Importing Generic Harvoni or Sofosbuvir into the U.K or U.S.A.for personal use
Importing Sofosbuvir for personal use into the UK or the USA.
Much of the discussion around generic Harvoni and Sofosbuvir and Daclatasvir has been about the legality of importing these life saving drugs into one's own country for personal use.
Big Pharma has deliberately inserted a lot of fear mongering and false information into this discussion to discourage people from choosing the much more affordable generic treatment option.
Big Pharma's "misinformation campaign" has taken many forms and is mounted on many fronts. Foremost has been the idea of fake or counterfeit medicines. Big Pharma has generated plenty of press about the risk of buying fake generic medicines from India and has spent a lot of money having its representatives drum this message into medical professionals like doctors and nurses.
The reality is quite different. In more than one year of being directly and intimately involved in the Hepatitis C world and speaking to hundreds of people every week I have only come across two examples of counterfeit generic Hep C medicines being sold. Both of these came from Egypt.
The reason for this is very simple; the licensed generic medicine is so cheap and so easily obtained there is no reason at all for anyone to go to the trouble of making fake stuff.
The other thing that arises in these discussions is that it is illegal to import these medicines from India into the USA or UK. The reality is that most countries allow their citizens to import medicines for personal use.
Some countries require documentation like a prescription and others do not. To give examples of this I will discuss the USA, the UK and Romania. I organise shipments of generic Harvoni to these three countries every week. Their requirements are different but the reality is that every week we send generic Harvoni or Sofosbuvir + Daclatasvir to people with Hep C in these three countries and every week every shipment gets through to the people who need them.
Bringing medicine into the UK
Much of the official concern about prescription drugs is directed at internet pharmacies and people selling drugs illegally, but you're unlikely to find yourself in trouble for bringing prescription drugs into Britain. It's not illegal to bring them home after traveling, as long as they are for personal use. Even anabolic steroids can be imported for personal use, according to customs officials.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) however, will take action if they suspect that people plan to supply medications to others. 'If you are coming back from a country and bringing in huge quantities of medications, then common sense will dictate that you aren't going to get through those medications yourself, therefore you must be planning to sell them on,' says a MHRA spokesperson.
Likewise there is no problem having generic Harvoni, Sofosbuvir or Daclatasvir sent to you by courier from India. It is completely legal to do this, with or without a prescription from a British doctor. This is confirmed in writing by the British government in the below email correspondence I recently had with their regulatory authority
The Email that I sent to the MHRA
From: greg jefferys [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 18 June 2015 12:09
To: MHRA Customer Services
Subject: Sending prescription medicine from India to the UK
I have Hepatitis C and would like to purchase, with a prescription from my doctor, a three months supply of generic Sofosbuvir from India from a licensed manufacturer of that drug because it is very much cheaper there.
Would you be kind enough to advise me if this is legal. It is only for my personal use.
From: MHRA Customer Services
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 9:50 PM
To: greg jefferys
Subject: RE: Sending prescription medicine from India to the UK
Dear Mr Jeffreys,
Thank you for your email on importing medicine for personal use.
There is no requirement for a member of the public to notify the MHRA of the importation of medicines for personal use and the legislation does not restrict such importation. Consequently, we do not issue any form of licence, certificate or authorisation to aid personal importation. We consider personal use to involve the use of the products by you or your immediate family or household; under such importation you must not sell or supply imported medicines onward as this would be considered placing the product onto the market.
Please note that up to a 3 month supply of a medicine is considered to be an acceptable quantity for personal use, HM Revenue and Customs can prevent importation if large quantities are being imported and/or they have suspicions that the product is not being imported for personal use. There is more information on the HM Revenue and Customs website at the link below:
We would also advise you to investigate whether the product(s) to be imported would be categorised as controlled substances in the UK. Controlled drugs are regulated by the Home Office under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and can require a licence to allow their entry into the UK. The Home Office have published a list (although not exhaustive) of controlled substances on their website and we would advise you to contact them directly for clarification on whether a Home Office licence is required for importation into the UK:
If you would be posting packages containing medicines, we suggest including a copy of the prescription and/or a letter from your doctor explaining why the product(s) are required; the package should be clearly labelled on the outside stating the contents of the package and that the products are for personal use. Medicines should be kept in their original packaging and should be transported in accordance with storage conditions specified by the Manufacturer (this not only helps identify the medicines, but also helps ensure the product’s stability).
I hope you find this information useful.
Ronke Omotayo (Mrs)
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SZ
Telephone: 020 3080 6000
Stay connected: mhra.gov.uk/stayconnected
Neither Sofosbuvir, Harvoni, Ledipasvir or Daclatasvir or Ribavirin are on the Controlled Drugs List, drugs on the Controlled Drugs List are mostly narcotics and hallucinogenics.
