Appendix F: Personal Prescription Medications (Instructions)

To USAP Participants: (Personal Prescription Medications)

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain a supply of their regular prescription medications to cover the time that they will be deployed. The New Zealand custom laws, however, allow for only three months of prescription medications and one month of controlled prescription medications to be hand carried through New Zealand. Therefore, if you will be deployed for a longer period of time, you must make arrangements for additional medication to be mailed to the station medical clinic through the APO mail system. The medications will need to be in properly labeled pharmacy containers to be passed through the APO system. It is important that you hand carry the initial three months of medication (one month for controlled medications) in order to provide enough time for the mail to reach you in Antarctica. When you get your prescription medications filled, ask the pharmacist to put three months of medication (or one month of controlled medications) in one labeled container and the remainder in a separately labeled container. If you are not sure if you medication is a controlled (Class II or III), ask the pharmacist when you get the prescription filled. Mail the containers with the remainder of the medication to the medical clinic at the station where you will be deployed (see addresses below). Most health plans only allow one month of medication to be dispensed at a time. If you have difficulty in getting the amount that you need for deployment, contact Human Resources at RSPC for assistance. We can coordinate with your health plan to help you obtain the sufficient quantity of your prescription to last your entire deployment.

Mail the medication to the appropriate APO address listed below. Packages destined for summer participants should be mailed after Labor Day or they will be returned. You can receive your medication at the Station medical clinic.

McMurdo Station - RSPC
Medical Clinic, RSPC
McMurdo Station
PSC 469 Box 700
APO AP 96599-1035

South Pole Station - RSPC
Medical Clinic
South Pole Station
PSC 468 Box 400
APO AP 96598

Palmer Station or Research Vessels
Medical Clinic or MPC
[Palmer Station or Vessel Name]
c/o Raytheon Polar Services Company
7400 S. Tucson Way
Centennial, CO 80112-3938

If you have any questions about the procedure for transporting your prescription medications to Antarctica, contact the Medical Department at RSPC, 1.800.688.8606, option 3 on the menu.