Many consumers opt for mail-service pharmacies because of their low costs and convenience. But new reports say that these 90-day prescriptions may save you more than a trip to the drugstore:
- The Journal of General Internal Medicine discovered that patients who get prescriptions through a mail-order pharmacy have better cholesterol control than those who get their medication from a local pharmacy.
- The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed the potential savings for federal employees using mail-service pharmacies for generic prescriptions. The average mail-order price of generic drugs was about 27% below the price paid for a brand name at a retail pharmacy—and 53% percent below the average paid for generic drugs.
- The Journal Pharmacotherapy found that highly-automated pharmacies filled scrips with 23 times higher accuracy than retail pharmacies. In addition, the mail-service error rate was zero in many critical areas, including drug dispensing, dosage, and route of medication.
- According to the American Journal of Managed Care, patients who got their prescription medications for chronic conditions through mail-order pharmacies were more likely to follow their medication instructions than patients who shopped at a pharmacy chain.
With the decreased rate of fatal medication errors and convenience of online ordering and delivery, mail-service pharmacies could prove to be serious competition for the retail chains. As another incentive to switch, many mail-service pharmacies also offer private, over-the-phone counseling from trained pharmacists seven days a week, 24 hours a day.