But this post isn't about me. This is about you. Yes, you. Doesn't everyone go to a pharmacy, at least occasionally if not monthly? Well, maybe if you or your husband is a doctor, then you probably have samples, but for the most part I think a pharmacy has to be at least a small part of your life.
My plea is this: PLEASE DON'T ASK YOUR PHARMACIST TO BREAK THE LAW FOR YOU.You may be thinking "Me? I'd never do that!" But I wonder if you realize how many times we get asked to do just that.
- Your little sleeping pill that you didn't realize you were out of refills. I can't fill that without the docs ok. I know he's going to say yes, you know he's going to say yes, but I need it authorized offically before I can give it to you. I'm sorry.
- This also goes for the sweet little old lady that I know is not an addict. I really am sorry, but I'm not willing to risk my
shoeslicense over a couple alprazolam.
- To the druggie: I know you're seeking, I know what to look for, I know how to spot a fake script (sometimes I am fooled, mostly I am not). I will not fill it. Furthermore, I will not give it back to you if I can prove it has been altered.
- If you are going out of town, please take care of medication refills a week ahead of time. I can call the insurance company and get an overide, BUT I might not have time to take care of it right this second. Also, it usually takes a day or two for the insurance co to get it to go thru. And thirdly, while I value you as a patient, you are not my only one. Please understand that I have several things going on at any one time.
- Heres the scenario: Your son as ADHD and is on a C2 (that's a narcotic that has the strictest laws for dispensing...there are no legal C1s). States differ in their laws regarding C2s and your pharmacist has to abide by those laws. There are also Federal Laws, but if the state law is stricter, then that's the one that has to be followed.
- In my state, C2 prescriptions are only good for 7 days. That's it, no exceptions.
- The C2 rx MUST be handwritten...NO FAXES!! Hospice and emergencies are exceptions, but I'm not talking about those right now.
- I get a faxed C2 rx for an ADHD med that I can not fill.
- This is not hospice or an emergeny
- I call the doc and tell her that I am not filling it.
- She says the mother brow beat her (I'm sorry, which one of you is the professional? ) into writing and faxing the script, but it was my call if I wanted to fill it or not.
- Apparently the family was leaving on vacation and needed the rx, but the mother did have time to drive to get the written prescription.
- I'm sorry, this is my fault how exactly?? How long have you known you were going on vacation?
- I've had a run in on this same issue with this same
biotchwoman in the past. She says the regular pharmacist would fill it. So I guess I'm irregular?
- I told her I thought it was extremly rude that she'd even ask the regular pharmacist to break the law, but I wasn't doing it.
- Does anyone really care? Ummm, only the pharmacist whose license is on the line.
- Do they really take licenses away for that? Maybe not the first time, first there will be a fine, maybe a suspension. It really depends on how many times it happens and how serious the offense is.
- How often do they check? That depends on several things. But at any given time a federal or state agent can come in and check your logs. C2s better be accounted for.
- If I'm not going to break the law for my own husband on his sleeping meds I'm certainly not going to do it for YOU.
Do you ever get asked to break the law? How would you handle it?