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Leonard Garcia

How do pharmacies schedule refills?

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Leonard Garcia

My pharmacist won't open up on this, so I thought I would try this forum....

 

On refills for tablets, my doctor prescribes 1 or 2 a day and refill every 30 days, that one is easy.

 

On my Novolog insulin 10ml vials (not pens), the prescription is for 10 units with each meals, 3 meals a day.  The pharmacy will give me a refill vial every 22 or 23 days.  I can't figure how they calculate that.

 

On glucose test strips, the prescription is for 3 strips per day (that would be 3 x 30 days = 90 strips a month) but the pharmacy refills at 21 days or so (1 box of 100 strips). This seems to be 20 days?

 

Thanks.

 

Leonard

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Leonard Garcia

I am using CVS Pharmacy and Medicare + Humana insurance. I should have asked how insurance schedules refills...

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Lady Imp

My refills get based on when my insurance wants to allow me to refill. I cannot get more than a 30-day supply at a time. The way my insulin prescription is written, I need 2 vials + 140 units for 30 days...since they won't let me get 3 vials, since that amounts to roughly 40 days supply, they allow me to refill every 27 days.

 

My insurance has also flat-out refused to cover a prescription I recently got for a 30-day supply of antibiotics because it was for more than two weeks. Thankfully, it was one that my pharmacy offers a 15-day supply of for free...so what they did was they dispensed me 15 tabs with an IOU for the last 15. ;)

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