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    Prescriptions during CoVid

    I'm just wondering how much the med prescription situation varies around the country.

    At first I was dismayed to find out that here in Saskatchewan we can only refill one month of a prescription at a time. I'm used to getting two months. It made me rather nervous to think I might run out of drugs and then be forced into withdrawal -- ack! My mind loves jumping to the worst case scenario! But so far, so good.

    I'm in the habit of keeping some extra on hand (which began when I traveled a lot). I still feel a bit uneasy though, so am keeping close tabs on my supply and order the next batch as soon as it's allowed. Is anyone else in this situation?

    On the up side, I've been pleased that my pharmacy will deliver, and surprisingly at no extra charge. So that's what I've been doing rather than wait in line in the grocery store (where it's located).
    uni

    ~ it's always worth it ~

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    Well the drug shortages really make me nervous. At the beginning of this month, 3 of my medications were on back order. Part of this has been an ongoing problem for some time, compounded by Covid. (Much of the raw materials for drugs are made in China and India). I had to hop in the car and make a trip to another town to get a drug I would have run out of at a critical time in the treatment.

    Like you Uni, I like to plan ahead and not wait until I'm almost out to reorder. If you have Alberta Blue Cross, you have to wait until 70% of your current stock is finished before they'll pay for another refill. The 30 day supply limit is a bit unsettling, but it does prevent hoarding and lack of supply to take care of everyone. We all know how that went with bloody toilet paper!
    AJ

    Humans punish themselves endlessly
    for not being what they believe they should be.
    -Don Miguel Ruiz-

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      #3
      I'm on blister packs. Counting out 13 pills/day (not all psych meds) was a pain and when I was stressed I'd sometimes have trouble remembering if I'd taken them. Now the counting is taken care of and if it's not in the bubble any more I know I took it. My plan will let me get up to 90 days at a time but I usually do 4 weeks. No shortages so far, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way! I'd heard that others were having issues.
      Pressure makes diamonds....

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        #4
        Hello Everyone. In Ontario there have been shortages and they have put a 30 day limit on what you can get. As far as I know it's all across the province. It's a pain in my pocket book as I now have to pay 3 prescription fees rather than 1.for every drug my wife and I take. That's a lot of money. Our drug benefit plan does cover part of each prescription fee, but we are still out of pocket a fair bit every mth. Plus it's a pain in the butt to have to constantly be cking each medication to see when I can get it refilled. On the plus side my pharmacy has agreed to waive their fee every other time they fill a prescription for me. Just a word of advice , if you are a big time user of medications you can sometime negotiate the prescription fee.

        Fortunately my pharmacy has been able to come up with what I need or a substitute. Our drug plan allows me to refill after 25 days, so I have been doing that to try and build up a bit of reserve. Take Care. paul m
        "Alone we can do so little;
        Together we can do so much"
        Helen Keller

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          #5
          Glad to hear everyone's been managing so far. I wonder if we will remain so dependent on China and India after the whole pandemic thing. That's a soapbox topic for me so I won't get on it!

          AJ, having to drive to another town in order to fill a crucial prescription just doesn't seem right. There was one time, a couple of years ago, my pharmacy had to phone around for one med and they got it from another city. It made me very nervous with something you can't suddenly stop taking without getting sick!

          Gossip, I'm glad you have a good thing going with your meds!

          Paul, I'm sorry to hear you and your wife have to deal with all the extra charges and rigamarole. I agree it helps if you have a pharmacy that will negotiate.
          uni

          ~ it's always worth it ~

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