Spend It and Claim It Web Guide

for Health Care and Dependent Care Plan Participants

Tips for Getting a Doctor's Prescription for an Eligible OTC Drug

Most of us get aches and pains or suffer with allergies. Fortunately, many ailments and conditions can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, such as ibuprofen or brand name products like Claritin. You can use your health care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for OTC drugs; however, you'll need a prescription from your doctor before you can receive reimbursement from your account, because of the 2010 Health Reform Law.

Don’t let the prescription requirement deter you; doctors are familiar with the law, which has been in effect since January 1, 2011. We’ve simplified what you need to know when getting a prescription for OTC medicines.

And when filing a claim, don't forget…

When filing a claim for a prescribed OTC item, you’ll need to submit an itemized receipt that includes the date, amount, provider name, OTC item and a copy of the prescription.