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Your TRICARE® Pharmacy Benefit Travels With You

Summertime is vacation time so while you’re planning for fun and travel, it’s also important to remember some important facts about your prescription medication.

Express Scripts, the administrator of the TRICARE® Pharmacy Program offers some simple ideas to help you enjoy your vacation by staying healthy and taking your medication as directed by your doctor.

Plan Head: Order Refills Before Your Trip

  • Make sure you have enough medication to last through your trip, but if you need refills before you go, plan early
  • If your medication is not eligible for a refill yet, ask for an exception called a “vacation override” to get it filled before you leave town
  • To order refills in Home Delivery:
    • Call 877.363.1303 and speak to a Patient Care Advocate; have your ID, prescription number and credit card information handy when you call
    • Visit and set up your account
    • Use the Express Scripts mobile app (download it for free in the app store on your mobile device)

Note: If your medication is filled by a military or a retail pharmacy, you can call the refill number listed on the prescription bottle.

Packing Medications

  • Keep essential medications with you. When flying, passengers are allowed to take all medications (including liquids, pills and other supplies) on the plane, but they must be screened and checked at a security checkpoint. If possible, you should keep all medications with you in your carry-on bag. If you can’t keep all your medication in your carry-on, at least keep your essential medications with you. Medications that aren't essential can be checked in your luggage or mailed to your destination ahead of time.
  • Take extra. It is a good idea to pack extra medication in case of delays. One good rule of thumb is to have an additional week of medication on-hand.
  • Keep medications in the original bottles. Make sure all prescription medications are in the original bottles with the name of the drug, the name of your doctor and your name on the label. In times of heightened security, you may need to prove that the name on the prescription bottles matches your identification.
  • If you need to pack syringes, carry a copy of the prescription for the syringes and other information proving medical necessity. It also may be helpful to carry a list of all of your current medications and a list of contact information for your primary care physician. To avoid security screening concerns, you may always send your liquid medication to your destination ahead of time.

Other Travel Tips

  • Adherence is important. While on vacation, take your medication at the proper time and frequency as prescribed by your doctor. It may be difficult as your schedule may be irregular or you may be traveling through different time zones, but it’s important you do not skip doses or take too much medication. Discuss these concerns with your doctor who can help you make any necessary changes to your medication schedule.
  • Set a reminder. Traveling can be hectic. One helpful tool is to set a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget to take your medications.

Pharmacy Tools On the Go

  • If you do find yourself away from home and short on medication, finding a retail pharmacy is easy. To find the nearest TRICARE retail network pharmacy, call 877.363.1303 or visit The website allows you to search by ZIP code or street address for a retail pharmacy near you. It also provides all the tools and information you need to manage your pharmacy benefit wherever you are. These same tools also are offered on your phone using the Express Scripts mobile app.
  • Planning an extended trip? If you’re planning a trip that will take you away from home for an extended period of time, remember to make travel plans for your maintenance medications as well. Beneficiaries who take part in Home Delivery can have their prescriptions mailed to a temporary address simply by calling 877.363.1303 and providing the address and travel dates to a Patient Care Advocate. Any remaining refills will be automatically mailed to your home address when you return.

Additional Benefits of Home Delivery

  • Convenience
    Have your medication delivered right to you – wherever you are traveling Pharmacists at Express Scripts work behind the scenes to keep beneficiaries safe and healthy, and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Refill your medication through our mobile app, online, by phone or enroll in automatic refills
  • Safety
    Medication delivery in weather-resistant packaging with temperature-controlled shipping Specialty Medication Care Management Program provided at no cost to you
  • Savings
    Standard shipping provided at no cost to you $0 copayment for Active Duty Service Members Receive up to a 90-day supply of your maintenance medication Compare a 90-day supply of medication at Home Delivery to a 90-day supply at retail

Enjoy your vacation knowing your TRICARE pharmacy benefit travels with you.

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