Those members who use Aetna's mail-order pharmacy can either get a prescription at an alternate delivery location or refill a prescription
that may have been lost, damaged or destroyed.
The mobile apps that are being offered by the chains allow smartphone users to refill a prescription
by simply scanning the QR code that is provided on a prescription bottle.
CVS' new site lets patients view and print their prescription history, order refills, choose or change their pickup location, receive reminders when it's time to refill a prescription
, request a prescription renewal, be alerted to generic alternatives and transfer prescriptions from another pharmacy to CVS.
In Wisconsin, the state pharmacy board recently imposed a $20,000 fine on Neil Noesen, who refused to refill a prescription
for birth control pills presented by a university student.
"And you don't get paid to refill a prescription
." Steps included:
"In most cases, beneficiaries at these sites will not have to leave their homes just to refill a prescription
. All they have to do is pick up the phone, call the pharmacy that has their original prescription, select the refill-by-mail option, and CMOP does the rest," says Army Col.
Then, Walgreens made it easy to refill a prescription
over the phone, without having to talk to someone and potentially be put on hold.
Walgreens executives say that refill reminders and the ability to refill a prescription
from a mobile phone are likely to have a huge impact on driving down health care costs.
Caremark PBM members also can use the app to register on or log in to Caremark.com and refill a prescription
, check prescription order status, view prescription history, request a new prescription, check drug cost and find a nearby pharmacy.
* Receive reminders when it is time to refill a prescription
This requirement will create delays for patients, for parents with sick children, and others, such as elderly and disabled individuals, who will have to come to the pharmacy to sign a consent or to send someone on their behalf to do so, before the pharmacist may fill or refill a prescription