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Traveling with medications

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It can be difficult enough to manage and administer your fertility medications when you are at home, but what about when you are traveling?  Emergencies happen and, when they do, we will be there to help. The dedicated pharmacists and nurses at Village Fertility Pharmacy will go to great lengths to ensure that you have the necessary medications – even when you are away from home. They can be reached by calling our Patient Care Center at (877) 334-1610.

 

Tips for Traveling with Fertility Medications

 

In the meantime, we would like to help you prevent any unnecessary stress about your fertility medications when you are away from home. Here are a few tips from our nursing staff to help alleviate issues that may arise during your trip:

 

  • Anticipate your needs and ask your nurse or physician if you may need additional medication before leaving.
  • If you anticipate a long journey and you may need more of your prescription, contact your insurance company to receive authorization for additional medications.
  • If you plan on being on a plane, call your airline to discuss the appropriate way to travel with syringes and needles (see below for more information on flying with medications that require refrigeration). 
  • If possible, keep your medications in your carry-on in the event that your luggage is lost or stolen. 
  • Pack your medication in a Ziploc® bag with your prescription and be sure to package them appropriately so they are not broken or damaged.
  • If your medication needs to be refrigerated, be sure to package it appropriately.
  • If your cycle is getting closer to when you may need to use your trigger shot, be sure to bring your HCG with you, just in case.
  • Don’t forget the ancillary supplies you may need, like gauze and alcohol wipes.
  • Be sure to pack emergency contact information for your pharmacy and clinic (including the nurse on call number and the Web address for our pharmacy so you can view the Fertility Medication Handbook and video injection lessons).
  • Dispose of used syringes appropriately by either bringing them home in a safe, plastic container to place in your Sharps container or check with a local hospital or sanitation department to determine how to dispose of them while traveling.

Flying With Medications

 

If you are traveling on a plane with medications that require refrigeration, please keep this information in mind:

 

Frozen liquid or gel packs are allowed on board to keep medications cool, as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening at Security. However, most airlines do not accept ice made from water. There is no size restriction on the packs or the container they are packed in, (i.e., they can be larger than the 3.4 oz. limit on other liquids; the container cannot be larger than the permitted carry-on bag size set by the airline) as long as they are secure and do not leak or drip.

 

If the frozen items are partially melted, slushy, or if any liquid is present at the bottom of the container they are packed in, the container must comply with the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule, which is summarized as follows: the liquid/gel cannot exceed 3.4 oz. (100ml) and must be stored in a clear, resealable bag no larger than 1 quart. These items must be presented for screening separately from other carry-on items, and you should inform the TSA agent of the purpose of the ice pack(s) prior to the screening of these items.

 

Finally, a note about the medications themselves – it is not required that they be in their original packaging, but it is strongly advised that they are, if possible.

 

For complete information from the TSA on traveling with medications and refrigerated items, please visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds.

 

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