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Old Feb 12, 07, 1:42 pm   #1
 
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Question Prescription drugs in Singapore?

I'm planning to take some Ambien with me on my long trip to SIN from ORD. What experience do any of you have with bringing prescription drugs into Singapore? Will I be fine with my name on the bottle and a note from the Dr?

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Old Feb 12, 07, 2:14 pm   #2
 
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You should be fine with that documentation. I would suggest not merging multiple drugs (legal of course) into a single bottle... just asking for trouble at that point.

I was there a couple months back and wanted to by some ibuprofen... I learned that it is considered a presecription only, however they could sell me 2 tablets per day with a low dose....

A bit different there than a trip to mex!
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A bit different there than a trip to mex!
Is not most everything, thank goodness?
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Old Feb 13, 07, 9:52 am   #4
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You should be fine with that documentation. I would suggest not merging multiple drugs (legal of course) into a single bottle... just asking for trouble at that point.
You are clearly correct "legally" speaking. OTOH: on my frequent trips to SIN, I 'merge' legal/prescribed meds into one bottle as a space saving measure.
None of these are narcotic (if you don't count Ambien) - and I've never even seen a Customs Officer when we land at near midnite. YMMV

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Old Feb 16, 07, 9:53 am   #5
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I'm planning to take some Ambien with me on my long trip to SIN from ORD. What experience do any of you have with bringing prescription drugs into Singapore? Will I be fine with my name on the bottle and a note from the Dr?
Guidance for Visitors to Singapore (Regulatory Requirements for Bringing Personal Medicines into Singapore)

http://www.hsa.gov.sg/html/consumer/...sonal_med.html

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If your medicines contain any controlled substance listed in Appendix A, you are required to apply for a controlled substance permit from the Centre for Drug Administration (CDA), Health Sciences Authority, Singapore, before your travel to Singapore.
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If your medicines do not contain any controlled substance listed in Appendix A, you may bring quantities not exceeding 3 months supply with you without seeking prior approval from CDA. However, you are required to have the necessary supporting documents namely, a letter from your doctor and/or a copy of the prescription with you as proof that the medicines are for your personal use.
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Thanks for the "heads-up" jhm.
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Old Feb 23, 07, 8:05 am   #7
 
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I was there a couple months back and wanted to by some ibuprofen... I learned that it is considered a presecription only, however they could sell me 2 tablets per day with a low dose....
Huh? I regularly buy ibuprofen, it's an OTC drug in Singapore -- not on the shelf, but dished out from behind it by pharmacists on demand, with no questions asked.

Drugs (even legal ones ) are quite expensive in Singapore compared to Malaysia and Thailand though.
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Old Feb 23, 07, 9:27 am   #8
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I regularly buy ibuprofen, it's an OTC drug in Singapore -- dished out from behind it by pharmacists on demand
So is Immodium....Just make sure you don't need it on a Sunday morning!

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Old Feb 23, 07, 9:41 am   #9
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For real prescription only drugs (e.g. antibiotics) apart from very serious stuff like morphine, you can buy them from a pharmacy in Singapore as an "export sale" without requiring a doctor's prescription (but subject to the discretion of the individual pharmacist).

You have to show the pharmacist your foreign passport and your plane tix departing Singapore within (if I recall correctly) 48 hours.

It's meant of course to cover situations where you previously saw a doctor in your home country, am in Singapore for a short period (so no time to see a local doctor) and require further drugs which were prescribed to you by your doctor at home.
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I have transited through Singapore 40ish times in the past 7 years and have never, not ever, been even remotely hassled by customs. In fact 9 times out of 10 there is no one there. Occassionally you seem them, but if you do they are random checks, and the targets are usually Indians I've noticed (for whatever reason).

A good friend of mine worked at immigration at Changi a few years back. He told me a few points about how things work:

Do not take the lack of visible customs at Changi as meaning you are not being closely watched... There are cameras EVERYWHERE and a wall of people watching them. Plus, luggage is periodically screened (i.e. x-rayed) behind the scenes before it gets to the belt.

If they deem you to be acting suspicious you will be grabbed at or before the luggage carrousel and taken to a back room. You probably wouldn't even notice it happening to someone. They come up to people quitely and say "excuse me sir, would you mind coming with us for a moment, sorry for the inconvenience ya", in typical Singapore politeness...

If your luggage is deemed suspicious, agents (most likely plain clothes but not necessarily) are waiting around the baggage area, watching for who takes the bag, and then off you go to a back room for interrgogation - Singapore style - always polite but death by hanging if you are found with even a sliver of heroin! I'm sure the Singaporeans even apologise as they release the trapdoor lol.

As for prescription drugs - I wouldn't worry about it. As for anything harder you'd have to be mentally retarded to even think about it.
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Obtained Approval for Medication from Singapore Authorities

I went through the procedure to get controlled substances pre-approved prior to entry to Singapore and it was a totally painless and very efficient process. I completed the application found at this site: http://www.hsa.gov.sg/publish/hsapor...and_forms.html, sent a very simple letter with the medications listed for my doctor to put on his letterhead, included copies of my itinerary and passport and then emailed the whole thing to the Health Services Authority. Although they request 10 business days advance notice for applications, I received my approval letter within 24-hours. My application was for Ambien and a stimulant for AD/HD and there were no problems obtaining the approval. One thing to note is that prior approval is only required for "controlled substances" which they have listed on their website and other medications only require a doctor's letter or a copy of the prescription.

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God, SG's laws are ....ing scary. If I ever have to go there I'm going carry on only and shipping all my stuff if I have to move there.

Not that I intend to bring dope into Singapore because anyone with a double digit IQ is smarter than that, but god forbid if someone slips something into my baggage at the outbound airport I'm ....ed.
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Any problem carrying Ambien on a connection (not leaving the airport)?
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