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Is Paxlovid available in pharmacies to travellers and without a doctor's prescription?

I'm going to Germany in late August and am concerned about Covid. I can't find info on the availability of Paxlovid for travellers. Any info is appreciated. Thank you.

Posted by
3196 posts

My doctor here in Florida prescribed Paxlovid because of an upcoming trip to Italy and France. Picked it up at CVS to take with me rather than relying on obtaining it in Europe. Ask your doc to give you a prescription.

Posted by
33123 posts

so if you get such a powerful treatment "just in case" and come home still well, what do you do with it? Do you hold on to it for a rainy day, throw it away, or return it for another person to use?

I ask because that's not the way drugs are dispensed here and your way is different.

Posted by
8500 posts

NIgel, honestly, that is not the way is supposed to be here in the US either. There are some doctors that will choose to ignore the protocols and prescribe anyway.

Posted by
7643 posts

There are some doctors that will choose to ignore the protocols and prescribe anyway.

Hence the availability and prescribing of Ivermectin for Covid.

But no, a strong anti-viral should not be prescribed "in case" it is intended for use only under certain conditions and symptoms. Even in Europe, if you get covid, and go to a Doctor, they may choose not to prescribe you Paxlovid if you do not have the correct conditions.

Posted by
19 posts

I appreciate your replies. My U.S. doctor will not prescribe Paxlovid for my European trip.

Posted by
33123 posts

I appreciate your replies. My U.S. doctor will not prescribe Paxlovid for my European trip.

so is the purpose of the question to find a way to get it without your doctor's help?

Posted by
8586 posts

Since in the US and other countries, its availability is being funded by taxpayers for use by people who are already sick, it seems unlikely any country would provide it for preventive measures (not a tested or approved use in the US) without a diagnosis by a doctor licensed to practice in their country. Or have special provisions for tourists, But of course ethics is an old-fashioned thing.

Posted by
121 posts

Could you ask your doctor if they would prescribe it in the event that you do get Covid in Germany? Could they send the prescription to you while you are there (email, fax to pharmacy, etc)? You may want to alert them that you are traveling, in case you need their help on short notice. Good to be prepared - best of luck on your trip!

Posted by
8586 posts

Generally, a state-issued medical license in the US does not authorize you to write prescriptions (or practice medicine) internationally. No need to avoid going to a local doctor for a diagnosis and prescription. Its easier over there to get seen and treated than it is at home.

Posted by
8994 posts

J.E. German pharmacies are not going to fill a prescription from the US.

The OP would simply need to go to a Dr. here, which is simple and easy to do, to get a prescription.

One should never take prescription drugs without seeing a Dr. first. Self-diagnosis is not wise.

Posted by
7643 posts

Could you ask your doctor if they would prescribe it in the event that you do get Covid in Germany?
Not really the way it works, yeah some Doctors may ignore proper practice, but they really need to examine you after a positive test, you need to be exhibiting symptoms and at risk of severe covid developing. Having Asymptomatic Covid is not enough.

Could they send the prescription to you while you are there (email, fax to pharmacy, etc)?
I doubt their Doctor is authorized to practice Medicine in Germany. Even my local Pharmacy will not fill a random prescription from a Doctor they can't track down.

Posted by
734 posts

Even pharmacies in my state that offer "test to treat" services need to examine your prescription and medical history records. You'll need to inform your doctor overseas which drugs you are taking and mention any significant health issues and past treatment. For instance statins such as Crestor must be discontinued when taking paxlovid.

Posted by
14580 posts

If one needs a certain medication which requires a prescription in Germany, then one must go to a German doctor to obtain that prescription. That's what I did in Berlin in 2017. A prescription from the US won't do it.