I usually go to Walgreens. I LOVE Walgreens. I love that they have a drive thru, that they are usually open 24 hours, and I have never had a problem with them. There have been many times when my husband was deployed that I had a sick child in the car with a very high temperature. It is so great to just do the drive thru and frankly, healthier for everyone involved. Once, I even called the pharmacy in advance and asked if I could get some Pedialyte and diapers through the drive-thru when I pick up my son’s prescription. They were more than happy to help me. So, when the doctor asked me where do I want my prescription filled, I wasn’t sure how to reply. I realized I haven’t researched the pharmacy situation since it was announced that Walgreens will no longer be accepting Tricare. I’m not here to get into a debate about whose fault it was and if you want to read more about it you can read Tricare’s message and/or Walgreen’s message. I suppose I am fortunate that my family hasn’t needed a prescription filled since the start of the new year.
I realized this is another area where Military Word of Mouth could be useful because everywhere has different pharmacies. Each pharmacy has different features and/or hours. So, I ended up picking Longs who I guess is in a partnership with CVS. However, there is no drive-thru and the hours are limited. SO what happens when I have to go to the urgent care at 8pm for a urinary tract infection? Do I really have to wait until the next morning to get the prescription filled? While in Virginia I would go to Patient First and they had a pharmacy within the facility and that was great, but I don’t know the options here yet. If you are Tricare Prime, your base medical/pharmacy isn’t open 24 hours, unless it’s a hospital, right? Each installation is different. Please take a moment to share where you go to get your prescription filled or care after hours. Share the name of the installation you are at and share your experiences with them.