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Can I send prescription medication to the USA?

Importation of prescription drugs by an individual U.S. consumer for personal use is prohibited unless Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved. There are however exceptions/restrictions:

Prescription drugs, which are made in the U.S. and then exported, can only be returned to the U.S. manufacturer. Under limited circumstances as defined and allowed by FDA regulations, a small quantity of a prescription drug for personal use might be eligible for import.

In which case the following minimum information and documentation must be included on the commercial invoice and accompany the shipment:

  • A copy of a valid doctor's prescription
  • Complete name, address  phone number of the recipient's licensed treating physician
  • Name & address of the drug manufacturer
  • Form of medicine (tablets, capsules, liquid etc.)
  • Quantity
  • Type of packaging
  • Type of medical condition being treated
  • If the medication can be purchased at the destination
  • Dosage strength
  • Copy of passport required for non-resident consignee's

The importation of prescription drugs is limited to a 90 day supply.

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