How to buy Insulin in London?
I'm a type 1 diabetic and I've just arrived in London. I have to buy Insulin, but they won't accept the prescription from my doctor in Brazil. I tried to go to the doctor and get a new prescription, but they want to charge me £200 for a simple consult. What to do? I use Lantus and Humalog.
- Dr FrankLv 71 decade agoBest answer
I am afraid these are both prescription only medications and GPs in London are much more switched on to treating foreign nationals privately than they are in the provinces. Unless you strike lucky with a sympathetic GP you will just have to cough up.Source(s): GP for more years than I care to remember
- SandraLv 44 years ago
Yes. It depends on the insulin. Humilin is available without a prescription. Humalog and Lantus are not. I believe Novolog requires a prescription. I don't know about the others. I use Humalog and Lantus. Depending on what state you're in, you may or may not need a prescription to get syringes. Here in Georgia, I do not need one. I can walk into any drug store and buy syringes over the counter. Insulin is expensive. Regardless of what kind you use, if you have pharmacy benefits through your health insurance, it will probably be cheaper to have a prescription. With one, you would only pay the copay. The laws are different from state to state. Ask your pharmacist.
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I'm a type 1 diabetic and I've just arrived in London. I have to buy Insulin, but they won't accept the prescription from my doctor in Brazil. I tried to go to the doctor and get a new prescription, but they want to charge me £200 for a simple consult. What to do? I use Lantus and Humalog.Source(s): buy insulin london: https://shortly.im/cnfo3
- Roy <Lv 61 decade ago
Insulin has been a Prescription only medicine in the UK since 1998. Unfortunately as you found out, your prescription is not valid in this country - how would the pharmacist confirm that it was not a forgery ?
Your best bet is to visit one of the NHS walk-in centres (take your prescription and your insulin with you + your passport).
See here for a location: http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/Service...
You will not be entitled to free consultation. Once you have paid for the consultation and received a private prescription, you will have to pay for your insulin and an associated private prescription dispensing fee.Source(s): Other sources: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/structure/admin/acareg/...
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- Charles SLv 51 decade ago
Go to an NHS doctor. They shouldn't charge more than £25 for a consultation. If you are here to work or as a student, you can register with the NHS and then the consultation will be free. If you're working, take your passport and a letter from your employer to the doctor. If you're here as a student take your passport and your student card to the doctor.
If you are here on holiday, it's still possible to use an NHS doctor as a private patient but they shouldn't charge much more than £25. The £200 fee sounds as if you went to a Harley Street private practice.
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