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Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: November 19, 2020 05:23PM
I would call the pharmacies but they are very busy and I'd rather bug you guys than them. Pharmacy A will not be accepting my Medicare insurance company's prescriptions, so I would like them to send the prescriptions on file to Pharmacy B by 1/1/21. I don't have an appointment with my doctor until January and may switch doctors before then.
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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: November 19, 2020 05:44PM
Depends where you live. In California when I changed pharmacy, I let the MD know and the new one simply called the Doctors office for FAX renewals.
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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: November 19, 2020 05:49PM
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Depends where you live. In California when I changed pharmacy, I let the MD know and the new one simply called the Doctors office for FAX renewals.

That's probably what I would do, but I'm vey likely to drop my current PCP. I will be seeing my hematologist/oncologist a lot over the next two months but I don't know if he would represcribe several prescriptions unrelated to what he does. I'll ask either A or B tomorrow or Monday.
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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: November 19, 2020 05:49PM
A lot of the old rules changed during the opioid crisis. As busy as they are, you’re going to have to talk to them directly to see what they can and cannot do these days.
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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 19, 2020 05:50PM
Call Pharmacy B and ask them to do it ?
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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: November 19, 2020 06:05PM
I have been able to do this in the past.



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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 19, 2020 06:44PM
Just tell the new pharmacy to you would like to transfer your scripts.



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Yes...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 19, 2020 07:04PM
...in CA anyway.

A friend had CVS change the location for a prescription, at CVS.

Easy peasy, no problem.




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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: November 19, 2020 07:35PM
Yes. But you want to ask Pharmacy B to initiate the transfer from Pharmacy A.
Pharmacy A has no interest in trying to help you move to a new pharmacy.



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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 19, 2020 07:38PM
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Yes. But you want to ask Pharmacy B to initiate the transfer from Pharmacy A.
Pharmacy A has no interest in trying to help you move to a new pharmacy.

This. Otherwise, send a message to your Dr. and have them send new scripts to the new pharmacy.

Also a oncologist isn't a replacement for your PCP. You need them both.



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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: wave rider
Date: November 20, 2020 02:08AM
My insurance covers a mail order pharmacy that I find very convenient. I send a request for the script via a patient portal and doctor/staff fax it in.

I think Pharmacy A can "forward" prescriptions to Pharmacy B but can't swear to it.



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Re: Can a pharmacy send a current prescription to a different pharmacy?
Posted by: Janit
Date: November 20, 2020 02:44PM
When I did this, I took the label printout that came with the prescriptions' last refills to the new pharmacy and asked them to transfer the prescriptions from the old pharmacy. They did it with no problem, and the information about how many refills were left on each prescription carried over as well. Seems like you should make sure you have enough meds on hand, and then make the transfer on January first so that there is no insurance confusion. Also make sure your old pharmacy isn't doing "automatic refills" so that you have control over when the next refills get ordered.

I did it in person. If you don't want to go into the pharmacy, then it's worth calling them to see how you can convey the information.
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