Your health care provider may give you a prescription in different ways, including:
You also need to find out if your health plan will pay for the medicine your health care provider prescribed.
Once you get a prescription from your health care provider, you may buy the medicine in different ways.
The most common place for filling a prescription is at a local pharmacy. Some pharmacies are located inside of a grocery or large "chain" store.
It is best to fill all presciptions with the same pharmacy. That way, the pharmacy has a record of all the medicines you are taking. This helps prevent drug interactions.
Your health plan may require you to use certain pharmacies. This means they may not pay for your prescription if you do not use one of these pharmacies. To find a pharmacy that takes your health plan:
To help the pharmacist fill the prescription:
Some people and insurance companies choose to use mail-order pharmacies.
INTERNET (ONLINE) PHARMACIES
Internet pharmacies can be used long-term medicines and medical supplies.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Buying prescription medicine online: A consumer safety guide. Updated March 30, 2010. Accessed August 25, 2013.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Stop-Learn-Go Tips for talking with your pharmacist to learn how to use medicines safely. Updated October 14, 2009. Accessed August 25, 2013.
Rabbani A, Alexander GC. Cost savings associated with filling a 3-month supply of prescription medicines. Appl Health Econ Health Policy. 2009;7(4):255-264.
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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