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Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology
The medications listed on this website are provided for informational purposes only. Their inclusion does not guarantee that they will be prescribed to any individual, as treatment decisions are ultimately at the discretion of healthcare providers. This list is not exhaustive, and healthcare providers may prescribe other medications, including non-stimulant options, based on the patient’s unique health circumstances and needs.

Online medication management, including the need to request a prescription or renew it, is now more accessible thanks to telemedicine. Doctors can conduct evaluations and prescribe medications online via live video calls. Still, the process of getting online prescriptions may seem difficult to those who have always had appointments at a doctor’s office.

Before a person decides to see a doctor online, many questions may arise. Which medications can be prescribed online? How frequently should you see the prescriber? And most importantly, can you get or renew a prescription without visiting a doctor at all?

To help you resolve any concerns and tell the details of getting medications via telemedicine, we’ve prepared this post. Let’s get going!

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What Are Online Prescriptions?

Online prescriptions and paper prescriptions work the same way. These are documents needed to obtain specific medications at a pharmacy. The only difference is that an online prescription is not printed but simply sent electronically to the selected pharmacy.

By using telemedicine services, doctors can provide initial prescriptions and renew the existing prescriptions to ensure medication refills. For some types of medicines, patients can do so without having to see a primary care doctor or another healthcare professional in a traditional clinic. Medications for mental health treatment can be prescribed online as well.

Who Can Prescribe Medicine Online?

Online prescribing practices are regulated, and the requirements and limitations may vary by state. Typically licensed medical doctors, including primary care physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, and other healthcare providers, can prescribe medications online. In addition, nurse practitioners and physician assistants may also be able to prescribe medications online. For prescribing controlled substances via telemedicine, doctors may need additional authorization. That’s because these medicines pose a higher risk for misuse and dependence. Also, a patient has to go through an evaluation during an initial appointment to receive a prescription.

What Medications Can Be Prescribed Online?

Authorized healthcare providers are permitted to prescribe various drugs through telehealth services. These include over-the-counter medications, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, etc. However, there are certain limitations on the online prescription of controlled medications [1*] . In this case, healthcare professionals should meet specific criteria [2*] to be able to prescribe these drugs online.

How to Get a Prescription Online?

Getting prescriptions online helps you save time and effort by quickly scheduling a virtual appointment with a doctor. Here’s how to get an online prescription.

  • Go through an online evaluation. At MEDvidi, your journey starts with signing up on the platform and providing the necessary personal details. Once you’ve completed the sign-up process, you can easily book an appointment. 
  • See a doctor online. During a video appointment, a healthcare provider will examine your symptoms and health history. They may also ask relevant questions to gain a comprehensive understanding of your condition. Based on the gathered information, the doctor will also make a diagnosis, recommend a course of treatment, and provide an online prescription if you qualify for it.
  • Attend follow-ups to refill a prescription. Follow-up appointments are needed to evaluate the effects of treatment and adjust medication dosage if needed.

Online medication management is a few clicks away.

How to Get a Prescription Refill Without Seeing a Doctor?

To refill a prescription for your medication, you have to attend an appointment with a doctor licensed to practice in your state. However, now you don’t need to go to the hospital in-person: online visits via telemedicine services are enough for many types of medications. If the medication is given for a valid medical purpose, you can obtain refills in almost any online clinic.
A doctor can electronically submit your new prescription to your pharmacy after reviewing your medical history and previous prescription.

The number of prescription refills you can receive per consultation varies by state laws. For Schedule III or IV drugs [3*] , the FDA stipulates that a pharmacist can fill prescriptions for up to five refills without first seeking a doctor’s approval. Nevertheless, they are limited to six months from the date on the initial prescription that they were issued.

What Prescriptions Cannot Be Refilled?

Online refills for certain medications, particularly Schedule II controlled substances, will have certain limitations according to the updated federal laws [4*] enforced by the DEA. This means that if you have been prescribed a Schedule II medication, you will need a new prescription from your healthcare provider each time you want to obtain a refill. These medications require a fresh prescription for each filling, and pharmacies cannot dispense them based on refills alone. These include Oxycodone, Vicodin Percocet, Morphine, and stimulant medications, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Provigil, and others.

