I'm a retired physician. Between the wife (RN) and I...
I was hoping you would weigh in.
That said if you are searched while clearing in or stopped in foreign waters and you don't have the name of the person on the supplies on the boat you're probably going to be in a whole lot of hurt. No real purpose to have meds written to the boat for cruisers. Think it would be a hassle if searched and easier to just write meds to owner.
Perhaps. That is part of what I'm running down.
A more common hassle is that many daily meds come as 3 month supply.
In my experience this isn't awful to deal with - it just requires a bunch of communication with the prescribing physician and your insurance company.
Difficult for the meds usually placed in a Med kit so very expensive to replace.
I agree but related but separate from my original question.
In 17 years years of cruising, no official ever checked our extensive medical equipment, including prescription drugs for my name, the boat name or my wife's name.
Me either. No one has every asked to see my radio licenses (which I have) or my waste management plan (which I have) either.
"No one will check" is not a reason for me to not do the right thing, or to make sure I understand what the right thing is before it goes in a presentation or article with my name on it.
The Australians were most interested in the sudafed...we had to record the amounts on hand and if any were consumed, it had to be recorded in the log book.
That is about crystal meth isn't it?
The OP would like to get medications on his boat. He didn't specify whether it was just him and his wife or a mixed crew of family, freinds and unknown volunteers.
I present a lot of material and write articles. This question has come up a number of times when I talk about sailing offshore, particularly across oceans, and long-term cruising. I don't tell people what I think or want the answer to be ... I do research, preferably to original sources. The lead I got here on SailNet to the DEA Diversion Control Division was invaluable.
I KNOW most cruisers use the "understanding physician" approach. I know there is an enduring belief among some (many?) cruisers that documented boats can get controlled medication prescribed to their kits. I'm running all this down so that my future talks and articles have all the facts from credible, original sources and I have all my footnotes in order.
There is way too much opinion masquerading as fact in the world today. I'm doing my part to make up for that.