My husband's Pain Mgmt NP told us that she can not order Lyrica with refills. But we have had Neurologists order it with refills. Which is correct? And if the Neurologists are illegally ordering it why are the pharmacies filling the script?
My doctor prescribes me Lyrica with 5 refills. Lyrica prescriptions expire in 6 months. Here in NY there is no more paper prescriptions for controlled meds. They must be sent from the doctor to the pharmacy. I see my pain management doctor every other month to get my pain meds. I can call in for one refill on my pain meds.
I just order my refills online without involvement of my doctor, as she usually authorizes 5 refills. I know it’s a DEA schedule V drug, but I think that could affect the doctor more than me. Many doctors don’t seem to like writing many DEA schedule drugs, maybe it could get them in trouble or maybe they’re already in trouble. I get Lyrica from my primary care MD, though it was also recommended by a psychiatrist and neurologist.
Unfortunately you did not provide enough information to give a complete answer. Since I don't know what State you reside in the response will be based on federal law only. Lyrica is a Schedule V drug. That means that your NP can order Lyrica for a base amount and up to 11 refills under federal law. The majority of doctors treat Schedule V drugs the same as Schedule III and IV drugs and only write for the base amount and 5 refills since Schedule III and IV prescriptions are good for only six months. Remember your Neurologist has much more schooling and training than your NP. Your Neurologist is not illegally prescribing the drug, so do not worry.
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