Pharmacist altered my pain prescription to prevent me from filling it, had to cancel travel plans.

Redhen1919 Community Member March 29, 2009
  • Has anyone had problems with Pharmacists filling their prescriptions. Today I brought my prescription in and the he refused to fill it saying that my insurance company would not pay for it until the 30 days was up on my previous prescription. This was a brand new prescription not a refill. When I said I would pay for it because I was leaving to go out of town he refused to fill it and gave it back to me after writing on the face of my prescription  "fill 4/1/09". This prevented me from taking it to another pharmacy to fill it. I had to cancel my plans.

     

    July of last year was the first time he did this.  I was going out of state because my grandson was terminally ill, he died a few weeks later. It was three days before my prescription was due to be filled. I got to pay for it, but I almost missed my flight. Of course they were rude and condescending. The confrontation made me physically ill.

     

    My doctor has reduced my pain medication to a minimal dose with nothing for break through pain and no refills without seeing him every 30 days. I have not abused or misused my medication.

     

    The Pharmacist actually told me to get a narcotic prescription transferred to a pharmacy in the state I plan to visit. Been there and done that. When I came to Cleveland I transferred my prescription and was raked over the coals. The pharmacists refused to fill it. Then my doctor in the other state said it was against the law to transfer the prescription to another state and cut me off. I ended up with no pain medication. I was crawling around the floor unable to walk, bathe or eat. I called the doctor screaming in pain. His nurse called the same pharmacist and told him I was going to commit suicide and asked for my address. Next thing I know the police are knocking on my door. I ended up in the hospital for five days.

     

    Here I am a year later and nothing has changed and I am tired of suffering. Life is not worth living if I cannot engage in reasonable life activities. The last time I traveled was last October. Not only am I in horrible pain, I rarely go out even to buy groceries. This was my one chance to get away before some major medical procedures and now it is too late.

     

    Thanks

    Ruth

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  • Anonymous
    KelleyMari
    Feb. 26, 2014

    I'm so sorry. I empathize with you at every level. I am treated like a criminal every month. And at times I feel like one because of them. These pharmacists need to butt out of OUR relationships with OUR DOCTORS! It is not their business. THey need to just do their job and fill the presciptions that the DOCTORS have written; they have no right to question them!...

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    I'm so sorry. I empathize with you at every level. I am treated like a criminal every month. And at times I feel like one because of them. These pharmacists need to butt out of OUR relationships with OUR DOCTORS! It is not their business. THey need to just do their job and fill the presciptions that the DOCTORS have written; they have no right to question them!

  • Richie
    Feb. 13, 2014

    Isnt this utterly ridiculous? What really blows my mind is the fact that pharmacist now think that are MD's and some just looooooove to ruin people's lives by telling them "no" or "too early." If your paying cash out of pocket, then that should be your decision, as the patient as to whether u want to wait for insurance to pay or pay out of pocket. MOST parmacist...

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    Isnt this utterly ridiculous? What really blows my mind is the fact that pharmacist now think that are MD's and some just looooooove to ruin people's lives by telling them "no" or "too early." If your paying cash out of pocket, then that should be your decision, as the patient as to whether u want to wait for insurance to pay or pay out of pocket. MOST parmacist are what I call " Money-Stupid" they are too worried about how to find a way to reject a paying customers money, rather than do their effin job and process the prescription. Alot of mom and pop pharmacist are struggling and Ive noticed that those are the ones who will work with you because they have bills to pay and they want to keep their business open. CORPORATE pharmacies on the other hand are getting paid by the hour and they could give a 'S" less if the pharmacy stays in business or not. Matter of fact, the reason that corporate pharmacist want to hassle everyone is because the are LAZY as hell and by telling you NO is just one less prescription that they will have to fill. What has happened to the country? they have given pharmacist way to much authority that they are not even entitled to have. The DEA.....thats another story. Can anyone answer to me why the scummy DEA- a NON-MEDICAL agency is regulating the medical field and is trying to intimidate doctors and pharmacist. Most Dr.s and Pharmacist dont have the NUTS to stand up to those bully DEA invistagators. There are no apparant laws in place to restrict how much medicine a DR can prescribe or how much a pharmacist can fill but the DEA tries to use scare tactics to prevent Dr.s from treating patients who are in chronic pain 24/7. Sorry we need to stimulate the economy not descriminate. This country will soon be just like China=Communism.

  • helpme!
    Feb. 08, 2014

    My concern these days, after being a pain patient for 2 actual FORMAL years, never doing any street drugs, etc., is that my new health plan, MOLINA Healthcare is not going to help me. My old doc is being looked at by the medical board so he requested I get an MRI. I do not have $1000 lying around, so I put in a medical request - or my doc did. Needless to say,...