If you want to bring medicine into the UK, first check that it is licensed for use. Always carry medicines in a correctly labelled container as issued by the pharmacist. Otherwise, bring a letter from your doctor or a personal health record card giving details of the drug prescribed, in case it is queried by customs or you require additional supplies.
Bringing Generic Harvoni, Sofosbuvir and Daclatasvir into the USA for personal use.
For the information of people living in the USA, there has been a LOT of fear mongering going around about bringing generic Harvoni and Sofosbuvir into the USA for personal use. This is because the USA is where Big Pharma makes Big Money. Check out the FDA's website yourself but below are my thoughts based on my own study of the FDA's bulletins and my personal experience from helping many hundreds of US citizens get generic Hepatitis C medicines sent from India. In a nutshell there is no problem importing Hepatitis C meds into the USA if it is for personal use and I help many people every week to do this.
From the FDA Bulletin:
"FDA has a policy explaining that it typically does not object to personal imports of drugs that FDA has not approved under certain circumstances, including the following situation:"
1.The drug is for use for a serious condition for which effective treatment is not available in the United States (If you can not afford to buy it then it is not available to you. Greg)
2.There is no commercialization or promotion of the drug to U.S. residents;
3.The drug is considered not to represent an unreasonable risk;
4.Generally, not more than a 3-month supply of the drug is imported
What this means in real terms.
So shipping generic Harvoni and Sofosbuvir and Daclatasvir to the USA can be done and is being done every day of the week. In the past 18 months I have helped a very large number of people do this successfully, indeed with 100% success so far.
I have done this openly and my activities have been widely reported in the international and US news media.
The FDA is well aware of what I am doing and at no stage have they asked me to stop.
So there are three ways of importing generic Hepatitis C treatments into the USA.
The first and simplest way to buy generic Harvoni is to get the Gilead licensed generics sent from India. This is very simple and has worked many hundreds of times with no problem.
Ideally it is great if you have a supportive US doctor who will both write you a prescription and monitor your treatment however a lot of people in the USA have a problem getting their doctor to write them a prescription for generic Harvoni or Sofosbuvir ( even though it is perfectly legal for doctors to do so the fear campaign mouonted by Big Pharma about generics has had an effect) so they get the meds sent without the prescription and then ask their doctor to monitor their treatment once they start.
Another option is to get a prescription from an Australian doctor via an online consultation, this can either be by email or by Skype. Once you have the prescription we can then ship generic Harvoni to you from Australia where Hep C generics are readily available.
The other, somewhat easier, but much more expensive option is to fly to either India or Australia or Thailand where these new generic medicines are easily purchased from Pharmacies such as The Compounding Chemist at West Lindfield in Sydney www.compoundingchemist.com
Once you begin a treatment overseas then it is totally legal for you to return to the USA with the medicines required for the continuation of this treatment.
If you decide to fly to India to get these meds then I will happily send you detailed info on options and contacts in India.
If you fly to Australia you would not need to be in Australia more than one week or you could make a holiday out of it and stay for a while.
You can fly to whichever city you wish.
If you want any more details about any of these options please email me and I will be happy to explain the details
Importing Generic Hepatitis C Drugs into Romania
Basically there is no problem importing drugs to treat Hepatitis C into Romania, either by mail order or on one's person. Obviously mail order is usually cheaper.
I will try to explain bellow the Romanian Customs requirements :
- first of all the parcel must include the purchasing invoice.
Once they package is arrived in Romania, the recipient must provide to the shipping company the following documents :
- the copy of identity document;
- a declaration written in Romanian language and signed by the recipient in which should specify the parcel content, the utility of the products, the brand names, the quantity received, price per unit, total value;
- the document which proves the payment to the sender
- medical prescription into Romanian standard format signed and stamped by GP or specialist.
After the customs process is completed, the recipient must pay:
- 9% VAT tax from the declared customs value
- 2,5% a commission tax from the declared customs value.
The taxes could be payed by bank transfer or cash to the agent who make the delivery.
This is all. If I was not clear enough or if I could help in other way, please let me know.
I have helped quite a few people import generic Hepatitis C medicines into Kazakhstan over the past year and now that the price of sending generic Harvoni to Kazakhstan has dropped to below US$1,000 for 12 weeks treatment it is completely legal and easy to send treatments with generic medicines for Hep C to Kazakhstan.
Please read the information below send to me by a person in Kazakhstan
I have been looking further into the courier delivery of the medicine
package into Kazakhstan. I have just spoken with our local DHL office with
regards to customs clearance of the courier package containing medicines. I
have been told that to be able to custom clear it in Kazakhstan, the total
weight and total value of the package should not exceed 0.5kg and USD 1,000
respectively. Also we will need to produce a doctor's prescription which
should state the name of the medicine which corresponds to the one on the
pack which is being couriered as well as the quality certificate for the