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We all know the scenario; you’re on your hard-earned vacation and realize your prescription is due to be filled. Can you fill your prescription in your chosen state? How do you fill your prescription in a different state? Can my medication be filled in a different state?
You’re most likely wondering all of the above, whether you’re traveling near or far, from state to state, for a few days or even a few months, it’s worth giving this a little thought before you head off into the sunset. Of course, vacations are not the only reason you may run out of medication, so let’s explore the issues you might face, how to overcome them and ensure you have enough of your medication while traveling. But let’s start with a quick answer for you.
Can I get a prescription filled in a different state? This depends on the medication and laws of the state you’re traveling to. You can get a prescription filled in a state different to the one in which it was originally written. However, controlled substance prescriptions have more stringent laws in certain states. Ideally, check this before you travel.
‘Be aware, this article is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional’
Have you ever wondered what the symbolism is on your prescription and the information on it all means? Let’s take a more in-depth look at what a prescription is, it’s main elements and some information on what to do if you need to fill one in a different state.
A prescription is essentially a physician’s instructions or order for the preparation and administration of a drug or device for a patient. Included on the prescription is a heading with the symbol ‘R’ or ‘Rx’.
Your prescription will also include the inscription which contains the names and quantities of the ingredients, the subscriptions of directions for mixing the drug and the signature which is often preceded by the sign ‘s’. This sign is an abbreviation for ‘signa’ which is Latin for ‘Mark’ and gives the directions which are to be marked on the container of your drugs. Those people within the medical industry will often refer to a prescription as ‘scripts’.
The content of your prescription includes the name and address of the provider of the prescription and also any other legal requirements, for example, a DEA number. This abbreviation stands for The Drug Enforcement Administration who are tasked with combating drug smuggling and distribution within the United States. Your own name and address will also be recorded. Each prescription is dated and some states may place a time limit on the prescription. Now that we understand a little more about prescriptions we will look into the options open to you getting your prescription filled when traveling.
Vacations are not the only reason you may need to look at the possibility of getting your prescription filled in a different state. Many situations may result in an emergency requirement for a prescription to be filled. Maybe you’re attending a family event in another state such as a wedding or funeral, anyone who may be involved on an unexpected business trip across the country, or you are a truck driver who covers many different states in the course of their job and of course, anyone else who travels from state to state for their employment.
Running out of medication can not only be frustrating but also frightening and potentially life-threatening, Following the tips below before you travel to ensure you’re fully covered for any medication you require and making your prescription filling while you are traveling, a little less difficult.
There are a few situations which need to be checked thoroughly before you look at filling your prescription before you travel.
‘In general, controlled substances, like opioids and other addictive medications which are closely regulated, are not usually available for early refills.’
The reason for this is because patients could simply visit multiple pharmacies asking for an early refill, with the main objective of feeding their addiction.
Your insurance company also regulates your ability to refill early. This will vary from drug to drug. Many insurance plans have ‘vacation exceptions’ or ‘emergency exceptions’ to cover the kinds of situations that require a patient to refill before the stated prescription date.
Make sure you check thoroughly with your insurance provider and also your doctor with regards to any specific restrictions.
A couple of weeks before you leave on your vacation or business trip, make a list of all the medications you may potentially run out of while you are away. These will be the ones you’ll need to focus on.
Before leaving on any trip, whether a vacation or a scheduled business trip, visit your local pharmacy and ask them if it’s possible for you to refill at home before you leave. This will avoid any last minute panic and give you peace of mind that you’re fully stocked with your medication before you leave home.
Some insurance plans allow for a Vacation Supply Override. This means that your pharmacy is able to refill your meds earlier than scheduled. This means you don’t have to worry while you’re away on vacation or business and takes the stress out of the situation for you. If your Insurance doesn’t cover your medication, then here’s what you need to do.
To find out if this is an option available, make a simple call to your Health plan provider to find out if this is a service they offer. This service is offered by participating pharmacies. You’ll often be able to request your refill to be shipped to a different address while you are traveling, or pick up your prescription before you leave town.
If possible try to find a pharmacy within the same group you use back home. For example, if you use a Walmart in New York, try and find a Walmart in Florida. This isn’t absolutely necessary, but it may make the whole process a little easier for you to manage. Or you could contact us here at Prescription Hope and we’ll advise you on how to manage your prescriptions with us.
With so much to do when planning a trip or a vacation, it’s easy to forget about your medication and overlook the importance of it. But if at all possible, try not to leave it until the last minute to transfer your medication, and that’s assuming your prescription is still valid.
The easiest course of action for everyone involved and to ensure a smooth transaction is to bring your medication bottle into the pharmacy at least 3 days before you’re supposed to run out. Make sure you give the pharmacist all the information they need and then plan to return when it is filled.
