Taking Your Therapy on the RoadAuthor:Diplomat Pharmacy Date:January 09, 2020
If you’ve ever forgotten your swimsuit on a beach vacation, you know the importance of planning ahead when it comes to traveling. If you have a condition that requires specialty medication, organizing in advance can take some of the anxiety out of trips and vacations.
Talk to Your Doctor
Check with your physician about your travel plans. Make sure your have your provider’s contact information, including answering service phone numbers. Find out if you should have a letter from your provider that explains your need for medications and supplies.
Talk to Your Specialty Pharmacy
Be sure to tell your specialty pharmacy well in advance that you plan to travel. Diplomat will help make sure that you have everything you need before you leave, but we can also make arrangements to ship your medication to wherever you are traveling in the United States.
Pack Your Bags
Make sure that your prescription medication has the pharmacy label intact and consider bringing extra supplies in case of travel delays or an unexpected situation. This includes supplies for infusion medications, as well.
Remember to bring your emergency information when traveling. This can include medical history, a list of allergies, and a list of daily medications, as well as contact numbers in case you need to get in touch with your doctor or pharmacy.
Keep it Cool
For some medications, including total parenteral nutrition (TPN), it is important to be able to maintain specific temperatures. If your medications require refrigeration, consider an insulated, soft-sided cooler for transport. It may help to use slow-melt ice packs to maintain proper temperature during transit, but consider the length of time between departure and arrival to ensure your therapy is kept at the correct temperature.
As part of the trip planning, arrange for a refrigerator when you book a hotel room.
If you have questions about the temperature needed to maintain your supplies, speak to your pharmacist.
Plane Travel Made Easy
TSA Cares (855 787-2227) is a helpline for travelers with medical conditions or disabilities. They provide information about the screening process and programs that may be available for passengers with disabilities. You can also visit tsa.gov/travel.
Your medications, pump, and supplies may be brought onboard during air travel. Pack them separately from personal items; they are not subject to a baggage fee. TSA allows passengers to carry prescription liquid medications needed for medical conditions. During the screening process, medication and supplies are X-rayed, but TSA will allow passengers to have a visual inspection. If that is something you’d prefer, be sure to let an agent know before the screening process begins. TSA recommends placing your medication in a clear, plastic bag and separating it from any other bags that will pass through inspection. It is a good idea to carry documentation from your healthcare provider that supports your need for the medication.
Travel these days can be a lengthy process. Be sure to hydrate whenever possible and pack appropriate snacks. Supplies to aid in comfort after medication might also be a concern. Consider bringing over-the-counter pain relievers, cotton balls, Band-Aids®, digestive aids, or wet wipes.
Identify the hospital or medical center at your destination, in case you need assistance.
Traveling should be a fun, memory-making experience. By planning ahead, staying on therapy shouldn’t get in the way of your dream vacation. For questions, contact Diplomat, or your specialty pharmacist today. Now, all you need is that swimsuit.
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