The provision of prescription only medicines for use on United Kingdom based overseas expeditions

Abstract

Expedition teams without accompanying medical professionals traveling overseas from the United Kingdom frequently carry medical kits containing Prescription Only Medicines (POMs). Access to safe, basic POMs whilst on expedition is important, as the quality and availability of medicines in-country may not be acceptable and delay in treatment may be hazardous. At present there is no published guidance relating to drug acquisition and administration in these situations. In the UK, a number of different practices are currently in use, with uncertainty and medico-legal concerns currently hampering safe and efficient provision of POMs on overseas expeditions. A guideline is proposed for the management of prescription only medications in an expedition setting.

Description

Royal Geographic Society collaboration

Keywords

expedition medical kits, first aid kits, wilderness first aid, prescription-only medicines

Citation

Moore, J.K. et al. (2017) The provision of prescription only medicines for use on United Kingdom based overseas expeditions. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 28 (3), pp. 219-224

Rights

Research Institute

Leicester Institute for Pharmaceutical Innovation - From Molecules to Practice (LIPI)