Feb 12, 2012, 1:51 PM
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Re: [Latinasenora] Medicine Requiring Refrigeration
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Thanks for the reply. Sounds like you've had great luck while driving across the border w/your refrigerated meds. And a two-day trip back to Queretaro sounds like it works for you. (ps: I don't know what HEB stands for?)
I won't be driving across the border. I'm curious about
1) airport aduana experiences in Mexico when it comes to refrigerated medicine in a cooler, and
2) availability of ice in an airport should the cooler need it, and
3) long distance flights, say from Phoenix to Oaxaca, and even
4) those inexpensive airlines that operate only in Mexico - do they allow refrigerated meds in a cooler? Is it safe to trust them w/the meds?
Since I have pen-injector type meds, the US airlines won't allow the cooler on-board w/me. They must ride w/the other luggage.
Anybody have any experiences or info they could please share? Gracias, Senora
My wife has brought mosquito samples and bio-analytical reagents and medications into Mexico on and off for 20 years while flying the commercial airlines. All of these items must be stored and shipped cold, and she has been successful every time.
You can use either ice or dry ice in your carry-on or checked baggage. My wife tends to do carry-on with a small cooler, so there are no issues with baggage handling or security personnel - where she can answer questions and allay any airline or security agent's concerns. If you choose to use dry ice (or a combination of dry ice covered by ice), you need to follow IATA regulations for packaging dry ice: http://safety.dri.edu/...s/shippingnonhaz.pdf for "Guideline for Shipping Items on Dry Ice that are Not Dangerous Goods" - basically have a container that breathes.
If you choose a small rigid cooler with ice, then you could recharge the cooler with ice from a bar or restaurant at the airports - as it needs it.** As noted in an earlier post, have a list of exactly what is in the cooler - in Spanish - along with the meds in their original containers from the pharmacy - and copies of the prescription(s) from your doctor to prove their legitimacy. **We have found that airline stewards/stewardesses are very helpful - providing ice for recharging a small cooler or to fill an ice bag to cool an injured back etc.
Alternately, you can use blue ice freezer packs - but be aware that they can be colder than the freezing points of liquid medications, so, you might need to insulate your medications from direct contact with the blue ice to keep from damaging the meds.
Your plan is both legitimate and legal, and if you follow the rules, you should be able to fly with your meds with no problems.
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Feb 12, 2012, 2:00 PM)