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Pharmacy Services for Faculty, Staff and Retirees

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Please Note All Penn State students, and current and retired Penn State employees may use the UHS Pharmacy. The following information details how employees and retirees can use the UHS Pharmacy, but it does not include details about Penn State prescription insurance benefits. For more information about these benefits, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources Employee Benefits Division website, the Highmark website or contact Highmark Customer Service. PPOBlue members, call 800.914.4384; FreedomBlue PFFS members call 866.918.5285.

First Time Pharmacy Customers (Employees and Retirees)

Please complete this form (PDF). If you have any prescriptions that need to be filled now please attach them to the completed form and drop off or mail to UHS Pharmacy, 202 Student Health Center, University Park, PA 16802. After your first prescription has been filled you will be able to use one of our easy prescription refill options. We encourage customers to have their prescriptions mailed. If you choose this option, your order will be sent within 14 business days. There is no charge for mailing to a Penn State campus address for current Penn State employees. There is a $3 per package shipping and handling charge for mailing to home address--no matter how many medications are in the package. Consolidating all your medications into one order is a great way to save money! If you choose to pick up your prescriptions, they will be ready in two business days. The pharmacy generally experiences less traffic before 11:30 a.m. Please note that the pharmacy opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Special information for Penn State Retirees

New Prescriptions

The UHS Pharmacy will fill written, original prescriptions from a UHS clinician or from your own clinician. You may bring your prescription to the Pharmacy service window on the second floor (entry level) of the Student Health Center or the prescribing clinician may fax it to the pharmacy at 814.863.5371.

We cannot accept prescriptions:

Prescription Refills

Need a prescription refilled? If you already have a prescription on file at the UHS Pharmacy, we offer two convenient ways to request refills. Your prescription will be ready for pickup within 48 hours after you place your order.

Prescription Delivery by Mail

There is a $3.00 shipping and handling fee per package (no matter how many medications are in the package) when mailed to the home address of a retiree or current employee. Consolidating all of your medications in one order will save you postage. Allow 14 working days for medications mailed to your home address. Mailing is free to on-campus addresses. (This includes Penn State employees at Cooperative Extension offices if mailed to the Extension office.) Be sure to provide your current campus address.

Mailing Restrictions

The UHS Pharmacy will not mail certain medications. These include Adderall, Concenta, Dexedrine, Oxycontin, Duragesic, Percocet/Percodan, Ritalin, Metadate CD and their generic equivalents.

Maintenance Prescription Drugs

When medicine is prescribed for a chronic condition and it must be taken on a regular, recurring basis (usually 6 months or longer) that medication is said to be used on a maintenance basis. All maintenance prescriptions are filled for 90 day supplies.

Prescription Costs

Highmark Blue Shield maintains the formulary, or list of covered drugs, and the formulary applies for both retail and maintenance programs. Prescriptions included on the formulary receive the highest level of coverage. However, your drug plan allows you the freedom to choose to receive some medication that is not included on the formulary. You pay 20 percent of the cost of medications listed on the formulary and 70 percent of the cost of non-formulary medications. The specific medication cost is on the MedcoHealth website.

Using the Formulary

A formulary is a preferred list of medications that encourages the use of the most clinically effective and cost effective medications. Highmark Blue Shield maintains the formulary, or list of covered drugs, and the formulary applies for both retail and maintenance programs.

Generic Substitutions

Generic drugs will be substituted for brand name drugs.  A generic drug is one that meets the same FDA standards for safety as a brand name drug, is therapeutically equivalent to a brand name drug, and has the same active ingredients in the same mounts. Using generic medications where they are available helps you minimize out-of-pocket expenses.

Payment Options

You may pay by cash, check, credit card, or through a charge to your account. You will receive a billing statement that can be paid off monthly.

Additional Information

For more information about the UHS Pharmacy, please contact: University Health Services 814.865.9321 Toll Free: 800.821-7285 202 Student Health Center University Park, PA 16802 or you may e-mail your questions to:

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