Chemists and medication on the road

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 18:59
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We normally don't take a big stock of medication with us when travelling as we are always within range of a chemist.

We are in Gladstone and I needed some medication. Tamworth discount chemist charged $11.70 and the discount chemist in Gladstone gave me the same medication for a whopping $37.70.

We will now take adequate stock with us.

I thought I would give the forum a heads up.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:10

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:10
What sort of medication are you talking about? Prescription or over the counter such as pain relievers etc?
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Reply By: garrycol - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:11

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:11
The $37 price is the standard PBS price for original products. Were you getting generics at Tamworth.

I also need medications and even though commonly available in the big smoke they are often not available in out of the way places so when going away I always what I need. If you are going away for longer than a month, chemists will normally give you extras if you explain what you are doing.

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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:20

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:20
Yep, agree with above, when we leave for the Mainland we get the Medico to give us our scripts, he then signs them which allows the chemist to give us six months supply.
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Follow Up By: Omaa - Friday, May 01, 2015 at 11:39

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Before each trip our Dr writes "regulation 24" on all our scripts. That means 6 mths supply at once so we never have a problem
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:31

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 19:31
I'm on prescription medication and it's not the generic brand.

Other chemists have ranged from the $11.70 to $37.70.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 22:54

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 22:54
Then the second chemist has overcharged you.
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Reply By: Member - Young Nomads - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 20:41

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 20:41
I take 2 different types of prescription medications..one which requires an authority permission for a new script (4 repeats..then back to the doctor for the Dr to make a phone call to the powers that be, to authorize another repeat prescription)
I go through 2 boxes a month.
Unfortunately. .if I needed to stock up before we leave, and stock up the Tvan, caravan and first aid kits supplies..it can cause issues, as I am limited to a certain amount only over a certain period of time....
As these are non PBS..they are very expensive.
What I have done, is taken photo copies of all my scripts, to provide another Dr with proof I need the medications, should I ever need to have them filled by a different doctor who doesn't know my medical history.
Something I will do is get a medical history report from my local gp, to keep with us when we eventually do get away for a long term
I go to a discount chemist to stock up on everyday meds like panadol.
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Follow Up By: Racey - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 09:35

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 09:35
Best to get a letter from your own doctor which includes your medical history. Never found any problems with doctors when travelling.
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Follow Up By: Omaa - Friday, May 01, 2015 at 11:40

Friday, May 01, 2015 at 11:40
we have our medical history on a "stick"
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 21:00

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 21:00
We were caught in Bamaga. Only needed some pain killers (standard that one can normally pick off a shelf in a supermarket) and some betadine to stock up after we used ours with a burn at a campfire.. No luck , I kid you not had to go to the hospital and be seen by a doctor before he was able to give me some.
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 08:18

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 08:18
Simple explanation. To limit the local community peoples use of them (read that as..misuse)
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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 00:47

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 00:47
Be careful with some meds, as some scripts have to be kept at the chemist where the first lot were prescribed, and can only be refilled a day or two before you run out.
It is possible to get them sent by mail if needed.

Generally this applies to a controlled drug.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 07:57

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 07:57
Stock up before you go.
Especially if you need insulin. What Th !
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 08:05

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 08:05
Ever tried to buy cough medicine in Alice Springs. It the same restrictions as Alchohol.
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 08:20

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 08:20
Save your money mate. Many tests have proven that cough medicine is absolutely useless. Better off gargling with salt/water or some sort of spirit(rum/whiskey) to help the horrible symptoms of a sore throat. Gargle enough spirits and you,ll forget all about the sore throat too!!
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Reply By: renfrew - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 09:37

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 09:37
The following link may be somewhat away from the original post, but it provides a great service for locating chemists, checking their stock & purchase procedures.

Also provides peace of mind should medical assistance be required wherever we travel.
Very easy to use:-

http://www.nhsd.com.au/ National Health Service Directory.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 16:28

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 16:28
We just recently returned home from a 12 month trip spending most of the time in remote areas.
Our solution before leaving home was to get a printout from our Doctor of our medical history and medication required. We also had prescriptions that had as many repeats as possible on them.

As we traveled we worked out where we thought we would be and had the scrips filled before they ran out. Then when our scripts did run out fronted up to the Local Dr at our location showed them our printout and requested the required scripts.
Not once did we have any trouble. However there were a couple of Drs that wanted to know about our trip.

My advice would be to do similar and plan ahead as you go re meds.
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Reply By: Peter S ,Geelong - Friday, May 01, 2015 at 17:56

Friday, May 01, 2015 at 17:56
Just get your Doctor to put on each script Reg 24 and you can collect the lot from your chemist in one go before you start travelling
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 10:52

Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 10:52
Reg 24 is for 6 months supply at one time.

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Reply By: Richard P3 - Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 09:30

Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 09:30
Warning! Be careful in NSW if you have a script for S8 tablets, like OxyContin. We were somewhere in NSW we placed our scripts in which both had a repeat script ( as you can't get 6 months on these type of tablets) when we went back to pick up our script the chemist would not give us our repeat script back.
He said by law with S8 tablets he must keep the script, this meant that we needed to stay in the same place for at least 28 days.
I was so angry I got him to photo copy the scripts and write and them that he wouldn't return our scripts to us. This was to cover our own backs.
Lucky we always carry a letter from our GP and we were able to go to a doctor in Victoria 28 days later to get another script each. If we had of been given our script back we would have had enough tablets to get home, due to NSW rules we had to visit another doctor before arriving home.
We always make sure that we have enough medication as far as the S8 tablets go to get us through NSW. We will never hand in a script for S8 tablets with a repeat on it in NSW.
Why can't they have the same rules all over Australia. Something so small became huge!
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 11:45

Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 11:45
What are S8 medications?
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Follow Up By: Richard P3 - Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 14:09

Saturday, May 02, 2015 at 14:09
Tablets like OxyContin, MScontin, any morphine based tablets
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