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Ask a Travel Nurse: How do you handle personal prescription refills on the road?


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Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

This is probably a ridiculous question, but how do most people handle prescription medication refills while they are on assignment and away from their usual pharmacy?! I will be traveling with my husband and take oral birth control, which I obviously don’t want to miss. I won’t be coming back home every month to get my RX filled at my local pharmacy. Any advice?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

Travel often involves coming up with solutions to what are normally routine tasks. I always go straight to a source for answers. Talk to your pharmacist. They are representatives of the place where they are employed and should therefore want to do whatever they can to keep your business. If they are a small pharmacy, they might have to come up with a solution for you, but bigger chains should make this process pretty easy.

If a smaller pharmacy cannot accommodate you, you might have to switch to a larger chain. You should find a Walgreens or grocery pharmacies (like Fry’s, Safeway, etc) in just about any big city location. A Walgreens in Denver should be able to get script info from a Walgreens in Boston. But to be sure, check this out by calling the Denver store before leaving from Boston for your assignment. Pre-planning should take care of any surprises.

If they are a chain store, they might also have an association with a mail-order company. If not, you can always check online sites that fill prescriptions via mail order, but do some research to find a reputable provider.

You can also ask your physician’s office if they have any ideas. You might need to visit them anyway to get you doctor to write you a three month script for mail order meds. You will also want to follow up with your insurance (if they cover your medication), to be sure that the option you choose will continue to fall under their coverage.


I hope this helps.




About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

3 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: How do you handle personal prescription refills on the road?"

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  1. Cozette


    I come from a small town with a mom and pop pharmacy and they mail our prescriptions to us. Costco is also a great resource.

  2. martin cody


    what does website mean? I have a question about traveling and how to still get my prescriptions every month

  3. David says:

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