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DUBAI – In efforts to curb the abuse of controlled medicine brought to the UAE, the Ministry of Health and Prevention has issued a circular reminding travellers against wilfully bringing these substances in the country and warning violators of punitive action.
The ministry’s guidelines also lists medication that has sedatives, such as codeine, pseudoephiderine and pholcodine.
Most travellers falsely claim that the controlled medicine they have brought is for personal use but bring large quantities of these medications, said Ameen Husain Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licences.
Under UAE law, anyone bringing controlled medicines for personal use to the UAE must carry a valid medical prescription from the country of origin.
In case the original prescription is not available, travellers are advised to carry attested prescription.
The quantity of controlled medicines for personal use must also not exceed more than 30 days of treatment.
Prescription-only medicines must be carried with valid medical prescription and for personal consumption only, the quantity of which must not exceed more than three months of treatment.
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