Scripts when travelling

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:18
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I have just hit a hic cup getting my arthritis script filled in Tasmania. The chemists can't fill a script unless it is written by a Tasmanian doctor (because it is an authorized script and a specialist only). Has anyone else had this problem and how did they solve it, without flying to Melbourne to get the script filled.

Neil
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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:33

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:33
Hi Neil,

Did you suggest the chemist phone your Doctor back on the big island? Or wont that make any difference.

We always ask our Dr for a Reg 24 script in the month before we leave home and buy all 6 months of the medication at the same time then carry it with us. It can be very costly if you arent on a Health Care card though - I can remember parting with over $700 a couple of years ago for a small package of medication. Ouch!!

Good luck with your thread - hope someone else on here can be of more immediate help to you.

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Follow Up By: Neil & Pauline - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:41

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:41
Got the reg 24 but left home in April
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:42

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:42
Hi Neil
I would have thought it be cheaper to go to a local GP in Tassie, rather than flying to Melbourne. Also....

My wife works in a local Pharmacy here in Clare, and when interstate visitors need their scripts filled, the customer rings their own local GP, who in turn will fax a copy of the prescription to the chemist, as well as sending a hard copy by post. The drug is then dispensed, the repeat script is then collected from the chemist. The only time that this may not occur is if the script is for a DDA.


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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:52

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:52
Can you ring your own doctor for advice on what to do. Or express post your script back to someone at home for them to get filled and express post delivered back to you?

Hope you can work it out.

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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:56

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:56
Can you visit a GP down there and get them to call your specialist to confirm your requirements and get the GP to write a new script.

We have had to do that quite a few times due to certain limitations with medications Sam can take while on a drug trial for her MS.


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Reply By: Member - Leanne W (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 17:40

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 17:40
Hi Neil,

How about calling your regular pharmacy back at home, and faxing the script to them (and then sending the original to them in the post). They should then be able to express post (or registered post) the medications to you wherever you are.

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Reply By: Lynds - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 18:14

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 18:14
Hi Neil

That seems a bit strange unless it is because it has been issued by a specialist. I have been on the road for 8 months now and my Tasmanian issued script has been accepted everywhere except SA & NT. That is because I haven't been there yet!
The only query I have had is having a current residential address and they have been happy when given the in-laws address.

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Reply By: Member - Carl- Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 18:29

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 18:29
Hi Neil,

It is amazing how simple things like this, can complicate a travel holiday.

My wife takes several medications and vitamins, following a traffic accident. Rather than take a number of bottles, she just bundles them together in a sealable plastic Glad bag. Dumps them in the middle of her suitcase and off we go.

Returning from a 3 month holiday in NZ after only 5 weeks, we had a sizable quantity remaining. We had flown LAN, a south American airline. Unkown to us our flight had started in Columbia but we had jumped on in NZ.

Rolling through Australian customs, her bag attracted the attention of a drug dog. We were asked to open our bags. Well right in the middle sad what looked like 5 boxes of smarties mixed together.

The customs guy could see himself on the National 9 news with the biggest drug bust in history. Not to mention we were to focus of every other passenger on the plane. A innocent mistake compounded by where our flight started.

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Reply By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 18:51

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 18:51
We have travelled all over the country, and never had a problem filling any scrips, even unusual ones - don't know what his problem was.
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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 19:52

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 19:52
Neil, what kind of medication was it?

For some specified drugs, mainly narcotic painkillers and some sleeping tablets, the prescriber has to be registered in that state for the Pharmacist to be able to dispense it.

For all other medications, this rule does not apply.


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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 20:37

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 20:37
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Yes. What drug is it?

If its not a narcotic the chemist is BSing you.

I fax scripts all over Oz. It doesn't matter that I'm not registered in the state concerned.

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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 20:39

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 20:39
Even if its for Enbrel, the condom and jelly bean vendor should dispense it.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 21:12

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 21:12
We got a letter from our doctor and when we run out of scripts we just go to a doctor and give him the letter and he gives us new scripts and away we go.

Have to put drops in my eyes for the rest of my life and had a prob with that one but they posted me an updated script and I have enough to get me home now.



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Follow Up By: Neil & Pauline - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 18:54

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 18:54
I have the scripts (from WA) have the letter and have just been to a GP in Tassie and they are not permitted to wrote the script. I can go to the emergency Dept of a hospital morning and night and get one tablet at a time until such time I can get into see a specialist.

I will comment again if I find out anything more useful.

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