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    My concern these days, after being a pain patient for 2 actual FORMAL years, never doing any street drugs, etc., is that my new health plan, MOLINA Healthcare is not going to help me. My old doc is being looked at by the medical board so he requested I get an MRI. I do not have $1000 lying around, so I put in a medical request - or my doc did. Needless to say, it was denied, even though they been paying for my methadone -which is the most horrible EVIL drug I have ever taken and I never would have taken it had I known the withdrawal time was 21 days to a month - for the 2 years. Why wouldnt they want to know if I need the drug?? So, after 2 weeks of bothering my insurance company and being kicked out of 2 more dr's offices PCP not PMD, which you must be referred to by a PCP, I am scared that me, like others will be standing in line at a methadone clinic. And what's at a methadone clinic? DRUG DEALERS. I feel like the big scare this country is having over narcotics is rediculous and yes, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as well as all those we have lost to narcotics are TRAGEDIES, but these DRs are going to cause MORE TRAGEDIES if they do not treat pain!!!! What are general practitioners thinking now? None of them prescribe narcotics in Sacramento, CA, but if you want a pain dr, you can pay from $150-$400 cash to take a "chance' at getting what you need. I need imaging of some sort to find out what is wrong with my back and pain medicine to help. I also DO NOT WANT TO BE ON METHADONE ANYMORE and would like to gradually switch to something else. The hospital was happy to send me away with Norco's - because they know they won't bust through the methadone, so I'll only be getting tylonal. I am saving them for if I actually run out of methadone. Or, if the script my dr. wrote 2 of in Dec. that I am taking in on Monday will actually be filled, then I will have another month of my medicine. But wtf is wrong with these dr's??? They are going to kill more people then they are going to save with these new regulations. Soma being controlled is rediculous to me - heck, because i don't drink on account of my medications. DUH. I should not be punished because others abuse or die from their drugs, nor should dr's. What happened to PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY in our country? I could strangle Dr. Drew's stupid ideas. And I tried the alternatives. Lyrica made me unable to see, drive and I ran into things. Does that sound safe at all? Is this a scam from the drug companies to sell more expensive drugs because all the narcotics are so cheap and realiable? I know the new Nerontin they tried to give me also made it so my pupils got so big i threw up. Plus, any drug not tested for 10 years long term research, I do not trust. Feedback??

    • Anonymous
      I understand bu...
      Apr. 30, 2014

      Just so you know.... Neurontin is not a new drug. Lyrica is but Neurontic has been used for decades. I am on in it for pain along with my narcotics. When I took Lyrica it caused me to weird out too and so I couldn't take it anymore. It didn't make me angry at my doctor. I appreciate he is willing to try things for me to help me live with out narcotics. Unfortunatly...

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      Just so you know.... Neurontin is not a new drug. Lyrica is but Neurontic has been used for decades. I am on in it for pain along with my narcotics. When I took Lyrica it caused me to weird out too and so I couldn't take it anymore. It didn't make me angry at my doctor. I appreciate he is willing to try things for me to help me live with out narcotics. Unfortunatly it's just not so. It's nothing to get offended by though. 

       

      My mom however can take Lyrica just fine and it's been the only thing (combined with her narcotic pain medications) to ever finally work for the pain she suffers from the severe auto accident we were in (and are now chronic pain patients).

       

      If it wasn't for a mixture of my pain meds WITH the Neurontin I couldn't function. Like I said same for my mom but with Lyrica. These have been been amazing help. So please don't think that ONLY narcotics and nothing more helps. For chronic pain usually a mixture of things help. I've dealt with Chronic pain for 20 years so trust me, I understand the frustrations of the stigma we carry. Please understand though, that just becuase it doesn't work for you doesn't mean there is a conspiracy. It just means everyone is trying to get it right.

  • Anonymous
    arpach
    Sep. 18, 2013

    Obtaining a controlled substance prescription early is fraud.  Prescriptions must be taken as indicated on their label. It is a violation of the controlled substance act to fraudulently obtain controlled substances, a felony.  You appear to the pharmacist to be a drug addict.  Is your dosing inadequate?  The pharmacist has no control over...

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    Obtaining a controlled substance prescription early is fraud.  Prescriptions must be taken as indicated on their label. It is a violation of the controlled substance act to fraudulently obtain controlled substances, a felony.  You appear to the pharmacist to be a drug addict.  Is your dosing inadequate?  The pharmacist has no control over that, but is put in the unfortunate position of gatekeeping for these medications.  Have you any idea of the scourge of addiction that afflicts this country?  Kills more people yearly than auto accidents.  Clean it up.

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      The pharmacist violated the law by changing the date on my prescription, only a doctor can change a prescription. That is a law, not a rule; yet you fail to mention this in your post. Like all other prescriptions my insurance allows me to pick up my prescriptions anywhere from 4-7 days early. i was within in that time frame when i went to fill my prescription....

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      The pharmacist violated the law by changing the date on my prescription, only a doctor can change a prescription. That is a law, not a rule; yet you fail to mention this in your post. Like all other prescriptions my insurance allows me to pick up my prescriptions anywhere from 4-7 days early. i was within in that time frame when i went to fill my prescription. There is nothing in the law that says this is illegal, but it is illegal to require one person to fill on the 30th day while allowing another to fill on the 23rd through 26th day.

       

      I followed the rules. I filled at the same pharmacy, my doctors were the top board certified pain specialists in the city. I never filled early, i.e., I never lost my medication, had it stolen or dropped it down the toilet. I underwent a psychological evaluation and counseling. I saw my pain specialist every month for medication checks and epidural injections.

       

      I have already proved I am not an addict. Too much pain medication, I die. For years, I had undiagnosed ventricular tachycardia. A routine Versed injection before an epidural procedure exacerbated it. With too little pain medication I become bedridden, my blood pressure rises and the physical reaction to the pain increases the obstruction in my heart causing CHF, I die. I have been blessed to find supportive pain specialists to help me strike a balance.


      i was harassed by these pharmacists because of my appearance. Statiscally blacks are more likely to be denied adequate pain treatment and be accused of drug addiction. Only based on facts can anyone make that decision. What I am is a highly educated black woman, disabled, in a wheelchair and I absolutely refuse to marginalize my capabilities and intelligence because I am. These men did not like that I refused to bow my head and shuffle and they wanted to break me.

