Where to get your medicines

You may pick up your medicines from the pharmacy of your choice. Check with your insurance provider to see if you need to stay within a network of approved pharmacies.

Some local pharmacies do not routinely have immunosuppressive medicines, but can special order them for you. You may want to call the pharmacy first to make sure it has your medicines before you place an order.

There are several mail-order pharmacies that serve the needs of transplant patients. For a list of these pharmacies, ask your transplant coordinator or pick up a brochure in the transplant clinic waiting room.

No matter where you have your prescriptions filled, always check your medicines when you get them.

  • Verify the medicine's strength.
  • Check the dosage instructions.
  • If you note a change in the medicine's packaging, name, pill size or color, tell your pharmacy and call the transplant office to verify that you received the correct medicine.

How to read a prescription medicine label

Check with the transplant office before the pharmacist switches a "generic" medicine for a "name brand" medicine that you have been prescribed. This is especially important with your anti-rejection (immunosuppressive) medicines. Many generics are approved, but others are not recommended.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Care After Heart Transplant, cvs-ah-95405 (1/18)
First Published: 01/06/2013
Last Reviewed: 01/19/2018

Tip

Abbott Northwestern Hospital has three pharmacies that can serve you:

  • Heart Hospital, second floor skyway
  • Piper Building, 913 E. 26th St.
  • Medical Office Building, at the corner of 26th Street and Chicago Avenue.