Faxing prescriptions to a pharmacy

My doctor’s office usually faxes in my prescription to a local pharmacy, but this time my doctor gave me a written prescription to take in myself. Can I fax it instead?

The short answer is: probably not.

For the most part, laws concerning medications vary by state, but all of them are incredibly stringent when it comes to prescription drugs. In order to keep patients from abusing the system (and abusing drugs), there are very strict rules for faxing. The fax must contain specific patient information and be manually signed by the prescriber. It must be sent over an approved encrypted fax machine that doesn’t go through a third party, and it must be received by an accredited pharmacy.

If you’re looking for a faster, easier way to get your prescription through, there’s always the possibility of electronic prescriptions as approved by the DEA. But again, that will have to go through your medical provider, and is not something you can do yourself. Sorry!

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