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How Much Time Can You Save Ordering Prescriptions?

Is there a quicker way to obtain brand name prescription drugs?

Is there a quicker way to obtain brand name prescription drugs?

Suppose you’re interested in obtaining a prescription drug like Viagra.

While the actual purchase transaction may only take a couple of minutes, the necessary steps leading up to that purchase can take a serious chunk of time out of your day … that is, if you go the traditional route and make a doctor’s appointment in order to obtain a prescription.

How Long It Takes the Traditional Way

The first step to take when you need a prescription drug is traditionally to phone your physician and make an appointment. The typical call to a medical practice in order to set up an appointment will cost you 5 to 10 minutes of your time.

It’s the day of your appointment, and you’ve arranged time off from work to visit your doctor. Assuming you don’t work in a remote area where you would have a very long drive, the time spent getting to your physician’s office should take 15 or 20 minutes.

Now you’ve arrived at the doctor’s office and have signed in. You hand over any pertinent insurance information and find a seat in the waiting area, where if you’re lucky, you’ll find a relatively recent issue of a bland magazine to look at while you wait. Or you can break out your phone and play Tetris while you wait for the physician to see you. Expect to wait anywhere from 17 to 30 minutes, according to data from 2010.

Next, you’re called in for the actual appointment. The nurse may weigh you and take your blood pressure. The time actually spent with the doctor averages about 19 minutes, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Finally, you leave the doctor’s office, pay your co-pay, and you’re on your way to the pharmacy. If you have the usual number of pharmacies in your area, expect to spend 15 minutes or so getting there. You hand your prescription to the pharmacy tech, who asks if you’ll be waiting, or if you want to come back later. He tells you that wait time is running about 30 minutes. You need to get back to work, so you say you’ll come back later and spend 15 to 20 minutes driving back to work.

Work’s over, so you spend another 15 to 20 minutes returning to the pharmacy to retrieve your medication. You’re in and out in 5 to 10 minutes, assuming there isn’t a long line to pay at the pharmacy.

Total time out of your day to obtain your prescription medication: 1 hour 46 minutes to 2 hours 24 minutes.

How Long It Takes Using an Online Medical Facilitator

Using an online medical facilitator requires much less time out of your day. Go to the facilitator website and choose the medication and dosage you are interested in. Assuming you’ve never used the site before, you’ll need to create a user account, which takes about 2 to 3 minutes. Next, you’ll answer a health questionnaire completely, which should take 5 to 10 minutes.

After filling out the questionnaire, the next step is to enter your credit card and shipping information, which should take another 2 to 3 minutes. Total time out of your day: 9 to 16 minutes, saving you up to 2 hours, 15 minutes. If your prescription is approved by the physician contracting with the medical facilitator, it is dispensed, and depending on time of day, shipped the same day. Depending on the shipping method you choose, the medication may arrive at your door the very next day.

Some medical needs can be taken care of with much less hassle than is required to make an in-person visit to your physician. When you can use an online medical facilitator like eDrugstore.com, you can order the medications you need in far less time than it takes to visit a doctor and go to a pharmacy, and the medications are shipped directly to you.

eDrugstore.com adheres to the highest standards of privacy with your personal and financial information, contracts with US-licensed pharmacists and physicians, and ships genuine, brand-name prescription medications directly to you using trusted shipping companies like FedEx. The time savings, convenience, and privacy are unbeatable when you choose an online medical facilitator.

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Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+