Have you ever had to wait 15 minutes or longer at the pharmacy? Chances are you probably have no matter what pharmacy you have visited. One of the ways you can avoid waiting in line at the pharmacy is by being prepared in a couple of areas.
First, call in refills ahead of time, 3 to 5 days before you run out of medication. This allows you to pick up your medications when it is convenient for you. It will also help ensure that you will not run out of medication. Sometimes the pharmacy may run out of a medication. Calling in refills in advance will give the pharmacy time to reorder your medication if necessary. If your pharmacy offers pre-filling of maintenance medications, try to take advantage of that program. This allows the pharmacy to fill orders during non-busy times, so you don’t have to wait.
Another advantage of calling your refills in early is in case of insurance issues. Insurance plans may change what is covered at least once or twice per year. If for some reason a claim for one of your medications is rejected, it will be less stressful at the pharmacy if you are not completely out of medication. This will allow the pharmacy time to call your physician and possibly get the medication switched to one that is covered.
The second way you can help being prepared at the pharmacy is by informing the pharmacy of any changes in your name, address, phone number, or insurance coverage as soon as you are aware of the changes. Many times these changes can slow the filling process and cause you and other customers to wait unnecessarily.
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