Here is a topic I haven’t seen before: Getting meds filled early for the trip.
First, I have saved a set of medication bottles and marked them “Holiday”. Whenever I miss taking a dose, the pills go into those bottles. I am not good with my meds, so I built up quite a stash. But I used most of that last trip.
Some meds I can purchase in Europe but one isn’t legal in the EU so I have to make sure I am carrying it. And it’s the one that keep me alive, quite literally.
I am sure ever insurance company and pharmacy is different, so just one experience.
I went to pharmacy, they said no go, call your insurance company.
I called the insurance company United HealthCare (nurse hotline) and that poor woman worked her tail off for me.
She called the United pharmacy department and they told her she needed to get the pharmacy to request a refill and get rejected.
Then she called the pharmacy and told them to run the refill as United first needed it to be rejected.
Then with the rejection notice she called the right department at United to request the override and was told the entire process had to be done no more than 7 days prior to leaving the country.
So, I repeat in a few weeks.
Failing that I just pay cash and move on.