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Pharmacy

The pharmacy at Schiffert Health Center provides students who have paid the student health fee with prescribed medications. The pharmacy is headed by registered pharmacists who prescribe medications and offer instruction on the proper use of prescribed medication while also providing printed drug information. The pharmacy fills basic medications from the Schiffert Health Center drug list. In addition, birth control and contraception are available for purchase. Over-the-counter drugs are offered through our self-care cold clinic as a convenience to our students. For more information read the Pharmacy Information Handout (PDF | 41KB).

Fees
There is a nominal charge for all medications dispensed from our pharmacy. All bills and payment are done through Accounts Receivable and receipts are given for each charged item. Students have the option of paying at Schiffert Health Center with cash, check, or Hokie Passport. Monthly billing is listed as “Pharmacy Service” and items purchased are not listed.
How are Prescriptions Filled?

New prescriptions written by outside practitioners must be taken to Medical Records for ID validation. Students may bring other prescriptions to the pharmacy to be filled while they wait or they may leave prescriptions and pick up the medications later. To obtain prescription refills, students need to bring the prescription number (label) or their Hokie Passport to the pharmacy. Patient medication information handouts are available upon request. Long-term (more than 30 days) prescriptions must be purchased at an outside retail pharmacy.

How to Succeed with Your Medicine
  1. Read labels carefully and follow instructions
  2. Ask your pharmacist when in doubt
  3. Store drugs in a cool, dry place
  4. Take all antibiotics unless otherwise instructed. Resistant organisms develop easily with partial usage. For more info on antibiotics download the Antibiotics (PDF | 42KB) publication.
  5. Discard prescriptions within 2–3 months unless there is a visible expiration date on your container. Discard all unused antibiotics. If for any reason you have some unused antibiotic, immediately discard.
  6. Keep our pharmacy informed about current drug allergies, chronic medical conditions, and current medications.
Questions All Patients Should Ask Their Pharmacists
  1. What is the name of the medication, and what is it supposed to do?
    • Know the names of your medications, both prescription and non-prescription. If you see more than one physician, always inform them of other medications you are taking. This will help ensure that the medication that you take is appropriate for your condition and compatible with other medications.
  2. When and how do I take my medication?
    • Examples of questions to ask are: Should I take this medication on an empty stomach or with food? At the same time every day? How often should I take it?
  3. Should I avoid using alcohol, any other drugs, foods, and/or activities while using certain medications?
    • Your prescription medication may interact with other drugs and produce harmful effects. Certain foods or alcohol may also interact with drug products. Never begin taking a new medication, prescription or non-prescription, without asking your pharmacist if it will interact with your other medications.
  4. Should I expect any side effects?
    • All medications can cause side effects but contact your physician or pharmacist if you experience unexpected side effects. Read the medication handout.
Please Remember

The pharmacists at Schiffert Health Center are available for consultation and are available to answer questions about your prescriptions.

To contact the pharmacy, call 540-231-8103 or send an email to healthcenter@vt.edu.