       

       

       

       

    • Richie
      Feb. 13, 2014

      cough, cough, BS!!! You are so full of Mierda that my computer screen is turning doo doo brown. So your telling me that every single month when my WONDERFUL pharmacist fills my scripts a day or two, sometimes three days early is a Felony????? Get outta here!!

    • Anonymous
      BOH1066
      Feb. 17, 2014

      if a doctor okays an early fill, which it seems this wasn't anyway, it is NOT FRAUD.  i am a pharmacist and know this to be fact!  now, the insurance company might not pay for it but that has absolutely NOTHING to do with dispensing laws.  you are i informed.

    • flagrl127
      May. 02, 2014

      I have been told by my pharmacist that federal law allows them to refill/fill a prescription three (3) days early.  State you live in shouldn't matter if it's federal law.  I used to get all of my prescriptions at CVS until I had to deal with one of their pharmacists who had obviously made up his mind about me as soon as I met him and he consistently...

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      I have been told by my pharmacist that federal law allows them to refill/fill a prescription three (3) days early.  State you live in shouldn't matter if it's federal law.  I used to get all of my prescriptions at CVS until I had to deal with one of their pharmacists who had obviously made up his mind about me as soon as I met him and he consistently treated me as if I were a criminal when I would go into fill my pain meds each month.  He would tell me I couldn't have it yet when in fact the head pharmacist there had already told  me I could get the script 3 days early.  He was rude and short with me,  yet friendly with other customers in my presence.  I couldn't figure out why he felt this way or what he thought I was doing wrong. I have severe, inoperable nerve damage in my lower back and I have an impanted morphine pump. Its not like I was selling the stuff on the street corner but hard as I tried this guy aways gave me a hard time.  I went to the head pharmacist about him but she just listened but never did anything about him. It got so bad that I was holding my scripts until he wasn't working just so I didn't have to deal with him.  Finally I just took my business to another pharmacy.  I ran into the head pharmacist one day who asked why she doesn't see me anymore and I told her.  Just because you take strong narcotics doesn't mean you're an addict, a criminal or anything of the sort and I shouldn't be made to feel bad when some pharmacist decides to judge me.  Believe me my life would be better in so many ways if I didn't have to depend on and take these narcotic medications, but unfortunately life doesn't give me a choice.

  • Anonymous
    Jasmine
    Jul. 29, 2013

    I went to go pick up my pain medicine. Norcos. As usual. But when i did, i was told i was too early. I know this sounds like BS but i didnt believe it. And the pharmacist said she can look up the date on her end and show me that i was early. And went ahead and printed out a paper that said i was early. 3 days early. She notified me that i can only fill this...

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    I went to go pick up my pain medicine. Norcos. As usual. But when i did, i was told i was too early. I know this sounds like BS but i didnt believe it. And the pharmacist said she can look up the date on her end and show me that i was early. And went ahead and printed out a paper that said i was early. 3 days early. She notified me that i can only fill this med 2 days early. So i was told to wait until the next day...

    I asked her to transfer the prescription to a 24 hour pharmacy so i can pick it up at around midnight. I then picked it up. after midnight and was done. 

     

    BUT the kicker is, i knew she was wrong, so instead of arguing with her more, i looked up online to research my debit card purchases. DEBIT, NOT CREDIT. And yes, i made the purchase on a different date. A date that would have allowed me to pickup my meds that day, rather than wait until the next day. But what puzzels me is that paper that she showed me, was a copy of my last moth prescription. With the incorrect date on it. "allegedlly" ...

     

    I now know this, and can prove it. My bottle date was altered. And as far as my doctor making a mistake. I also have my appointment reminder email, with the correct date, that does NOT match with the bottle. And voicemail as proof for this aswell. But the key is the debit card purchase,was made on a a different date thatn listed on the bottle. If needed i will use it. I even called my insurance company, and they informed me that the prescription was sent in to them as a claim on the incorrect date that i actually picked it up on. ?????? So the pharmacist sent the claim for the meds, a day early.......

     

    How do i handle this. Why did this happen? and what do i need to do? Should i assume that the person (RPH) that filled me last month, is the culprit, and if so how can they make a mistake like this? Was there a motive? Is the pharmacist doing this, so they can adjust the amounts of this medication in stock, for their own substance abuse addiction? Or just plain mean and want to hurt a pain sufferer. BTW none of these pharmacists gave me grief, other than when i was denied a pick up on my meds that day. No dirty looks, or comments, so what gives? I am a 30 year old woman, with 4 herniated discs, DDD, and Spondylosis. I feel i was either judged, or taken atvantage of. I am ready to report this pharmacist to the board of pharmacy. But i have never heard of this kind of corruption happening at this level. And now i am a victim. On the other hand i dont want to raise hell with anyone, and possibly deter my doctor from me in anyway. But i feel that somthing currupted is going on here, and i dont want my name involved. 

     

    Please email me on what i need to do. I would only assume that the pharmacist who filled it the previous month was who did this to me. But i cannot figure out the motive. Please help out a fellow pain sufferer. savinette84@gmail.com

     

    Thank you. 

    • Redhen1919
      Nov. 22, 2013

      Did you pay for it on one day and pick it up later? Because they go by the date you picked it up.

