I have been using CVS for over 5 years now, but early on I went to get my prescription filled around the holidays, well everyone obviously decided to do that also. They were out, so I went to a different pharmacy, they told me , "We will not fill this! This is to many in one month!" I asked them how can you reject a prescription from a Dr. If they say it's not? It does not exceed the maximum amount of anything? He said, " His opinion is what matters, and he doesn't have to fill it, period!"
So if you are comfortable with a pharmacy and they start to get to know you and your case, you should stick to one pharmacy you are comfortable with and only one.
But absolutely not follow through with getting your meds, I'm sure you have a contract and you don't want to mess that up, just keep following through and try sticking to one pharmacy, whenever possible, good luck.
I hope you have gotten this straightened out.
My hubby went to the same CVS for 5 years, no problem, every months was the same. One days he went in and a different pharmacist was there. CVS was having a lot of problems in Florida (we don't live in Florida) so we thought that was what it was.
The pharmacist called the doctor and said he thought it was too much. The doctor ordered him to fill the prescription. After that we never went back to CVS, we found another pharmacist. One thing, in my husband's contract is that he will go to the same pharmacist every month..
Also they are all cracking down and if you raise any "red flags" they they will have a problem filling your prescriptions. I would pick one and stick with it. You can also look under Tuckamore's journal about the new CDC guidelines and the Surgeon General writing letters to every physician in the US about prescribing opiates. This was last week, so while it may not be happening yet, it is coming.
I think it will become a witch hunt, anyone not under a pain management doctor needs to get one as "they" don't want GP's treating long term pain and in fact have stated no one needs more than 3 to 7 days worth of opiates.
I agree with you Remar, it is awful the way pain patients are being treated. I don't understand how they can treat people like this but they do.
After my husband's experience I have learned that pharmacists can refuse to fill your prescription if they feel uncomfortable. In his case, the pharmacist came up with many excuses, hoops for hubby to jump through. He did everything, finally the doctor ordered the pharmacist to fill it. He never went back to CVS. He found a place that is nice to him. It is not a chain just a small drug store.
Take Care, Dee
Thank you guys so much for all of the kind responses. I was able to get my medication last month. (The refill itself took a grand total of 15 minutes!) Now I am being very careful and verifying everything this month. I may be annoying them, but I'm making sure I'm not doing the wrong thing!
Hi Remar, I don't think it is a law I have been told that if they feel uncomfortable with filling the prescription they will come up with excuses, i.e. we are out of that, we don't carry that, etc. I don't think there is anything to stop them from doing this.
Evidently there are things a patient can do that will cause what they call red flags to arise. Some are trying to get prescriptions filled early on a regular basis. Or going to a doctor in one state and getting prescriptions filled in another.
I did a search and found a pharmacist saying it is the DEA who is doing this: Also found a few years ago Walgreens had to pay 80M in fines for over filling prescription.
"As a pharmacist I can tell you the DEA is putting increasing pressure on us to not fill any CS that we don't feel comfortable with regardless of the reasoning. This can be caused by anything from high doses, lack of sufficient diagnoses, and even questionable patient behavior when dropping it off. The staff at that store may have had issues in the past with that medication so they may be more stringent than others, and perhaps the patient said something when dropping it off that triggered a red flag."
I would agree with a pharmacist that refused to fill a script because it was to early. Some people need to fill their scripts because they're out of town but this is probably rare.
It makes me so mad that there are people that get meds and don't even need them. This messes things up for those of us who are real chronic pain patients.
I didn't think it was a law but it may as well be if the pharmacy refuses to refill a regular patients meds. Even with a new patient the pharmacy can call the Dr. It only takes a couple of minutes to do.