Sometimes I can get early and other times it is a hassle.Can you get your refill early on the 28th day?
I agree with Mac on this one. If you are talking about pain meds, usually you have to wait the full amount of time between your scripts. Mine are written for 28 days so I can reflll on the 28th day. My insurance allows reflls of maintainence prescriptions after 80% is used otherwise. Best to call your pharmacy & ask...
Medicare allows five days before the end of the script period. Around here we get 30 day supplies. Many I get as 90 day supplies.
My pain meds can be 30 or 90 as well. However, I have a doctor who knows that I am responsible, so she writes scripts that way for me to save money.
My old insurance allowed a week before end of script. Yep, call your insurance.
SORRY THIS IS LONG BUT VERY COMPREHENSIVE.
There are several issues which vary by state and pharmace - at least in Florida. Beginning in 2010 but even more so in 2012/13 it all became a big deal. First Florida ( due to pill mills) created a statewide realtime database that tracks your every move. Next several pain medication were reclassed making it even more difficult. Vicodin is now in the same class as Percocet - know as combos which allowed those drugs to be in a lower control level was reversed in mid 2013. Even Tramadol now is controlled. To make matters worse several pharmacies - mainly Walgreens was hit with a huge fine regarding their buying process of controlled meds. They basically bought them not only from the manufacturer but also middleman distributors (who's the druggie, Walgrees?) at least in Florida when you go to Walgreens ( which I will never go to again) you will see that their pharmacist are new and young. The older more experienced ones are gone. Walgreens hold the Pharmacist personally accountable. So in return they will make you wait the full 30 days. Example : script starts on 1/1/15 for a 30 day supply won't get filled until the 30th. I was told that day 1 of the script and the refil date cannot be applied to the refil time period. So if you go in on the 28th day of the month that is like being there on the 26th and you'll be turned away and completely embarrassed by a you disrecptful gen y pharmacist! CVS also was caught in the same scandal as Walgreens but to a much lessor degree - they are better to work with provided you go to them for everything you are ever prescribed and they get to know you - even though it seems like there's a new pharmacist every 6 months. I too have a contract with my doc to always go to the same pharmacy. The next big issue you get is having to wait to just about the last day and they tell you they don't have enough??? Now what do you do? You go to other locations sand even other pharmacies and get the 3rd degree. I had a full knee replacement in June of 13 - worst pain I ever had! Made my previous rotator cuff surgery feel like nothing. My wife had to take me to 6 pharmacies before getting the script from the hospital filled Percocet 10/325 - 120. I would get we don't have enough abd won't get any in for another 2 weeks - seriously people? How are we to honor our contract? Plus the pharmacist you normally go to interrogates you about going to another pharmacy?? I think it's BS and here's why - if you come in and fill a large number of pills you then whipe out or lessen their stock. The pharmacist get one copay. They say why do that when they could fill more people that get a small script for something like a sprain or dental work. They get more copays and backend money. So they will simply tell you we don't have enough and we are on an allotment on a per month basis?? I've been there and had the doc on the phone and couldn't believe that the pharmacist was telling a DR that he/ she is prescribing a I appropriate medication and won't fill what's written - for real? Again at a Walgreens a pharmacist scolded me and I was very polite that she's the pharmacist not the dr. CVS is decent but you have to be very close to running out. I've had better luck at Publix ( large grocery store) regarding supply. Which my doc suggested I go to. But this problem is rampant and affecting many patients. I'm all for abuse prevention but that is between you and your dr. It's still a high stress issue going to any pharmacy here not knowing what they may say to you!
Pharmacies have the power to use their own discretion with each person. If you display drug-seeking behavior, such as requesting early refills, most pharmacies will refuse to fill your scripts.
Most pharmacies will refill a 30-day prescription 2-days before the refill date. If the doctor writes “do-not-fill until”, the pharmacy’s hands are tied and he/she cannot fill the prescription early regardless if you offer to pay cash. It simply cannot be done regardless of your reasons.
If you take the script to another pharmacy hoping to get it filled early, you may or may not be successful depending on the pharmacy’s access to your prescription history. If the pharmacy does fill the prescription early, you run the risk of being red-flagged and possibly ousted from filling controlled substance scripts from all pharmacies. In short, you will eventually get caught.
If you run out of your meds early, it is best to return to the doctor for a new script and ask him/her to write on the script “okay for early refill.” Most PMD’s may accommodate a one-time request, but likely terminate you as a patient if you continue to request early refills.
The short of it, do your best to make your prescription last until your refill date. If you’re taking more pain meds because your pain has increased, ask your doctor to increase your dosage at your next visit.
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