If you use medication related to your health care, make sure you take the proper steps to get access to these drugs in Canada.
In this article we are looking at prescription drugs in Canada. In Canada, there are two main classes of medications:
- Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs: These drugs can be legally purchased by any consumer without written permission from a doctor.
- Prescription drugs: These are drugs that are only meant for use by the individual to whom they are prescribed. To access these drugs, first you need a prescription from a doctor which you can bring to a pharmacy in Canada to have filled.
Let’s deep-dive into Canada’s riveting prescription drug industry, shall we?
Are your prescription drugs legal in Canada? Do they require a prescription?
First things first, how are your drugs classified in Canada? You can check the status of the drugs in Canada’s Prescription Drug List to determine if your medication requires a prescription in Canada. This way you can also ensure that the drugs found in your medications are legal in Canada, as trying to bring illegal drugs into the country would be a bad way to start off your Canadian adventure (unless you’re looking to do a tour of Canada’s criminal justice system).
Can I bring my prescription medication into Canada with me?
In general, Health Canada will permit you to enter Canada with the medication required for a single-course of treatment or a 90-day supply, whichever is less, of both prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication. You can do this for yourself and for anyone travelling with you who is under your care, including dependent children.
Of course, first follow the steps outlined above to be sure that your drugs are legal in Canada.
To avoid problems bringing these medications into Canada, the drug must be in hospital or pharmacy-dispensed packaging, the original retail packaging, or have the original label attached to it clearly indicating what the health product is and what it contains.