THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY PHARMACY

  1. You can request for brand products.
    If you don't want the generic medication, you can request they fill brand. BUT your insurance may not cover brand and it will probably will be more expensive. It's worth a shot!
  2. Take advantage of technology!
    A lot of stores have apps where you can refill medications. Use these to your advantage.
  3. Make the pharmacy your first stop when grocery shopping.
    That way if there are any problems or something isn't ready, you give the pharmacy more time to deal with it. Coming at the end of your shopping trip and then giving us the evil eye while we work out insurance issues/fill your prescription won't get us to go faster.
  4. Go during off-peak hours.
    I know it's easy to go on the way home from work, but between 5-6 is ALWAYS the busiest the pharmacy is. It means longer wait times when you drop off a prescription. Basically expect to wait 30-40 minutes instead of the normal 15-20.
  5. Most pharmacies will deliver, free of charge.
    Okay, I don't actually know this, but my store employs a delivery service at no extra cost to the patient.
  6. We don't know any more about your insurance than you. If you want to know why a medication is so expensive, don't ask us. At best we can tell you how much insurance pays and how much goes to your deductible.
    Every plan is different, so I have no better idea than you do. Call them. We are just the messenger. They will be able to give you a (more) complete answer about why your prescription is more expensive.
  7. A lot of time you can get manufacturer coupons directly from them.
    Look online! A lot of inhalers and new medications have these. Read the card carefully though because they can be deceptive! (35 off vs up to 35 copay).
  8. Take advantage of the pharmacist.
    Instead of wandering the aisles looking for something ask a pharmacy staff member and they will probably leave the pharmacy to show you. Or tell the pharmacist your symptoms and they can usually suggest something to help. They can't give antibiotics though.
  9. Don't be embarrassed to ask questions.
    Pharmacists are naturally educators. They can tell you side effects and what to watch out for. We have also heard it all so I swear to you that you will not gross me out.
  10. A lot of pharmacies have a $4/$10 list.
    This means that they will fill a prescription for 30 days for $4 or 90 days for $10 without billing your insurance. If your doctor wrote for a 90 day script and this is cheaper, this is how we will fill it unless otherwise instructed.
  11. Just because your doctor writes a script a certain way doesn't mean it has to be filled that way.
    This comes with HUGE parameters but a lot of the time a doctor writes for 90 days of medication and we can only fill for 30 due to insurance. The other 60 days can still be filled as refills. You don't lose any pills. OR if your physician writes for a 100mg tablet you can request to get two 50mg tablets (first fill only, I also don't know why you would want to? Somebody asked this once.)
  12. Amoxicillin suspension tastes better when refrigerated.
    We can also flavor liquid prescriptions for a small fee. I don't actually know if it makes them taste better or worse. I also think at some point your child needs to learn how to swallow pills, a 10 year old with liquid antibiotics ISNT CUTE.
  13. New prescriptions have to be filled within 6 months of the written date, but are good for a year from the written date if filled within those 6 months.