Can someone else pick up your prescriptions?

Is picking up a medicine on someone else’s behalf at the pharmacy allowed? Here’s everything you need to know.

Usually, picking or getting a prescription is an easy procedure. But, things may be a bit more difficult for wounded, old, or disabled people. It may be required in certain situations for someone else to pick up the prescription on behalf of the patient. The need is to understand the procedure, how to pick up a prescription, and what the pharmacy asks of someone picking up a prescription on behalf of another patient.

In some instances, the answer is yes. A pharmacist may draw valid conclusions about the patient’s best interests based on professional judgment and expertise with usual practice when permitting someone other than the patient to pick up a prescription. It is an everyday experience that a relative or friend arrives at a pharmacy and requests to pick up a specific prescription for an individual effectively verifies that they are involved in the individual’s care, and according to the rules of the HIPAA, it allows the pharmacist to give the relative or friend the filled prescription. The person does not require to provide the pharmacist with the names of these people ahead of time.

Picking up Prescriptions


The terms “picking up a prescription” or “filling a prescription” refer to picking up the medicine on someone else’s behalf at the pharmacy.

Another way, the prescription has already been written for a patient.

We’re not talking about getting a doctor to prescribe for someone else. Prescriptions are only written for individual patients by doctors.

Usually, getting a prescription for oneself is a straightforward procedure.

  1. The patient’s prescription is delivered to the pharmacy by the doctor either online, through fax, or on paper.
  2. The patient goes to the pharmacy to have their prescription filled.
  3. The pharmacy fills the prescription and bills the patient.

To pick up a prescription, most pharmacies merely demand the patient’s name, date of birth, and a valid form of payment. Some prescriptions, such as restricted pharmaceuticals, will need a valid ID.

Can someone else pick up my prescription?

Practically, the answer is, yes – your prescription may usually be picked up by someone else.

But, that individual will likely need a few more things.

If the doctor wrote a prescription, for example, the person picking up the drug will require the written prescription to have it filled at the pharmacy.

Most pharmacies will also request proof that you are familiar with the patient. This might include knowing the patient’s name, date of birth, and other personal information. However, some pharmacists believe that just showing up at the drugstore to pick up a particular prescription for a person is sufficient. But when someone comes to pick up a prescription for another person, it all depends on the pharmacist’s professional judgment.

Collecting ‘controlled prescription’ from a pharmacy on behalf of someone else


Morphine, pethidine, and methadone are examples of controlled substances. Because controlled drugs are frequently abused, their distribution is subject to more stringent regulatory restrictions. The pharmacist may require evidence of identification if you’re picking up a “restricted drug” for someone else. They could also check with the patient to see whether their medication is being picked up by someone else.

HIPAA Rules and Regulations

HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) permits health care practitioners to use their clinical judgment, expertise, and expertise to determine whether it is in the best interests of the patient to approve another person to pick up a prescription, medical supplies, X-rays, or other similar types of things for the patient.

The fact that a family or friend visits a pharmacy and requests to pick up a particular prescription delivery for a patient, for example, clearly validates that they are engaged in the patient’s treatment. HIPAA permits the pharmacist to hand over a filled prescription to a family member or colleague. The patient does not require to provide their names to the pharmacist ahead of time.

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