Falk Pharmacy Will Offer Free Prescription-Delivery Service to Pitt Faculty, Staff Members

Issue Date: 
September 25, 2006

Beginning Oct. 2, Falk Pharmacy will offer a free prescription-delivery service to Pitt faculty and staff members enrolled in the UPMC Health Plan who work in the following campus buildings: Benedum Hall, Craig Hall, Hillman Library, Medical Arts Building, Posvar Hall, and Sennott Square.

In Craig Hall, prescriptions will be delivered to the first-floor reception area, where faculty and staff can pick them up after 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

In the other five buildings, prescriptions will be delivered to employees at their offices before 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. If customers don’t expect to be in their offices at scheduled delivery times, they must notify Falk Pharmacy staff in advance that they want their medication(s) left with other people in their departments.

Prescription orders must be made by 5:30 p.m. for delivery the next business day.

Falk Pharmacy, located in the Falk Medical Building at 3601 Fifth Ave., will not accept cash payments for deliveries but will accept all major credit cards, including the “Benny Cards” issued to participants in Pitt’s flexible spending accounts plan.

To protect employees’ privacy, delivered packages will not identify the specific contents.

Falk Pharmacy will deliver over-the-counter medications to employees in the same orders with their prescription drugs, but will not deliver over-the-counter medications alone.

The pharmacy will extend its free prescription-delivery service to more Pitt buildings in coming months, said John Kozar, director of benefits in the University’s Office of Human Resources.

Instructions on beginning the office-delivery process or transferring prescription deliveries from another pharmacy to Falk Pharmacy will be posted next week on the Pitt benefits Web site at www.hr.pitt.edu/benefits. The site also will include information on prescription discounts available through Falk Pharmacy.

The new prescription-delivery service is part of an upgrade of Falk Pharmacy, aimed at providing faster, friendlier service. A renovation of the pharmacy, scheduled to be completed by Jan. 1, will create larger and more attractive intake and pick-up windows with dividers to protect customer privacy.

After the renovations are completed, Falk Pharmacy will begin offering customers a free medication-counseling program—called the Medication Therapy Management Program—through a joint initiative with Pitt’s School of Pharmacy.