Or even better, give them a call the following day before going into the pharmacy and check everything is ok with your refill. It may be that the pharmacy needs to order in your medication if it’s not a drug they usually stock, for instance. This can sometimes take one to two working days for the pharmacists to receive.
If you’re going on an international trip outside the U.S, remember to get enough of your usual prescription to last you for your whole trip, plus a little extra to counteract any delays or unexpected situations you may encounter.
Your prescription will not be valid outside of the U.S., so make sure you refill your prescription with plenty of time before you leave to travel. This supply is not guaranteed to be covered under your health plan, as it may not be a drug that can be refilled early, so make sure you check with your insurance company.
If your trip involves visiting friends and family, ask them which local pharmacy they use and ask them for the phone number or some contact information before leaving on your trip. Contact them before you leave and ask them if it would be ok to transfer your meds to them while you are on your vacation or in the area.
If you’ve made enough suitable enquiries in the time before you leave on your trip and are still unable to find a pharmacy that will accept your insurance, (for example, many state Medicaid plans are only valid within your home state) you may look to consider paying for a small amount of your medication, just to cover the time you’ll be away.
If you’re struggling with Medication payments, then you should certainly contact us as we may be able to assist with getting them for you, we have patient representatives waiting on the phone who can answer your questions for you and walk you through any processes.
Once you’ve safely refilled your medication, here are some tips on how to protect your meds when traveling.
To make sure your vacation or trip goes as smoothly as possible with regards to your medication, consider the following tips below:
Being prepared is certainly the best method when thinking about your medication if you travel a lot for your employment, expect to travel more extensively in the future, or have a vacation coming up. Check with local pharmacies and your insurance companies if you’re looking at refilling in a different state, or looking to refill early in your own state before you leave. If you need to save money on the prescription medications you are taking, get in touch with us or call 1-877-296-HOPE(4673) and speak to one of our representatives, we’re always happy to help.
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What happens if you have a medication that falls under federal regulations and it can not be refilled without the doctor calling in the prescription, or can not be refilled prior to 30 days?
Please contact us so that we can look into this and assist you as best we can.
I just moved for a few months unexpectedly from NJ to CA for work last week. With all the moving parts, I forgot to refill my Adderall & Wellbutrin medication at the Walgreens in my neighborhood.
I just went to the Walgreens here in CA and the pharmacist said he could refill my Wellbutrin but couldn’t refill my Adderall bc my Dr. wasn’t licensed in CA.
His suggestion was find another doctor here in SF, but I am out of Rx, and my insurance is temporarily down bc of transitioning of jobs, and I don’t have time to wait in the ER to get the prescription. What can I do? Thnx!
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I am in Florida on vacation and need to refill my oxycodone prescription from Texas is this possible?
We would recommend looking for the same chain of pharmacy that you use back home.
I am from SC and will be traveling to Hawaii Aug 7-29. If I have an original hand written rX, will I be able to refill my Adderall while visiting?
Any advice on what to do state side before departing? Thanks!
We would advise taking enough medication with you on the trip, and checking to make sure your home pharmacy has a location in Hawaii.
I moved from WA state to Florida with my daughter’s schedule 2 adhd printed rx. The entire state is out of the drug. She leaves the US for school abroad in 4 days & I’m freaking out. Can a schedule 2 from WA be filled in N.J.? (I looked at sending by fedex to a friend to fill, but WA is out of generic & the cost is $700)
My question. We live in oregon , all my surgical procedures are done in California. Calif. Gives me scripts what do I do when I’m back home in oregon? They don’t cover them.
We recommend asking your prescribing healthcare provider what your best options are.
I live in NY and use Walmart. Wiill be moving to SC. Can I get my refills at Walmart in SC, as long as I have refills left on my prescription from NY.
You should be able to, but you will want to contact your new pharmacy to confirm.
My doc is in Oregon but I live in ca, I have been unable to find a doc in CA to take over my care. So I am forced to see my doc in Oregon. Can I have my oxycodone filled and mailed to me because I cannot fill in CA.
That is something you will have to talk to your healthcare provider and your pharmacist about. However, If you visit the how it works page you can see how we can get your medications shipped to you directly from the pharmaceutical manufacturer for the set price of $50 per month.
My niece lives in St Louis Missouri she is visiting from Illinois from Missouri to Illinois can she get her Ambien filled in Illinois
I am moving from Texas to Mississippi Is see a military doc for my klonopin and get it filled at the Air Force base I also see a psych doc and am on methadone and hydrocodone for my pain I’m scared to death that I’m not going to be able to get them filled when I move before I can see a doctor the pain meds are filled at a small local pharmacy iwhst should I do
It would be best for you to contact the current healthcare provider that is prescribing you your medication as well as talk to the pharmacy who is currently supplying them to figure out what is best for you.
How come the admin and barely nobody here has any first hand experience or just the knowledge of getting prescriptions from doctors liscensed in another state filled in their current state of living which is different from the liscensed doctor.
