Especially for the elderly and those Baby Boomers quickly coming up behind them, considering what to do with their medications and life-saving prescriptions during a move must be at the top of the list of essential things to do when moving. Hiring a professional mover that caters to the aging population is of utmost priority as well because they can also potentially provide some suggestions on what to do with certain medications while in the process of a move.
Fortunately, if your prescriptions are through an online pharmacy, you won’t have to worry about transferring from one drug store to another. Contact them, provide the new address, and confirm your script numbers, and your medications should easily follow you.
For example, my son has asthma and takes four different medications daily; Zyrtec, Flonase, Singulair, and an albuterol inhaler as needed, plus Vyvanse for ADHD. In the fall, when he heads off to New York to become an artist and attend art school, we will have many important tasks to consider before he moves, like hiring a moving company or renting a truck and doing it ourselves. And even before that, we must plan his grad party and decide on food and entertainment. But there is one thing for sure we will not have to worry about; transferring his medications to another state because we utilize a fully licensed nonprofit digital order pharmacy.
If you do not have an online pharmacy, contact your new pharmacy, and give them the names of all the medications you want to transfer, along with dosage and Rx numbers. Provide your current pharmacy’s contact information. The new pharmacy will contact your old pharmacy and handle most of the process. You will probably need to talk with your healthcare professionals at some point as well. They, too, can help the transfer happen and possibly provide referrals for physicians in the new city if needed.
Some key steps to think about would include the following:
- Proper preparation: Do this transfer process ahead of time so you are not frantically scrambling at the last minute
- Clear communication: Ensure all those involved in your healthcare are in the know of what the situation is as well as the expectations before, during, and after moving
- Local pharmacy research: Spend time researching local pharmacies in the area you will be moving to so you can move your prescriptions in an organized and efficient way.
- Contact your online pharmacy: Fortunately, if you are currently using an online pharmacy, contact them to update your address and remember to keep them in the loop during the process
- Talk to your healthcare providers: Make certain your healthcare providers (physicians, pharmacists, and insurance companies) are updated with all the necessary documents before your move
- Reach out to your pharmacist: Your pharmacist can be a key player in getting your prescriptions safely transferred, so do not hesitate to ask for help
- Contact your insurance company: Notify your insurance company to update your address, so you can continue to use your current coverage
- Document information: Jot down all prescription info, including dosages, orders, etc. Keep these in a safe spot during the move process
- Fill prescriptions ahead of time: In doing this, you will ensure your medications are up to date and ready to go
- Backup supply: Pack this supply in a clear, labeled bag or container in case there are delays in the transfer process
Transferring prescriptions to another state
People of all ages need to take measures to ensure their prescriptions can be filled in their new hometowns. For example, young adults moving away for college or professionals relocating for a job can quickly transfer their prescriptions to a local pharmacy of their choice. Similarly, senior citizens retiring in a different city or state can transfer their prescriptions if they find that their current online or mail-order pharmacy does not offer the coverage they need.
Transferring medication does not have to be a hassle. With the help of a few key people, the processes will be made much simpler. Upon connection with the right individuals, it is essential to provide them with the details about the medicine prescribed, including the name, dosage, and RX numbers. Then the new pharmacy will contact your old pharmacy to handle most of the transfer process.
When arriving in your new town, it is wise to schedule an appointment with your new physician to ensure all prescriptions are still valid and up to date.
Can you get prescriptions filled while traveling?
Ok, so maybe you are not moving, but you are traveling. For example, there will be times soon when I will need to travel to see my college student perform at an art show or a local event near his university. What happens if my prescriptions run out while I am traveling?
The most common way to refill your medication for traveling is to use a “vacation override.” Vacation overrides are done by asking the pharmacy to contact the insurance company so they can provide an override that will allow your medication to be filled earlier than anticipated.
Typically, this should be straightforward if you’re traveling within the United States. Merely go to the nearest pharmacy and ask the pharmacy to transfer your prescription to have it filled there.
Or, call your doctor and ask if they will write you an old-school paper prescription to take with you on your trip. That way, you’ll be able to take it to any pharmacy you need.
In addition to vacation overrides, there are a few other ways to get your prescriptions filled while traveling. For instance, if you are traveling overseas for business or pleasure, it is vital to research the country’s policies and laws regarding medications, as restrictions may need to be considered. Furthermore, if you come across a situation where you need to fill a prescription that is not covered by your insurance plan, such as when traveling outside your home country, you can always look into purchasing medication directly from a pharmacy or have the prescription filled online through a legitimate mail-order pharmacy.
Also, discuss the roadblocks of filling your prescription in a different state or country. These obstacles, such as regulations, language barriers, or cost issues, may be avoided if the proper steps are taken ahead of time.
How do you move with medication?
In conclusion, whether moving or traveling, it is vital to plan ahead to make sure there are no issues accessing your medications. When preparing and doing the necessary steps beforehand, rest assured and remain confident that you’ll have access to your prescriptions when needed.