The Peaceful Pill eHandbook What to expect at a Swiss VAD
One usually arrives in Switzerland a few days before their scheduled VAD. During this time a consultation will be scheduled with an allocated doctor (or psychiatrist if required). These consults are usually held at one’s hotel. After the meeting, the doctor will write the Nembutal prescription. The drug will be collected from the pharmacy by the organisation on the day of one’s VAD. Swiss regulations state that the drug must be obtained on the day of the VAD and not before.
While each organisation may differ slightly, they all operate similarly. On arrival at the clinic, a further short round of paperwork concerning power of attorney forms) will be completed. Note - family and friends who plan to be present for the VAD will need to have their passports with them. (These are for identification purposes by the authorities so they know who was present.)
While the time of death is usually left up to the person, VADs generally take place in the morning. In attendance at the VAD will be the doctor, and assistants/ volunteers from the organisation in question.
Oral or Intravenous Drug Administration
In Switzerland, there is nothing that mandates the way in which the Nembutal must be taken. The two main options are as a drink or intravenously. Dignitas expects the person to drink the Nembutal. At both Lifecircle and Pegasos, Nembutal is administered intravenously. Those who drink the Nembutal are provided with anti-emetic (anti-vomiting) medication first.