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Re: Big Bro At The Pharmacy -- Vacation Advance

Posted by Ted on October 17, 2001, at 13:14:31

In reply to Re: Big Brother At The Pharmacy, posted by JohnX on October 16, 2001, at 23:31:30

I, like Gracie, have to get my refills on schedule. However, I found that if I go to the pharmacy *BEFORE* I leave on vacation, my insurance will authorize a "vacation advance" of my meds. They will provide enough to cover my absence plus a couple of days. I then have to get the remainder of my refill when I return.

Try it -- you might have the same undocumented benefit. If your pharmacy says 'no', then ask them to actually call the HMO for permission.

Another option many HMOs offer is mailorder prescription refills. You get a 90-day supply instead of a 30-day supply. They usually also give a discounted copayment. Of course this is not a good idea if your meds change often.

BTW: I use Walgreens too.





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