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Map Your Meds: State-by-state guide to getting Rx refills during an emergency
Healthcare Ready has created a map to help you track four types of emergency prescription refill measures by state in response to the novel coronavirus:
1. Emergency refill (non-controlled): Are emergency refills of non-controlled drugs allowed in this state? If they are allowed, how many days of supply are allowed to be picked up by the emergency refill?
2. Emergency refill (controlled): Are emergency refills of controlled drugs (Schedule II) allowed in this state?
3. Insurance-related waiver: Is there an insurance waiver available to assist with the payment for prescriptions in this state?
4. Early refill or “refill too soon”: Is it possible to request an early refill of a prescription? Are early refills limited to certain prescriptions?
1. Hover your mouse over your state to display a pop-up box with information for the state.
2. Click on state to freeze the display box on the map. Upon click, a button labeled Sources will appear in the bottom left corner.
Note: Keep your cursor on the displayed box when navigating to the Sources button. The display box will disappear if the mouse moves to another state.
3. Click the Source button to scroll the webpage down to the selected state; where sources for the listed measures are linked. (If display boxes are not revealing a Source button, please reload the webpage.)
You can also scroll down past the map to find sources for your state’s measures.
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The map was last updated May 14, 5:00pm ET.
Thank you to the following organizations for providing resources that Healthcare Ready used as sources to create this map:
If a state of emergency has been declared, pharmacists may dispense a one-time 30-day emergency refill if certain requirements are met; if the declared emergency lasts more than 21 days, a second 30-day refill may be issued.
Under state of emergency, Florida pharmacists may dispense up to a 30-day supply of maintenance medication for a chronic condition provided that the medication is essential, and the pharmacist notifies the prescriber.
Emergency prescriptions of Schedule II drugs falls under existing DEA rules; if in an emergency situation, a pharmacist may prescribe Schedule II drugs limited to the amount adequate for the emergency situation.
Pharmacists are allowed to refill prescriptions even if no refills remain, for a 30-day or standard unit supply; pharmacists cannot provide more than one emergency refill in a 12-month period; insurers are required to pay for emergency refills even though there were no remaining refills.
ForwardHealth is allowing pharmacies to override the overuse precaution, excluding Schedule II drugs; ForwardHealth has moved all non-Schedule II drugs to allow them to be dispensed in a 3-month supply.
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