During this virus pandemic, the last thing anyone should worry about is filling and receiving prescriptions, especially if you trust them to treat serious or chronic conditions.
Experts recommend that you keep prescriptions for several weeks that you take regularly on leave in case you need to stay home, due to illnesses or restrictions on on-site protection, or if there is a medication shortage at your local pharmacy.
Here are some tips to help you get the access you need, and also get your prescriptions safely:
● Ask your doctor for a 90-day prescription. You can either fill this at your local pharmacy or your health plan may have a mail order pharmacy that offers discounted copies to send a 90-day delivery of medicine to your home.
● Fill your recipes online. Check 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 drug you are already taking, consider telephone health. Given the increasing risks and rapid spread of COVID-19, many physicians offer telephone health visits to patients. Many insurance providers cover telephone health visits, and they are now fully covered for patients on Medicare. These visits can sometimes be terminated by telephone for patients without computer access.
● Consider home delivery of pharmacies or pick up pharmacies. Many pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens and Kroger, offer pharmacy collection services, and CVS Health and Walgreens have waived all delivery fees.
● Check with your health plan to see if you can fill 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 have temporarily waived early filling limits.
● See if your pharmacy will fill your prescription for a larger fill volume. During the COVID-19 crisis, some pharmacy managers (PBMs) waive for full quantities of prescriptions, so you can fill in and save an extra trip to the pharmacy.
● Consider paying cash. If your health plan does not cover early prescription filling or additional quantities, you can still get them for the drug's cash price – but it can be costly.
● If delivery is not an option for your pharmacy, and you are ill or at high risk for COVID-19, stay home and ask a neighbor to get your prescriptions. If you can't find someone who can go for you, check and see if your local pharmacy offers dedicated shopping hours or will deliver for you.
● Call ahead if you need to go to the pharmacy and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms. Many pharmacies gladly make accommodations to reduce the spread of the virus in society.
● Talk to your local pharmacist if you have any problems they are there to help you . Many pharmacies now offer 24-hour chat services and telephone support options.