Yes. Prescriptions must come from an MIT Medical provider or from an outside provider for whom you have a referral from an MIT Medical provider, with the exception of prescriptions from outside mental health providers and hospital emergency departments.
Yes. All MIT students and any other individual with an MIT Medical primary care provider (PCP) can fill prescriptions from outside mental health providers at the MIT Pharmacy. No referral is required.
You can fill most prescriptions from MIT Medical providers at any retail pharmacy that participates in the Express Scripts network. Show your Blue Cross Blue Shield ID card. Visit the MIT Benefits Office for more information about your cost or copay. For the most accurate information, always refer to your plan’s benefit description document.
Possibly. Depending on your individual insurance plan and the specific medication, you may be able buy up to a 90-day supply at one time at the MIT Pharmacy. If you are filling a prescription at a participating Express Scripts pharmacy, you may be limited to a 30-day supply on your medications. Some insurance plans allow for larger quantities of medicine via mail order. Check your plan’s benefit description document for details.
If you get your primary care at MIT Medical, but the MIT Pharmacy does not carry your prescription medication, we will order it, saving you a trip off campus, and you can pick it up at the MIT Pharmacy. Orders usually arrive within the next day or two. However, your copay will be the same as if you purchased it from an off-campus Express Scripts pharmacy.
No. If you want your prescriptions to be covered, you must use an Express Scripts pharmacy or the MIT Pharmacy. The only exception would be for prescriptions purchased at outside pharmacies after your prescription insurance is active but before receiving your Blue Cross Blue Shield ID card. To be reimbursed for those purchases, you will need to submit a claim form directly to Express Scripts.
Yes. Though certain restrictions apply, the MIT Pharmacy can send most prescriptions via UPS to any address within Massachusetts (not a P.O. box) for an additional charge. Call us at 617-253-1324 to provide a mailing address and credit card number (Visa or Mastercard only) to cover the prescription copay and mailing costs. If you are out of state, need a refill, and have refills remaining on your prescription, a local pharmacy can call us to request a prescription transfer if their state law allows. In addition, your MIT Medical provider can electronically transmit prescriptions to out-of-state pharmacies.
It depends on your insurance plan. Most MIT-sponsored health plans have no annual benefit limit for prescriptions filled at the MIT Pharmacy. Check your plan’s benefit description document for details
An “out-of-pocket maximum” is an annual limit on the amount of your own money that you are required to spend for healthcare costs that are covered by your insurance (not including premiums or balance-billed charges from out-of-network medical providers). Once you have spent that amount during a calendar year (January 1–December 31), your health insurance will cover additional costs in full for the rest of the year.
Different plans have different out-of-pocket maximums. Check your plan’s benefit description document for details
Yes. You’ll be able to pick up your prescriptions at MIT Medical/Lexington once you set up a pharmacy account using a credit card or FSA card. This allows you to order prescription refills using the 24-hour order line (617-253-0202) or the HealthELife patient portal. During regular workdays, prescriptions from the MIT Pharmacy are delivered to MIT Medical/Lexington several times a day. We can deliver most prescriptions within 48 hours of your order.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health allows pharmacies to accept the following forms of identification:
- Driver’s license (from any state or country)
- Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles identification
- Military ID card
- Permanent Resident Card (commonly referred to as a “green card”)
- Massachusetts Commission for the Blind identification card
Yes. You can return an over-the-counter product as long as you purchased it within the last 30 days, have the original sales receipt, and have not opened it. The product must be in its original, sealed packaging.
No. You cannot return a prescription product, even if it is unopened. Check your prescription purchases carefully before you leave the pharmacy to make sure you have the right product.
Yes, in most cases, generic and brand-name medications are interchangeable. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires generic medications to have the same effectiveness, active ingredients, strength, and form (e.g., pill, liquid, injection) as their brand-name counterparts. Inactive ingredients such as colorings and fillers may differ between brand-name and generic medications, but these ingredients must also meet strict FDA standards.
When it comes to prescriptions, brand-name medications are available only when the prescribing provider provides clinical documentation of medical necessity in the patient’s electronic medical record — for example, in the rare case that a patient has an adverse reaction to one of the inactive ingredients in the generic version. In that case, a patient would have a medical need for the brand-name version of the medication, and their provider would include the “medical justification” in the patient’s medical record.
If you are filling a prescription for a brand-name medication from an outside provider for whom you have a referral, you must provide us with the portion of your medical record that explains why you need the brand-name medication. You can ask the outside provider to give you a copy, or you can have the provider fax it both to your primary care provider at MIT Medical and to the MIT Pharmacy (617-253-0202).
Alternatively, you may choose to buy the brand-name medication without using your insurance coverage. That means paying the full retail price for the medication rather than your normal copay amount.
Due to issues involving licensing and security, the MIT Pharmacy is unable to install a drop-off kiosk for unwanted medications. However, we offer our patients two options for responsible medication disposal: postage-paid mailing envelopes and a drug-deactivation system that renders pharmaceutical compounds inert and safe for disposal with ordinary household waste. Both are available at no charge.
The postage-paid envelopes are a good solution for people who have many unwanted medications or who have liquid medications to dispose of, because each envelope can hold a number of medications in their original containers to be sent off for safe disposal. The drug-deactivation system, on the other hand, consists of a small pouch with an inner packet of activated carbon, a drug-deactivating agent. By mixing the activated carbon with water, you can safely deactivate up to 15 tablets of medication in each pouch.
You can stop by the MIT Pharmacy and ask for the drug-disposal option that best suits your needs. Undergraduates may also pick up drug-deactivation pouches from the MedLinks in their residences and living groups.
If you are enrolled in an MIT-sponsored employee health plan or in the MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan, you can ask to have your prescriptions sent to a local pharmacy for pick-up. For members of the MIT Traditional and MIT Choice Health plans, copayments for medications filled outside of MIT Medical’s pharmacy are always charged at the participating Express Scripts Pharmacy copay amount.
If you’re enrolled in an MIT-sponsored employee health plan, you also have the option of getting your medications in the mail through Express Scripts.
Contact your insurance company by using the customer-service phone number on the back of your insurance ID card.