Anyone mail order meds?

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   Posted 5/2/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Well Aetna is basically forcing me to switch to mail order for my meds. My co-pays have gone up $10 on each script. I know that isn't a ton but w/ gas prices these days that adds up! I called Aetna and the rep all but told me they upped our co-pays so we would switch to mail order (in so may words). I guess I will pay one co-pay and get a 90 day supply of meds. Now if anyone has a clue where to store 810 Colazal I would love some suggestions??!!
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   Posted 5/2/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been ordering mine by mail for years. It has a cheaper co-pay and I like having 3 months worth. I have a shelf in the kitchen filled with meds for my husband and me.

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   Posted 5/2/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
which website or catalog do you use for your mail-order. I like to know a reliable source

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   Posted 5/2/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I've ordered from canada (not through insurance) and the doc gave me a massive order for asacol. I made a very pretty box and now keep all of my pill bottles in it. It's big enough to hold everything and i can keep it anywhere because I decorated it to match where I keep it. I have so many darn bottles that there was no way my bathroom could hold them anymore.
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   Posted 5/3/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
My gma had to switch to a mail order a few years ago. It is soooo much easier then having to go to the pharmacy constantly. She uses Medco. The only pain is that I keep forgetting to mail in her new prescription when her refills run out! I just order hers online and the payment automatically comes out of her checking account. Easy Peasy :)

As for storing all those Colazal - make sure you have one cabinet dedicated to them! LOL
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   Posted 5/3/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd love to use mail order, and my insurance provides incentives for doing that in the form of lower co-pays. Right now I live in Austin, Texas and I'm a little hesitant to have my meds sitting in a hot mailbox in the sun all day, as heat does degrade some drugs. When it's over 100 here, I know the inside of the mailbox has to be at least 150. We'll be moving in the fall, and I plan to look into mail order then.
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   Posted 5/3/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been getting my meds thru the mail for a long time now- it's cheaper & easier. My GI wirtes me a script for a 90 day supply when I need refills. I just send it off to the pharmacy, I think it's BioScrip, & they send me the goods. They have my credit card info on file so the copay comes out when the meds ship. It only takes about 3-4 days to get them. Plus, when I send in a scrip it has 3 refills, so it lasts me almost a year.

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   Posted 5/3/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Good point about the heat and the pills in the mailbox. But I still get mail order.

For me it always depended on who the pharmacy benefits provdier through my employer was. I used Medco, then switched jobs and now have Caremark. The last time I sent in an order by mail, however, they claimed they never got it and I basically ran out of pills and had to go to my GI for samples until they finally sent them

It should be cheaper (less copay) for mail order 90 day supply. They switched me to generic colazal without asking, and the copay went from (if i can remember) $70 to $20.
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   Posted 5/3/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I've thought about ordering mine by mail, because I'd get 3 month's worth for the price of 1 month. The only thing stopping me is I really like my local pharmacy. The pharmacist who works there is super helpful and knows me by name and I like supporting a local, independent business. I may have to switch to mail order soon though, because of the cost difference.
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   Posted 5/3/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been ordering my meds through the mail for several years now. I love it! Not only is it cheaper, but I get three months at a time, which means that I don't have to have my scripts refilled every month. I don't have to visit the pharmacy, either. I just sign in to my insurance company's mail order pharmacy website and click the refill button. My meds arrive at my door within a week.
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   Posted 5/3/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!!!
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   Posted 5/3/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Mail order is the way to go! My last order included 3 months of supositories. It arrived in a styrofoam case with frozen chill packs. No problem with heat.

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