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There are a variety of reasons you may need to know how to transfer your prescriptions to a different pharmacy. Maybe you found a better price at another pharmacy, you’re looking for a pharmacy closer to your job, or you’ve moved to a new location. Regardless of what your reason is, transferring your prescription can be simple and easy!  

Share Your Information with The New Pharmacy

Your new pharmacy will need to have all of the same information your current pharmacy has, so you will want to be ready to provide information such as:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • The names of the specific prescriptions you will be transferring
  • The RX number on your medications (if transferring within the same retail chain)
  • The dosage and strength of your medications
  • Any known allergies to medications and food
  • Contact information of your prescribing doctor
  • Address and phone number of your current pharmacy
  • Your insurance card information

Inform Your Physician

It is a good idea to let your doctor know when you plan to transfer your prescriptions to a new pharmacy. If there are medications that you usually refill, you may need to have your doctor write a new prescription and send it to your new pharmacy. This should be quick and easy to do. Just give your doctor’s office a call and let them know what pharmacy you were at and which one you will be using moving forward. 

Allow Your New Pharmacy to Handle the Transfer

Once you have gathered all the necessary information and informed your physician, you can request that the new pharmacy handle the transfer. Let your new pharmacist know that you would like to begin transferring your prescriptions, and they will get in touch with your previous pharmacist to start the process. If you did not contact your prescribing physician beforehand, the new pharmacist might need to contact their office to inquire about refills.

Give Time for the Transfer to Be Complete

When you transfer your prescriptions to a different pharmacy, you will want to allow some time for everything to be moved. This process can happen rather quickly; however, it might vary depending on the number of prescriptions that need to be moved. Allowing 1-3 business days should be adequate to complete the transfer. It is important to be sure that you have an adequate supply of your medications before initiating the transfer. If you know you will need a refill in the middle of the transfer process, it is possible you might not be able to access it at the new pharmacy if the transfer isn’t complete yet. Having enough medication on hand before you begin the transfer is a good idea because prescriptions do take time to be filled.  

Things to Consider Before Transferring Pharmacies

There are certain medications and prescriptions that cannot be transferred over the phone or may have a limited number of times it can be transferred. For example, Schedule III, IV, and V medications must be filled once before they can be transferred and can only be transferred one time. If you have prescriptions that fall into one of these categories, talk with your pharmacist or doctor to confirm whether or not the medication can be transferred. 

How to Get the Lowest Prescription Prices at Your New Pharmacy

When you are ready to pick up your prescriptions at your new pharmacy, be sure to download the discount drug card from Easy Drug Card. With Easy Drug Card, you will get the “lower-of pricing” on your prescriptions, meaning you are guaranteed the lowest possible price for your medication. With the easy-to-use app, you can access low prices at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide and compare pricing on the go. Get your card today and start saving immediately!  

About Dr. Sarah N. Fischer

Dr. Sarah N. Fischer is a pharmacist completing a Clinical Neurology Research Fellowship specializing in pharmacologic management of neurologic disease states including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and other movement disorders. She received her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she also practices in an outpatient neurology clinic. Dr. Fischer has previous experience working in a community retail pharmacy setting where she developed a passion for empowering her patients through education to help optimize their health outcomes.