Delivery of prescriptions within 24 hours, including drugs on Schedules II to V, to the pharmacy of your choice.

Why Get Prescriptions Through Telemedicine Visits

Receiving prescriptions online offers several benefits, including:

  • Improved accessibility. Telehealth services improve access to healthcare, especially for individuals with limited mobility, those in remote areas, or individuals with busy schedules.
  • Affordable prices. Most of the time, online appointments are cheaper than visits to traditional walk-in clinics.
  • Time and cost savings. Online pill prescriptions can save time and money. It eliminates the need for transportation expenses and time spent traveling to healthcare facilities or pharmacies.
  • Better privacy. Online prescriptions provide an added layer of privacy and confidentiality. Some individuals may feel more comfortable renewing a prescription or discussing their health issues through telehealth platforms rather than face-to-face consultations.
  • Seamless refills. For some medications, there are easy online prescription refill options, allowing individuals to reorder their medications without the need for repeated consultations. This streamlines the prescription refill process and ensures continuity of treatment.
  • Privacy. You can keep your privacy while still getting the medication you require. Your information is kept private, and you don’t risk meeting someone you know when going to a clinic.

How Secure Are Online Pharmacies?

To ensure the safety and security of the chosen online pharmacy, check if it has a licensed pharmacist available to answer your inquiries to make sure you are on the correct website. You can also check the license of the chosen pharmacy using the FDA.gov website.

The website must be secure as well. Your information has to be encrypted using specialized techniques: they transform it into a code that is incomprehensible to others. When a website is not secure, this implies that anyone who stumbles across the information you fill out, like your address and your credit card number, could read it and use it. So, refer to trusted online clinics and pharmacies, and don’t hesitate to seek approval of their credibility if something bothers you.

In Conclusion

Getting a prescription online is a convenient way to get the medicine you need without all the fuss. A virtual doctor’s appointment enables you to minimize the disturbance to your day if you are unable to take time off from work, school, or have children at home. Although you have to attend an online or in-person appointment to get the first prescription, for many types of drugs, the prescription can be refilled a certain number of times without seeing a doctor. To arrange a consultation with a healthcare provider online, get in touch with us right away.

FAQ

The process of getting a prescription typically involves scheduling an appointment, online doctor’s evaluation, treatment discussion, and prescription issuance.

Online prescriptions are as valid as paper ones if they have been provided by licensed healthcare practitioners.

When requesting a prescription, it is important to provide your doctor with accurate information about your symptoms, medical history, and any previous medications or treatments you have tried. This helps the doctor make an informed decision about whether a prescription is appropriate and which medication is most suitable for your condition.

You can take a doctor’s prescription to any pharmacy of your choice. You can also choose a specific pharmacy. Note that some pharmacies do not accept online prescriptions, so you can select another one in your account or by contacting our Care Team.

Yes, instead of providing a physical paper prescription to the patient, the doctor can digitally transfer the prescription details directly to your local pharmacy through a secure electronic system.

The terms “prescription renewal” and “refill” are often used interchangeably, but they can have slightly different meanings. A prescription renewal refers to obtaining a new prescription for a medication that you have been previously prescribed when the current prescription expires. A prescription refill, on the other hand, usually refers to obtaining additional doses of a medication that has already been prescribed and is still valid.

Online pharmacies require prescriptions just like offline ones.

Yes, prescription drugs can be ordered online in the USA. However, it is important to follow certain guidelines and ensure that the online pharmacy is legitimate and operates within the laws and regulations of the United States. Check the FDA’s tools [5*] to identify the reliability of online pharmacies.

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  1. Controlled Substance Schedules
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  2. Prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. (2023)
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  3. CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. (2023)
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  4. DEA Announces Proposed Rules for Permanent Telemedicine Flexibilities. (2023)
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  5. BeSafeRx: Your Source for Online Pharmacy Information. (2020)
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Rabia Khaliq

MSc in Applied Psychology
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