Why do you have to contact my doctor for refills of maintenance medications?
When a doctor writes a prescription for a maintenance medication (a medication you will be
taking for a long term), he or she determines the number of refills allowed. Your doctor
requires contact because certain medications require regular checkups and possibly laboratory
tests by your doctor to ensure that:
- you are taking the medication properly.
- your medication is working as it should and helping you the way it is intended.
- your medication is not causing unexpected or life-threatening side effects.
State and federal guidelines regulate the number of refills you can get without having to
contact the doctor, as well as the period of time during which you can refill a prescription.
If you have a pharmacy benefit as part of your healthcare coverage, you also may have
restrictions on how many refills you can get and over what period of time.
Your Walgreens pharmacist will be happy to contact your doctor for refill authorization. Order your refill today.
Find out more about Walgreens Auto Refills service - a real time-saver for people taking maintenance medications.
If you're looking for more specific answers to specific questions, ask a Walgreens pharmacist here.