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How to go about getting sterile syringes to bring to Africa?

How to go about getting sterile syringes to bring to Africa?

Mar 21st, 2007, 07:30 AM
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How to go about getting sterile syringes to bring to Africa?

I will be in Africa (working and traveling) all summer and have been advised to bring some clean syringes, esp. since I will be in some rural areas. How does one go about getting these?
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Mar 21st, 2007, 07:43 AM
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Go to your Dr. and get a prescription and then fill it at the drugstore.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 07:50 AM
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Do as advised by dssxxxx. Get all your prescription needs at one go while visiting your GP i.e. Cipro, Malarone, needles, whatever. Also check your drug plan to see what is covered and ask for those. Remember to photocopy your prescription as this may be needed depending on where you are going.

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Mar 21st, 2007, 08:41 AM
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A-ha! I didn't realize this was something you get prescribed. That was easy - thanks to everyone who responded so fast!
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Mar 21st, 2007, 12:08 PM
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I bought first aid kit from REI that has a Suture/syringe kit included for my trip to Botswana in May.
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...ory_rn=9715302

Will this be a problem without a prescription?
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Mar 21st, 2007, 12:11 PM
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No, you can purchase syringes without an RX. I usually buy them at the pharmacy, or through mail order for pet supplies (vaccinations). They are inexpensive, and easy/lightweight to carry just in case.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 01:11 PM
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I'm sure clean syringes can easily be purchased without a script, but considering some of the countries you will be visiting where these syringes may be in high demand, you might do better getting them with a prescription. This way your name appears on the box and no questions asked by inquisitive or shady customs officials. This way it appears they're for your own use for some kind of med. You have to consider all possibilities.
 
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