       

       

      TY

      Ruth

    • Anonymous
      MP
      Feb. 17, 2014

      Depending on the state you live in there is such a thing as the 7-day rule where 

      No prescription shall be filled until the ultimate user has exhausted all but a seven day supply of any previously dispensed supply. This 7 day rule applies to the life of the regimen of that drug. For example if you picked up your previous script for Norco 5 days...
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      Depending on the state you live in there is such a thing as the 7-day rule where 

      No prescription shall be filled until the ultimate user has exhausted all but a seven day supply of any previously dispensed supply. This 7 day rule applies to the life of the regimen of that drug. For example if you picked up your previous script for Norco 5 days early you could then only pick up your next script 2-days early. The next script you wouldn't be able to pick up early at all.  The pharmacist didn't alter the dates. Everything is done electronically now with pharmacy systems that are very difficult if not impossible to alter for safty and legal reasons. Hope this helps
    • Anonymous
      sickly1213
      Feb. 20, 2014

      Omg, do you even realize how you sound!!!  If you cant take your meds correct then you shouldnt be on them.  The 7 days early applies to the life of that medication, not each script with refills.  Why do people like you have to argue over a day or 2! If your taking your meds correctly why would you need them early????

  • Anonymous
    kelene
    Feb. 25, 2013

    i totally understand the probleum w pharmescits not wanting to fill narcotics.ive been to at least 4 different doctors for my back and nobody can figure out whats wrong. i found a well respectef dr. who decided we try pain meds. i have found relief!! un fortunatly the pain is good some days worse others. i tend to run out. the pharmecy will not give me my rx...

    RHMLucky777

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    i totally understand the probleum w pharmescits not wanting to fill narcotics.ive been to at least 4 different doctors for my back and nobody can figure out whats wrong. i found a well respectef dr. who decided we try pain meds. i have found relief!! un fortunatly the pain is good some days worse others. i tend to run out. the pharmecy will not give me my rx a couple days early even thoe i pay cash. its a night mare. 

    • Redhen1919
      Nov. 22, 2013

      You should talk with your doctor about the uncontrolled pain. There are many other meds and treatments to help with pain. Long acting meds and short acting for breakthrough pain. If your doctor is concerned about increasing your meds ask for a referral to a pain specialist. Above all whenever you fill early because you have run out you will always fill early...

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      You should talk with your doctor about the uncontrolled pain. There are many other meds and treatments to help with pain. Long acting meds and short acting for breakthrough pain. If your doctor is concerned about increasing your meds ask for a referral to a pain specialist. Above all whenever you fill early because you have run out you will always fill early because your pain is not controlled. Be open and honest with your doctors. I recently moved back to my home town and have a new specialist. He emphasized that he wanted me to communicate when there are problems. He wants NO SURPRISES. Do not be fearful of asking your doctor to reevaluate your pain.

       

      Good Luck

      Ruth

  • Anonymous
    kelene
    Feb. 25, 2013

    i totally understand the probleum w pharmescits not wanting to fill narcotics.ive been to at least 4 different doctors for my back and nobody can figure out whats wrong. i found a well respectef dr. who decided we try pain meds. i have found relief!! un fortunatly the pain is good some days worse others. i tend to run out. the pharmecy will not give me my rx...

    RHMLucky777

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    i totally understand the probleum w pharmescits not wanting to fill narcotics.ive been to at least 4 different doctors for my back and nobody can figure out whats wrong. i found a well respectef dr. who decided we try pain meds. i have found relief!! un fortunatly the pain is good some days worse others. i tend to run out. the pharmecy will not give me my rx a couple days early even thoe i pay cash. its a night mare. 

  • MitchelPeterr
    Feb. 07, 2013

        On one hand, it isn't right to blame a pharmacist for you not being able to see a dying relative...that's just messed up and completely irrational thinking. Is what he did okay? No! Do you have every right to be upset? Of course. No one knows how bad your pain is or what your situation is, so it's unfair and wrong for someone to attempt to...

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        On one hand, it isn't right to blame a pharmacist for you not being able to see a dying relative...that's just messed up and completely irrational thinking. Is what he did okay? No! Do you have every right to be upset? Of course. No one knows how bad your pain is or what your situation is, so it's unfair and wrong for someone to attempt to gauge the authenticity of your claims...which is what the pharmacist did. I think one of the commentors was correct when saying that the problem seems to be with your doctor and the communication between you two.

        I have Tourette's syndrome, OCD, MDD/BiPolar II, and severe anxiety, so I know what it's like to suffer and how upsetting it is to be denied something that you need to sustain your quality of life. I've been waiting 8 days for MinnesotaCare to approve my non-narcotic anxiety medication because they want to make sure i've tried every other possible alternative that costs less money. I've been guinea pigged my entire life, I'm pretty sure I know what works by now...it's very upsetting. But it helps if you try to see the big picture...One day, soon, everything will be okay again. Just like grieving...Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

       

    • Redhen1919
      Nov. 22, 2013

      First of all I am not irrational. Chronic pain patients know that without medication we face severe limitation. In my case, I am totally bedridden and cannot walk. My grandson was dying. My flight was due to leave that afternoon on a non-refundable ticket and I had to travel without my wheelchair. Because of the delay at the pharmacy I almost missed my flight....

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      First of all I am not irrational. Chronic pain patients know that without medication we face severe limitation. In my case, I am totally bedridden and cannot walk. My grandson was dying. My flight was due to leave that afternoon on a non-refundable ticket and I had to travel without my wheelchair. Because of the delay at the pharmacy I almost missed my flight. So, yes it wound have been their fault had I missed that flight. Their time delay in filling my medication because they thought I was lying created the problem. Everyone is accountable for their own behavior. 

