The Importance of Filling Your Prescriptions

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Medication

When your doctor gives you a prescription, getting the prescription filled at a local pharmacy should be the next step. That’s not always the case, though: A drug price might be too high, or another factor may be stopping you from picking up your medication. 

Unfortunately, not following your doctor’s treatment plan can lead to complications down the road. If you’re having concerns about your medications, consider taking the following steps:

  1. Ask about generic medication. Brand-name medications can cost significantly more than a lower-cost or generic alternative. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other options that may be available to you.
  2. Choose 90-day refills. Another way to save money is through 90-day refills. Opting for quarterly refills can provide you with discounts as well as cut down on the time you’d otherwise spend refilling your medication once a month.   
  3. Speak up about side effects. Some medications can cause unwanted side effects or conflict with other treatments. Speak with your Provider about your concerns to see if treatment can be adjusted. 

For more information about prescription services, contact AvMed’s Member Engagement Center at the number listed on your AvMed Member ID Card (TTY 711). Hours may vary according to your policy. Find the AvMed Formulary online here