April 1, 2011

Do you order prescription drugs through a mail order program?


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Tommie commented on April 4, 2011

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No i don't order prescriptions through a mail order program, I have Tricare due to my husband being retired military and it is just easier for us to go to our local pharmacy and pick up our prescriptions when we need them.

Angela B.

Angela B. commented on April 4, 2011

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My health plan requires me to now use mail order for all my "Maintance" Rx. If I fill an Rx at my local, and favorite, pharmacy more than twice, I pay full price. I am not very happy about this. I love my pharmacy and especially my pharmacist! I've been going to the same pharmacy for over 10 years and have built a relationship with my pharmacist like I have with my primary care doctor. It's a shame that it had to come to this to save money. I understand why the plan did it but I don't like it.


tscjde commented on April 7, 2011

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No I use my local pharmacy


pooh2qute commented on April 7, 2011

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I would use the mail order program if it would save me money, but since it doesn't I find it more convenient to go to the Pharmacy.


zestyherrmann commented on April 7, 2011

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It is the most annoying process ever. I don't really see the savings because I would like to know the original price, what it is costing me, and then the savings. Plus, I need to know what the process is upfront - not after I get my prescription and my doctor has filled it out incorrectly because I need at least a 3 month prescription renewal. Just give me the rules upfront and easy to read. I don't need a lot of copy to follow instructions.


BethyakaScooby commented on April 11, 2011

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No I do not. I have never had mail order RX's.

Dianne F.

Dianne F. commented on April 11, 2011

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I use a retail pharmacy as my medications change frequently and the pharmacists know what medications I use, they have caught interactions between meds from several doctors.


kll1979 commented on April 13, 2011

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At first I hated the thought of having to transfer my prescriptions to an online pharmacy. I too trusted my pharmacist where I have been getting my meds for many years. However after seeing how easy it is to get my refills via online pharmacy, I love it. No longer have to worry about running out because I forgot to call something in to my home town pharmacy. And if I begin a new medication, which I have recently, I go to my regular pharmacy to pick up my first prescription. If the prescription is right for me, then my doctor will place the order with the online pharmacy. It is a little cheaper, not by much, but I like the fact that it is in my mailbox within 2 days of placing the order.

Bethany H.

Bethany H. commented on April 13, 2011

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I don't like at all having to use mail order. What about the times you're given a drug and the doctor has to taper you on? Yes, it's a "maintenence" drug but because of how it has to be administered, you end up having to get a big supply before you know you can tolerate a full dose and end up cutting up tablets into fourths. Yeah, that's super accurate. Also, if the pharmacy that fills a short term medication doesn't have all your Rx info on file, how can they check for drug interactions?

My physician also charges a fee for filling out mail order requests and a fee if they have to write 2 Rx one for 30 days one for mail order.

I'm just not comfortable with it at all. I'll gladly pay a penalty for getting it retail, no problem, but full cost of drug plus my copay doesn't work.


JayE_NC commented on April 13, 2011

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I don't use mail order pharmacy even though my health insurance requires it. I increased my FSA contributions and pay my prescriptions (all five of them!) out of pocket. I will not have my health choices dictated to me by my health carrier, the government or anyone else, if I can help it!

If mail order pharmacies are increasingly mandated by health carriers and the government, as government becomes ever more intrusive in our lives, local drug stores will go out of business, jobs will be lost, and big business and government will get the monopoly they desire and even more control over our individual lives.


Ecoflo_lab commented on April 13, 2011

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Given the difference is minimal, support your local pharmacy.


RCR1 commented on April 13, 2011

Community Member

It was a pain to get all my medicines switched to mail order. Time will tell if I like it or not.

Why couldn't a deal be worked out with the local pharmacies to fill 3 months at a time for the price that mail order is?

John R.

John R. commented on April 14, 2011

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I don't get any savings for ordering a 3-month supply, so why should I pay in advance for drugs before I need them.

Sue L.

Sue L. commented on April 15, 2011

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Thre is absolutely no savings through your mail order group than I can get at the local pharmacy. Not only that, mail order will not ship to PO boxes.

Joy V.

Joy V. commented on April 21, 2011

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No. I do not like using a mail order pharmacy. There is no money savings, you often have to wait for your scripts to come in the mail. They don't have the physical interaction with their customers and do not know other meds you are on. If your medication changes or dosage changes you are left with too much or not enough of the medication you need.

Courtney H.

Courtney H. commented on April 21, 2011

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I use a mail order pharmacy and love it! A generic Rx that would cost me $12 at the pharmacy for 1 month costs me $20 for 3 months through the mail service and it comes to me so I don't have to make another trip for my medications.


boatrokr commented on April 29, 2011

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Too slow and unreliable


bobswfie commented on June 22, 2011

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I am very unhappy with mail-order pharmacy! It is very costly to have to pay for a 3-month supply all at one time! I am willing to pay a monthly cost as opposed to having to pay it all at one time. We should be given the option to use retail or mail order. If we want to save 1/2 month copay, that should be my choice. $125 can be quite a chunk of money if living paycheck to paycheck and then you have 2 months of medicine just sitting in the cabinet.


bobswfie commented on June 22, 2011

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I agree! I love my local pharmacist!!

Rebecca C.

Rebecca C. commented on January 30, 2013

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mail order to slow but made to use it made cost higher to use retail