During this virus pandemic, the last thing anyone should worry about is filling out and receiving prescriptions, especially if you rely on them to treat serious or chronic illnesses.
Experts recommend that you keep prescriptions that you take regularly for several weeks, in case you have to stay at home due to illness or restrictions on accommodation or if there is a shortage of drugs in your local pharmacy.
Here are some tips to help you get the care you need and get your prescriptions as safely as possible:
● Ask your doctor about a 90-day period -Recipe. You can either fill this out at your local pharmacy, or your health insurance plan may have a mail-order pharmacy that offers discounted costs for shipping 90-day medication to your home.
● Fill in your recipes online. Check to see if your local pharmacy has an online order option, or see if trusted services like PillPack or Capsule are available in your area.
● If you need a new prescription for a medicine you are already taking, consider telemedicine. Given the growing risks and rapid spread of COVID-1
● Consider home delivery or pharmacy pickup. Many pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger, offer pick-up services for transit pharmacies, and CVS Health and Walgreens have waived all delivery charges.
● Check with your health plan if you can fill out your prescription early . Usually this is not easy, but during the COVID 19 crisis, many plans such as Aetna, Humana and Blue Cross Blue Shield temporarily abandoned the early refill limits.
● Check if your pharmacy fills out your prescription for a larger quantity. During the COVID-19 crisis, some Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) dispense with prescription quantities so that you can stock up and save an additional trip to the pharmacy.
● Consider paying in cash. If your health plan does not cover an early prescription or additional fill, you may still be able to get it at the drug's cash price – but this can be costly.
● If delivery is not an option for your drug store and you are sick or at high risk for COVID-19. Stay at home and ask a neighbor to pick up your recipes. If you can't find anyone to pick you up, check to see if your local pharmacy offers special shopping hours or makes a delivery for you.
● Call in advance if you need to go to the pharmacy and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms. Many pharmacies are happy to provide shelter to reduce the spread of the virus in the community.
● Talk to your local pharmacist if you have problems. They are there to help you. . Many pharmacies now offer 24-hour chat services and telephone support options.