Help me mail these drugs!
February 10, 2012 2:18 PM Subscribe
I need to mail prescription medications from the United States to my son, who is doing student exchange in Brazil. How can I best accomplish this?
posted by SomeTrickPony to health & fitness (14 answers total)
My son is going to be in Brazil for the next 11 months doing a student exchange program. We worked it out with his psychiatrist that the psychiatrist would continue to write 90-day prescriptions and we would then fill them in the U.S. and mail them to Brazil. The psychiatrist said he had patients in the past who have been abroad for long periods of time and that mailing prescription medications from the U.S. was possible.
The time has come that I need to get a batch of meds to my son, and as I am looking into the matter in detail, I am beginning to panic about how best to do this, and whether the drugs will get hung up in customs, having to pay insane customs fees on a 90 day supply of a psychiatric medication that is not Schedule I but that costs well into 4 figures, meds getting lost, stolen...
The psychiatrist said that DHL was the go-to carrier for such things, but (a) the DHL website is only giving me 1 option for a letter-size shipment to Brazil (global express) and quoting $130 for the privilege. Plus I'm seeing plenty of reports online that shipping medications through a private courier can be more problematic than shipping through the regular postal service.
Any advice or reassurance would be greatly appreciated!