The Pharmacy Delivers, Too?
“I have a friend who gets her ADHD stimulants from a mail-order pharmacy. Should I do the same thing?”
Over the past few years, mail-order pharmacies have become able to provide any medication that you can get from a local pharmacy. As with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages, which depend on your insurance plan coverage.
> Online and mail-order pharmacies are convenient. Your medication is delivered to your door without having to visit the pharmacy twice — once to drop off the prescription and once to pick it up.
> Some insurance plans allow you to order a 60- or 90-day supply from a mail-order pharmacy, instead of getting only a month’s supply at a local pharmacy. This will save you money on copays (instead of paying 12 copays, you may be able to reduce that to 4 or 6 copays).
> Mail-order pharmacies are so large that they have most ADHD medications in stock — or can get them from a wholesaler in one day.
The downside is that ADHD stimulants are controlled substances, and must be signed for on delivery by an adult. Also, you can’t use the money-saving coupons found on some pharmaceutical companies’ websites.