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Old 10-14-2018, 05:30 PM
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A friend of mine who is a physician has a daughter suffering from an inflammatory disease is in France. We are planning on flying into Paris around November 1st. He asked if we could take the medication to his daughter.

I asked why she couldn't get the same or similar medication in France and he is adamant she cannot. I totally trust him. He's been my neighbor for over twenty years.

I am concerned about French customs and the regulations that may exist if we transport this medication to a foreign country. A written prescription from a doctor here in the states will be provided for the medicine.

I know this is an unusual situation and I would like to help him out. I don't want to have the medication confiscated by French customs. Nor, do I want any other trouble.

Has anyone tried to transport a medication for someone else into France or a foreign country? What was your experience?

There is a French consulate in Salt Lake City and I thought I would try to contact them for advice this week.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:42 PM
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If it’s pharmaceutical grade that requires a prescription then you might have an issue, unless you have “your” doctor write a prescription for that drug item in your name. If you can do that, then I don’t think there should be any problem.

Checking with the French consulate in Salt Lake is a good thought.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:48 AM
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I too think that if the prescription is not in the OP's name s/he might have a problem with the French customs.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:49 PM
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When I flew to France, with prescriptions, they never even looked at the bottle. You’ll be fine most likely. But I would recommend having it in your name if at all possible.
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:11 PM
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Not available in France?, not yours, not in your name, not a family member. Too many possible issues here and something I would never do for anyone! While well intentioned, there may be a reason why it's not available in France and maybe its banned. At the basics it may be considered drug smuggling. Think about it, you we be the one answering to the officials and these guys dont have a sense of humor.

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Old 10-15-2018, 03:24 PM
Location: North State (California)
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I would not do it. He can mail it to her. Too many risks for you.
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Old 10-15-2018, 04:44 PM
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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But officer, it's prescription crystal meth!
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:10 AM
Location: Great Britain
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Be very careful, a British woman was jailed for three years for taking a prescription tramadol tablet in to Egypt. They were apparently for her partners bad back, however she has just been denied a court appeal.

British woman jailed in Egypt for tramadol possession denied appeal - The Guardian

Tramadol - Wikipedia

I am not saying France is anywhere near as strict as Egypt, however it is definately worth checking out the law before taking any prescription drugs in to another country.

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Old 10-16-2018, 10:52 AM
Location: NYC
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Contact the consulate & see what is the problem getting that specific medicine in France, they have a reputation for having the best health system in the world & perhaps there is something about that particular brand name med you don't know about as far as why it's unavailable there. I assume your Dr friend would know if it is under a different name over there.

I too would be nervous taking nonpersonal prescription drugs across borders without knowing the issue or confirming that the US written script is OK for Euro import.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:07 AM
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Find out exactly what the prescription is. Determine if it is considered a controlled substance in either the US or France, or any country you might be transiting. Determine if possession is legal in France and any country you might be transiting. If you decide to do this, ensure it is in the original container. If it isn't, that's a huge red flag. Consult with a pharmacist to ensure that the contents are really what the label says. You don't want to be an unwitting mule, because if you do something that's illegal in another country, ignorance of the law won't be a valid defense at trial.
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