Qantas stopover plan will hit patients

Qantas' plan to redirect European flights through Dubai could force thousands of Australians to jump through bureaucratic hoops to get everyday medications approved for stopovers.

Strict regulations mean almost 400 common medicines are listed as restricted or controlled substances in the United Arab Emirates, including HRT, low-dose codeine, some opioids and multiple psychotropics.

Under UAE law, all patients planning to stop over would need to send a doctor's letter to the Australian