Patient & Visitor Alert: Because flu cases are on the rise, starting February 24, children 12 and younger
will be restricted from visiting hospitals and certain inpatient facilities throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. Learn more.

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What is a "PA" and why can't I get my prescription right now?

"PA" is a medical term for prior authorization. Most insurance plans have a prior authorization requirement for the more expensive brand-name drugs. Your physician has to share with the insurance company why s/he thinks the drug is right for you. This process can take from a few hours to several days. Our pharmacists are familiar with the process and happy to help as much as possible.