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lpcruz 20th April 2019 03:06 AM

How To Obtain Medical Prescription Clearance
 
I am US Citizen trying to the Philippines. The PDEA requires a certification for a 90 day supply of Lorazepam. The only problem no one that I have contacted in the United States, knows this information, including the DEA, Doctors, FDA,. I have emailed the PDEA, many times about this certification, but they wont tell me who in the United States will give me this information. I have my doctors note and prescription. That is not enough for the PDEA, without this certification, I will be denied access into the country and subject to being arrested. Any help will be well appreciated!

Kind Regards

lpcruz 20th April 2019 03:19 AM

Any help will be much appreciated. My Doctor has been in contact with the National Competent Authority in my Country. They said they don't issue any type of certifications that PDEA is requiring. Can any other Expats here resonate with this dilemma. Any help will be well appreciated.

lpcruz 20th April 2019 03:21 AM

Hi Guys,

Also the PDEA is pretty adamant about having this certification. I am just a student, trying to go there to study abroad. The Lorazepam is for my own clinical use!

lpcruz 20th April 2019 03:23 AM

I have been working at this through many different resources and its been to no avail. I want to go there without incurring any complications. Can I be arrested for carrying this medication without that certification? Any help will be well appreciated :)

M.C.A. 20th April 2019 04:34 AM

Hi.. IPcruz that was an old thread so I created a new one so you can get answers I'll give you my answer but hope to hear from others.

You'll need to see a doctor here and get the prescription because that drug is labeled a dangerous drug and nobody is going to give you any form of clearance to carry this. You'll need to go to a Hospital because I don't think a clinic can dispense this either. You'll find the prices are much lower to see a doctor here but I'm not sure about the costs of medicine.

I suffered and still suffer from Anxiety (I don't know what you take yours for) and was taking similar type medications and that was my experience with a small clinic they gave me a reference to a doctor at a hospital to see in order to get my prescription... I stopped taking the medications. To make things easier bring something form your doctor signed and with his M.D. stamp and all your medical copies so you can save yourself some time and money with tests.

M.C.A. 20th April 2019 04:36 AM

Illegal or Dangerous Drugs
 
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Originally Posted by lpcruz (Post 14854516)
I have been working at this through many different resources and its been to no avail. I want to go there without incurring any complications. Can I be arrested for carrying this medication without that certification? Any help will be well appreciated :)

Not only will you be arrested you'll spend a long time in prison unless you have a lot of money for lawyers they aren't' free here and you are presumed guilty until you can prove your innocence. :o

You are talking about carrying in medications deemed dangerous drugs and you can't expect Immigration, customs, PNP or inspectors to figure this out and I'm not sure I'd want to deal with the customs here either, remember this is a developing nation and a 3rd world things move slowly especially if incarcerated.

With all that said I hope you can work things out and I feel you can and good luck with your schooling.

Tukaram 20th April 2019 10:00 AM

I had a prescription back in the US but ran out ages ago (I only brought like 20 pills with me). I never heard of the PDEA requirements and was lucky. I just brought mine in with a copy of the prescription - was lucky nobody ever checked my bags.

I asked about Lorazepam at a pharmacy and the pharmacist freaked out... I looked it up on a Filipino medication guide and they list it as a roofie. Absolutely stupid - but true. It will likely be hard to get a prescription here for it.

lpcruz 20th April 2019 08:52 PM

Hello,

Thank you for your message! Lorazepam is the only benzo that I can tolerate. If you don't mind sharing did you take another benzo in the Philippines? I can't get any clearance from the United States to go there with my medication. The PDEA requires a certification from a National Competent Authority. My doctor had been in contact with the authorities here in the United States, but they don't issue any certifications for individual or clinical use. I am just a student who wants to study abroad and possibly become an expat there in the Philippines. Any help will be well appreciated :)

Kind Regards,

John Cruz

lpcruz 20th April 2019 08:55 PM

Thank you for this information. I Figured that American or foreigners living is the best resource for this type of sensitive issue. I really the help that I am receiving to bring some clarity to this dilemma that I am facing.

Best Regards

M.C.A. 21st April 2019 12:19 AM

In 2010 I also brought one bottle of my medication Clonazepam but I think it was in my luggage and not my carry on. I brought this bottle to the Pharmacy with my prescription and they couldn't dispense me any drugs I was required to get a prescription from a doctor here.

Recently an Expat ordered medications in a larger quantity through the mail system and he was arrested and I don't know his status but they take this so seriously because of the fight against not only illegal drugs but medications deemed dangerous that it made the news.


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