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This is our first entry at Sailnet. We have now pulled the trigger and are scheduled to buy our first cruising yacht either east coast USA or Caribbean in the next few months, and part circumnavigating. We are very excited. One of the issues we are exploring is setting the boat up with suitable medical stores - based on category 1 standards. Has any one experience in acquiring the necessary 'hard to obtain items' in the US as a foreigner [or as Sting might sing: 'legal alien']? As Aussies, we would appreciate any first hand advice.
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Hi,

Welcome to Sailnet!

Here in the U.S., there are some commercially available First Aid kits that pack a very comprehensive inventory for extended off-shore use. Typically, all you'd need to do is add your prescription medicines and other prescription emergency remedies, plus maybe a defibrillator, and you'd be very well equipped.

I'm no expert, though. But we do have a few doctors hereabouts as well as many experienced cruisers, so my suggestion would be to start a new thread in the General Sailing forum with a title that makes clear you're looking for advice on medical kits. Hopefully that will get the attention of folks with more experience.

Good luck! Sounds like quite an adventure you're planning.
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There are medical offices in the US specializing in travel medicine. If you go to one of them and explain what you are doing, they should be able to write prescriptions for anything you require a prescription for. Here is my local example, but am sure any large city will have something similar: Travel Clinic

Note that drug prices in the US are much higher than in Mexico or Canada, so you might want to consider equipping there if you are trying to save some cash.
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