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Managing your prescriptions away from home

Posted on: September 8, 2014
Express Scripts Pharmacist Mr. Reyes specializes in medication management issues for seniors. Topics include best practices for managing multiple prescriptions.

One of the many joys of retirement is the ability to spend colder winter months in sunnier climates. You may plan to split your time between two residences, or travel for an extended time. Look for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) that makes it easy to manage your medications when you’re away from home.

Prescription Home Delivery Can Help

Part D plans that offer home delivery pharmacy services end the need to transfer long-term (maintenance) medications to a different pharmacy. Home delivery also helps prevent the loss of important prescription details between pharmacies. It’s easy to change your address and have your medication mailed to a winter home. These plans usually offer round-the-clock access by phone to pharmacists. If you have a question or concern about your medication, you can get the help you need.

Tips for Seasonal Travelers in Retirement

If you are a seasonal traveler, here are some tips to help protect you during your trip and manage your medication on the go:

  • Document your dose: Keep a list of medications in a central location at all times. Your wallet may even be a good place. List prescriptions, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and any vitamins or supplements you are taking. Make sure to note your dose, how often you take it, and what it is for. Share this list with your doctors. Some Part D plans provide mobile applications and web tools that make obtaining and sharing this list easy. Download our Medicare Roadmap for an easy-to-use medication checklist.
  • Stay on track: Prepare extra reminders on your calendar or smartphone so you can stay on track when traveling. If you miss a dose while traveling, check the prescribing information to find out what to do about your missed dose. You can find this information with your prescription’s packaging. It is also available online through many Part D plans. If you are unsure about what to do or are experiencing side effects, call your doctor or pharmacist immediately. If your travels will take you to a different time zone, a pharmacist can tell you about any changes you need to make before you leave.
  • Use original containers: Carry your medications in their original containers with original labels. This will keep anyone from mistaking them for other substances. Pill sorters are great for keeping track of your dose, but they are not ideal for travel. Pack the sorter and fill it when you arrive at your destination. If you are flying, keep your medications in a carry-on bag.