I have been seeing this doctor for 5 years. However, I have been seeing Psychiatrists for a very long time. I am on a few medications. 2 are controlled. My question is very simple.. I am out of medication. ALL of them. They are due for a refill. My pharmacy made this rule that I had to call in my meds 48 hours in advance. I am following their rules. I wasn't out then. However my doc. refused to abide by this rule. (even when they stated "she won't pick them up for 48 hours") Well, that was last Friday the 2nd. and now it's the 6th. Yesterday she still refused to fill them because she wasn't in the office. In all the times I have been her patient that has never been a problem. She is risking me having a break-down by refusing me my medication. I don't understand. Is this lawful? What do I do?? I'm scared, and confused.
Absolutely its lawful. She has to be able to pull your chart and be aware of who and what she is ordering for. Generally pharmacy's that want you to order 2 days in advance don't insist on that from drs. I order mine about 4 days in advance if they need a refill. When is she in the office if she wasn't in friday or monday?
Usually they give you 30 days of medication. Most docs will allow a refill one day before the 30 days is up, some make you wait the 30 days. If you ask early, they sometimes get worried that you are becoming dependent or abusing your medications. Is the 30 days past? If so, then I would make an appointment to see her and explain that your pharmacy asks for a 48 hour notice so that is why you are calling early, not that you are out of medicine. This 48 hours is to allow them (the pharmacy) time to call your Drs office and give them time to respond then allow them some time to fill the medication so you can call on the 28th day and most likely your fill should be ready before you run out of medication in 30 days. If you are asking before 28 days to fill, it will be denied. Most Drs know that pharmacies require a few days notice but that doesnt mean that if you call at 28 days, you will get your fill at 28 days. They may make you wait until end of day on the 30th day. If your Dr is refusing the meds after the 30 day mark, you need to make an appt to ask her why she is not refilling them at the 30 day mark.
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