9am-4:30pm Weekdays (except for Wednesday when the pharmacy opens at 930)
The UCSC Pharmacy is located in the Student Health Center, East Wing 1st floor, on McLaughlin Drive across from Colleges 9 and 10.
Diane Lamotte, RPh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ancillary Services Coordinator
Deb Berardo, Sr. RPh, email@example.com
Direct Pharmacy Phone
Prescription Refill Line
Physicians, please use direct line for new prescriptions.
The pharmacy does not accept electronic prescriptions
Medical Services: Pharmacy
Visit the pharmacy for your Integrative Health Care needs, personal care products, Bike Helmets, and Healthy Refreshments!
Traveling? The Pharmacy sells great Over-the-Counter travel items!
Healthy Lifestyle Books and Tapes, and Gifts available too!!
- Services Offered
- Transferring Prescriptions
- Emergency Contraception (EC)
- Picking Up Prescriptions
- Refilling Prescriptions
- Safe, Free Disposal of Medicines and Sharps
- Ordering Specialty Gift and Care Boxes
- Fill new and refill prescriptions from any clinician in USA. (Some exceptions where CA Law is more stringent)
- Fill contraceptive prescriptions (pill, patch, ring, injection, diaphragm)
- Sell Over-the-Counter medications (OTC's), Traditional & Herbal
- Sell health related items, such as books and meditation tapes, and refreshments
- Provide safe disposal of unused medications and sharps
- Provide drug information
- Special orders
- Sell safe-sex supplies for the Condom Co-op
- Provide Emergency Contraception (EC) and counseling
- Transfer prescriptions and refills to and from our pharmacy
- Sell specialty gift boxes
- Pharmacy is not permitted to take return medication
- Most medications are charged for at the regular community pharmacy prices with some items discounted
- Pharmacy charges will be billed automatically to the student billing account or may be paid on the day of service at the Student Health Center Pharmacy
- The pharmacy is not a provider for any insurance carrier. We do not accept any pharmacy insurance cards.
- The pharmacy does provide automatic electronic courtesy claim submission to the campus insurance provider.
- An itemized bill can be given to patients to bill their private insurance carriers
- MEDI-Cal is not accepted at the Student Health Center
How can I transfer my prescription's to the UCSC Student Health Center Pharmacy?
The pharmacists can transfer any remaining refills on your prescription from your previous pharmacy to UCSC Student Health Center Pharmacy. You need to:
- contact our pharmacy
- give us your name, phone number and date of birth
- give us your prior pharmacy's name and phone number
- give us the name(s) of the medications and your prescription number (if possible)
Note: it is advisable to transfer all the medications at once if you have more than one prescription to transfer
How can I transfer my prescription(s) from the UCSC Student Health Center Pharmacy to another pharmacy?
The pharmacists can transfer any remaining refills on your prescription from our pharmacy to the pharmacy of your choice. You need to:
- contact your pharmacy and have them call us
- we will transfer all of your remaining refills to that pharmacy
What if I don't have any refills left?
We can contact your clinician for a new prescription. You need to:
- Contact our pharmacy
- Give your name, phone number and date of birth
- Give us your clinicians name, phone and fax numbers (if possible, but we need at least one of the numbers)
- Give us the name(s) of the medication requested and any other instructions
Emergency Contraception (EC)
For All Students
What options are available?
The most commonly used medication is called "Plan B." It is available at the pharmacy without a prescription for individuals 17 years and older and is to be taken as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex or birth control failure. Another choice is “Ella” which can be taken up to 120 hours after sex, but which requires a prescription and therefore a visit to a clinician. Call our appointment line at 459-2500 or visit the Same Day clinic if this option is preferred.
What are the directions for taking "Plan B"?
The patient can take one tablet as soon as possible within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
Are there any side effects after taking "Plan B"?
Side effects are minimal with "Plan B". Some patients may experience mild nausea and some people get temporary breast tenderness until their next menstrual cycle. - Also, "Plan B" will often change the timing for menstruation.
How effective is "Plan B"?
"Plan B" is effective approximately 90% of the time when used within 72 hours. It is not 100% effective. It is more effective the sooner it is used. Contraception must be used consistently at all times to prevent pregnancy. If you use "Plan B", and if you do not begin menstruation within 3 weeks, then you need to perform a pregnancy test.
What about payment for "Plan B"?
Fees can be put on your student bill – NOTE: the UCSC billing statement only states "Pharmacy - $25.00", the current price for "Plan B".
For Students Over the Age of 17
Who can get EC at UCSC Pharmacy (and many local pharmacies)?
Emergency contraception, Plan B, is now available without a prescription for individuals 17 years old and older.
Are there any requirements?
Plan B is kept behind the counter in the pharmacy. It is required that the student provide Date of Birth.
Can anyone buy it?
Yes, as long as the person is 17 years old or older – and it does not have to be the patient and it can be sold to women and men.
Are there any restrictions on getting it often or getting more than one at a time.
There are no other restrictions. Students can get more than one at a time and can get it as often as they like.
For Students Younger Than the Age of 17
Can a student get emergency contraception just by meeting with the Pharmacist?
It is available to the patient only – the female student in need (not a friend or boyfriend).
What is the process for getting EC?
The patient is interviewed by the pharmacist and if all of the protocol requirements are met, then the pharmacist can write and fill the prescription.
What are the requirements to get EC at the UCSC Student Health Center Pharmacy?
The requirements in our protocol are that the timing must be within 120 hours of unprotected intercourse, that the patient has had a regular cycle without problems or without prior unprotected intercourse since last menstruation and that's it!
What if I don’t meet the requirements?
