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Can I carry medicines with me while travelling overseas?

Q: I am travelling to United States. Can I carry the following medicines for my grandmother?: Clopidogrel 75 mg, Asprin, Clavix 75 mg, Eltroxin 100 mcg (Thyroxin Sodium), Leptose 10 mg, Crestor 5mg (Rosuvastatin Calcium), Benicor 40 mg (Olmesartan Medoxomil), B - Complex Vitamin and Macalvit (Calcium with Vit.D3). She needs these medicines for 6 months. Am I allowed to carry the same in such amounts across the border? Do any of them qualify as narcotics?

A:Foreign medicines, not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), are permitted to be carried by passengers for their personal, bonafide use during temporary visits generally for no more than three months. In such cases, the passengers should carry the doctor’s prescription. Medicines that do not fall in this category are liable to be treated as Counterfeit and confiscated that can lead to penal action. Medicines mentioned by you may not be narcotics but they can be classified as counterfeit under US laws.


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