Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

August 16, 2006 15:26 ET

Canadian Pharmacists Association/Public Service Announcement: Travelling by Air with Prescription Medications

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 16, 2006) - The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) advises Canadians that new Transport Canada security regulations regarding carry-on baggage affects Canadians travelling with prescription and over the counter medications.

Liquids, gels, creams, ointments and aerosols are not permitted in carry-on luggage for all flights departing from a Canadian airport. These items must be packed in checked baggage. An exception is made for prescription medications, insulin and other essential non-prescription medicines in these formats. Examples include asthma inhalers, nitroglycerin sprays, eyedrops, epi-pens, and liquid antibiotics. However, prescription medicines must have a name on the label that matches the passenger's ticket in order to be placed in carry-on luggage.

As of August 16, essential non-prescription medicines cannot exceed 120 ml (4oz) per container, while essential liquids or gels for diabetic passengers are limited to no more than 240 ml (8oz) per container. Medications in pill formats should not be affected by these new regulations. Non-prescription creams, ointments and lotions, including those for first-aid or rashes, must be placed in checked luggage. More information on aviation security measures can be found at www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca.

Security measures for people departing from a US airport are the same as those in Canada. Travellers departing from a UK airport cannot take liquids of any type through airport security with the exception of essential medicines in liquid form sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), after these have been verified as authentic.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association would like to remind Canadians travelling by air that prescription medications should be left in the original labelled container (not in purchased pill boxes or combined in one container) and should be packed in carry-on luggage. Paul Kuras, CPhA board member, commented,"Travellers who are changing time zones should consult their pharmacist about how to adjust their dosing schedule to avoid missed doses. If you have a medical condition such as diabetes or epilepsy, it is also a good idea to discuss travel plans with your doctor or pharmacist before leaving home." For more information on travelling with prescription medications visit: http://www.pharmacists.ca/travelling .

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is the national organization of pharmacists, committed to providing leadership for the profession and improving the health of Canadians.

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