       

      ty

      Ruth

    • Redhen1919
      Nov. 22, 2013

      Just wanted to add that a pharmacist cannot nor do they have the right to second guess my treating doctor's opinion. Their job is to determine that I presented a valid script and fill the medication. There was no problem with my doctor. The script was written properly and I was within the time frame allowed by my insurance company. I see my pain specialist...

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      Just wanted to add that a pharmacist cannot nor do they have the right to second guess my treating doctor's opinion. Their job is to determine that I presented a valid script and fill the medication. There was no problem with my doctor. The script was written properly and I was within the time frame allowed by my insurance company. I see my pain specialist every month. The pharmacist was reprimanded.

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    praful777
    Jan. 11, 2012

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    • Redhen1919
      May. 09, 2012

      Thank you for your comments. I recently moved back to the west coast, only to discover that there is a huge backlash in Washington State regarding providing pain medication for non-malignant pain. They have passed a law here that limits the amount of pain medication a patient can take and they can stop your pain medication if they believe your physical condition...

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      Thank you for your comments. I recently moved back to the west coast, only to discover that there is a huge backlash in Washington State regarding providing pain medication for non-malignant pain. They have passed a law here that limits the amount of pain medication a patient can take and they can stop your pain medication if they believe your physical condition has not improved. Unbelievably they believed I was not benefitting from my pain medication because I still had to use a wheelchair. I can walk short distances and around my apartment, but I am wheelchair dependent because the medication does not take my pain away so that I can walk without assistance. I was required to go for a  pain "consultation". Although I take one of the lowest doses of medication, under Washington guidelines I am taking too much, plus in their eyes it is not helping because it won't get me out of the wheelchair. My arthritis is untreatable. The damage cannot be reversed. What did this "pain specialist" do. Started reducing my medication and when I complained he told me I was trying force him to prescribe to me. He pretended that he hadn't gotten my medical records and made me come in every two weeks for my medication. Why? I figured it out after I again stopped taking my medication. My new PCP prescribes my pain medication and followed me for three months during inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation. When I was discharged, he was still uncomfortable prescribing so I stopped the MS contin and then began to taper off the Oxy and then switched to schedule 3 hydrocodone.  I have an in-home aide, she observed what happened when I stopped my medication. I could no longer walk, sit, or shower without help. I could not lift my arms to comb my hair. I became totally dependent on my wheelchair. I became totally bedridden getting up only to go to the bathroom and there were times when I didn't make it and began to use my chair to get to the bathroom, something I had never done before. I cancelled appointments with my other medical specialists because I was in too much pain to dress myself and endure sitting for three hours. At some point your body begins to produce endorphins again, but after two months it never happened. I was crying in pain and nothing helped. I told my doctor I wanted to die. "I don't know what to do, if I take it I get abused, if I don't take it my life isn't worth living." I restarted the medication. He started me on cymbalta fot the small fiber neuropathy and the arthritis pain. I told him that this type of medication caused me to act inappropriately and develop neurological deficits. Neurontin does the same thing to me and I got in trouble because I ended up in the ER with the side effects and the staff blamed me instead of the medication. My anger was real, there was a reason for it and the things I said were true. The problem was that I wasn't capable of being diplomatic and sugar-coating anything I said and they took it personally.   

           After a month it helped my pain tremendously and he stopped my MS contin, but I told him I was having a difficult time controlling my temper. I kept taking it until a few weeks ago when I began to feel totally crazy. I started grinding my teeth. I wanted to pound my head against a wall. I was unable to control my rage and even my dreams reflected the side-effects, yelling and screaming in my dreams at the people that had abused me.  I am now back on MS Contin.

            My aide told me the other day when I explained how bad it was that she was preparing to report a status change on me that would have sent me back to the nursing home or at the least required an increase in my in home care hours. 

             After everthing I went through how can those other two doctors justify their arbitrary and biased decisions to stop my pain medication because they believe use of a wheelchair is proof that the pain medication is not working. My PCP said, now we know that the pain medication is improving your ability to function. So I guess there was a reason why I went through this ordeal. I hope my sort helps you. God Bless.

    • Willa
      Jan. 31, 2013

      I see that this conversation has been going on for years and while the last update was not recently I still wanted to comment here. I have had similar problems and they have not gotten better by coming to Idaho. I was in Denver, CO before and 2 years ago my PCP put me on a low dose of oxycodone 5/325 for up to 3 times daily. She would give me 90 pills and I...

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      I see that this conversation has been going on for years and while the last update was not recently I still wanted to comment here. I have had similar problems and they have not gotten better by coming to Idaho. I was in Denver, CO before and 2 years ago my PCP put me on a low dose of oxycodone 5/325 for up to 3 times daily. She would give me 90 pills and I would take what I needed during the day and had to monitor and give her a chart of what I took each day. She was seeing me for severe back pain, knee pain, and female problems. The knee pain is due to having a fall a couple of years ago which resulted in me losing a large amount of cartelidge on my left knee. The back pain we did not know what was causing it and they gave me a number of diagnosis before a physical therapist questioned whether the back pain was linked to my female pain as I was having horrible cramping during my menses and then also mid-cycle. I am not looking to have any more children and had my tubes tied, so it's not like I needed the ovulation pain! Anyway, I didn't have a problem in Denver. I had a great working relationship with my doctor, kept records of my useage, and followed up with care to help us both figure out what was causing all of my pain. During a visit to a rheumatologist he noted that I had the markers for fibromyalgia and began treating that which did lessen my overall body pain but I still needed the pain killers for managing daily pain. With them I was able to remain active, focused, hold my job, help my husband homeschool our children, and manage my own anxiety and depression.

