Embassy. Some medicines that are legally
available in Australia are not allowed in other countries. Some medicines cannot be carried
into certain countries without a permit even though they can be
legally used there. You may need to apply for customs
clearance for some medicines. If your medication is a illegal at your
destination ask your doctor about alternatives. Be aware that restrictions may also apply
to complementary medicines. Do you want to take vitamins or
supplements on your trip? In Australia vitamin D may be available at the supermarket, only
from a pharmacy or only on prescription depending on how
large the dosage is. There may also be differences in other
countries and you need to know what applies to
your medication. Talk to your doctor. If you need prescription or
over-the-counter medicine while you’re traveling check what medication you need. Normally prescriptions from Australia cannot be filled overseas. Some over-the-counter medicines may not be available elsewhere, and don’t forget to mention to your
doctor any complementary medicines you may be taking. Make sure you have sufficient quantity
of your medication. Be aware that it is illegal take some medicines ,such as Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
medicines, out of Australia if they are not for your use of the use of the person traveling with
you. Carry a letter. When traveling overseas with medicines
and medical devices is a good idea to have accompanying
documentation from your doctor. If you’re carrying complementary
medicines ask your doctor to include these in the letter. Where
possible it is best to take a letter and your
prescription. You can find a sample letter on the Australian Government travel
secure website. Keep medicines and medical devices in
their original packaging. Doing this whenever possible makes the
product easy but customs officials to identify. Carry medicine and medical devices in
your hand luggage. Medicines are exempt from the 100 ml
limit on liquids, aerosoles and gels. Hypodermic needles a prohibited unless it is medically
necessary for you to carry them. They should be accompanied with proof that you require them and be kept in your hand luggage with the medication
they will be used to administer Bringing medicines and medical devices into Australia. Australia has some programs in place to
assist you when coming into the country with medicines and medical devices. Your
medicine or device may be covered by the
travelers exemption, or you may belong in a special category. If you do not fit under one of these
groups you may need an import permit. The travelers exemption allows you to
bring certain prescribed medicines and medical devices into the country
without needing special permission. This includes medications that lower
blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and /or gastric acid, contraception
medications (birth control), antibiotics, blood glucose monitoring
devices and medications to aid sleep (sedatives). Travelers exemption requirements. The medicine or device must be to your
use or for a passenger in your care. You cannot sell or supply the products
to another person. Keep the product in its original packaging with dispensing labels (if possible), Carry the prescription or written
authorisation showing that it is for use or for a person in your care. Carry no more than three months supply,
at the maximum dose. Take any remaining medicines or devices
with you when you leave Australia. Comply with
requests and directions from customs officers. Special categories: If you’re importing
substances containing animals or plants listed as endangered species check the requirements with the Australian Government Department of the Environment. If you’re
importing substances containing biological material (human, animal, plant or bacteria) check the requirements with the
Australian Government Department Agriculture. For more information and
website links see the helpful links for travelers page on
our website. Special categories apply to: Athletes and
members are visiting sporting teams. Medications containing substances
subject to import conrols and Injections containing material of human or animal origin. Check the TGA website and, if necessary, apply for the correct permissions. Please visit the helpful links for
travelers page on the TGA website for links to other relevant organisations. A final message from the TGA. Be careful about buying medicines and
medical devices overseas. Medicines and devices from
overseas may not have been approved for sale in
Australia. There is no guarantee they meet the same standards of quality,
safety and efficacy as products approved
supply by us, the TGA. For more information about the risks
involved see our website. You can find out more by visiting www.tga.gov.au or by calling 1800 020 653

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