The medication is 18mg Concerta, prescribed in Florida and filled in Illinois. I've spent hours online researching, and was on the phone with pharmacies all morning, the closest answer I got was "... You should be good... " which is not helpful for a pharmacist.
13 May 2011
Every state has their own rules about this, and since there is so much activity around improving effective pharmacy management both in each state and interactively, pharmacists and pharmacy workers don't always know the current rules, and usually don't know the actual answer. I took a monthlong visit to Florida recently, and researched (I thought) ahead of time if my Vyvanse prescription would be fillable there. Everyone said it would be fine but when I got there it became a problem, having to visit 5 different pharmacies, each of them giving me different answers and b.s. about the whole thing. So I went to the Florida state website and found a phone number for the agency that seemed like the right one (something about drug management), to find out what was up. I was informed that I would need to get the prescription filled by a doctor in Florida. By this time I was overdue to receive a supply of something I take preventatively on a daily basis.
I'd already gotten it filled at a pharmacy that wasn't aware of the new rule (and it was, brand new), which I didn't tell the state officials on the phone of course -- but my health comes first -- I did discuss with them at length what a terrible idea this was, what would happen to all the retirees who come to Florida in the winter and can't get their blood pressure medications and heart medications and etc etc all filled.. crazy!
Anyway -- you'll have to find out what the *current* requirements are in the state you need the prescription filled in, and for that I would only rely on the state's information itself, from someone accountable to know, and via phone. Their website may not have the information, and/or may not be up to date, and this stuff is being re-legislated ad nauseum. Hearsay from pharmacy workers is, sadly, NOT to be relied on.
- Concerta Information for Consumers
- Concerta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Concerta (detailed)
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