       

      Being that I used to work in Medicare part D, I understand the rules and regulations of narcotic painkillers. This is what first perked me up to your page. The original statement you had said was that on March 29, you tried to pick up a new prescription but then the pharmacy said you couldn't have it and then wrote on your page do not refill until 4/1/2009. That was legally correct for the pharmacy in 2009 with the drug laws at the time. Even now, witht he changing laws and the DEA regulations, doctors and pharmacists  are not always on the same page and working in the department I was in for medicare (prescription drugs) I saw many people caught in this tenacious cycle between druggist and doctor. So, when I was reading your page at first, I was like well... technically you are not on the lowest dose of the medicine as you said 5/500 4 times a day. That's a low dose, but not minimal. I can see where the druggist would be coming from. They don't know you and they (at that time) were being cracked down on and HARD.

       

      Then I read more about your plight though and as I have been living it myself I am starting to see where you are coming from. For years doctors touted narcotic relievers as cure alls for intense pain to the point that they over prescribed. Combine that with people being addicted and not managing their addiction appropriately, people in true pain get caught in the middle. On top of it, most people who even need the medicine are technically addicted... I think doctors and druggists tend to see us all as one doped up collective. It is indeed not fair. Fighting back or getting upset only confirms their case that you are not in need but an addict instead. It's so frustrating when you want to live your life and find a way to do so, responsibly, then you get reamed for it.

       

      Now that I have moved to Idaho, I see what you mean about the west coast. I am originally from California and kind of thought that the west coast was all like California (typical So. Cal mentality, lol). Indeed, I was wrong. Upon coming here I had to get a new doctor, who immediately cut down my useage to 60 pills per month because I explained my use on average was 1.5 - 2 pills per day. I try to take as minimal as possible. However during my period I will take definitely 3 per day and sometimes when it is mid cycle and I get these cramps. This new PA told me point blank that I shouldn't be on the pills anyway and that they were not supposed to be used for general pain. He told me that there is no way that period cramps would cause a need for narcotics. He questioned me from the first month. I kept going to him thinking (foolishly) that he would see what I meant as I developed a relationship and that I was indeed not just some painkiller junkie trying to get my fix.

       

      After seeing this doctor for 3 months or so, I had a very bad flair up in my back. I took 3 painkillers on a Thursday then called Friday morning to make an appt. i could tell I would need more for the month and I wanted to report to him an increase in useage so that he could later in the month do a change in direction. He was out of the office until the following Friday. I told the office that I should see someone to have it documented as I didn't want to deal with him saying that I was causing problems. I made an appt with his other doctor in the practice and saw him that Monday. Over the weekend I had taken no more than 3 pills per day as this is what I would have done with my previous doctor. I had increased to what I had agreed upon with her and did so based on my own pain. I saw the other doctor on Monday, explained to him what was the issue and he seemed to downplay my pain as well and said it was a part of life. He offered me  new prescription which I knew would be considerd a duplicate but I didn't feel like arguing. So, when the appt was over I went to the front and asked to schedule with my normal doctor the following week. I continued to take 3 per day for the rest of the week as my flair up in my back had not stopped.

       

      When I went into the office on Monday I told my PCP what happened and he immediately was on the attack. As soon as I had told him that I had taken more than he had prescribed he told me point blank, "That's how people die!" And I could barely hold a straight face. I was so blown back. I had gone to his practice and been given a whole new prescription and told that dr. at that time what I was going to do and I had gotten approval from him to be taking the 3. I told him how I did all that I could to be a responsible patient and understood the effects of my own medication use. I was on the other side of the prescription pad for a long while with medicare and I saw people who needed thir meds get thrown from dr to druggist and I could tell the difference between a junkie and a person in need from a mile away. He snorted and said I would be shocked. So, I laid into him more. I told him that I too had an education. While I may not be a dr, I still have 6 years of college. I own my own business. I reminded him that I was an upstanding citizen who had done my own due diligence and that I did not have to be treated this way. I reminded him that he worked for me and that if he didn't trust me as a patient to please refer me to a pain specialist that could do the job right. I told him that I was tired of dealing with his questioning when he barely knew me and obviously had not read my previous records, let alone the notes from the week before from his partner in the practice. There is absolutely no right to talk down to me or be condescending and furthermore, what gave him the right to judge my pain when he had STILL yet to give me the referal to the OBGyN for my women problems that he said couldn't be painful enough.

       

      So finally we came to a truce. He rigidly apologized and actully referred me finally to an ultrasound and then wrote my change of presciption for the month where I would need more. As it turns out, btw, I just got out of surgery for the removal of an ovary that was the size of a softball and I had a large football sized mass as well in my abdomen that was also removed. It came out to be 20 lb of mass removed alone. Ya, maybe there was a reason for the pain afterall. But look at what it took for them to check.

       

      I am glad that you finally got some resolve and that you didn't give up. it is easy to be taken aback by the doctors and to let them bully you. I understand that they are covering their own skin, but the turn of events has left patients out in the cold. They totally forget that they are there to help the patient. It's rediculous and sad.

