USPS changes cause delay for prescriptions

Mail-order prescriptions were notably delayed this summer following changes in operations for the U.S. Postal Service made by new postmaster U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, though delays are also believed to be caused by a rise in mail orders due to the coronavirus.

For many individuals relying on prescription drug refills via mail, there has been a delay this summer.

While COVID-19 has led to an increase in those turning to options that do not require in-person interactions – such as mail – many also cite the cause of a prolonged waiting period for mail-in prescription on changes made to USPS.

Operational changes were made within the U.S. Postal Service earlier this summer by new U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, though he holds firm that these changes should not have impacted anybody.

Prescription drug orders filled by mail have risen by one-fifth during the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reports, and delivery times for medications generally increased by as much as one-third.

If the numbers reported above are true, this means that prescription deliveries, among others, now take an extra day to arrive on top of the usual two to three days it would normally take. Others, however, report much longer delays for their prescriptions.