Short-Term PrescriptionsShort-term prescriptions are those used to treat acute illnesses or injuries, but that you don’t need to continue taking past the prescription window your doctor prescribes.
Retail pharmacies are best for filling short-term prescriptions, which are usually only needed for one or two 30-day fills. You can get your short-term prescriptions at any participating retail pharmacy. Drop off your doctor’s prescription at your local pharmacy or have the doctor submit it electronically, and pick up your medication at a time that’s most convenient for you. Ask your pharmacist any questions you may have about dosages, side effects, and more.
If a generic drug is available, the amount you pay out-of-pocket will be less than if you choose the brand-name drug.
Long-Term Prescriptions and Mail Order
Long-term prescriptions are typically used to treat a chronic illness, such as asthma or high blood pressure, and are prescribed for more than 90 days. Similar to short-term prescriptions, you can lower your out-of-pocket cost if a generic drug is available.
For long-term prescriptions, you have two options that will lower your out-of-pocket cost: the CVS Caremark® Maintenance Choice program or the CVS Caremark® Mail Order Pharmacy.
Maintenance Choice is a long-term prescription program that lets you easily fill a 90-day supply of covered medications at a CVS retail pharmacy. Drop off your doctor’s prescription or have them submit it electronically, and pick up your medication at a time that’s most convenient to you.
The CVS Caremark® Mail Order Pharmacy allows you to fill a 90-day supply of covered medications that will be shipped directly to your home. You can expect delivery within 7-10 days from the time your order is placed, and your prescription will be sent in a private, tamper-resistant, and climate-controlled package.
Use the Mail Service Order Form or call CVS Caremark® at 1-800-875-0867 to order by phone.
Special Requirements and Quantity Limits
For some drugs, you will need to meet certain criteria before your prescription drug coverage is approved. Some drugs may also have limits on the quantity of medication dispensed per prescription.