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If a foreign representative or a family member requires medication to treat a chronic condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, they should bring at least a six-months’ supply with them to Canada. This will help avoid possible interruptions. A letter from the physician who issued the prescription, which indicates that the medication is essential to the patient’s well-being and includes its Drug Identification Number (DIN), may help avoid potential hassles at border points in Canada.

Medical prescriptions obtained in other countries are not valid in pharmacies in Canada. To obtain a new prescription, it is necessary to see a general practitioner in Canada and perhaps undergo a full checkup and tests with a specialist. Without access to your medical records, many types of prescriptions will not be issued without tests.