Ask the Experts

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.