originally posted by: Atsbhct
Pharmacists are Doctors of Pharmacology. They are Doctors. They exist to wade through the nightmare that is prescription medication. They will almost
always have better advice about medication than your general practitioner.
Pharmacists don't exist solely to take a prescription and put a name on it.
as far as i am concerned that is exactly why they exist.
i trust my doctor more than almost anyone else in my life. i have had a great relationship with her since before this injury. i had a back surgery and
was treated by her for that to.
they may know a lot about meds and their interactions but they clearly do not know # all about my condition and why i take this medication even though
it was explained to them.
if i were getting this from my current doc, plus some blood pressure meds and a couple other daily must haves from the old family doc, then i popped
in with a script or 2 from the ER due to my newest ailment then i might appreciate the knowledge base of this pharmacological wonder or a human.
but, i dont.
i see 1 doctor for 1 problem and i am prescribed 2 things. they come up due at different times and was planning to switch them both out but apparently
this will not happen.
my injury is well documented. i see the same doctor every month for it. i get the same scripts at the same time and i have proof of all of it.
the only reason i buy into for her not wanting to fill it is her stereotype of me. the way i look.
of that is the case then it sucks. it is the only thing close to a reason i can come up with.
from what i gather a pharmacist can use their discretion and i will try to be fair and understand that they did not know me. that is why i tried to do
it in person with as much info as possible. i didnt call them asking over the phone and mentioning what i take.
i went up there with the script. i had my photo id. i had my insurance card.
i had all my docs info.
what i dont get is when i was there they said it would not be a problem. then all of a sudden it was when i got the call.
my docs assistant also does not understand what this ladies problem was. she told her that i have crps. she told her the kind of pain i am in. she
told her it affects my entire left extremity. she gave her the diagnosis codes.
if the pharmacist was that worried about some fugazi # she could have done some checking. my docs history for example. she is impeccable.
she is not in some pain clinic next door to a pad thai restaurant and a check cashing place.
she is part of university health partners. her office is in university health partners.
i would have signed a hippa for her to get a print out of how long i have been on the medicine and on what dates they are written.
she could have called the other pharmacy for information and she would have been told exactly what i am saying.
i get the same thing filled from the same doc every month. like clockwork for years.
everything about this is on the level and the more i think about it the more it pisses me off.
there is no legit reason for her to refuse this. whatever reason she had is not on the level and neither is the reason she told me.
she said "i am not comfortable filling the prescription because i do not know enough about the condition"
yeah well no #. she is not a doctor.
in the end i got my medicine and i will continue to do so. i am just tired of the games i have to go through. it really is a pain in the ass getting
these kinds of medicines.
every january things change it it gets a little harder.
i get nervous every time i go to get it filled cause if there is a # up i am the one that is going to suffer.
this has not happened a lot but on more than 1 occasion i have went to get my medicine filled only to be told they do not have enough to fill it. of
course if i were to call other branches of this pharmacy to ask if they had it they will not even give me any info over the phone. so i have to wait
around while someone on the staff calls other branches to see if they have it. then they have to tell them who i am and when i am coming and i have to
drive who knows how far to go get my medicine.
i should not have to be put through that.
a few years back you could get partial fills for when things like that happened. not anymore.
it was so much easier.
that is just one of many examples of something i feel i should not have to deal with.
i understand that these rules are put in place to try and cut down on prescription medicine abuse and fraud and things like that. i do not agree that
these 'rules' should be cut and dry across the board with no exceptions.
i could see of john q public walked into the pharmacy with a script for a medicine like mine and has never been there or maybe only been there once or
twice. they dont give him a partial fill. i get that.
maybe the address on his license does not match the address on the script. i could see them refusing a partial.
then take someone like me.
same med for 3 years. same insurance for 3 years. same doctor for 3 years. all my information matches my license and my script. they have photocopies
of my license. my phone number matches their computer and my script. i would think in that case they could give me a partial fill.