I got a tizanidine 1 pill a day filled on 2/14/17 it had three refills on it. Tried to refill 2/27/17, pharmacist would not refill. Why is that?
Pharmacy - Can you get a refill on a non controlled substance early?
Question posted by Rileybud on 27 Feb 2017
Last updated on 14 September 2019 by sortergal
I had the same problem. Every time my doctor approves an uncontrolled medication a day early, the pharmacist tries to override the doctors request to fill for me. There's no insurance involved, pay out of pocket. I've never had this problem at any other pharmacy. This is not a narcotic or controlled substance. Picking it up a day early ensures I will have it the next day rather than waiting till I'm out. I am so.ready to switch pharmacies. This pharmacist is trying to override.my doctors electronic refill to.fill.one day early is all. It is a headache medication.that helps me not only for.migraines but also for.chronic depression and social.phobia. I've never encountered this problem with any other uncontrolled substance at any other pharmacy. Most pharmacists will.fill a.day.or two early as a matter of convenience for the customer, rather than making the customer wait till they're all.out and then picking it up last minute after they've run out. I could justify this if it were an opioid or controlled substance, but not for an uncontrolled headache medication. If the doc approves it a day early, the pharmacist shouldn't try to empower the doctor by overriding his decision to allow the.patient to.pick.it up.a day early. I've never had this.problem with any other uncontrolled medication at any other pharmacy,.and am contemplating transferring my scripts to.another pharmacy.
Insurance. Most, if not all insurance companies pay on a 28 day cycle. Meaning you can get a refill (if ordered on the original scrip) 2 days early with no problem. However certain non-controlled drugs can be re-filled even earlier, but nothing like 2 weeks early. The later is simply a *gray* area that is ultimately depending on the pharmacist. Some do everything by the book especially when they have to wait the required number of days to file it legally to get paid.
If they enter the rx number and the insurance you have kicks it out because it will not pay, more likely than not they will not fill it. This is very common at the big chain stores that are all about money anyway. They pharmacist behind the counter is just an employee, although a glorified one (same as the stock boy filling the shelves on isle seven waiting on quitting time) that wishes he owned his own pharmacy where he could be making what he thinks he should make after earning his doctor of pharmacy degree.
An independently mom and pop's pharmacy is the place to go to get the "Real World" service. Go where they know you and your situation. And if they have more than 4 or 6 pharmacists and techs working behind the counter, Do not expect any favors.
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