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Question about Prescription Fill Rule for Controlled Substance. (NY)
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    UptownToodeloo is offline New Member
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    Question Question about Prescription Fill Rule for Controlled Substance. (NY)

    Hello folks, my name is Brendon. Short background, I'm someone who used to be moderately dependent on opiates, and now I am trying to get on a better track, and am being prescribed Suboxone films. I haven't used any other opiate for at least 4 months, getting close to 5.

    My question is related to Prescription Filling rules for Controlled Substances regarding to Federal or New York State law. I believe Suboxone is Schedule III but I have not found sufficient information online to answer my specific question regarding my own situation.

    At the beginning of this month, I ran short on my last 30 supply for Suboxone by a few days, I will admit, because I had used more than the maximum daily dose a few days trying to relax anxiety. You are welcome to scold and lecture me on my behavior if you wish, I know it is a stupid choice, and as you will see I will regret majorly again.. Luckily my prescribing physician I was scheduled to meet technically before that prescription was supposed to run out. When I took my new prescription to the pharmacy I learned about the 7 day rule, which is apparently a federal rule, that says something that like, a prescription can not be filled for a controlled substance within 30 days of the last prescription fill, until the user has but exhausted a 7 day supply of the last one.

    My maximum daily dose is 1 strip, I get a 30 day prescription written, so 30 strips, but my next appointments with my Suboxone doctor are always 4 weeks later, not 30 days later.

    Unfortunately nearing a month since my last prescription fill, I have realized that I have again mismanaged my prescription, taking more than prescribed, not caring until later on when I get into this predicament.

    My specific question that I can't seem to figure out, just from knowing of this existing 7 day regulation, is about what counts as the start of 30 days for my last prescription, to figure out if I will be able to fill it the day I get the prescription written. I assume New York has an extensive prescription monitoring database keeping track of my prescriptions, so I am curious if it will be counted as 30 days from the day I actually had it filled, or from the day that it should have started if I had used the previous prescription the whole 30 days, as to know when exactly I am within the limits of the 7 day rule this current time. If it is not from the actual fill date but instead when it should been filled not 1 day early, then I can not have it filled the day it is written.

    I know that from the way I described the 7 day rule it would be from when it was last filled, but I do not write it like that with any true confident knowledge of the answer to my question. Plus I somewhat remember my pharmacist telling me the next time I could fill was the date 7 days before if the last two prescriptions were honestly used in length, but I do not remember what he said for sure, so I could be making things up in my head.

    Also, I do not think this is possible given a prescription monitoring database, but is it possible to get around the rule if I take it to another pharmacy?

    A confident knowing answer, such as from a pharmacist, or anyone who understands these laws and the system greatly, or even someone with addictive behavior who has been through this situation before, I would prefer no one to speculate about what, that is all I have been doing.

    It is a significant misfortune I am directly responsible for putting myself through by ignoring the recommendation of the prescription, and as it is the second time, my next prescription I absolutely will not be going over the maximum daily dose, at all, whatsoever, because the situation is one of anxiety not knowing if I will be able to have the medicine I need to function in my life every single day, or if I will have to suffer physically and psychologically as a result, and somehow try to sp???? out my remaining medication. It is also a reminder of what being dependent is like, and a motivation for me to hopefully soon start weaning off Suboxone entirely.

    Thank you for any input.
    Last edited by UptownToodeloo; 03-22-2012 at 03:45 AM.

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    UptownToodeloo is offline New Member
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    Oh, also,

    something I did find out, was with actual prescription refill, the 7 days exist over monthly refilled long term prescription, and if you get it 7 days early, you have to wait a full 30 days every other time. So since I get a new script written each month, does that mean I get 7 days each time?

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