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Using A Mail Order Pharmacy for Your Maintenance Drug Prescriptions

Updated on August 2, 2012

If you are on a maintenance drug and are still going to a retail pharmacy every month, continue reading to learn about the advantages of using a mail order pharmacy.

What Are Maintenance Medications?

Maintenance prescriptions are prescriptions written for medication that you will be taking longer than 90 days. They are taken to combat and control a condition in your life. High blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and birth control medications are all considered maintenance meds. These medications are normally taken for the long term. Most physicians will write 30-day prescriptions for these medications. Typically, you will go to a retail pharmacy like Walgreen or CVS monthly, pay your co-pay, and refill your prescription.

Mail Order Pharmacies

Using a mail-order pharmacy for your maintenance drugs will immediately save you money. Most mail order pharmacies, like RightSource RX, require a 90-day prescription. Since you will be taking the medication long-term, ask your physician to write your prescription for 90 days as opposed to 30 days. Most medical prescription plans will save you at least one-month’s co-pay when you use their approved mail order system. For example: Assume you have high blood pressure and your doctor prescribes medication that has a $15 co-pay for a 30-day supply. He writes the prescription for 30-days with 2 refills. You pay a total of $45 for 90-days worth of medication. If your physician writes the same prescription for 90-days, using a mail-order pharmacy, you will pay $30 for the same 90-days worth of medication. You are saving one full month’s co-pay. Over the course of one year, you will save a total of $60 on that prescription alone.($15 x 12 vs. $30 x 4)

Other Benefits of Mail Order

  • Since you will be eliminating trips to the retail pharmacy, your savings are further increased by saving money on gas.
  • Your prescriptions will still be filled by a licensed mail order pharmacist.
  • The convenience of mail-order is huge. The prescriptions are delivered right to your mail-box. You can’t beat that.
  • Usually you will be able to enter different payment methods in your profile and select which payment method to use each order.
  • You are notified via email or phone when it’s time to refill.
  • If you are out of refills and need a new prescription written, they will contact your doctor. This will save you time.

There is some time invested into the initial set-up online. Your first prescription may take a little longer to process due to this. But after that, it is a breeze. My current insurance company has its own mail order pharmacy and we encourage our employees to use it. It amazes me how many refuse to take advantage of a system that saves you time, money and is so convenient. If you are on a maintenance medication and have a prescription plan, switching to mail order will save you time and money. Do it today!

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      Michael 4 years ago

      Rightsource is ok for drugs that can be written in 90 day supply, but some can't. My insurance charges me double for any medication I get that is not filled by right source. Since adderall can only be rxd monthly, my Meds are constantly up to a week late. They also once threw one of my rxs away when two were mailed in together, forcing me to mail in every 3 weeks. Their customer service was terrible in handling this and I was forced to go 3 weeks total without my medication because of that incident.

      I'd much rather it all be done in person at a brick and mortar store so I can have my rxs when I need them.

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      Evans4life 4 years ago

      You have to do what is best for you. Thanks for your feedback.

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