Medication in hand baggage ?

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  1. I wonder if anyone can help here,
    Me and my good lady are flying to Egypt in a few days, she needs to take an athsma inhaler on the flight with her and we have had different advice on if she is allowed or not and what paperwork she needs if any. The travel agents we booked it with don't seem to know or care now they have payment in full. The pharmacist said take the prescription with you and the nurse said take a doctors note. Does anyone have any idea what is needed to carry medication in your hand baggage ?
    I dont want to cause a scene going through the check in/departures with the already twitchy armed rozzers with their mp5s and pistols strapped to their legs in readiness to eliminate any potential terror threat.

    Plank
     
  2. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    Taking medicines with you when you go abroad
    HMRC Reference:Notice 4 (July 1998) View Change History


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    Contents
    Foreword

    1 The licensing rules for controlled drugs

    2 What is a controlled drug?

    3 Working out whether your medicines are within the permitted quantities

    4 What if I need to take more than the limit?

    5 What if my medicine is not on the list?

    6 Will I have to declare my medicines to Customs in the UK?

    7 Additional information

    Further help and advice


    top ^Foreword
    This notice cancels and replaces Leaflet “Taking Medication Abroad - a guide for the public” (May 1996)

    The information contained in this notice was up to date at the month shown on the cover

    Do you have any comments?
    We would be pleased to receive any comments or suggestions you may have about this notice. Please write to:

    Drug Enforcement Policy Team
    HM Customs and Excise
    New King’s Beam House
    22 Upper Ground
    LONDON SE1 9PJ

    Tel (020) 7865 5767/4934
    Fax (020) 7865 5910

    top ^1 The licensing rules for controlled drugs
    If you intend to take medicines with you when you go abroad you should read this Notice. Some medicines contain controlled drugs and there are limits on the amount you are allowed to take with you. If you have to take more than the allowance you will need to apply for a licence from the Home Office before you travel. The two main types of medicine are:

    Medicines you buy without prescription (eg at supermarkets, general stores or pharmacists). There are no limits on these.
    Medicines prescribed by your doctor may contain controlled drugs and you should always check the allowances for these (in good time before you travel) in case you need to get a licence. The allowances are shown in the list on page 4.
    top ^2 What is a controlled drug?
    In the context of this public notice the term controlled drug means any drug which is subject to control under the Misuse of Drugs legislation.

    top ^3 Working out whether your medicines are within the permitted quantities
    The permitted allowance for each drug is calculated on an average 15 day dosage. The medicine’s label will normally show the quantity of the drug it contains in milligrams. Sometimes medicines are labelled using other units. If so, the following conversion factor might be useful:

    Ammount

    Conversion factor


    1 gram (g)

    1000 milligrams (mg)


    1 milligram (mg)

    1000 micrograms


    1 microgram

    1000 nanograms


    1 nanogram

    1000 picograms



    If the medicine is in liquid form, the volume and strength should enable you to work out the quantity of controlled drug contained within the medicine. If the quantity of a drug in your medicine is not clearly indicated, then please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

    top ^4 What if I need to take more than the limit?
    If the quantity you need to take is more than the permitted allowance, you must apply in writing to the Home Office for a licence, giving the following information:

    1. Patient’s name, address, and date of birth;

    2. Country or countries of destination;

    3. Dates of departure from and return to the UK;

    4. A letter from the prescribing doctor confirming the drug details (name form - eg liquid or capsule; strength; and total quantity).

    Please write to:

    Home Office Drugs Branch
    Room 239
    50 Queen Anne’s Gate
    London SW1 9AH

    Tel: 0171 273 3806

    To allow time for the licence to be issued be sure to apply at least 14 days before you leave the UK.

    top ^5 What if my medicine is not on the list?
    If you have been prescribed a medicine which is not on the list on page 4, and you are unsure as to whether it contains a controlled drug, please check with Customs and Excise - see the details at the back of this notice.

    top ^6 Will I have to declare my medicines to Customs in the UK?
    If you are within the permitted quantities or have a licence there is no need to declare your medicines to UK Customs. However, in case you are questioned - either in the UK or abroad - it is a good idea to have with you a letter from your doctor confirming your need for the medication. Always carry medicines in a correctly labelled container as issued by the pharmacist.

    Drugs controlled in this country are generally also controlled in other countries. Before you travel you should seek advice about the requirements of each country you intend to visit by contacting the appropriate Embassy or High Commission in the UK.

