ESI: Stockpiling Medications is Not Necessary

COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, has changed the way we go about our daily lives, and there is no shortage on advice for being cautious or prepared.

Some articles suggest having prescription medications on hand in case you are homebound.

Express Scripts (ESI) would like to remind its members, which include our benefit recipients and their dependents who have access to Express Scripts prescription drug coverage through SERS’ health care plans, that stockpiling medications is not necessary.

  1. ESI has a generous refill policy that allows you to refill when you have 25-35% of your current medication on hand. If you refill on time, you should have enough to make it through a 14-day quarantine.
  2. Stockpiling puts a strain on supply. This is especially concerning with medications for people who have rare conditions, where medication supplies are limited.
  1. Ordering too much medication leads to expensive waste. Medications have a limited shelf life. Medication waste costs our health care system billions each year.

If you need a long-term supply, ask your doctor for a prescription for a 90-day supply of medication instead of a one-month supply.

Also, Express Scripts Home Delivery creates peace of mind so you can have medications delivered right to your mailbox.

Visit Express Script’s website for more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19.


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