How many cycles of birth control pills will I receive?
- There's many of factors to consider when the pharmacist determines how
many cycles to dispense.
- How the prescription was written. Was it written to dispense only
one cycle at a time, or did it allow for more than one cycle to be
dispensed? If your family physician wants you to have more than one
cycle at a time, they need to write the prescription so that multiple
cycles can be dispensed.
- The amount of time left in the semester. The pharmacy may
dispense enough cycles to last through the end of eligibility.
- How many refills are left on your prescription.
- How many cycles you have already received for the semester.
All of these factors have to be taken into consideration before the
pharmacist can determine how many cycles to dispense.
- How do I transfer my prescription in?
- There are now a number of ways to transfer your prescription into the
- The easiest is to go to MyMcKinley
and fill out the prescription transfer form. When your prescription is ready for pick-up, we'll leave a message in
your MyMcKinley area. The transfer page is intended for
transferring prescriptions to our pharmacy, not for transferring them
out to another pharmacy. -or-
- Bring your bottle or compact to the pharmacy. From the information
on the label, we'll call the pharmacy where your prescription was
originally filled and transfer the information in. This could take as
long as a week depending on the time of the year and the number of
prescriptions that need to be transferred. -or-
- Call us with the information. We'll call the pharmacy where the
prescription was filled and transfer the prescription in.
The pharmacy prefers that you use the MyMcKinley
transfer page to transfer your prescription in.
- How do I transfer a prescription out?
- To transfer your prescription out, take your label or bottle to the
pharmacy of your choice - it has all of the information needed to transfer
the prescription. If you don't have a label, you can still go to an
outside pharmacy - give them your name, ID number, our phone number
(217-333-2710,) and the name of the medication you want transferred.
They'll call our pharmacy to transfer the prescription.
- Does the McKinley Fee cover prescriptions filled at other pharmacies?
- No - the Health Service Fee only applies to prescriptions filled at the
- Can I have a prescription written by my family physician filled at
- Yes, you may have it filled as long as the medication is
a preferred-capitated formulary item. Again, call first if you have questions.
- How do I get my outside prescription filled?
- If you have a prescription written by an outside physician, you can
bring it in or have your physician fax the prescription to us at
217-244-6309. It sometimes takes a while for your physician to get it to
us, so it's a good idea to call to make sure we have received the fax and
are able to fill it. It's helpful if your physician puts your student ID
number and birth date on the prescription. This allows us to process faxed
prescriptions as they come in. We currently don't accept call-in
prescriptions unless your physician can't fax it in.
- I talked to my doctor's nurse this morning; when will they fax in my
- There are many factors that affect how long it takes your doctor to
phone or fax us your prescription:
- How long it takes the nurse to give them the message - doctors don't
necessarily get all the messages immediately when they're called in.
- The amount of time it takes to request your chart.
- When they can find time to review your records - this can vary
depending on how well your doctor knows you, how busy the office is,
and the number of patients that are waiting.
- The number of calls and questions they have to answer before they
get to yours.
- How they fit this into a already busy schedule of seeing patients.
If they're running behind, they might not fax your prescription in
until the end of the day.
- How busy the nurses are if they're the ones responsible for faxing
in the prescription.
- Some offices do not return calls or fax in prescriptions until the
Please allow at least 24 hours from the time you talked to you doctor
before calling to check on your prescription, unless it's an emergency.
- I'm out of refills - will you call my doctor?
- Currently, we don't call physicians for refills. If the prescription is
written by a McKinley physician, you'll need to contact Dial-A-Nurse.
If it's written by your family physician, you should contact them and get
a new prescription faxed to us. Our fax number is 217-244-6309.
- Eligibility - When will I
be charged the Health Service Fee?
- As a general rule, you'll be charged the fee if you're taking 6 or more hours per semester. This fee is
included with your tuition bill. There are some exceptions - for example,
registered students not studying on campus or study abroad students
are not charged the fee - they are not in town to use the McKinley
services. McKinley now allows spouses of graduate students to purchase
McKinley coverage. If you have questions on your coverage, contact the Business
- As a study abroad student, can I purchase medications for the entire
- If your prescriptions have enough refills and your physician approves,
you can purchase the medication necessary to get you through. You
also have the option of extending your coverage, which may be cheaper than
purchasing the medications.
- When does the McKinley coverage end?
- Eligibility ends the day before the start of classes for the next
semester/session. For exact dates, see the Business Office Web page.
- What restrictions are put on buying prescriptions?
- You have 90 days after the end of your eligibility to purchase any
refills you have at McKinley. You can also transfer your
- May I buy birth control pills for the summer?
- If you have refills available, you can purchase the cycles needed to
carry you through the summer. We recommend that you don't wait
until the very end of the semester to do this.
- Will the antibiotic that I am taking interfere with my birth control
- Some antibiotics
can decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. Please discuss this
with your provider or pharmacist. If they feel there may be a decrease in
effectiveness, use some other form of back up protection while on the
antibiotic and for an additional seven days.
- What kinds of birth control pills does the pharmacy stock?
- Check here to see the most recent list of available
- Do I have refills left on my prescription?
- The last line on your label tells you how many refills remain on your
prescription to be filled by a certain date. A prescription is good for
one year from the date it's written. A controlled drug is good for six
months from the date it's written.
- What is the refill line, and how does it work?
- Please call 24 hours before you intend to pick up your prescription. Call
the refill line at 244-2511 - it will ask for the following
- Your Name
- Your student ID number
- Your prescription number or the name of the medication that you want
- Your phone number
You can now get to the refill line from the pharmacy's main phone
number (333-2710). We'll try to contact you if there's a problem
with your request.
- Does McKinley accept outside insurance cards?
- No, not at this time.
- I've lost my medication, can I get a refill free of charge?
- No, McKinley is not responsible for lost medications. If you lose your
medication and have refills remaining, you'll have to purchase the refill.
If a medication that's lost has no refills, you'll need to get a new
prescription before coming to the pharmacy to purchase your medication.
- What kind of payment do you accept?
- Cash, check, credit card (Visa, Discover, MasterCard). It may be
possible to charge medication to your student account.
- What are the Pharmacy's hours?
- Our hours are:
|| 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm
Winter Break and Summer:
|| 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm
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