    PERMITTED ALLOWANCES FOR CONTROLLED DRUGS THAT YOU CAN TAKE ABROAD WITHOUT A HOME OFFICE LICENCE

    Brand name of medicine containing controlled drug

    Name of controlled drug

    Allowance in milligrams


    Amytal

    Barbiturate, Amylobarbitone

    9000 mgs


    Cyclimorph

    Morphine Tartrate

    1200 mgs


    Dexedrine

    Dexamphetamine Sulphate

    900 mgs


    Diconal

    Dipipanone

    600 mgs


    Dihydrocodeine injection

    Dihydrocodeine Tartrate

    3600 mgs


    Durogesic

    Fentanyl

    45 mgs


    Duromine

    Phentermine

    450 mgs


    Equagesic

    Meprobamate

    3600 mgs


    Equanil

    Meprobamate

    3600 mgs


    Fortagesic

    Pentazocine Hydrochloride

    9000 mgs


    Fortral suppositories

    Pentazocine Lactate

    5400 mgs


    Fortral

    Pentazocine Lactate

    5400 mgs


    Fortral

    Pentazocine Hydrochloride

    9000 mgs


    Fortral injection

    Pentazocine Lactate

    5400 mgs


    Ionamin

    Phentermine as resin complex

    450 mgs


    MST Continus

    Morphine Sulphate

    1200 mgs


    Narphen

    Phenazocine

    450 mgs


    Oramorph

    Morphine Sulphate

    1200 mgs


    Oramorph Concentration

    Morphine Sulphate

    1200 mgs


    Oramorph Unit Dose

    Morphine Sulphate

    1200 mgs


    Palfium

    Dextromoramide (as Tartrate)

    900 mgs


    Palfium Suppositories

    Dextromoramide (as Tartrate)

    900 mgs


    Palladone

    Hydromorphone

    360 mgs


    Pamergan P100

    Pethidine Hydrochloride

    2250 mgs


    Pentazocine injection

    Pentazocine Lactate

    5400 mgs


    Pentazocine

    Pentazocine Hydrochloride

    9000 mgs


    Pentazocine suppositories

    Pentazocine Lactate

    5400 mgs


    Pethidine

    Pethidine Hydrochloride

    2250 mgs


    Pethidine injection

    Pethidine Hydrochloride

    2250 mgs


    Phenobarbitone

    Barbiturate, Phenobarbitone

    2700 mgs


    Physeptone

    Methadone Hydrochloride

    500 mgs


    Physeptone injection

    Methadone Hydrochloride

    500 mgs


    Prominal

    Methylphenobarbitone

    9000 mgs


    Ritalin

    Methylphenidate Hydrochloride

    900 mgs


    Rohypnol

    Flunitrazepam

    30 mgs


    Seconal Sodium

    Quinalbarbitone Sodium

    3000 mgs


    Sevredol

    Morphine Sulphate

    1200 mgs


    Sodium Amytal

    Amylobarbitone Sodium

    9000 mgs


    Sodium Amytal injection

    Amylobarbitone Sodium

    9000 mgs


    Soneryl

    Butobarbitone

    4500 mgs


    Sublimaze

    Narcotic Analgesic, Fentanyl

    45 mgs


    Temazepam

    Temazepam

    900 mgs


    Temgesic

    Buprenorphine

    24 mgs


    Temgesic injection

    Buprenorphine

    24 mgs


    Tuinal

    Quinal Barbitone Sodium

    3000 mgs



    top ^7 Additional information
    WARNING! Drug traffickers often use unsuspecting travellers. Never carry luggage or parcels through customs as a favour for someone else. You could be liable to prosecution under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 if controlled drugs are found in your possession.

    Drugs Freefone Hotline

    Everyone has a vital role to play in helping Customs protect society against drug smuggling. If you have any information that might help us please call our confidential 24 hour Freefone hotline - 0800 595000.As a result of such calls we make a large number of seizures of drugs that may otherwise go undetected.

    top ^Further help and advice
    If you need further help or advice or more copies of Customs and Excise Notices, please contact the National Advice Service. Our notices and other information are available on the Internet (http://www.hmce.gov.uk)

    For VAT-registered businesses The VAT Enquiries Guide (Notice 700/51) explains what sort of information and advice services we provide.

    If you have a complaint
    If you have a complaint which the staff at your local office or at the port or airport cannot resolve you should contact the Regional Head for the region. Your local office will tell you how to contact the Regional Head. Ask for a copy of our code of practice on complaints (Notice 1000). If the Regional Head does not settle your complaint to your satisfaction, you can then ask the Adjudicator to look into it.

    The Adjudicator, whose services are free, is an impartial referee whose recommendations are independent.

    The address is:

    The Adjudicator's Office
    Haymarket House
    28 Haymarket
    LONDON SW1Y 4SP

    Tel: (020) 7930 2292
    Fax: (020) 7930 2298
    E-mail: adjudicators@gtnet.gov.uk
    Internet: http://www.adjudicatorsoffice.gov.uk/
     
  3. If in doubt, check your carrier's website. If that fails, call them.
     
  4. Airline and Ground staff are (in my experience) pretty ignorant of what is and what isn't allowed. Slightly off this subject, but the difference in security screening checks at different UK and international airports is crazy.

    The list of drugs on Mr Fingerz post - looks like a shopping list for MDN!
     
  5. Asthma inhalor is ok to take on your person, I have travelled with a few asthmatics with no problem whatsoever
     
  6. If it is prescribed, and you have the box, they will have no problems with you.

    Alternatively, you can ask for a print off of the medications you need to take (this is free of charge) and lsits the items you are entitled to.

    I hope this helps.

    OC