During this virus pandemic, the last thing anyone needs to worry about is filling in and receiving prescriptions, especially if you rely on them to treat serious or chronic conditions.
Experts recommend sticking to recipes that you use regularly for several weeks. Drop off in case you need to stay at home, due to illness or shelter restrictions, or if there is a shortage of medicines at your local pharmacy.
Here are some tips to help you get the offer you need, and get your prescriptions in the safest way possible:
● Ask your doctor for a 90 prescription days. You can fill this in at your local pharmacy or your health plan may have a mail-order pharmacy offering discount copays to send a 90-day supply of medicines to your home.
● Enter your recipes online. Check if your local pharmacy has an online ordering 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're already taking, consider telehealth. Given the increasing risks and rapid spread of COVID-1
● Consider pharmacy delivery or pharmacy collection. Many pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens and Kroger, offer pharmacy collection services, and CVS Health and Walgreens have waived all delivery charges.
● Check with your health plan whether you can fill in your prescription early . Normally this is not easy, but during the COVID-19 crisis, many plans such as Aetna, Humana and Blue Cross Blue Shield temporarily waived early refill limits.
● See if your pharmacy will fill your prescription for a larger filling amount. During the COVID-19 crisis, some Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PPEs) waive filling amounts on prescriptions, allowing you to save and save an extra trip to the pharmacy.
● Consider paying cash. If your health plan doesn't provide for early prescription fill or additional fill amounts, you may still be able to get them for the drug's discounted price – but it can be expensive.
● If delivery is not an option for your drugstore, and you are sick or at high risk for COVID-19, stay at home and ask a neighbor to get your recipes get it. If you can't find someone to go for you, see if your local pharmacy has special opening hours or will deliver for you.
● Call ahead if you need to go to the pharmacy. and is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms. Many pharmacies like to make adjustments to help reduce the spread of the virus in the community.
● Talk to your local pharmacist if you have any problems they are there to help you . Many pharmacies now offer 24/7 chat services and telephone support options.