I have a prescription which I need to submit almost 2weeks early. For hydrocodone. I need it early due to vacation. Last tme cvs made a big deal out of this. The manager kept digging thru her computer saying I just got a presciption somewhere else. This tme I did not go thru insurance at the somewhere else pharmacy. And I checked with insurance and they do not show anything after may. Just wondering if I could wLk in to a rite aid with a script for 300 pills for the first tme and get it filled? Thanks
there is a national database where the data is compiled and all pharmacies can check it. It depends how early you are talking about too, if it is a week early, they won't fill it. You might find a little Mom and Pop pharmacy that might not check the database but it is unlikely, all your chain drugstores will check it.
Patti is right. many states participate in a central database where all Controlled Substances are input into a database that both pharmacies and Drs can have access to regardless of whether it was purchased through insurance or by cash. This is done to prevent Dr shopping. Sometimes your insurance will allow an early fill for vacations but they may only allow this once or twice a year. The pharmacy has to check with the Dr to allow the early refill. I have had to do this a time or two for going out of state. I use CVS and have not had any problems with it when I tell them it is for an early fill because I will be out of town. Sometimes you may need to givve them a day or two to be able to contact your Dr plus push it through your insurance as an early vacation fill. You might ry Rite Aid but if your state utilizes the database, you will have trouble with an early fill. Does your Dr know you are needing an early fill to go out of town? If the Dr okays an early fill it should not be a big deal.
My experience tells me they do. Awhile back I went to my Dr. for my usual refill visit, also, I was leaving for vacation and I wanted to ask my Dr. to ok an early prescription refill. But I forgot to. At the time I was usually going to Walgreen's for my scripts, but this time I went to Fry's because it was nearby. I am visually impaired so I always have someone take me to the Dr., and then to Fry's for my refills, to save them from having to take me twice. Then, because it is almost always a few days ahead of my last refill date, I can get an early refill up to 3 days, so I was hoping that they would be able to call and get an ok from my Dr. for a 5 day early pick-up. I handed them the prescription and answered the usual questions. Since they had my records up they told me that it would be ready 4 days from that day, before I could ask them. So, I asked them if they could call my Dr.
to ok a 5 day early refill because I was leaving the next day for vacation and due to my visual impairment I did not want to be caught up with trying to find a pharmacy while I was in foreign location, and then find myself without my medication if I couldn't find one. But I was told that because the prescription was for a controlled substance, it could not be ok'd over the phone, the prescription had to be written, during an appointment, with the Dr approval included on the prescription. So I had to call the Dr. office and asked if they could fit me in for another appointment, and explained why. Fortunately they fixed the situation by allowing me to just stop by an pick it up at the front desk without, what could have been, a long wait for an opening to see the Dr.
(Please excuse typo's, and sorry this was so long, I lose track)
- Hydrocodone Information for Consumers
- Hydrocodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydrocodone (detailed)
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