The Pharmacy Checklist: A Reference Guide to Ordering at the Pharmacy
September 30, 2016
Anyone who has ordered a prescription knows there are often multiple steps to take at the pharmacy. Particularly when starting a new prescription, patients have to figure out the cost of the medicine and what portion their insurance may cover. Plus, pharmacists will often fill a prescription with a generic or other comparable product without asking the patient. When it comes to prenatal vitamins, it is important to check the ingredients. Not all generics may offer the equivalent source as branded products. It is important to discuss this information with your doctor and find the right prescription for you.
The Prenate® Vitamin Family provides pharmaceutical grade prescription prenatal vitamins. If your doctor prescribed a Prenate® product, he or she can trust that you and your growing baby are going to get the nutritional support you need throughout pregnancy and beyond. Here are some tips to help ensure that you receive the prescription you and your doctor intend for you:
Before You Go
- Do your homework. Call your insurance provider to find out ahead of time what the cost of your prescription should be.
- Don’t forget about coupons! The Prenate® Vitamin Family offers a downloadable savings card coupon. With the coupon, most patients pay no more than $18 per refill.* Savings are good for up to 12 refills. You can download a savings card coupon at www.prenatesavings.com and print it out, or have the offer sent to you by email or text message. When you fill a prescription, show your coupon at the pharmacy checkout to save on Prenate® vitamins.
At The Pharmacy
- Double check your insurance. Once you know the total cost of your prescription at the checkout register, confirm that the pharmacy has run your insurance and that the price is accurate. Busy pharmacies see hundreds of patients each week. It’s not unheard of for them to forget to run a prescription through insurance, which can lead to a higher cost for you.
- Double check your savings. Make sure the pharmacist runs your Prenate®. savings card coupon, no matter the cost of the prescription. You may want to ask what the cost was before the coupon was applied so you’re clear on the savings you receive.
- Ask for a special order. Sometimes the specific prescription you need may not be in stock. If the pharmacist says that the pharmacy does not have your prescription in stock, ask to have it ordered. Prenate®. vitamin orders will typically arrive in 24 hours. Ensure you get the right prescription. Do not switch to any prescription that your doctor did not provide. Sometimes pharmacists may give patients generic or prescription medicines they feel are comparable. But when it comes to prenatal vitamins, you cannot be guaranteed that generic or similar products have the same nutritional value or quality ingredients as Prenate®.
- Set yourself up for success. Ask if your pharmacy has a recurring refill program. Many pharmacies will automatically fill your prescription prenatal vitamins without an explicit request each month. This service often includes text message or email notifications when your prescription is ready for pickup.
To help you follow these tips we’ve created a printable checklist. Click here or on the thumbnail below to download and print your Pharmacy Checklist. Keep it in your purse or wallet for reference each time you go to the pharmacy.
Prenate® is committed to providing nutritional support for mothers and babies. With products designed with the patient in mind, Prenate® offers a line of prescription prenatal vitamins for the stages and special needs of each pregnancy. Talk to your doctor to see if Prenate® vitamins may be right for you to help fill nutritional gaps.