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Your TRICARE® Pharmacy Benefit Travels With You

If you are planning to travel, it’s important to remember some important facts about your prescription medication. The following tips will help you enjoy your time while 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 express-scripts.com/TRICARE 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, you can take all medications (including liquids, pills and other supplies) on the plane, but they must be screened and checked at a security checkpoint. Medications that aren't essential can be checked in your luggage or mailed to your destination ahead of time.
  • Take extra. 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 drug name, your doctor’s name, and your name on the label. 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.
  • Make a list and carry it with you. List out all of your current medications and the contact information for your primary care physician.

Other Travel Tips

  • Take your medication as directed. It may be difficult as your schedule may be irregular or you may be traveling through different time zones, but it’s important to take your medication at the proper time and frequency as prescribed by your doctor. If you have concerns, discuss it with your doctor.
  • Set a reminder. Traveling can be hectic. Set a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget to take your medications— the Express Scripts Mobile App can help.
  • Find a participating network pharmacy if you are short on medication. Find a participating network pharmacy near you. You can also use the Find a Pharmacy feature on the Express Scripts Mobile App.
  • Planning an extended trip? Remember to make travel plans for your maintenance medications. If you use Home Delivery, you can ship your medications to a temporary address by updating your account on express-scripts.com/TRICARE. Any remaining refills will be automatically mailed to your home address when you return.
  • Get your flu shot. Flu season peaks between December and February. To protect yourself during your trip, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine if you plan to travel during peak season or to parts of the world with ongoing influenza activity. Your TRICARE pharmacy benefit covers the flu shot – at no cost to you. Learn more about what your TRICARE pharmacy benefit covers at Tricare.mil.

Benefits of Home Delivery

  • It’s as easy as getting your mail.
    Have your medication delivered right to you for maximum convenience.
  • Your safety is our priority.
    Registered pharmacists check for potentially harmful interactions.
  • Delivering savings. Up to a 90-day supply, with shipping provided at no cost to you.

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




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