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I will be travelling from India to Canada for long term assignment. I am on Hypertension Medication(Metpure-XL-25 a pill per day). So can I carry the Medicine for a year with a Doctor's Prescription? Is it allowed?

If yes, then should it be put in Carry-On or Check-In baggage?

Thanks, Sumukh

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It appears to me from reading the Health Canada guidance that you can only ever bring a 90-day supply across the border.

You may also have a further 90 day of supplies sent to you from India, as long as it is made clear on the packaging that this medication is for you:

When a prescription drug is mailed to a Visitor, the drug should be accompanied by some form of documentation indicating that the drug is destined to a Visitor and/or the Visitor should be prepared to provide documentation/written evidence (stamped passport, student/work visa, letter from an employer/university etc) that they are a Visitor to Canada when requested.

The best would be to find a doctor when you arrive into Canada who can prescribe your medication - should be easy enough if it's just tablets for hypertension, not anything there is likely to be restrictions on.

  • What does exactly mean "Single Course of treatment" needs to be confirmed as mentioned in "Health Canada guidance" in your answer. What I read is this: "Visitors to Canada may bring into Canada, on their person a single course of treatment or a 90-day supply based on the directions for use, whichever is less, of a prescription drug. " – Sam Sep 30 '18 at 9:50
  • @Sam: as it says "whichever is less", a year's supply wouldn't be allowed even if it did class as a single course (which seems unlikely to me, but Canada might have a specialised definition of the term) – Andrew Sep 30 '18 at 11:24
  • "A course" in medicine refers to a single treatment which lasts over a defined time period as opposed to something ongoing, e.g. a single course of antibiotics would often be less than 90 days and defined as such in the prescription. I doubt it's a specialised definition, they're just stopping people from taking in any more medication than they personally require. – nkjt Sep 30 '18 at 11:25
  • It seems to be a beta-blocker so it, or a near equivalent, is likely to be (a) readily available, (b) on doctor's prescription, only in most countries. – mdewey Sep 30 '18 at 13:49
  • Not answered: you should always carry medications in your carry-on. Never check it. If your bag is lost or the pills are stolen by a baggage inspector (probably not an issue with BP meds), you could find yourself without it for a while. – DoxyLover Sep 30 '18 at 20:33

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