The Alabama Department of Senior Services has received numerous calls regarding the emergency supply of medications available as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
There is a lot of confusion and misinformation circulating.
Under state law, a pharmacist can refill prescriptions in emergency situations, but they must contact a physician for authorization/verification/documentation within 72 hours.
As a result of the events of last week's hurricane, pharmacists may refill prescriptions for EVACUEES ONLY and will have 30 days to contact a physician (instead of 72 hours). These medications are NOT "free" and professional discretion may be applied by pharmacists as needed.
It's important to know that: this provision applies to EVACUEES only. Evacuees may need to show a driver's license or other documentation as proof of residence.
This provision is not limited to Medicaid or other public benefit recipients. ANY evacuee should have access to life-sustaining therapies.
This "emergency supply" is NOT a "free" supply of medications. AGAIN, the medications are NOT free. They may be covered by insurance, but it depends on the insurance policy and provider participation.
NON-EVACUEES should still have access (in theory) to their medications.