For decades, the only way most people could obtain prescription medication was to have their doctor call in the order to a local pharmacy and then they would pick it up once it was filled. Now pharmacies also fill prescriptions based on an actual written version, but they still call the doctor's office to verify. In recent years, automated telephone systems have allowed customers to call in their prescription refills and pick them up rather quickly. With new technological advances, it is now possible to go a step further and actually have your prescription medication delivered straight to your door.
The Benefits of Pharmacy Delivery
For the elderly or those who are sick and cannot leave their home, having medicine delivered is an excellent way to get the medication needed without having to leave the comfort of your own home. In most instances, pharmacies can get medications delivered within three to five business days. If you need it sooner, you may have to pay extra for expedited shipping. It is recommended that you order your medication to be delivered before you have run out of your previous bottle.
Most people today live very busy lifestyles, so the convenience of being able to have medicine delivered is a definite bonus. For working parents, simply going online and checking a box to have medicine sent to your home can be a real time saver. You also won't have to worry about waiting in lines or sitting in a pharmacy drive through with kids in the car. The convenience as well as the easy re-ordering makes the process of getting needed medication simpler and faster than ever before.
Things to Keep in Mind
In most instances, for your initial prescription you will probably have to still present the original, written prescription from your doctor to the pharmacist. This helps to prevent fraud and allows them to verify you're getting the correct medication. Once that first order is placed, you can still opt to have it shipped and have all refills thereafter shipped, eliminating the need to go to the actual pharmacy itself for pick up. Some drugs, however, cannot be delivered through the mail. This includes certain classes of narcotics and serious other medicines that are regulated by federal law. Check with your pharmacy to find out which medications you cannot have delivered.
Your insurance will most likely cover a portion of, or perhaps all of your prescription costs. Make sure that the pharmacy has all of your current insurance information, or you may get stuck having to pay full price. Do not order medication from international pharmacies. Most of these websites and companies are not legitimate, and could send you the wrong medication as well as potentially rip you off. Always do your homework and make sure the delivery service you choose is from a trusted pharmacy you can call if you have any concerns.