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How much do you charge for prescription delivery in Minnesota?
United Community Pharmacy does not charge for courier or mail-order delivery of prescription medications. We are one of the few Minneapolis / St. Paul pharmacy specialists that deliver medications to your door in Minneapolis / St. Paul and the surrounding 12 counties area free of charge.
Can I pick up my MN prescriptions?
Sure, you can pick up your prescription medications from our Minneapolis / St. Paul pharmacy location or you can designate someone else to pick them up for you.
How easy is it to transfer my existing pharmacy prescriptions to your pharmacy in Twin Cities?
Transfering your prescription to our Minneapolis / St. Paul pharmacy is as easy as 1-2-3. Just provide us your name, date of birth, and previous pharmacy name and phone number and we’ll do the rest. You can fill out our easy online form by clicking here or you can call our Minneapolis pharmacy office during our working hours.
How do I refill my prescriptions in Minneapolis area?
Refilling your prescriptions at the United Community Pharmacy is easier than ever. Most of our clients enjoy our automatic refill program. By enrolling in this program, you will get the benefit of having your refillable medications automatically delivered several days before your supply runs out. We do all the work behind the scenes to get your medication delivered on time, every time. You can also request a refill by clicking here and completing the quick online form. Finally, you can email, call, or write to us at anytime to request a refill of your medications.
What is involved in the St Paul pharmacy process?
There is a lot more to dispensing medications than meets the eye. Here are just some of the things our Minneapolis / St. Paul pharmacy does on a daily basis:
- Find your drug on the shelf
- Make sure we have enough medication to fill your prescription
- Confirm that the prescription is legal
- Check the prescription against the indication and patient profile
- Key in the prescription into the computer program
- Count the pills, tablets, gel caps, sprays, and creams
- Put a label on vials
- Cross-check the keyboarded information against the paper copy of the prescription
- Check the medication against your personal profile to make sure there are no drug or disease interactions and determining, if any exist, whether any of them are detrimental to your health
- Call the insurance company or the doctor that wrote your prescription
- Make sure your prescription is billable to the insurance company
- Answer phones to accept new prescriptions, refill requests and general queries from other clients
- Check voicemail
- Counsel other clients
- Fax in and out other clients’ refills
- Call doctors about prescriptions that are difficult to read or do not make sense medically
- Order new inventory
- Return unpurchased medications to pharmacy stock
- Calling clients to arrange delivery dates and times
What are your Twin Cities pharmacy hours of operation?
United Community Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Our Twin Cities pharmacy accepts phone calls and messages 24/7.
What payment methods do you take for prescriptions in Twin Cities?
United Community Pharmacy accepts payments for Twin Cities pharmacy medications via cash, check, credit cards, debit cards with the Visa and Mastercard logos and ACH withdrawals.
Are generic medications as effective and safe as brand name medications?
Many myths exist concerning generic medications. Some people think generic medications are not as safe or effective as the same brand-name medicines. The truth is that the government requires that all FDA-approved medications, whether brand name and generic, must be safe and effective. To receive government approval, the generic medicine must contain the same active ingredients as the brand-name medicine and has to meet the same definitive quality standards. Also, the generic product has to be the same in strength and dosage to the original brand name product. At United Community Pharmacy, we use our pharmacists’ experience and many authoritative resources to make sure the generic medication you receive is the best for you.
Why do brand name drugs cost so much more than generic drugs?
It costs a lot of money to create a new brand name medicine and bring it to the public. Moreover, brand name drugs initially have no competition due to the patent system and thus generic drug manufacturers cannot produce the same drug until several years have elapsed. Generic drug manufacturers do not have to pay for the time, efforts, and research that led to the production of the new brand name medicine. Therefore, generic medications cost significantly less for the identical ingredients, strengths and doses. Thus, when you select a generic medication from the Minneapolis United Community Pharmacy store, the savings are generally passed on to you. Generic drugs often lower out-of-pocket costs by up to 55 percent over the cost of brand name drugs.
How can I find which generic drug replaces the brand name medicine I am taking?
United Community Pharmacy welcomes all pharmacy related questions. Please contact our Minneapolis / St. Paul pharmacy office by phone, email, or mail. We will gladly tell you which generic drug replaces the brand name medicine you are taking.
How do I know what copayment I will have to pay for my current prescription in Minneapolis area?
There are two ways to find out what copayment you will have. The quickest option involves our Minneapolis / St. Paul pharmacy to process your prescription. The insurance company will immediately tell our Minnesota pharmacist what it will pay and what your copayment is. We will then promptly call you to tell you what your copayment is. The other option is to call your insurance company and ask them. When doing so, please be aware that some insurance companies cannot provide specific information until your pharmacy processes the prescription. If this happens to you, just call our Minnesota pharmacy and we will gladly help you out.
Should I provide my doctor with my medication list?
Next time you go to your doctor, please bring a medication list. If you do so, your Twin Cities doctor can help you save money and time by reviewing your medications. If you have ever switched doctors or plan to visit a new one, please don’t hesitate to ask our Minneapolis / St. Paul pharmacy specialists for a medication list print-out. We will send it to you free of charge!
Are all of my Minnesota prescription medications checked for drug interactions?
At United Community Pharmacy our Minneapolis / St. Paul pharmacy team uses their professional judgment on a daily basis to assess the potential of your prescription medications interacting in a negative manner with other drugs you take. Also, insurance companies often identify potential drug interactions during the claim submission process and additionally send a notification electronically to our Twin Cities pharmacist for their review and consideration. This way, we protect you from drug interaction problems.
What are controlled substances?
The DEA has categorized classes of prescription medications having a higher than normal possibility for abuse and addiction. Such prescription medicines, known as controlled substances, are separated into categories based on the possibility for abuse and addiction. These medicines range from illicit street drugs (Controlled 1) to medicines with a declining possibility for addition and abuse (Controlled 2 through 5). Most prescriptions that contain narcotics often get classified as Controlled 2, since there is a relatively high possibility for abuse and addiction. Dispensing drugs in the Controlled 2 category often requires pharmacists to meet additional safeguards, so it often takes slightly longer to process a Controlled 2 drug compared to other classes of prescription medications.
For how long are my MN prescription refills valid?
Your United Community Pharmacy refills are valid for up to one (1) year. If we have transferred your prescription from another pharmacy, there is a good chance that you have less 12 months remaining on your refills. To save our clients’ time, we always make the effort to contact the doctor to request a new 1-year prescription before the previous one expires.
What insurance plans does the United Community Pharmacy accept?
The United Community Pharmacy accepts almost all prescription insurance plans, including Medicare Part D plans. Thus far, we never turned a client away. If you have questions about your particular plan, just call us and our Minnesota pharmacy staff will let you know right away.