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Q: How can I avoid running out of my medication?

Posted May 06, 2015 in Advice Column, Perry

A: There probably has not been a time when we take prescription medication, that we have taken that last dose of medication in our prescription bottle, and the bottle says no refills, or it is at an inconvenient time, such as leaving for vacation.

The best way to deal with these situations is to be proactive. 1st one should call, or order their prescription well before they are out of medication or refills. It is best to call when no less than a week supply is left. If a pharmacy needs to call your physician/practitioner for refills, it can take up to 3 to 4 days for the pharmacy to get the okay for more refills. The pharmacy is not obligated to give patients supplies of medication to get by until the physician or practitioner calls back. The calling back practitioner determines how many of the doses of the medication can be dispensed by the pharmacy and how many refills. The number of doses  the patient receives may also be determined by your insurance company, who may limit the number you receive. Be sure to always check bottles when you get you them to know how many refills are left on a particular prescription. Bottles with no refills may indicate that a patient may need lab work that is needed for a particular medication or the need for a visit to your physician or practitioner.

Information provided by David Wright R. Ph., Medicap, 601 First St., Perry, (515) 465-3391, www.medicap.com.

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