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Left over Malarone tablets

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1. Posted by star1810 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello fellow travellers...

Im wondering if anyone has any advice!!?

I was advised by my travel tour company to ensure I bought enough Malaria tablets for my trip - 4 months!
I did my research and only bought the tablets for countries/destinations where I knew I would need them.. however until you actually get to those locations I realised and was advised that I actually didnt need to take the medication.
My partner and I spent over £500 on Malarone tablets - these are the best anti-malaria tablets to take and have the least amount of side effects (due to a previous illness I was advised by my doctor to take them!).

I am now left with 38 tablets... with a value of what we paid for them at £115
With no plans to do any big trips in the future I am now left with these tablets and feel it is a waste!

I understand these are a prescribed medication however there are 2 years left on the expiry date and basicaly im wondering if anyone knows of a forum or way or trying to recoop some of the cost of this expensive medication back.
I have contacted a couple of the travel companies including the one I travelled with.
It just seems a shame to take them to the pharmacy to be destroyed...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks in advance..

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Star,


Though you have not openly ask for purchasers in your post, even giving them away to another traveler is illegal. You may find a forum where someone is interested but the more reputable sites, including Travellerspoint, will not be a willing participant in prescription medication transactions.

Some pharmacies are willing to take them back but only for destruction purposes. They can not reissue those tablets to another customer. I realize £115 is a lot of money but your options are limited without putting yourself or others in a tricky legal situation.

[ Edit: Corrected a misleading sentence. ]

3. Posted by star1810 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello Isadora,

Thankyou for response, I was unaware of the thread that you have advised I read and having already googled "Malarone" this website/forum was listed with similar threads and other travellers actually requesting to purchase Malarone!
I did not realise it would be such an issue, however after reading your suggested thread I can now understand why so thankyou for enlightening me.

I was genuinely asking others for advice as im sure im not the only person who has found themselves in this situation post travelling.

In the meantime I will contact some local independent pharmacies and see what they suggest.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Star,

It's because of those older threads that the one I linked above even came about to be honest with you. And, it was also because you were asking advice, rather than for purchasers, that I did not delete this thread. Sometimes a thread like this works as a subtle reminder to read the "stickied" one.

I hope you find an acceptable solution. But, do not put yourself in jeopardy over 38 tablets, regardless of the monetary cost. Also remember - you have a 2 year expiration date - who know what will happen in that time... (Personally, I'm hoping for lottery winnings.) But, your travel plans may actually change and you'll be happy you hung onto those tablets. No one really knows what tomorrow or next month or next year will bring to the table. ;)

5. Posted by star1810 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello again...

Thanks again for your kind words... have taken your advice and decided to hold onto the tablets!

Haha! im with you on the lottery win... and if my numbers come in im off to do a safari in Africa or a trek in Nepal so the tablets will come in handy then!!!

Thanks again for your support...
Happy travels... :)