EU cross border prescriptions

Has anyone got any knowledge or experience of EU cross border prescriptions? I am particulalrly thinking about their issue by the NHS in England - the part of the UK I live in - but would be interested more generally.

NHS prescriptions can be presented in other EU countries but these cross border prescriptions might be able to overcome issues more readily.

Presenting a prescription abroad

A prescription delivered by a doctor in your country is valid in all EU countries. However, medicine prescribed in one country might not be available in another, or it may bear another name.

As of 25 October 2013 you are able to ask for a cross-border prescription which is intended for use in another EU country: these are designed to help the pharmacist understand the prescription easily, the ingredients of the medicine and their dosage.

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  • A tourist can bring from an EU-country for own use medicine needed for 12 months, by mail-order for 3 months only. Hundreds or thousands in Finland take this opportunity. No problems, if required show your international prescription to the customs. Tourists bring mainly from Greece and Spain. Mail orders come from Germany

    Another discussion thread tells T3 prices in UK used to be tenfold or so compared to what we pay here in Finland (100-pack 20euros)? Was that earlier or is it still the same?

  • Not so many years ago, 28 tablets of 20 micrograms liothyronine were about GBP 12. Now it is close to GBP 200 (towards EUR 250).

    There is no justification for this.

    If I were suitably knowledgeable about pharmaceutical business, law and had enough money, I would be very, very tempted to apply for the licences needed to import some of the non-UK makes officially.

  • > There is no justification for this.

    A newsflash told how an AIDS-manufacturer was bought by investors and prices went up fourtyfour-fold (44x). One "Thyroxin" levo-tablet costs in Finland six eurocents, one "Synthroid" tablet in USA 110 eurocents.

    Patient organizations could tell how to order from abroad...

    - - -

    Some kind of group-ordering? A package from Hamburg has mailing costs 8...9 euros

  • Yes - we have seen the astronomic rise mentioned and others.

    Group import would be, unfortunately, illegal.

    We can import for ourselves and members of our household. Anything else requires adherence to various laws, permits, licences, etc.

    This very forum is asked every day for places to order from.

  • Postal rates tend to be highest from Germany, from UK more reasonable (I've ordered printable blank cd's)

    But freight cost is next to nothing if one 0.20-euro tablet costs seven pounds

  • Dallas buyers club, anyone? ;)

  • That's a great idea to apply for a licence 

  • Think about this before voting for BREXIT!

  • Ha...  If we stay in will we be brought into line with other countries then?   Like France where Ndt is illegal?  And  Ireland where you cannot import anything?    

  • Contrariwise, I think.

    Indeed, I am fairly sure that implementation of the EU cross border prescription at least implies we are all free to buy from any EU country with a prescription. Obviously, if it is illegal to issue a prescription in France for desiccated thyroid, then anyone wanting some will have to ensure it is prescribed elsewhere - but maybe France will not be able to deny entry to it if posted?

    Scotland has a bit of detail:

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