5.3 Refilling Prescriptions on the Same Day Policy

General Policy Description

PharmaCare does not cover multiple fills of the same prescription for the same patient on the same day unless an appropriate intervention code is entered.

Policy Description

PharmaCare does not cover drug costs or dispensing fees for multiple fills for the same DIN/PIN at the same pharmacy on the same day for the same patient, unless there are exceptional circumstances and an appropriate intervention code is entered into PharmaNet.

A lost or broken prescription fill processed with the intervention code “MR—Item Lost or Broken”, is eligible for coverage (subject to the usual eligibility requirements), even when refilled the same day as the initial prescription fill.

When dispensing a prescription for a regular compliance-packed dose plus an extra PRN (“take as needed”) supply of a drug for a patient not covered under Plan B, pharmacists should dispense the PRN portion in separate compliance packaging.

To permit the correct adjudication of the same day/same patient PRN supply, use the intervention code “CD – Therapeutic Duplication” when entering the claim for the separate PRN portion.

The same day fill of the PRN claim, as with any other claim, must be supported by the physician’s authorization which must be retained in the pharmacy’s prescription file.

Pharmacies dispensing same day PRN (“take as needed”) supply claims to Plan B patients may use the intervention code “MY – LTC Prescription Split for Compliance.”

When both a patient and their pet need the same drug on the same day and the pet’s prescription is filled first, PharmaNet interprets the subsequent patient prescription as a duplicate and rejects it. Although the claim record is removed from PharmaNet, the medication history record for the drug is not. So, if the claim is then re-entered with an intervention code, two fills of the medication will show on the patient’s medication history.

When a pharmacy needs to fill a prescription for the same drug on the same day for both a patient and their pet the pharmacy should fill the patient’s prescription first to prevent the potential for duplicate fill inaccuracies in the patient’s medication history.

If no prescription for that PHN and drug has been filled earlier in the day, submit the

  • Patient's prescription first
  • Pet's prescription second. (Include the veterinarian's Practitioner ID, the Reference Code V9 and the intervention code "UF – patient gave adequate explanation.") 
  • If the patient’s prescription was filled earlier in the day, submit the claim for the pet’s prescription. Include the veterinarian’s Practitioner ID, the Reference Code V9 and the intervention code “UF – patient gave adequate explanation.”
  • If the pet’s prescription was filled earlier in the day submit the claim for the patient’s prescription. Include the intervention code “UF – patient gave adequate explanation.”
  • If you forget to enter the UF intervention code and the claim is rejected, contact the PharmaNet Data Quality Team to correct the problem before you re-submit the prescription claim with the UF code.