Prescriptions and Refills

North Olympic Healthcare Network partners with retail pharmacies in the area to enhance care for our patients. We will send your prescriptions to any of the pharmacies in our area listed below. We will also send your prescription out of the area or to any mail order pharmacy.

  • Safeway
  • Rite Aid
  • Jim’s Pharmacy
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens**
  • QFC
  • Chinook Pharmacy
  • Genoa Pharmacy

**Sliding Fee Program participants may be eligible for prescription discounts at Walgreens, our designated discount pharmacy. Please click here for more information.

Refilling Your Medication: What You Should Know

Medications are filled during scheduled appointments.

  • Your provider will review the medical condition for which you take medication and check on the status of your medications.
  • You will be provided with enough medications/refills to last at least until your next scheduled appointment for that medical condition.
    • Your pharmacy and/or insurance may adjust that amount, in which case you’ll need to let us know.
  • Examples:
    • Blood pressure medication is (re)filled at a blood pressure visit.
    • Depression medication is (re)filled at a depression visit.
    • Even medications for things like allergies, heartburn or eczema should be (re)filled at appointments where those issues are discussed.
  • If you run out of refills, that usually means you are overdue to see your PCP regarding that particular medical condition.

Medications should be monitored regularly.

  • Your provider needs a chance to discuss every medication with you at least once a year.
  • Managing your medications properly – even those you view as routine – helps your provider evaluate their effectiveness and make adjustments as necessary.

Bridge prescriptions should be the exception.

  • If you miss an appointment and run out of medication, a “bridge” prescription may be given by your PCP until you can get in for an appointment to discuss that medical issue.
  • Bridge prescriptions are not safe to do for extended time periods.
  • Medication refills that come in between scheduled appointments should be considered an error. The best way to prevent these errors is by keeping regularly scheduled primary care appointments and communicating with your care team as needed.

When refills are not appropriate.

  • If you are overdue for an appointment or if the medication was not meant to be refilled, your will hear from your care team about what to do next.
  • Except in rare, closely monitored cases, we only prescribe and/or refill-controlled substances (such as opioids/narcotics) during an office visit.
  • Current medical evidence does not support the routine use of opioids/narcotics for chronic non-cancer pain. Because our providers follow best medical practice guidelines, we do not typically prescribe opioids/narcotics for chronic non-cancer pain. Your provider will instead work with you to find safer and more effective long-term non-opioid therapies to manage your pain.

 Remember, managing your medications is a shared responsibility between you and your care team.