How do I get my insulin filled in a foreign country?
July 2, 2010 12:31 PM Subscribe
Oh, hive mind. I am very soon going to go join my boyfriend in Macau, China for an indefinite amount of time. I am an insulin-dependent diabetic. I am quitting my job and therefore, losing my insurance... is this going to cause problems?
posted by the_royal_we to Travel & Transportation (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am literally packing my apartment into several boxes and going to join him with little more than the two suitcases I am taking with. I plan on visiting my doc, loading up on my prescriptions as to what I can take with me, and taking paper copies of my prescriptions... to get filled there. How difficult is this going to be? What have I left out of my plans? I will not be on any insurance when I am first there... anyone have any experience with this type of thing? Thoughts? Guidelines? Experience? Very specifically, for those of you savvy to this type of thing, I am currently on a regimen of Novolog and Levemir pens, (long-acting and short-acting, with the Levemir as a pre-prandial dosage and a corrective measure. It seems to be working pretty well.) am I going to be able to get those? Or am I going to have to go back to the vials and syringes method? Money is not as big an object as it could be, but more concerned with transporting my drugs through customs and then getting refills when I am there. Any and all advice or experience welcome and gratefully received.