- Prescriptions are no longer hand-written.
- All prescriptions are submitted to your pharmacy electronically.
- Refills should be requested at the pharmacy, not our office.
- Prescriptions are never refilled after hours or on weekends.
- Patients should select one retail (local) pharmacy and/or one mail-order pharmacy. Notify the office in advance if you plan to switch.
Please contact your pharmacy for prescription refills at least three days before you run out of medicine. We ask that you do not call the office for these refill requests, as this will only delay your request. Your provider will write your prescriptions with enough refills to last until your next scheduled appointment. Please call the office for an appointment when you pick up your last refill.
An office visit is required to obtain refills on controlled medications. Please schedule your follow-up appointments to coincide with your refill needs.
Your pharmacist is a key member of your health care team. We ask that you select one pharmacy location to fill your prescriptions. Please notify the clinic of your pharmacy choice at your first visit.
Most third-party payers now have formularies of approved medications that are selected based on documented effectiveness and cost control. Your physician also follows this methodology in selecting medications to treat your conditions.
Our providers are acutely aware of the high cost of medications and will select the most cost-effective drug available to treat your condition.
Brand-name medications are covered in most cases by health care plans in which there is not a generic formulation available or when you have failed treatment on generics. Plans are now requiring us to document that you have failed treatment on the formulary medications on your plan.
Prescription Assistance Programs
There are several drug-manufacturer-sponsored programs available to patients who need assistance to access affordable prescriptions. Most require proof of income and all have an application process. Please ask if you would like information about these programs. Health Ministries Clinic in Newton, Hunter Health Clinic and Grace Med in Wichita can also assist you with information about these prescription assistance programs. These programs require patients to complete periodic applications and to provide current financial information to qualify. The programs are sponsored, in part, by the drug companies, and we cannot control the application process, when your requested medications are shipped to you, how they are shipped to you and/or their rules for participation. Access to the programs is through the clinics listed above (by appointment only) or at PPARx.com. It is the patient’s responsibility to maintain eligibility and to reapply in a timely fashion. Delays in reapplying may result in a patient running out of medication. The clinic cannot expedite drug shipments through these programs.
The state of Kansas and counties within the state also offer discount prescription cards. Call your local county offices or Kansas Department of Health and Environment to learn more about these programs.