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TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery Automatic Prescription Refills Offer Peace of Mind

Beneficiaries who use TRICARE pharmacy home delivery get prescription medications shipped conveniently to their door. Home delivery also gives beneficiaries the option of automatic prescription refills when their medication supply is running low.

“Automatic refills lower the chances of unsafe breaks in medication therapy, which can lead to emergency room visits, hospitalizations and other health care setbacks,” said Rear Adm. Thomas J. McGinnis, chief of TRICARE Pharmacy Operations. “Auto refills or reminders are especially helpful for anyone being treated for chronic, long term conditions. It also cuts down on last minute dashes to a retail pharmacy.”

TRICARE beneficiaries can include prescriptions in the automatic refill program when they first sign up for Home Delivery, or they can go back later on to select that feature. Then, seven days before an automatic refill is scheduled for shipping, beneficiaries are reminded by email or phone that their medication supply may be running low. Unless they contact Express Scripts Inc. (ESI), the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, the prescription will be automatically refilled.

“Automatic prescription refills offer convenience and peace-of-mind to TRICARE beneficiaries,” McGinnis said. “And it helps us meet our firm commitment to their health.”

Beneficiaries using home delivery rather than civilian retail pharmacies also save money. Copayments at retail pharmacies are three times higher for a 90 day supply of the same medication – up to $176 more per year for a brand name prescription. Beneficiaries switching from retail to home delivery also helped the Department of Defense save $30 million in 2010.

For more information about home delivery, visit the TRICARE website at www.tricare.mil/homedelivery. To sign up for home delivery, or to enroll existing home delivery prescriptions in the automatic prescription refill program, beneficiaries should go to ESI’s website, www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE or call the TRICARE Member Choice Center at 877-363-1433.


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