Prescription Delivery Has Never Been a Better Option

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Prescription Delivery Has Never Been a Better Option

As businesses begin to open again and life returns to normal, there is one thing I have been telling all my older family members:  Prescription delivery has never been a better option.

Admittedly, as an employee of NowRx Pharmacy I may be a little biased.

But there were already major benefits to having prescriptions delivered long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Now, in addition to greater convenience and improved medication adherence, prescription delivery offers an option for getting the medication you need safely and on time.

 

What is Prescription Delivery?

Simply put, prescription delivery refers to any of the number of options that offer delivery of controlled and/or non-controlled medications.

This includes:

On-demand delivery pharmacies like NowRx and Capsule, which offer free prescription delivery of all controlled and non-controlled medications in just hours.

Specialty delivery pharmacies like Accredo or Alliance Rx that offer free delivery of high-end medications for complex or rare chronic conditions such as cancer, HIV, etc.

Mail-order pharmacies like OptumRx or PillPack that offer free delivery of most controlled and non-controlled medications in 2-4 weeks.

Traditional brick & mortar pharmacies that deliver like CVS or Walgreens, which offer free delivery of all controlled and non-controlled medications in 1-2 days.

 

How to Get Prescription Delivery?

For on-demand pharmacies, getting prescription delivery is pretty straight forward.

When your doctor writes you a new prescription and asks where they should send it – just tell them the name of the pharmacy, e.g. NowRx. The pharmacy will then call you to confirm the prescription, collect your copay, and schedule a delivery for that day free of charge.

For mail order and specialty pharmacies, the process is very similar but will take a bit longer since these pharmacies are serving a greater number of people out of a single facility. In addition, specialty pharmacies may have some additional information and verification required of the patient.

Traditional brick and mortar pharmacies are a little bit different than the rest in the sense that they require you to actively tell them you would like your prescriptions delivered.

For example, let’s say you want CVS to deliver a prescription. Your doctor will send the prescription over and CVS will reach out once your prescription is ready to be picked up. At that point, you would have to tell them you want delivery and, if available in your area, they deliver same day for a $7.99 fee or in 1-2 days for free.

 

Can I Get Prescriptions Delivered?

Regardless of where you live or what medication you need, chances are there is a prescription delivery option that is right for you.

The key is finding out which ones are available in your area and what medications they can deliver.

For example, at NowRx we deliver all C2-C6 and non-controlled medications, but as of right now we are only available throughout California.

PillPack offers mail delivery across the country, but is restricted in the medications they can deliver, e.g. no Schedule 2 Drugs.

Find out what options are available in your area and whether or not they can fulfill your needs.

 

Best Prescription Delivery

Best prescription delivery is subjective and depends on many factors.

These factors include things like the medication you need, where you live, the speed with which you need your prescription, the level of customer service you expect, and whether you’re willing to pay a delivery fee.

Here’s a breakdown

Best Overall – Convenience, Speed, and Service: If you need a prescription medication in a hurry (within hours, not days!), don’t want to pay an additional fee, and want the most seamless experience – an on-demand pharmacy is the best route to go. These pharmacies are local, deliver ALL medications and set up specifically to provide you with the best delivery experience possible. One drawback is these pharmacies are typically not as widespread as most chain pharmacies. For example, NowRx is only available throughout California, while Capule is only operational in New York. Growing adoption will make these options more widespread in the future but you could be out of luck right now.

Best for Specialized, Hard-to-find Medications: Specialty delivery pharmacies like Accredo or Alliance Rx offer free delivery of hard-to-find medications for complex or rare chronic conditions such as cancer, HIV., etc. These services offer convenience but not necessarily speed. Additionally, they are limited in the drugs they deliver – often highly specialized and expensive medications rarely available elsewhere.

Best if You Live in an Area Without On-Demand Pharmacies:  If you can’t find an on-demand pharmacy near you, bear in mind that some traditional, brick & mortar pharmacies like local independent pharmacies or chain pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens do offer delivery. The service will likely charge some sort of fee ($7.99 for same-day) or it won’t be as fast – you might wait a day or two – but it saves you the hassle of heading to the pharmacy!

Ultimately, consider your options and decide what criteria in a pharmacy matter most to you.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to NowRx at info@nowrx.com and we will be happy to help!

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