Traveling Abroad? Fill Prescriptions at Home.
If you’re planning a trip abroad, make sure to stock up on your medications before you leave. Otherwise you may run the risk of receiving ulcer medication instead of your anti-depressant.
That’s why the Institute for Safe Medication Practices issued a safety alert for hospitals and doctors about U.S. drugs with the same names as foreign medications. The foreign drugs may have different ingredients than their American counterparts.
Travelers refilling their prescriptions outside the U.S. run the risk of a mix-up resulting in taking the wrong drug. The confusion could lead to potentially serious drug interactions and dangerous side effects. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aware of the problem, its authority doesn’t extend to other countries.
Your best bet when traveling: pack enough medication for the length of your trip.
For more information about dangerous drugs, visit our Dangerous Drug Legal Center.
Source: “Another Risk in Buying Medicine Overseas.” By Marilyn Chase. The Wall Street Journal. August 16, 2005.