Hopefully, you’ve done your homework and you know how to save on prescription drugs so that your or a loved one’s medication doesn’t drain your savings. Once you’ve got a handle on drug costs, your next step is to figure out how to make refilling that prescription easier.
Stop sitting on hold desperately waiting for the doctor to pick up, and quit wandering around the pharmacy for your prescription to be filled. With these tips, filling a prescription is easier than ever.
Call It in a Few Days Ahead of Time
Don’t wait to refill your prescription till the last minute. At the very least, you may go a day or two without the medication. At the very worst, you may find out that your insurance no longer covers your medication, which could leave you without medication for days.
Plan to call in the refill one week before it is due. That allows the pharmacy to fix issues that include:
- You have no more refills, so the doctor needs to be contacted
- Your prescription has expired, even though you still have refills
- Your insurance now has to authorize the use of your medication
- It is no longer covered by your insurance at all
- The pharmacy is waiting for the next shipment of your medication
Giving them seven days allows them to work through all these kinks and still get you your medication on time.
Schedule Your Refill Online
Calling in a refill can be a tall order. You will have to call during pharmacy hours, which means you might have to call on your lunch break while you’re at work. When you do make the call, you could end up on hold, or you could end up having to figure out how to order your refill through an automated system.
It’s much easier to schedule your refill online.
Many programs, like the VA portal, for example, allow you to refill your prescriptions online, but you can also track prescription deliveries, get shipment notifications, and access medication lists with the click of a button.
Order From an Online Pharmacy
There really is no easier way to refill or manage your prescriptions than to do it online, except maybe to do the entire thing online by choosing an online pharmacy. You just have to make sure you find one you can trust.
An online pharmacy allows you to refill your prescriptions online, and they’ll be delivered straight to your door, which is great for busy families. When choosing an online pharmacy, look for one that is licensed in the U.S. and has strict privacy and security policies. You should also choose one that allows you to speak directly with a licensed pharmacist in real time.
Refilling a prescription shouldn’t take all afternoon. With these tips, you can refill your or a loved one’s prescription faster so you can spend less time in the pharmacy and more time on the things that matter most.