If you’re some of us and take prescription drugs to treat a chronic condition, you may have your drugs on an auto-refill program with your local pharmacy counter. Auto-refill programs are offered at most major pharmacy counters like Costco, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, andWalgreens, and they’re easy and a great convenience for many of us, but here’s a tip: don’t let yourself be charged for prescription drugs that you never pick up!
What do we mean by this? Well, we all get busy, and even if our prescriptions are filled through an auto-refill program, we may not always pick them up before they are re-stocked (which can sometimes be in the matter of a few days). You should only be charged for your prescriptions when you pick them up, so if your prescriptions are re-stocked, you should never be charged for them.
Great in theory, but unsurprisingly, sometimes pharmacy counters are less than vigilant about making sure they only charge when prescriptions are picked up, and we’ve caught some charges going through even when the prescriptions were re-stocked before pick-up. Don’t let it happen to you! Check your charges to make sure that you’ve only been charged when you pick up your prescriptions.
Even if your health insurance is picking up the tab for your prescription drugs, your prescription drug costs still matter! Your prescription drug costs are counted in computing your health insurance premiums, so make sure that your health insurance isn’t being hit by charges for prescriptions that you never use. Health insurance premiums seem to go up every other week nowadays, so don’t give your health insurer any additional reasons to hike your premiums.
Do you use an auto-refill program for your prescription drugs? Tell us about it!
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