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Foreign Rx

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:50 am
by drsajid
Need advice on this scenario:

The donor currently sees his Dr. in Brazil and is prescribed the medications through that Dr. due to cost. The prescription is in Portuguese.

From MRO standpoint is this allowed?
Do we try to translate the Rx?
Should the donor see a medical provider here in the US and have the prescription filled through that provider?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

Re: Foreign Rx

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:10 pm
by Robert Swotinsky MD
If there is some degree of ongoing relationship w/the doctor in Brazil, then the foreign prescription is acceptable (assuming that it matches up w/the test result). Some old federal guidance noted that customs officials limit the amount of controlled substances that a person can bring into this country. That guidance was intended for federally regulated tests. I don't think the federal regulators currently offer guidance on this issue, and I would suggest accepting the foreign prescription unless it's for something dubious.