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So with the whole COVID-19 thing, people are saying to stock up on several months worth of medications. Is anybody doing that? I don't know if my insurance company would even allow it or if it's a good idea given where I am mentally right now, but now I'm worried about running out and not being able to refill.

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Many insurance plans allow for a 90 day supply. I have been getting 90 days worth of meds. Sometimes the pharmacist can handle getting 90 day scripts from your doc. You may need to see your doc for the new scripts. I get almost everything in 90 day supplies, one insurance required you do 89 day scripts.Some doc are not going to do controlled meds as 90 day. I get clonazepam in 90 day but Adderall only in 30 day duopoly. Short term meds are usually in a 30 day supply.

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So I just filled my meds (30 days) a few days ago ... Not sure if they would let me refill again this soon even with a new script.

I am on hold with the insurance company.

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I get 90-day prescriptions via my drug plan's mail order pharmacy. It's very convenient as I don't have to go the pharmacy and it's easier for me to track stuff online (how many refills left, when I'm due for my next refill, etc.). Recently though my Part D plan has been getting slightly more strict with how soon you can refill, even for regular stuff like generic effexor (regular stuff meaning non-benzos, non-stimulants, non-opiates and so forth).

And about a year or two ago my Part D plan changed to only allowing 30-day supplies of benzos. Don't know if it's a Medicare Part D thing, just a Humana Part D thing, a statewide thing, or what. I got a couple of mailings about it before it went into effect but I admit I didn't read the notices all that carefully. Still can get my valium via mail order, but whether via mail order or in-person pharmacy, only a 30-day supply allowed.

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@aquarian I have Humana, too, and I could get 90 days supply on my Lexapro, Risperdal, and Trazodone, but my klonopin and Trintellix I can only get 30 days supply.....Not sure if it's a Humana thing, but it is what it is......**SIGH**.

Also, the pharmacy I use offers home delivery, so that would be an option, too, if your pharmacy has that service.

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1 hour ago, Wonderful.Cheese said:

I can only get a week's worth at a time. :(

I'm very worried.

In China, during the worst of the outbreak there, grocery stores and pharmacies remained open. The same is true for Italy and other countries in lockdown. You will be able to get your meds. 

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1 hour ago, Wonderful.Cheese said:

I can only get a week's worth at a time. :(

I'm very worried.

I'm sorry. :( Hopefully we are worried for nothing.

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I discovered yesterday that, if you fill a prescription early and pay for it yourself, because your insurance company won’t pay for a refill yet, you run the risk of the insurance company then refusing to pay for that med ever after. My pharmacist said they don’t do this with all meds, but you have to check.

I got very lucky. The two I needed were not under that restriction.

Today I’m going to write to every congressional representative I have, state and national, and tell them about this latest shitty trick by the insurance companies. The government is advising us to stock up on our meds. They’d fucking well better make sure we don’t get punished if we do.

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1 hour ago, Gearhead said:

I discovered yesterday that, if you fill a prescription early and pay for it yourself, because your insurance company won’t pay for a refill yet, you run the risk of the insurance company then refusing to pay for that med ever after. My pharmacist said they don’t do this with all meds, but you have to check.

I got very lucky. The two I needed were not under that restriction.

Today I’m going to write to every congressional representative I have, state and national, and tell them about this latest shitty trick by the insurance companies. The government is advising us to stock up on our meds. They’d fucking well better make sure we don’t get punished if we do.

Wow. That's important to know.

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Risperidone shortage here. I'm about to heroically catch public transport to a bigger town to try other pharmacies 

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