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Tue Aug 18, 2020, 11:53 PM

VA medications

In parts of the country the VA is having problems with the postal service getting medications to VA healthcare patients on time and is using UPS and FedEx. We were told that as soon as we receive out meds to reorder them. The computer will hold the prescription until 10 days before we need them. We are lucky in the Jacksonville, NC area. When the computer tells the pharmacists to fill them we receive them by USPS within 3-4 days so we get them about a week before we run out.

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marie999 Aug 18 OP
Hoyt Aug 18 #1
Phoenix61 Aug 19 #2
TEB Aug 19 #3
douglas9 Aug 19 #4
marie999 Aug 19 #5
GP6971 Aug 19 #6
marie999 Aug 20 #7

Response to marie999 (Original post)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 11:58 PM

1. They might have to mail them earlier. I read more vets are using mail

because of CV19, rather than going in-person. Take care.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 01:16 AM

2. They'll have to change the program.

No telling how long that will take.

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Response to marie999 (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 05:53 AM

3. My Paxil is 14 days late

I used local doc to fill mine

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Response to marie999 (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 08:56 AM

4. How the battle over the US Postal Service is costing veterans dearly

In late July, Richard Valdez placed an order through the Department of Veterans Affairs to have his medications refilled and shipped to his home in San Bernardino, California a precaution during the coronavirus pandemic for veterans like Valdez, who at 73 is at high risk.

The refill request for his four medications for headaches, post-traumatic stress, and physical pain stemming from injuries incurred during his time in Vietnam as a Marine was sent on July 25.

The first arrived at the end of the month. The other three still haven't come.

When asked if he'd received any notifications from the VA over the delays, Valdez remarked: "If I did, I haven't gotten it yet."


https://taskandpurpose.com/news/postal-service-veteran-medication-delays

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Response to douglas9 (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 04:01 PM

5. I was told by my primary care physician

that if my medications are ordered on time but do not arrive on time to call her and she will write a VA prescription for me to take to Walmart for tens days worth. I do not know if all PCP will do this and I am sure there are some prescriptions they can't do this for.

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Response to marie999 (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 10:03 PM

6. I'm ordering my meds tomorrow

and am expecting them to be really late. Thankfully, I'm good for the next 40 days.

On a side note...I have co-pays on my RXs and I haven't received a bill from the VA for Rxs filled in June. I even went to my account at pay gov and there was a zero balance. Don't know what's going on.

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 12:04 PM

7. I am 100% service-connected disabled

but I wouldn't worry they will bill you eventually maybe.

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