AARP: Planning for Prescription Drugs During the Coronavirus Outbreak

AARP: Planning for Prescription Drugs During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Planning for Prescription Drugs During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How to get an advance supply of critical medicine to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak and quarantine.

Public health and medical professionals are urging Americans, especially those who are older and who have underlying health conditions, to get an advance supply of critical medications so it’s easier to stay home as the novel coronavirus spreads. 

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As more communities across the country report cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, public health experts are advising older adults and those with chronic health conditions to stock up on their prescription drugs in case an outbreak keeps people home for a prolonged time.

The advice may seem easier said than done, given that pharmacies and prescription plans typically have rules on when patients can refill their medications. But in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, some of these rules are starting to relax.

“We’re getting the message out to the insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers that they need to look at their procedures and help these patients who want to make sure that they have an adequate supply,” said Ilisa Bernstein, senior vice president of pharmacy practice and government affairs at the American Pharmacists Association.

In the past week, several insurance companies have pledged to waive prescription refill limits on “maintenance medications.” And with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautioning people at high risk for COVID-19 to avoid crowds and sick people, CVS Pharmacy says it will waive charges associated with home delivery of prescription medications. Read more.

How much extra medicine should you have on hand?
How to keep adequate supplies on hand.

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American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Lomita, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.

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