It's that time of year where germs are lurking around every corner, just waiting to hop on board and make us sick. With my kids back in school now, they've already both had a round of feeling ill, with my oldest already having to see the doctor this season. I am a busy mom and hate how much time is spent at the doctor. Then more time sucked up waiting for our prescriptions to be filled. It's time consuming, but a necessary evil. CVS/pharmacy wants to help make it a little more easier for when illness strikes, by offering 5 simple tips to save time at the pharmacy.
- Wait for your reminders. Don’t waste time going to pick up a prescription that’s not ready. Many pharmacies like CVS/pharmacy now offer text or email alerts or provide customers with a call when it’s time to pick up a prescription.
- Keep all your information in one place. Save time by keeping all prescriptions managed in one place. For example, CVS/pharmacy enables consumers to have 24 hour access to their prescription records, view and order refills, and keep them up-to-date with health needs all via their CVS/pharmacy Mobile smartphone app, CVS/pharmacy iPad app or CVS.com.
- Scan to Refill. Quickly and easily scan the barcode on a current prescription when it needs to be refilled. Many pharmacies now have secure apps which allow customers to refill prescriptions in seconds.
- App-tastic. With advancing technology, there are many tools that help consumers not only save time, but stay healthy. The CVS/pharmacy Mobile smartphone app has great features like the Drug Interaction Checker which helps customers avoid drug mishaps by checking medications and their reactions with other medications, over-the-counter products, foods, or lifestyle elements, such as the sun. It also features a Pill Identifier, which takes the guess work out of which pills are which and lets people search by color, shape, and markings on the pill to ensure the right medication is taken to treat the right medical condition.
- Time your visit right. Of course the busiest times at pharmacies vary by location, but it has been found that going to the pharmacy during mid-morning or late afternoon it can be generally less busy. Also, it’s important to note, the first of every month is when most people get paid and Medicaid benefits are renewed so pharmacies can typically be much busier then too.
If you would like to learn more, visit the CVS/pharmacy website.