Is there some (legal?) reason why I can't seem to find individually-packaged OTC medications in Canada (eg. acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin...)? What are some alternative ways to package small amounts of meds for a backpacking first aid kit?
Here's probably way more details than you need, about my question above:
When I was living in the US not so long ago, I purchased a small first aid kit to use for backpacking. One thing that it had was several small paper/foil packages of common OTC drugs (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc). Having these seemed to be a common feature of similar first aid kits found in the US. The drugs were wrapped in individual doses (ex. a small paper pack of 2 tylenol) and all these small packs were individually labelled with what the drug was for, dosage information and an expiry date. They were like these
When I used this kit backpacking a few times, I found that these medications were by far the thing in the kit that I was most likely to use, and I found them very handy - eventually using most of them.
However, now living in Canada I can't find any refills for my kit! All the websites selling first aid kit refills in the US won't ship any of the individually packaged meds to Canada. All of the Canadian first aid kit refill sites don't sell individually packaged meds. I can't find any boxes of them at drug stores here either. All that I can find here is various sized bottles of meds, which I don't like for this purpose for several reasons outlined below.
So, what I'm asking is:
1. Is there some specific reason I can't get individually packaged OTC medications in Canada? Ex. is there a legal reason? Or is it just some availability thing? Or is there somewhere I can get them?
2. What are some ways that I could re-package small amounts of pills for use in my backpacking first aid kit, keeping in mind that the reasons I liked the individually packaged pills were:
a) Clearly labelled (including drug name, dosage info, usage, warnings and expiry date.
b) Stopped the pills from rattling around as they would in a bottle (undesirable while backpacking), and protecting them from hitting each other and breaking up.
c) Packed much smaller (and lighter!) than having several small plastic bottles of different drugs.
d) Being pre-wrapped in the correct dose is easy to deal with when cold/wet/wearing gloves