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Taking My Medicine in Europe

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 COMMENT 160726 helpful negative off topic

2011-04-03 04:08 PM

My husband was running low on his expensive ($1,100/ year at that time) cholesterol prescription. Our doctor wrote the prescription. We filled it in France for a year at 1/4th the cost; we did not even need the prescription. It was reasonably priced enough that he could fly over to Paris, get the prescription filled, and still pay less than the cost here.
In 2010 while in Egypt I forgot my blood pressure medication. I bought about 40 days worth for $.50. The moral of this is that U.S. citizens aren't taking advantage of other countries pharmacies, but that the pharmaceutical companies here take advantage of American citizens. Medication costs are too expensive here. If other countries can figure out how to do this, so can we.


 COMMENT 160717P helpful negative off topic

2011-04-03 03:03 PM

It's not really a travel article but an article about one's personal health issues. It is interesting that cortisone was frowned on while codeine compounds were fine.


 COMMENT 160705 helpful negative off topic

2011-04-03 01:55 PM

I think the article has value. Many doctors in the USA give cortisone too freely without telling people the downside. It can do irreversible bone damage and should not be used to treat symptoms on an ongoing basis. You can overcome an addiction to pain pills by quitting but you cannot grow new bone when you stop the use of cortisone.


 ACF helpful negative off topic

2011-04-03 12:19 PM

How narrowminded comment 41 is! When you are in the middle of a trip and in pain and the usual recourse isn't available (cortisone), what's wrong with accepting medication (even opiates) in case of desperation. You never know when you'll find the next doctor/hospital, and being unable to walk, even to the airport, isn't an option.


 GREG helpful negative off topic

2011-04-03 07:20 AM

This was interesting, a travel article with a different perspective one usually wouldn't find.


 COMMENT 160575 helpful negative off topic

2011-04-02 07:53 PM

Note that in Europe, there is less concern about opiates and more concern about cortisone.

The US is concerned that someone may become an addict if they take narcotics, even if they are dying and in pain.


 COMMENT 160541 helpful negative off topic

2011-04-02 03:01 PM

This does seem like a strange article to post on Edhat, promoting the story of a person taking advantage of others' systems in order to procure drugs that they should not have an excess of. I'm surprised they didn't get caught in customs with several prescriptions too many, could have caused them beaucoup problems on either end. They were very lucky.


 EDHAT ONLINE helpful negative off topic

2011-04-02 01:44 PM

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