... the pharmacy by the patient?
I went to a pain management doctor for 15 years, and according to him I had to come in once per month to get written scripts. However as my back conditioned worsened it forced me to quit work and apply for social Security disability, and with the fact that we were then a one income family I was forced to change to a less expensive insurance plan in which my copay for a specialist skyrocketed and I had to stop seeing the pain doc, so I started seeing my family doc. She doesn't want me taking as many pain meds as the pain doc, but now that I'm not working I can manage with less.
Anyway the first time she filled my pain meds she didn't give me a written prescription... she just simply said "it should be ready when you get there." I told her I thought I had to physically hand a written prescription to the pharmacy because I had to with the pain management doctor. She explained that she went to a special course and and paid for a "token" which allowed her to still send them to the pharmacy, and that as long as I came in every 2 months she could send the pharmacy a new script on the months I didn't come in.
Yes, due to Norco becoming a Schedule II drug, it must have a new script every time it's to be filled. Refills are no longer allowed on hydrocodone prescriptions. This is a federal law. It has to be on paper and the patient must deliver it to a pharmacy. The exception is if the patient is a resident of a nursing home, the script may be sent electronically with physician approval and verification: the pharmacist will verify as well. Hope this helps!
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