Does a new, 30-day, handwritten prescription (by a different doctor) of a benzo (same drug, same dose & dosing sched) supersede a prescription that my former doctor called into the pharmacy less than 28 days ago? I have had both docs for a long time and I am just not going to see one anymore, the other is a specialist, that's why I had two doctors. The specialist took over all my health needs. Can I just go and get the prescription from him filled even though it is identical to what I have from the other doc? Insurance isn't a factor here either, I am self-pay on benzos b/c my insurance wont cover them. (I had original script called in and filled on the 8th, picked it up on the 16th of a 30 day month. (Today is day 24 from the date on my old bottle but I am not getting that refilled. Normally I would pick up on day 28.) I know this is kind of confusing but I have always thought that a handwritten script was like a trump card you could fill anytime so long as you are not doctor shopping. Thanks!
Should be able to get filled since it is a new script unless the pharmacy is being overly cautious. If they won't fill it take it to a different pharmacy or explain that you have changed doctors and want the new script filed until it is time to pick it up.
You might be able to get it filled but pharmacies are usually reluctant to do this as you will have double the med supply. It is really best if you wait until the medication is needed. Many states (I dont know about yours or what state you are in) have a prescription database that all filled controlled drugs get put into that can be pulled up at any pharmacy and any Drs office showing that you have filled a controlled drug at any pharmacy, whether or not you filled through insurance or a cash pay. If your state participates in this program, they will be able to see that you have filled the other Rx and it will come up as an early fill. This database was begun to help prevent Dr shopping because you used to be able to fill an Rx from another Dr at a different pharmacy, paying cash, and no one was the wiser until this database program came into effect and people got caught playing all kinds of games.
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