Pharmacies and Prescriptions

Student Health Services providers can write prescriptions if recommended during your appointment. Student Health does not have a pharmacy and cannot fill prescription medications. Students can have their prescription filled at a pharmacy off-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
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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.

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

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.

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.

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”).

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.

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.

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 by taking them to a local disposal site or Take Back event.

George Mason University Police & Safety Headquarters (Fairfax Campus) has a Dropbox in their lobby available 24/7 anytime. You can drop-off your medication in a convenient drop box to be safely disposed. Learn more at

Additionally, Fairfax County Police stations and many area pharmacies provide dropboxes. 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 disposal location near you:

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

Prescription Medication Assistance Programs

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

GoodRxWebsite allows users to compare prices for all FDA-approved prescription drugs at pharmacies.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Program: Has a search tool to locate Patient Assistance Programs, search by drug name or company.

Needy Meds: Offers a listing of Patient Assistance Programs.

Rx Outreach: A non-profit organization that provides prescription assistance through a licensed mail-order pharmacy

Community Referrals Notice: Community referrals are provided as a courtesy and do not reflect an endorsement 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.