This is because every state, doctor, and pharmacy may have different rules and laws pertaining to this subject. We have given the most up to date information that can point you in the right direction when filling your prescription in a different state. However, your specific healthcare provider or pharmacy may have different procedures. We recommend contacting your prescribing doctor to get more information on what steps to take with your specific situation.
Hi, thanks for the info,is it possible for a pharmacy to mail your meds? I have an emergency out of state and will need to be there for 2 weeks, which will leave me out of meds.One script is hard copy,(I get 3 a visit for the 3 months until next appointment ) the other med has refills.Both are controlled meds. Dr.is in FL.,I’m going to be in NJ.Any help would be appreciated.
It depends on the pharmacy. You will need to contact that pharmacy and ask.
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I just moved from NJ to FL and my previous dr. gave me one dated, extra Rx for my Adderall but every pharmacy I go to tells me the meds are on backorder from manufacturer. I was also told that I can’t phone each pharmacy and ask if they have the medication because it is a controlled substance and the pharmacist is not allowed to tell me over the phone. I have not found a new dr. in Florida yet and do not have prescription insurance yet either. What advice can you give to me for getting my written Rx for Amphetamine Salts, (Adderall), filled??
We are on vacation in California from Florida. Our 14 year old needs a refill on her ADHD medication. We use CVS in FLorida so I assumed we would be able to refill at a CVS in California. Since there are no more refills on the bottle normally CVS would fax the doctor who would electronically send the new refill prescription to CVS . Of course this makes the situation or step more complicated. How can I go about getting a prescription for her medication in California?
We recommend contacting your doctor to figure out what the best course of action is.
If a extra for narcotic cough syrup, along with antibiotics is on file at Walmart in Texas where we have a home, can it be filled at Walmart in Tennessee where we also own a home.
I am moving from Florida to Michigan and I have a pain management doctor and I will have a prescription to take with me to get fill at the end of the month so I will have enough medicine to last until I find a new pain management doctor in Michigan would be able to fill my prescription in michigan I use a small pharmacy in Florida not walmart or Walgreens would I be able to get it fill even if I have the doctor to put a do not fill till this date on it???
Hi! I recently moved from Mississippi to Louisiana and I have made an appointment to establish a new Primary Provider but I ran out of my Adderall on the 23rd and need some to last me until my doctors appointment. Can you guys help me with this?
Unfortunately, we can’t get your medication immediately. Our process does take a few weeks for you to get the first fill. Visit the How It Works page of our website to learn more and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
I live in New Iberia Louisiana however I’m in Odessa Texas. It’s time to fill my prescription of alprazolam but my doctor can’t call it in here and walgreens pharmacy can’t transfer it to the Walgreens here. Is there anything I can do since I’m not able to go home for a couple weeks?
I have a virtual appointment with my doctor coming up and I havent told them im stuck in south Dakota bc of this covid 19 my doctor is in ohio he is my primary and pain management doctor and i need refills on my oxycodone aproxalam and my lisinapril since its a virtual appointment can he fax them to me or the pharmacy here
Please contact us at 1-877-296-4673 so that we can look into your account and provide you with the proper information.
I have a unique situation. I am currently under pain management for a Workman’s
Compensation claim in California. I live in Texas. I have 2 rxs a month which are paid for by my insurance carrier through WC; Lyrica 150mgs. 2 xs daily and Narco 10-325 mg. 3 xs daily. It is difficult for me to obtain my medication because of DEA rules governing schedule 2 narcotics rxs written by a dr. In CA. and trying to fill in another state. Can my CA. dr. write the Lyrica scriot script and I fill it in Tx? Also could i get a mail order to fill the rxs. from CA and mail them to my TX. address?
You know while they are addressing all kinds of issues due to Covid-19 nobody looks out for the unfortunate injured workers who HAVE TO comply with what ever the ins. carrier says or does. I had a flight from Houston to Sacramento cancelled by the airline due to Covid-19. What am I suppose to do about my medicine? They should make it so my rx can he turned in to Walgreens in Sacramento and let them transfer to Houston.
You will have to ask your prescribing healthcare provider as well as ask your pharmacy. If you need help obtaining your medication through a different method, you can apply for our program. Visit our “How It Works” page to see how our program works.
I have moved to Oklahoma from Missouri. I have my prescriptions filled at Walgreens. I have ran out of Adderall. Walgreens here in Oklahoma say they can’t fill it since it is a controlled substance. The Walgreens in Missouri already has a hand written script from my physician for a refill. Can’t the Walgreens in Missouri fax or however they would do it, a copy of it to the Walgreens here in Oklahoma? The Walgreens here in Oklahoma can even see it on their computer that it is a new script and they still say they can’t fill it. So, I am going to have to make a special trip back to Missouri tomorrow to have it filled.
I have recently moved from KY to TN and am needing to refill my birth control Rx, can Transfer my Rx to a pharmacy in TN?
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