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You might be moving to a new place and looking to transfer your medications from one pharmacy to another. Perhaps you found one that’s closer to your work or is generally better than your current pharmacy. If you do, what you need to know is that it’s a pretty much straightforward process. Here is what you need to do:

The Transfer Process

  1. Call your current pharmacy and request an Rx transfer.
  2. Provide the names of all medications, including dosage and Rx numbers you want to be transferred to your new pharmacy.
  3. Give the new pharmacy your current pharmacy’s information to communicate and take care of the transfer.
  4. Wait for the transfer to get completed, typically around one to three business days.

Necessary Information to Share

Upon contacting your new pharmacy, there is some necessary information you need to share, such as:

  • Your full name, date of birth, address, and phone number
  • Your health and prescription information
  • All known allergies (food and medication)
  • Names of all prescriptions you’re transferring
  • Strength, dosage, and Rx numbers of your medications
  • Address and phone number of your current pharmacy
  • Your prescribing physician’s contact information

What to Expect During the Transfer

Your new pharmacy generally handles the transfer process of your medications. After initially requesting for transfer and providing all necessary information, all you have to do is wait. Here are the things you should expect during the process:

1. The New Pharmacy Handles the Transfer

Following your transfer request, your new pharmacy will contact your existing pharmacy to manage the transfer. If your prescription is out of refills, your new pharmacy will also contact your physician. To speed things up, you can contact your doctor ahead of time and ensure you still have refills before applying for transfer.

2. The Transfer Takes One to Three Business Days

While prescriptions can be easily moved to a new pharmacy, you must still provide adequate time for margin of error. Let your new pharmacy complete the process in one to three business days. In addition, before requesting for transfer, ensure that you have enough Rx pill supply since you might not be able to access your medications at your new pharmacy.

3. Be Prepared for Exceptions

Some prescriptions may not be transferred due to several reasons, such as having a limited number of transfers. Medications under schedules III, IV, and V are controlled substances, and patients are only allowed one transfer for these medications. You may contact your physician if you’ve run out of transfers before switching pharmacies. They may set an appointment with you before refilling your prescription.

4. Form a Relationship with Your New Pharmacist

Your pharmacist must be well informed about all medications and supplements you take, as well as over-the-counter medicines. Your pharmacist’s job is to ensure that you manage your prescriptions and that no drugs negatively affect another. It’s best to establish a good relationship with them.

Final Thoughts

Transferring your prescriptions from one pharmacy to another should be an easy task. It’s best to ensure you have enough refills and come in for an appointment with your doctor if necessary before applying for the switch.

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