The recent distress caused by COVID-19 seems to have affected access to everything. Not only can we not go places, but we also can’t get things; really important things, like medication.
Getting medication can be critical for many people. Not getting medication can be life-threatening for others. Changes in service, limits on products, and uncertainty everywhere, has made accessing medication like we used to, seem impossible.
To help lessen the anxiety of what’s to come, check with your doctor about any new requirements or processes they have in place. Learn about any new patient expectations before you visit. Better yet, ask about telehealth options for your safety, and your convenience.
If you are using long-acting injectables, talk with your doctor well ahead of time, on how you can keep continuity in your medication. If you are on medication that doesn’t require any changes, your doctor may temporarily call in any necessary refills while we are observing social distancing.
There has been a huge increase in the number of medical providers who are now offering telephone, or video appointments. Insurance providers are also broadening their coverage for remote healthcare options. If not covered by your insurance, check with your doctor to see if there are any options you might now be aware of, such as providing samples when refills are not available.
Most pharmacies have remained open during COVID-19, and great efforts have been made to continue that access, even where many other businesses have been closed, or a shelter-in-place has been issued. Reach out to your pharmacy to confirm hours, medication availability, and pick up or delivery options.
Check with your pharmacist to see if your insurance provider allows refills on medications earlier than they usually do. If it’s an option, opt for a 90-day supply of medication in place of a 30-day supply, especially if you’ve been on that medication for a long period of time.
And, as always, be sure to keep all of your medication in a safe, secure place. Be aware of the presence of children and teens, as we all navigate COVID-19 together.
With so many things going on, it is always important to be on top of your health. Dr. Beysolow is here for you and the local community. There are various ways to stay in touch and discuss any questions or concerns you may have with Dr. Beysolow relating to nephrology and internal medicine. For more information, visit our website or give us a call today.