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    • jonathon
    • By jonathon 11th Jul 18, 6:19 PM
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    letter from doctor 11th Jul 18 at 6:19 PM
    Hi My wife is on amlodipine for high blood pressure and we are going to Singapore and Hong Kong this year will she need a letter from her doctor.


    Thank you
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 11th Jul 18, 6:54 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 6:54 PM
    Hi My wife is on amlodipine for high blood pressure and we are going to Singapore and Hong Kong this year will she need a letter from her doctor.


    Thank you
    Originally posted by jonathon
    Can't help with Hong Kong but Singapore have a list of medicines that need a special licence to take into the country. No need if just transiting.

    See here...

    http://www.hsa.gov.sg/content/hsa/en/Health_Products_Regulation/Consumer_Information/Personal_Import_Regulations/bringing_personal_medication_into_Singapore.html

    I have gone through the process and my advice is to give yourself plenty of time to get the licence. It may take several days from when you send all the paperwork off.
    Last edited by Gloomendoom; 11-07-2018 at 7:42 PM.
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 11th Jul 18, 7:00 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 7:00 PM
    Is her medication banned in HK or Singapore?
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 11th Jul 18, 7:01 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 7:01 PM
    http://www.hsa.gov.sg/pub/faq/faq/faqcategory/bringing-personal-medication-into-singapore.aspx

    Always wise to take a prescription slip though in case she needs any replacement for any reason.
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    • By Flugelhorn 11th Jul 18, 7:02 PM
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    the main problem is controlled drugs + codeine.

    For other drugs some people take the repeat prescription slip with them. GP letter likely to cost you
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 11th Jul 18, 7:39 PM
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    Don't mess around with the Singaporeans.

    Read the list. If amlodipine is on the restricted list, you need a licence. No ifs, no buts. To get a licence you need a doctor's letter.

    My GP has never charged me.

    It isn't hard!
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    • jonathon
    • By jonathon 11th Jul 18, 7:59 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 7:59 PM
    Can't help with Hong Kong but Singapore have a list of medicines that need a special licence to take into the country. No need if just transiting.

    See here...

    http://www.hsa.gov.sg/content/hsa/en/Health_Products_Regulation/Consumer_Information/Personal_Import_Regulations/bringing_personal_medication_into_Singapore.html

    I have gone through the process and my advice is to give yourself plenty of time to get the licence. It may take several days from when you send all the paperwork off.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom

    thanks for the link I think she will be ok in Singapore


    Medicines Not Requiring Licence

    You are allowed to bring in or import common medicines such as those for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and contraception for personal medical use if the quantity is less than 3 months' supply.
    • jonathon
    • By jonathon 11th Jul 18, 8:23 PM
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    Don't mess around with the Singaporeans.

    Read the list. If amlodipine is on the restricted list, you need a licence. No ifs, no buts. To get a licence you need a doctor's letter.

    My GP has never charged me.

    It isn't hard!
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom

    our doctor charges 30 for a letter
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 11th Jul 18, 8:23 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 8:23 PM
    thanks for the link I think she will be ok in Singapore


    Medicines Not Requiring Licence

    You are allowed to bring in or import common medicines such as those for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and contraception for personal medical use if the quantity is less than 3 months' supply.
    Originally posted by jonathon
    I think so too. I've since had a scan down the list and couldn't see amlodipine on it.
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 11th Jul 18, 8:26 PM
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    our doctor charges 30 for a letter
    Originally posted by jonathon
    Ouch! Still worth it though when you consider the consequences of being caught importing restricted medicines.
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    • maman
    • By maman 11th Jul 18, 9:25 PM
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    Ouch! Still worth it though when you consider the consequences of being caught importing restricted medicines.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    What's 30 compared with the cost of a holiday taking in Singapore? Peanuts!

    Better to be safe than sorry IMO
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 11th Jul 18, 10:21 PM
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    What's 30 compared with the cost of a holiday taking in Singapore? Peanuts!

    Better to be safe than sorry IMO
    Originally posted by maman
    Exactly, if my doctor didn't do it for free, I'd pay the money.

    Probably grumble about it though. 30 would almost buy a pint in Singapore.
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 12th Jul 18, 1:42 AM
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    our doctor charges 30 for a letter
    Originally posted by jonathon
    Don't waste your money, there will be no check on what is being brought in by a visitor for personal medical use in Singapore or Hong Kong.
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    • By DCFC79 12th Jul 18, 7:31 AM
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    our doctor charges 30 for a letter
    Originally posted by jonathon
    If thats whats required to make sure your not caught importing a banned drug then pay it.
    • maman
    • By maman 12th Jul 18, 11:25 AM
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    Don't waste your money, there will be no check on what is being brought in by a visitor for personal medical use in Singapore or Hong Kong.
    Originally posted by eDicky

    Maybe the woman who took Tramadol into Egypt thought that too.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 12th Jul 18, 12:17 PM
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    Maybe the woman who took Tramadol into Egypt thought that too.
    Originally posted by maman
    Possibly, but to make such a comparison is scaremongering.

    Here we are talking about Singapore and Hong Kong, not Egypt or various other Middle Eastern countries, and we are not talking about a substance like Tramadol that is controlled to prevent abuse.

    Of course, if the journey involves a stopover in any Middle Eastern country (not just a flight connection), then appropriate precaution should be taken.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 12th Jul 18, 1:15 PM
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    Possibly, but to make such a comparison is scaremongering.

    Here we are talking about Singapore and Hong Kong, not Egypt or various other Middle Eastern countries, and we are not talking about a substance like Tramadol that is controlled to prevent abuse.

    Of course, if the journey involves a stopover in any Middle Eastern country (not just a flight connection), then appropriate precaution should be taken.
    Originally posted by eDicky
    I thought we had established that in this case the medication does not need to be notified

    Advising somebody that it is OK to take medicine into Singapore without first checking with the HSA that it isn't illegal or needs a licence is just plain irresponsible.
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    • By NoodleDoodleMan 12th Jul 18, 10:46 PM
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    Assumptions are the mother of all **** ups.

    If in doubt go through the notification procedures.
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