Why Does It Take So Long To Fill My Prescription?

A pharmacist holding a tray of pills, surrounded by prescription drug bottles(BlackDoctor.org) — From the perspective of many patients dropping off prescriptions at a pharmacy, it seems like it would be an easy task for the pharmacist to quickly hand over the meds and allow the customer to be on their way.


Yes, this would be great. However, there are many processes, mostly unseen by the patient, that are in place that, unfortunately, often prevent prescriptions from being filled as quickly as we all would like.

In a perfect transaction, the patient already has a complete and updated profile at the pharmacy, the physician has written the prescription properly, the medication is in stock, and there are no problems with the patient’s insurance.

Unfortunately, there are many things that can happen along each of these steps to slow the prescription filling process.