A medical prescription, also commonly abbreviated as Rx or QSR, is an official health guidance program implemented by a physician or other authorized health care provider in the form of written instructions that guide the administration of a patient’s health-care plan. In some instances, health plans are sold without a prescription from a licensed health care provider. Although most health insurance policies require a valid medical prescription in order to cover treatments covered under the policy, many individuals procrastinate seeking coverage for required medications and visit their primary care doctor instead. Others may need to use this type of health coverage after a health disaster or emergency, when it is not otherwise available. Others may find themselves without coverage when they experience a life-changing event, such as a divorce or accident, that changes their health care needs.
The majority of health insurance policies offer the option of purchasing drugs online through a pharmacy, although some require a prescription. Most pharmacies have a pharmacist on-staff who can accept most major credit cards and debit cards. Individuals can also purchase prescription medications through an online portal provided by the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT). There is an extensive section of the website dedicated to ordering medication online. Many websites allow patients to fill out a short form detailing their health history, the medications they wish to purchase, their contact information including email address and telephone number, and a few medical codes to ensure the correct medications are being covered. If a patient fills out the necessary paperwork properly, they should be able to purchase the medication on the same day they are approved.
States and counties that require a prescription for health maintenance coverage (HCP) coverages often have a pharmacy or HCP association that maintains a list of participating pharmacists. Pharmacies are required to provide the services of a pharmacist or nurse to dispense medications to patients who require them. In addition to providing necessary services, these pharmacists must obtain pre-approval from HCP prior to filling any prescriptions. This process is called pre-authorization. Most states require pharmacy technicians to be licensed or certified in order to participate in HCP programs. Pharmacy technicians must pass a state regulated exam in addition to obtaining their certifications.