Master Chat: traveling with diabetes


Traveling with diabetes can be challenging! People with diabetes often feel restricted from traveling due to fear of inadequate supply of medications. With proper preparation, however, traveling with large amounts of medication can be accomplished safely. Community pharmacists understand that medications and supplies are expensive, difficult to replace and have travel restrictions. We will discuss what documentation to carry, how to store medications, what to do if you run out while traveling, and precautions when purchasing medications in another country.

Dana Schaeffer-Cherashore, RPH, is a community pharmacist who practices in the Philadelphia area. She earned her pharmacy degree from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy in Brooklyn, NY, and completed her pharmacy internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Dana promotes the community pharmacy as a setting that can add value to a person’s diabetes care.

The Master Chat Series is an annual collaboration between TuDiabetes and Teacher’s College Columbia University’s Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management program. This 36-credit inter-professional master’s program is offered to clinicians who are currently in or interested in the diabetes field. As part of a course requirement, students present ‘Master Chats’ on a variety of topics they have chosen based on discussions taking place in the TuDiabetes community. Master Chats include a short presentation followed by a Q and A, and are an opportunity not only for TuDiabetes members to learn from students in this program, but also to give feedback to them in an effort to help them be the best care-givers they can be!