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1. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi all, i have alot of questions, ive emailed medicare and the aus dept of health to find out if i can get my UK prescription change to an Australian one. Anyone else had this something like this done? so they can get there meds down under.

Thanks all

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3916 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hiya jason

i wouldn't have thought it will be a problem unless its a particularly unusual prescription. I had the same issue when I was in NZ - the brand of the medicine I had prescribed in the Uk was not available in NZ but I was given pretty much the same thing with a different name.

3. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have checked online and im able to order it in Australia, but with a valid Aus prescription, so ive emailed medicare and dept of health to see if they can change my UK script with a supporting doctors letter.

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I just spoke to a local pharmacy and he said to me that they can't accept a UK script. So if my local pharmacy can't that'll mean no pharmacy in Australia can. He didn't even know how it would be able to be done but assumed that you'd have to take the script to a local GP (doctor) and get him/her to do a new script for you that's an Australian one. He also said that it might be a little harder if it is a restricted medication. I would presume that when he is talking about restricted medicines he is referring to medications that are not part of the Australian PBS so will costs a hell of a lot of money. Like cancer drugs, steroid type drugs etc that aren't commonly used ones that the government would keep a close eye on if you have got any medication left. Like a medicine that I take, if I go to get a new box when I only have one sheet left, they wont let me get it because I've still got a supply even though that will only last for 5 days, it is just one medicine that costs the government a real lot of money to subsidise to make it affordable for the consumer to buy, so they don't want to give people any more than they need (even though it'd be used anyway).

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 21, 2007, at 7:57 PM by aharrold45 ]

5. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info, i was planning on seeing an Australian doctor, as ive wrote above, ive emailed the above people, and hope to get a reply shortly. What i take isnt restricted, i can get it online in Australia, but need an australian script. Thats the last thing i really need to sort out before my big trip :)