    • Redhen1919
      Mar. 19, 2013

      I just wanted to clear up some inaccuracies. First, my insurance allows me to refill several days early whether it is for an opioid or not. I was well within the refill time limit, otherwise I would never have attempted to fill it. I could have had it filled at another pharmacy and that is why he altered the prescription to read do not fill until Feb 1st. A...

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      I just wanted to clear up some inaccuracies. First, my insurance allows me to refill several days early whether it is for an opioid or not. I was well within the refill time limit, otherwise I would never have attempted to fill it. I could have had it filled at another pharmacy and that is why he altered the prescription to read do not fill until Feb 1st. A pharmacy cannot arbitrarily impose a rule that allows them to discriminate against customers they do not like. For what ever reason he did not like me. Second, Under no circumstance can a pharmacist alter or write on the face of a prescription. It is against the law. S/He must contact the prescribing doctor and have it rewritten.  When I made my complaint he was reprimanded. Afterward he attempted to intimidate me. Third, I take ONE of the lowest doses of medication. For my medical condition it is minimal. This is a statement my pain specialist made and wanted to increase the dosage 100%. This is an example of how chronic pain patients are treated. We are not treated as individuals and that is why we are treated like drug addicts. Fourth, your statement, "the pharmacist didn't know you", I had been filling my scripts there for more than a year. He had a list of my medical problems and I lived less than a block from the pharmacy and shopped there for other merchandise. Fifth, why would you assume that I had not done my due diligence? I have a degree in technical writing, including scientific and legal writing. I researched the legal information before I filed the complaint. Bottom line is that Walgreens discriminated against me and used the fact that I take pain medication to act on their sexism, ableism and racism. I am with a wonderful doctor and pharmacy that are willing to communicate with me.

    • Redhen1919
      Mar. 19, 2013

      I wanted to add that no one can spot a junkie a mile away. There are condtions such as tolerence and psuedo addiction make it appear that one is an addict when s/he is not. Terrible harm is done when someone is unjustly labeled an addict. 

    • Redhen1919
      Mar. 19, 2013

      I wanted to add that no one can spot a junkie a mile away. There are condtions such as tolerence and psuedo addiction make it appear that one is an addict when s/he is not. Terrible harm is done when someone is unjustly labeled an addict. 

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      I absolutely love your post. Everyone needs to hear our stories. I am sorry for not responding sooner. I hope you are doing well and glad you stood up for yourself.  I suffered without proper medical care because I take pain medication and they were so prejudiced I came very close to death. I believe that educated and knowledgeable women are...

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      I absolutely love your post. Everyone needs to hear our stories. I am sorry for not responding sooner. I hope you are doing well and glad you stood up for yourself.  I suffered without proper medical care because I take pain medication and they were so prejudiced I came very close to death. I believe that educated and knowledgeable women are at a disadvantage whenever we deal with men. I have moved back home and found an excellent pain specialist. I am still in the land of the living and so glad that you posted your story. Thaank you 

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      Just to clarify I never had a problem when these guys were not there. Medicare D allowed me to fill 2-4 days early and they still do. After my complaint they left me alone. In Ohio it is against the law for anyone other than the prescribing doctor to alter anything on the face of a prescription. 

       

       

      Best Wishes

      R

  • JOHNJOHN
    Sep. 30, 2011

    ONCE AGAIN IT IS NOT THE RPH'S FAULT. THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB (CORRECTLY). WHY SHOULD SOMEONE LOSE THEIR LICENSE FOR NOT DOING THINGS BY THE LAW. AND YES A RPH CAN WRITE ON A PRESCRITION. I AM NOT UNDERSTANDING HOW YOU ARE USING THE WORD "ALTERING"? 

    • Redhen1919
      Jan. 15, 2012

      No, they were not doing their job.The pharmacists were reprimanded.  It is illegal for a pharmacist to alter a prescription and schedule 3 drugs hydrocodone can be filled before the due date to allow patients to travel without having to fill their opioid medications out-of-state. In fact, my prescription plan allows me to fill all of my prescriptions...

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      No, they were not doing their job.The pharmacists were reprimanded.  It is illegal for a pharmacist to alter a prescription and schedule 3 drugs hydrocodone can be filled before the due date to allow patients to travel without having to fill their opioid medications out-of-state. In fact, my prescription plan allows me to fill all of my prescriptions a few days early. They were demanding that I come in on the day that I ran out of medication and made derogatory comments about me in front of other customers. A pharmacists cannot treat me differently than other patients just because I take an opioid medication.

       

      By law they are required to fill a valid prescription. They do not get to pick and choose. I could have sued them for defamation, violating patient confidentiality, disability discrimination, my chronic pain is caused by a disabling condition, race discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violating public accommodation laws by creating a hostile public environment. "if a proprietor says something to a customer—or even displays artwork, decorations, or signs—that could potentially offend the customer based on race, religion, sex, or ancestry, the proprietor has created a “hostile environment” which denies the customer “full and equal enjoyment” of the public accommodation. Proprietors can face liability even in the absence of allegations that they refused service to a customer"

       

      Please educate yourself before making comments that are incorrect. Misinformation does a disservice to everyone. 

       

       

    • Redhen1919
      Jan. 15, 2012

      A pharmacist cannot change anything on the face of a prescription. he cannot alter the date, strength or drug without the patient's doctor issuing a new prescription

    • fedup82
      Jan. 24, 2014

      Duh an ape would understand that the pharmacist did "alter the prescription ha! Idiots I'm sorry... They can write your address, number, stuff like that but CANNOT change a date at all! Its against the law. Aka they "altered" it!