You may still come to the Student Health Center, Urgent Care and see a nurse or another clinician.. Clinicians may prescribe Emergency Contraception up to 5 days after vaginal sexual intercourse, but the effectiveness after 72 hours is known to be reduced.
What medication is prescribed?
The medication prescribed is "Plan B". "Plan B" is a progesterone only product and therefore unlikely to cause many side effects.
How can I get contraceptives at UCSC?
Non-prescription contraceptives (condoms and other safer sex supplies) are available at the Condom Co-op and the Student Health Center Pharmacy on campus.
Other contraceptives including pills, patch, ring, injection, diaphragm, cervical cap, etc. require a prescription. You may make an appointment for an annual exam with a clinician at the UCSC Student Health Center or you may bring in or transfer a prescription from elsewhere. (see posted information regarding transferring your prescription)
I am already taking birth control pills, but I am experiencing side effects. What should I do?
First establish whether you may have a rare but serious effect from pills, and if so, medical care should be sought immediately for the following:
|NOTE IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING THE "ACHES"|
|“A”- abdominal pain.||unusually severe or persistent pain under the lower right ribs that could indicate liver or gall bladder problems.|
|“C” – chest pai.||sudden shortness of breath and sharp, localized chest pain which is unrelated to other causes.|
|“H” – headaches||increased number of migraine headaches or a severe headache with dizziness, visual changes, weakness or a change in your mental state, such as confusion.|
|“E” – eye problems||sudden visual loss or blurring|
|“S” – severe leg pain||tenderness, pain, redness in one calf or thigh that is unrelated to injury or overuse.|
If you have just begun taking birth control pills, and do not have serious side effects, continue to take them for approximately 3 months, since it takes your body time to get used to the new hormones. If, after that time, you are still unhappy with the prescription, make an appointment with a clinician.
NOTE: Minor side effects include nausea, bleeding between periods, no period, breast tenderness, emotional changes, and complexion changes. Minor side effects usually resolve with time. Some of these can be lessened by making small changes. Contact the pharmacist or read your handouts for suggestions.
I forgot to take my pills. What should I do?
Each manufacturer provides instructions to their unique product. If you have questions call the Pharmacist at 459-2360.
I've run out of packs of pills and I have no refills left. What should I do?
- If you received your prescription from our pharmacy:
- If it is time for your annual, make another appointment with your clinician or a clinician at the UCSC Student Health Center. Then come to the pharmacy and the pharmacist will dispense one emergency pack for pills prescribed by one of our clinicians, to take you through to your appointment.
- If you just started your contraception 3-6 months ago and are happy with it you may only need to see the nurse. The first time you are prescribed contraception, there is a double check by a nurse to determine whether everything is going as planned. You can come to the Same Day Clinic, see the nurse and if the interview goes well, the nurse will contact the pharmacy and prescribe the rest of the year for you, then it will be time for another annual exam.
- If you had a prescription from an outside clinician, the pharmacist can contact that office and request additional refills. However, you need to follow your clinician’s instructions for follow up appointments. You can bring your pack of pills, come to the Same Day Clinic, and speak to a nurse about having someone prescribe one pack.
I'm very confused. What should I do?
You can call the pharmacy or the advice nurse to help you clarify any issues. You my also make an appointment with a clinician. Pharmacy phone 459-2360, Appointment Phone 459-2500.
Picking Up Prescriptions
When can I pick up my prescription?
You may call in a request for your prescription or use the Student Health Communicator to request a refill. Usually a 24-hour notice is appreciated; this gives us time to call physicians if needed. Your prescription will be filled and ready for you to pick up the following day at the least. We do not fill your prescription until you contact us with the date to be filled or you arrive at the pharmacy window.
Can I have someone else pick up my prescription?
For privacy reasons, we can only dispense medication to the intended patient. However, if you give express permission to someone else, usually in writing (send a note with them) or by contacting us by phone, then that designated person can pick up your prescription.
How do I refill my prescription?
To ensure that your prescription is waiting for you upon arrival:
- Call our Refill line in advance at 831-459-1546.
- Use the Student Health Communicator to request a refill.
Or you can just come to the pharmacy window and we will help you then.
Most prescriptions are filled promptly. However at times physician offices may need to be contacted for additional refills, or the pharmacy may need to order a medication. Please allow time for these situations.
Safe, Free Disposal Of Medicines And Sharps
The UCSC Student Health Center Pharmacy now has the ability to provide for safe and free disposal of personal unused and expired medications as well as household sharps (in approved sharps containers).
The Sharps Solution program is administered through a county grant with help from Ecology Action. It is free and available for students, staff and faculty. The Sharps Solution program will improve the environment by having fewer chemicals and sharps in sewers and landfills. It will also improve safety at home, especially for children, pets and the elderly.
Facts to Know First!
- Will need to be checked by a pharmacist prior to disposal
- Should be in the original bottles with the medication name visible (the patient name can be marked out.
- Controlled substances are not allowed
- Items accepted include: prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, pet medication, medication samples, vitamins, medicated ointments, creams and lotions, inhalers and liquid medications in leak-proof containers
- Items not accepted include: controlled substances (narcotics), personal care products, aerosol cans, bloody or infectious waste, thermometers, IV bags, hydrogen peroxide, empty containers
- Sharps are needles, pen needles, lancets, broken medication glass, such as ampoules, scalpels and suture needles
- NEW LAW! As of Sept. 1, 2008, all sharps must be disposed of in approved sharps containers and are not allowed in trash and landfills, even in a container.
- Sharps containers are available for purchase at pharmacies. The program offers $3.00 off coupons toward the purchase of a sharps container. The UCSC SHC Pharmacy sells the containers for $3.00, so they are free!