What are the best options for getting your prescriptions filled? Let’s take a look at the different ways you can fill a prescription.

Long-term care pharmacy options

  • For elderly patients who are in an assisted living or nursing home facility, they’ll often receive their medications without needing to go to a pharmacy. This is because the facility has a relationship with a long-term care pharmacy who does the prescription filling and prescription delivery for them.
  • If you have a loved one or friend in one of these facilities and you’ve been the one getting prescriptions filled each week or month, speak with your facility coordinator or nurse about putting your family or loved one on a long-term care pharmacy call list. The facility will gladly get your prescriptions filled for you so you save time, gas, and accuracy of delivering medication on time.

Local Options

  • Local pharmacies are the most common options for getting your prescriptions filled.
  • Your local pharmacy will be able to fill your prescriptions the fastest. With many offering same day services.
  • Remember to get all your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy and that your insurance providers might limit which pharmacies you can use.

Mail Order Pharmacies

  • This method requires you to mail or phone in your prescription order to the pharmacy.
  • This typically takes a week or longer from the time you order your prescriptions to the time it arrives at your home, but it will also be cheaper.
  • This is the best option for long-term, recurring medicines that treat chronic issues. In short, anything that needs regular doses at regular intervals is a good candidate for mail order.

Online Pharmacies

  • Currently seeing a rise in popularity as they become a new staple in the pharmacy industry.
  • Make sure that their website looks professional and that they have contact information beyond just the ability to order your prescriptions. You should be able to call and see a physical address listed.
  • Be cautious with websites that claim to be able to fill “same-day” online prescriptions.