Pharmacies and Prescriptions – Student Health Services (2024)

    Student Health Services providers can write prescriptions if recommended during your appointment. Student Health does not have a pharmacy and does not fill prescription medications. Students can have their prescription filled at apharmacyoff-campus. Student Health Services will electronically send your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice.

    The following information is helpful to have your prescription sent in:

    • Pharmacy Name
    • Pharmacy Address/Location
    • Pharmacy Phone Number


    Can a provider at Student Health order refills of a prescription written by my doctor at home?

    If you need a refill, you can contact your doctor or you may schedule an appointment with one of our Student Health providers. Bring your prescription with you. Our providers can discuss your prescription and refill options. Have a plan if you will need a refill of a medication – do not wait until you are almost out or run out of your medicine.

    My provider at SHS writes my medication prescription. What should I do if I need a refill?

    Be aware of the date you will need a refill for any of your medications. Students should call 703-993-2831 at least 3 business days before you will need the refill.

    How much will my prescription cost at a pharmacy?

    If you have health insurance, contact your health insurance provider to ask about the cost of prescriptions and a list of in-network pharmacies. For the self-pay cost of your prescription, contact a local pharmacy and ask about the cost.

    Can I get vaccinations or shots at a pharmacy?

    Some pharmacies do provide vaccinations or immunizations (shots). Call to confirm they have the vaccine you are looking for, and check the prices/fee. If you have health insurance, check with your health insurance to confirm coverage prior to administration of shots.

    What is an “over-the-counter” medicine?

    When any medicine is available to buy without a prescription from a health care provider, it is often referred to as “over the counter”, or abbreviated OTC. You can generally find this medicine on the shelves in a store. Some medicines do not need a prescription, but you may have to get the medicine from the pharmacy or pharmacist (“behind the counter”).

    How can I get my prescription sent to another pharmacy?

    If you have a current prescription and refills remaining, call the pharmacy where you normally get your prescription medication and ask them to transfer the prescription to a local pharmacy. Give the name, address, and phone number of the local pharmacy.

    Local Pharmacies

    Student Health has listed a few nearby pharmacies for students’ convenience. Other pharmacies can be located using the retail store listings.

    Community Referrals Notice: Community referrals are provided as a courtesy and do not reflect an endorsem*nt of the provider or a guarantee of service, quality, insurance coverage or clinical outcome. Refer to each facility or organization for eligibility requirements and availability of services.

    Near Fairfax Campus

    Giant Pharmacy, #0767
    University Mall Shopping Center
    10653 Braddock Rd., Fairfax VA 22032
    Phone: 703-591-0020Fax: 844-411-6519

    Stone Springs Pharmacy
    10721 Main St, Suite 107, Fairfax VA 22030
    Phone: 703-592-8300

    Walgreens Pharmacy, #10712
    10320 Main St, Fairfax VA 22030
    Phone: 703-591–1025

    Near Arlington Campus

    CVS Pharmacy, #2453
    11003 Lee Highway,Fairfax, VA 22030
    Phone: 571-432-5801

    Walgreens Pharmacy, #13941
    3130 Lee Highway,Arlington VA 22201
    Phone: 703–842–0240

    Near SciTech Campus

    Target Pharmacy,#2323
    9900 Sowder Village Square, Manassas, VA 20109

    Near Smithsonian-Mason Conservation Campus

    CVS Pharmacy, #7509
    Gateway Plaza Shopping Center
    352 Remount Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630
    Phone: 540-635-1601

    Retail Stores

    Retail stores with a pharmacy and/or discount generic prescription drug programs. Some store locations may have pharmacies open late or 24-hours, or have delivery service, check their website for hours and details. These options are provided as a convenience, other pharmacy options are available.

    Safely Dispose of Medication

    Proper disposal of unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medication can save lives and protect our environment. Safely dispose of your unused medications at a local disposal site, drop box, or Take Back event.

    George Mason University Police & Safety Headquarters (Fairfax Campus) has a Dropbox in their lobby available during their building hours.Fairfax County Police stations and many area pharmacies also provide drop boxes. Fairfax County Health Department offices have free drug disposal kits available, call ahead to ensure they have them available. Get more information about safe disposal and find a local disposal location.

    Remember to black out all identifying information on the prescription drug container to make it unreadable to protect your personal information. Medicine drop-off locations and drug disposal pouches cannot be used for needles and syringes.

    Find nationwide disposal locations at

    Prescription Medication Assistance Programs

    If you need help paying for prescriptions, these resources may be useful.

    GoodRx:Allows users to compare prices for all FDA-approved prescription drugs at pharmacies.

    Medicine Assistance Tool: Search for Patient Assistance Programs by drug name or company.

    Needy Meds: Listings of Patient Assistance Programs.

    Rx Outreach:Anon-profit organizationthat provides prescription assistance through a licensed mail-order pharmacy

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