Perhaps, you’re moving to a new city or state, or maybe you’ve found a pharmacy that sells medications at a much lower price. So, maybe you’re wondering how to transfer your prescriptions to another pharmacy.
Why Do People Transfer Their Prescriptions?
There are some things you need to deal with when transferring your prescriptions. You need to transfer medical records, and there are several other hurdles to go through. However, transferring a prescription is a regular occurrence these days because of these reasons:
- Take advantage of discounts and coupons from independent pharmacies. With the availability of discounts and coupons, people will explore their options in terms of discounts, savings, and convenience for their pharmaceutical needs.
- Availability of compound drugs. More and more pharmacies are compounding drugs to meet specific needs. With today’s medical advancements, pharmacies are now compounding drugs for thousands of Americans.
- Other personal reasons. People switch pharmacies due to various reasons like long wait times, absence of delivery, lack of personalized service, absence of preventative care, and more.
Things to Remember When Switching Pharmacies
Once you’ve found a new pharmacy, these tips will help you switch and transfer prescriptions smoothly.
Get in Touch with the New Pharmacy
Talk to the new pharmacy about your plans to switch. Make sure to list your prescription name and RX number. You may need to submit a profile of your medical history as well.
The new pharmacy can contact the old one by phone, or you can inform your old pharmacy of your plans to switch. There are pharmacies that allow people to transfer prescriptions online through an app.
Know Your Medications
Before switching pharmacies, you need to make sure that the new pharmacy offers your prescriptions. There are certain medications like Adderall, Percocet, and Oxycontin that may not be transferred to a new pharmacy.
There are medications that you can transfer only once. These medications include Ambien and Xanax. In both instances, you will need a new prescription to get more medications.
Inform Your Physician
Before you switch pharmacies, it is a great idea to inform your doctor first. Refills may not work with your new pharmacy. You will likely need new prescriptions for some medications. If you haven’t decided on any new pharmacy, your physician may be able to suggest one.
Once you’ve decided on a new pharmacy, inform your physician, so he can update your prescriptions.
Transfer Your Prescription in 3 Easy Steps
Here are the 3 simple steps to transferring your prescription and switching pharmacies:
Get your prescriptions from your old pharmacy.
You will need your prescription information when switching pharmacies. Get in touch with your old pharmacy, and get the name, prescription number, and strength of your medications. Stop by, call in, or go online to request the information.
Prepare Your Insurance Information
You will need to give the new pharmacy your insurance information. You can send the information online. It should include your name, date of birth, address, phone number, and medical history including allergy information. Carolina Pharmacy can facilitate the transfer of your prescriptions quickly through our online app.
Wait for the Transfer
The amount of time your new pharmacy needs to complete the transfer would depend on the number of prescriptions needed to be moved. It will take one to three days to complete the process. Make sure to provide the pharmacy with your contact number, so they can get in touch with you in case of possible issues.
If you are considering switching pharmacies, do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be happy to help you transfer prescriptions.