My health insurance provider contracts with Prescription Solutions for its prescription drug benefits. I am on a prescription medication to control my asthma, and Prescription Solutions allows me to order a three month supply at one time. I love this service for two reasons: it saves me time, and money. My co-pay is $20, and I only have to pay for two of the refills. If I refill through a local pharmacy, I have to pay $20 for each refill, and I have to stop by the pharmacy each time. Going into the pharmacy almost always means I impulse buy something, even if it’s three L. Frances Caramels for a dollar.
Using Prescription Solutions provides me a $20 savings for each three months, costing $40 for every three refills, as opposed to $60. And I probably save at least 30 minutes each month what with having to stop by the pharmacy, park, go in, wait in the inevitable line, check out, buy the L. Frances Caramels.
Prescriptions can be refilled by calling them by phone, or ordering online. There might be an automated way to order, but I haven’t figured it out yet.
You can call Prescription Solutions to see if your company participates: 1.800.788.4863.
I wish Big A’s insurance plan had a similar deal. I have his asthma prescription on the automated refill and the pharmacy sends an automated call when it’s been refilled. I then have to put “pick up Big A’s prescription” on my to do list. I often forget for a few days, and sometimes the pharmacy calls a second time to remind me. And then there are the times when for whatever unknown reason the pharmacy takes his prescription off the automatic refill, like last month. I thought it had been a while. He uses his medication sometimes twice daily, but usually once. So it varies how long it lasts. And to compound things even further, his medication only contains 25 days (two puffs daily) worth of medication. It’s a good thing he doesn’t use it twice a day faithfully, or he would run out for five days a month. Anyway, it’s just such a hassle, one that I wish I could avoid.
Have you ever used an online or phone based pharmacy? Did you like it?