Some schools with larger student health centers operate their own pharmacy. If there is not an on-campus pharmacy, the student health center will likely be able to connect you with a local pharmacy. Some colleges even offer pharmacy delivery services.
Here are some things to consider when using the on-campus pharmacy:
- Where is it located?
- What are the hours?
- Will they only fill prescriptions written by a provider at the student health/wellness center? In other words, can you transfer a prescription from your provider back home to the campus pharmacy?
- Does this pharmacy accept your health insurance?
- Can the pharmacy call your provider’s office for refills or call other pharmacies to transfer your prescription to the on-campus pharmacy?
- How do you refill your prescription? Is it automatic or do you need to call it in each time?
Sometimes a student health pharmacy provides over-the-counter medicines and health supplies—possibly at a discount compared to other stores. Take advantage of this for things like bandages, allergy pills, or pain relief.
Your student health pharmacy may also provide discounted emergency contraception (EC). This means that you could get EC (or the “morning after pill”) cheaper at the student health pharmacy compared to an off-campus pharmacy. Check with your student health pharmacy to see if EC is available and how much it costs before heading off campus. Remember: it’s best to have EC on hand and readily available for emergencies; if it’s inexpensive, consider buying one ahead of time so you have it in case you need it.