Medical ServicesPrescription Medications
Starting on Medications
Medical Services works with students to manage all of their health care needs, including prescription medications. We encourage students to select a Primary Care Provider to obtain prescription medications in a timely fashion, get information about benefits and potential side effects, and about drug-to-drug interactions.
If a provider outside of Medical Services has already prescribed medication for you, considerations of quality care dictate that you still have a thorough assessment at Medical Services before we are able to prescribe that medication for you. Even if the prescription you were given a few months ago was right for you then, it may not be right for you now. Our providers need to assess the efficacy of your medication and potential side effects before continuing the prescription. Please contact Medical Services to schedule an appointment.
Prescriptions can be filled at any local drugstore. For information about utilizing pharmacy benefits go to the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, or contact your insurance carrier.
For routine prescription renewals, contact your Primary Care Provider directly via Open Communicator to request a renewal. A minimum of two business days notice before your prescription expires will allow your provider and pharmacy the necessary time to process your request accurately. Your call for a prescription renewal may serve as an opportunity to schedule a follow-up appointment, make you aware of preventive services, or obtain up-to-date contact information.