Summer travel tips to reduce medication woes

To enjoy summer travel without the hassle of medication challenges, HealthSelect Prescription Drug Program offers several helpful tips for participants when they are away from home.

Travelers should:

  • Have enough medication on hand for the entire trip.
  • Get medication refills before leaving.
  • remember airports make exceptions for medically necessary liquids, medications and creams in excess of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in the carry-on baggage. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lists security screening requirements for medications.
  • keep a small amount of medication in a carry on if the rest is packed in checked luggage, just in case the checked back becomes lost.
  • always carry a prescription ID card.
  • visit the OptumRx® find a network pharmacy search tool at to locate a pharmacy while on vacation.

Participants can call an OptumRx customer care representative toll-free at (855) 828-9834 (TTY 711) or visit for help with questions about medications.

Source: ERS Coordinator’s UPDATE-express (June 2018)

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