Gov. Ducey order allows certain prescription refills without doctor visit

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 15:14:34-04

PHOENIX — A new Executive Order from Governor Doug Ducey is allowing prescription refills for certain medicines without having to go to the doctor’s office.

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The order provides a solution for many elderly and at-risk Arizonans who typically have to go out for a doctor appointment to refill a needed prescription.

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“We want to make sure our seniors and vulnerable populations are staying safe and physically distancing to the greatest extent possible, while having access to needed medications,” said Governor Ducey.

Pharmacists will be allowed to dispense emergency refills of maintenance medications for a 90-day supply, and an additional 90-day supply if needed.

Arizonans will also be able to receive a refill on their medication for up to 180 days, while avoiding the trip to the doctor.

Phone-in prescriptions will be allowed to be sent to the pharmacy via fax, scan, or photo as long as the original, hard copy prescription is kept by the prescriber.

The Executive Order also outlines new requirements when filling hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine; including limiting the prescription to a 14-day supply, requiring that a prescription must be presented with a diagnosis code for COVID-19 from the prescriber, and more.

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To read the entire Executive Order click here.