Three months of medication in BC

Winter 2009 CSANews Issue 73  |   Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.Back to list

Bird talk - Le Jaseur
Dear Bird Talk,

We have been members of the Canadian Snowbird Association and do enjoy your quarterly magazine. For 20 years, we have been travelling to Florida from Alberta for four or five months each winter and have had no problem filling prescriptions from our doctors to cover the time we were away.

In 2005, we moved to B.C. and are still travelling to Florida for our winter vacation, but are unable to get more than three months' worth of medication to take with us.

Have you had any communication from other members from B.C. who are faced with this problem, and could you let us know how they deal with this?

I understand that our provincial government has these restrictions put upon us and are unwilling to change them. I don't understand their reasoning.

I look forward to your reply.

S. E. Leslie
Sidney, BC

Response :
Ed.: The CSA Travellers’ Report Card gave British Columbia a grade of “F” for Access to Prescription Drugs for Use During Travel, for the reasons you describe above. B.C. residents are allowed to be out of the province for 182 days, but are only permitted a 100-day supply of medication. To allow residents to be out of the province, but not allow them access to sufficient medication that would keep them in good health is inconsistent and frankly, ludicrous. We will see what the grade is in the third edition of the Report Card. But I would expect that not much has changed. Please complain bitterly, in writing, to every MP and MPP you can find; they are endangering people's lives!!!! We will send them a copy of this magazine, too.

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