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If you are Running out of your Prescription Medication

Contact your travel insurance company; they may be able to help get your prescription replaced. If they cannot help, seek medical assistance and follow advice from the local authorities in the country where you are staying.


Patients can be reassured that most medications are available in most countries so they are likely to be able to access a continuing supply of medications for long term conditions.


If you need urgent advice or information, contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) by phone 24/7 from anywhere in the world by calling the nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate or through the FCO line direct on 0207 008 1500.

More information can be found on the Gov.uk website: www.gov.uk – Waiting to return to the UK during coronavirus (COVID-19).


GP prescribing of repeat medication for people stranded abroad is not supported. When doctors prescribe a drug, they are clinically and legally responsible for any results of that decision to prescribe. In view of this it would not be considered good clinical practice for a doctor to prescribe repeat medication to a patient who is abroad for an extended period of time, since the prescriber will not able to monitor the patient.

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