The Health Center has a limited number of common prescription and non-prescription medications available to students. Most of these medications are dispensed or made available to students when they come to the Health Center with an appointment (preferable), or during urgent care hours, at no additional cost. There are nominal fees for birth control pills, emergency contraceptive pills, albuterol metered dose inhalers, and some antibiotics and immunizations.
If a student needs a prescription medication that is not available at the Health Center, a provider can write a prescription for it that can be filled at any pharmacy in New York State. The student is responsible for any charges incurred for filling a prescription.
Because the Health Center is not a licensed pharmacy, we cannot fill prescriptions written by a student's private provider or any outside agency, such as the emergency room.
If a student is on a prescription medication on a regular basis, such as medication for acne or seasonal allergies, etc, and needs a local prescription so they can refill their medication while they are at college, the student can make an appointment with a provider at the Health Center. They should bring their prescription bottle with them. A provider, at his/her discretion and based on an individual evaluation, may be able to provide a local prescription for the student.
If a student is on a control substance on a regular basis, such as Adderall, and needs a local prescription so they can refill their medication while they are at college, the student can make an appointment with a provider at the Health Center. The provider will need documentation from the student's private provider that includes: the provider's name, address, phone and FAX; the diagnosis that the medication is being provided for; the dosage; and frequency of the medication. We also require psychiatric/psychological records from within the past two years that include summaries of psychological testing used to support the diagnosis. This documentation can be sent to the Health Center by mail or FAX or brought to the Health Center by the student. A provider, at his/her discretion and based on an individual evaluation, may be able to provide a local prescription for the student.
The nearest pharmacies are one mile away, both on Chestnut Street,
Rite Aid 94 Chestnut street (607) 432-7640
Walgreens 99 chestnut street (607) 433-5101
Our healthcare providers are committed to the appropriate dispensing of all medications, including antibiotics. We adhere to established evidence based clinical guidelines regarding the appropriate use of antibiotics particularly in the management of respiratory infections. To learn more about these guidelines visit: Center for Disease Control.
Students Seeking Medication for ADD/ADHD:
Stimulant medications (e.g. Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Vyvanse) are controlled substances that are commonly used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; formerly ADD). While these medications can have a meaningful impact on individuals who have been diagnosed with ADHD, without extensive assessment and appropriate medical oversight, stimulant medications can lead to dependency, psychosis, and other serious cardiovascular side effects. In recent years, the recreational or un-prescribed use of ADHD medications by college students has increased considerably.
In order for a provider at the student health center to prescribe stimulant medication to a student with a current treatment plan which includes stimulants for ADHD symptoms, a student must provide records confirming that they have been evaluated for and diagnosed with ADHD/ADD. The records must reflect a diagnosis based on recent (not more than 2 years old) psychological, neuropsychological, or psychoeducational testing, with instruments, methods, and results specified. These records will be reviewed by a counseling center psychologist and must document the formal diagnosis meeting DSM-IV-TR (DSM-V) criteria by an appropriately credentialed psychologist or physician. Specifically, students must meet the DSM-IV-TR or DSM-V diagnostic criteria of the American Psychiatric Association.
Without such comprehensive evaluation, it is the policy of the student health center not to provide a prescription for stimulant medication.
Students that do not have current documentation and would like to be evaluated for ADHD should contact the counseling center information regarding scheduling appropriate comprehensive testing through private practitioners in the community.
All student information held at the Health and Wellness Center is strictly confidential, and will not be released without written or phone consent by the student. This includes inquiries from parents, private health care providers, professors, and other students. Students under 18 year of age must have parental permission to be seen and treated at the Health and Wellness Center, with the exception of emergency situations, emancipated minors, or reproductive health issues.