Pharmacy

Pill bottleThe HSU Student Health Center Pharmacy offers many prescription and non-prescription products at reduced costs to HSU students.  Feel free to stop by or call (707) 826-5043 to ask our pharmacist questions about your medications, drug interactions, or product recommendations.  


Pharmacy Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:15pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:15pm

The pharmacy is closed for lunch and afternoon preparations from 12:00pm to 1:30pm daily. 

Closed on weekends, holidays, and summer months (refer to the Student Health Center Student Calendar for changes in hours on specific dates during holiday and winter breaks). link to calendar

Please allow 1 hour from the time your provider orders your prescription until it is ready for pick up.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception, which is also known as the “morning after pill,” Plan B, or Ella, is effective to help prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse if taken within 3-5 days (sooner is better).

  • Over-the-counter at HSU (must be aged 17 or older; no prescription needed), $20
  • Over-the-counter at outside pharmacy (must be aged 17 or older; no prescription needed) approximately $50
  • Paid for by FPACT or other insurance (prescription required. Need to fill at an off-campus pharmacy if using insurance other than FPACT).

Learn more at the Emergency Contraception Website

Prescription Refills

If you have refills remaining on your prescription from the Student Health Center Pharmacy, you can stop by the pharmacy window during business hours or call the pharmacist to request a refill at (707) 826-5043.  Most refill requests can be ready in about one hour.

If your provider did not order refills, you can call the HSU Health Center Clinic (707) 826-3146 to request a message be sent to your provider for a medication renewal.  Do not wait until you are out of your medication; please allow at least two business days for all medication renewal requests.  Depending on the medication, your provider may require that you schedule an appointment for medication renewals.

The Student Health Center Pharmacy does not call or fax for additional medication renewals from off-campus providers.  A new prescription will need to be presented, called, or faxed in.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Pharmacy

When will my prescription be ready?

Most in-house prescriptions will generally take about one hour from the time it is transmitted by your provider. Please present your HSU student identification card for pick-up. Prescriptions not picked up within 10 business days of request or transmission will be returned to stock. In California, non-controlled prescriptions are valid for one year from the original date; controlled prescriptions are valid for 6 months from the original date.

 

Can someone else pick up my prescription for me?

Yes, the person picking up must have their own photo identification card and the patient’s HSU student identification card.

 

Can I get a prescription from an outside provider filled at the Student Health Center Pharmacy?

Yes, our Student Health Center Pharmacy accepts all valid prescriptions from outside providers; however, we do have a LIMITED formulary (approximately 130 prescription items) and do not bill any third party insurance other than the California Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) program. The charge is typically less than an off-campus retail pharmacy since we only charge our acquisition cost in addition to a $4 dispensing fee. Feel free to call the pharmacy at (707) 826-5043 to inquire if your prescribed medication is on our formulary.

 

How do I pay for my prescriptions?

All charges will be billed to your HSU Student Center that can be accessed through the campus portal myHumboldt. We do not accept any form of payment at the Student Health Center. You will usually see the charge within a few weeks of service date, and payment will be due within one month of posting date. The item description of the charge will be listed as “Health Center – Pharmacy” in the Account Activity tab. Please be aware that medications administered during your medical visit to the clinic are also charged under the same item description. You can pay in person at the Cashiers office on the second floor of the Student & Business Services (SBS) building or online via myHumboldt (online credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% service fee). A detailed receipt of the charges may be obtained in person at the Student Health Center Reception window - please present your HSU student identification card.

 

Can I use my private health insurance to pay for prescriptions?

No, we do not accept any health insurance plans, other than Family PACT. Students will be charged out-of-pocket our acquisition cost in addition to a $4 dispensing fee.

 

What if I want to use my insurance to pay for my prescriptions?

Please inform your provider at the beginning of your visit. If a prescription is warranted upon evaluation, your provider can electronically send your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice or provide you with a paper prescription to take with you. Here is a link to a list of local pharmacies in the area.

 

Does the pharmacy transfer prescriptions from off-campus pharmacies?

No, the Student Health Center Pharmacy generally does NOT transfer to or from other pharmacies. Special circumstances may warrant a transfer, but this will be at the sole discretion of the pharmacist. New prescriptions may be called (707) 826-5043 or faxed (707) 826-5012 directly from the provider’s office.

 

Do I need to be seen by a provider to get over-the-counter items from the pharmacy?

No, we have a variety of over-the-counter products to cover your basic healthcare needs available to all currently enrolled students; we cannot sell to staff, faculty, or the general public. We have products to relieve cold symptoms, seasonal allergies, constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, headache, etc., as well as basic first aid, pregnancy tests, and feminine products. The pharmacist will gladly help you select the proper over-the-counter product to relieve your symptoms. Please present your HSU student identification card. We do not accept any form of payment at the Student Health Center. All items will be charged to your HSU Student Center.

 

Can I purchase emergency contraception at the pharmacy?

Yes, emergency contraception is available over-the-counter to currently registered students aged 17 and older. Currently we charge $20 plus tax charged to your HSU Student Center. Please present your HSU student identification card. If you would like your Family PACT to cover your emergency contraception, please call the HSU Health Center Clinic line at (707) 826-3146 for details.