  • DNLpain
    Aug. 10, 2010

    Pay cash next time, and u can get it filled anywhere. bypass insurance that.

    • Redhen1919
      Aug. 23, 2010

      Thanks, but where would I get $240 per prescription? I am on a medical plan/prescription plan that I continue to pay and paid for during my 40 years of work and contributing $$$ to Social Security and Medicare.

       

      I am female, black, and in a wheelchair. I have been subjected to extreme abuse since I became ill and worse since...

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      Thanks, but where would I get $240 per prescription? I am on a medical plan/prescription plan that I continue to pay and paid for during my 40 years of work and contributing $$$ to Social Security and Medicare.

       

      I am female, black, and in a wheelchair. I have been subjected to extreme abuse since I became ill and worse since I started using a wheelchair and it has become worse since I started pain medication. 

       

      The latest study says that blacks are the ones most likely to have difficulty filling their pain prescriptions. Something needs to be done about the sexism, racism and ableism that exists within the medical and pharmacy industry.

       

      Recently, my new cardiologist got in my face for no other reason than my sex, race and because I use pain medication. Told me that there was nothing wrong with my heart.  I delayed going to the hospital recently because I was confused and upset. I ended up in heart failure and was admitted to the hospital. The doctor that did my original diagnosis showed up because the new doctor refused to see me, although the procedure is for the patient's doctor to visit them while they are in the hospital. He confirmed that I have severe cardiomyopathy and that blood flow was blocked and blood pooled in my heart because of dehydration and physical strain.

       

      BTW, it is not just white doctors. Black doctors and black pharmacists are just as culpable and also do not provide appropriate pain relief to black patients with chronic pain. There is a unacceptable amount of black on black discrimination. No one addresses the issue of how black patients are treated by black doctors, because the automatic assumption is that because both are black, black patients receive better healthcare. This is not necessarily true and is a subject that must be investigated.  

       

      There is a major flaw in the studies that state black patients are not discriminated against by doctors, because black doctors have the same statistical outcomes regarding race as white doctors. None of these studies take into account the black on black discrimination that is prevalent among blacks.

       

      The psychological effects of racism, including self-hatred, Stockholm syndrome, rewards to assimilate and accept racial stereotypes in order to progress in one's chosen field, and the need to appear "not like those other blacks" has resulted in unacceptable levels of black on black discrimination.

       

      This is a subject that is just beginning to be addressed and discussed. Equity can never be achieved until the psychological damage of all forms of discrimination are addressed and treated. 

    • Ressilynn
      Oct. 01, 2010

      Hello!  I have been sitting here reading all this info and realizing how bad the problems really are becoming.  Someone mentioned a "March to Congress".  Too bad the majority of us couldn't "march" to our front doors.  (Pain humour)  I am just heart broken to hear you describe your past issues with Dr.'s and Pharmacy's.  I have...

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      Hello!  I have been sitting here reading all this info and realizing how bad the problems really are becoming.  Someone mentioned a "March to Congress".  Too bad the majority of us couldn't "march" to our front doors.  (Pain humour)  I am just heart broken to hear you describe your past issues with Dr.'s and Pharmacy's.  I have been blessed with caring Dr.'s and Pharmacists so far.  I have been taking pain medication for a little over two years now.  Every once in a while there may be a new person in the Pharmacy that looks at me a little funny but I just look right back at them.  I do not allow anyone to intimidate me, not after what I witnessed while picking up my Rx last year.

      I was standing in line behind a Gentleman in the Pharmacy.  He had just come from the Hospital.  It was MORE then obvious that this was true.  He was limping severly, still had his ID braclet on, AND bandages on his arm from IV.  The girl at the counter was questioning his written script from the E.R. Dr.  The Pharmacist came over and asked him to step aside and wait.  The Police show up while I am still waiting in line.  Apparently the E.R. Dr. had stepped out and no one else was available to confirm the script. 

      This poor man who obviously was still in a huge amount of pain had to stand by the counter with a Police Officer holding his elbow until the phone call came in confirming the Rx was in fact correct.  Right there in front of absolutely everyone.  So everyone could think he was some sort of  criminal drug addict who wrote a fake Rx or changed it.

      I can still feel his absolute humiliation to this day.  I knew then that if anyone treats me like that, we are going to have some serious problems!  But people are treated like this EVERY SINGLE DAY!  I just can't wrap my mind around it.  God bless to everyone battling pain.  It's our lot in life to battle the prejudice that comes with it as well I guess. 

    • Redhen1919
      Oct. 02, 2010

           Your letter encouraged me today. I just took a break from writing to my hospital's patient advocate. My previous pain clinic put information in my medical record that I refused to sign a pain contract. They surrounded my bed and attempted to force me to sign it just minutes before I was to have an epidural injection. When I refused to sign,...

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           Your letter encouraged me today. I just took a break from writing to my hospital's patient advocate. My previous pain clinic put information in my medical record that I refused to sign a pain contract. They surrounded my bed and attempted to force me to sign it just minutes before I was to have an epidural injection. When I refused to sign, they withdrew their approval regarding my ride home. I had always used a Taxi and now all of sudden it was no longer okay. They told me it had to be a friend or a family member otherwise the hospital would be liable. I knew this wasn't true.  A friend or a family member probably does not make a living driving a car/van 10 to 12 hours a day. Also this was the taxi company the hospital calls to pick up their ER patients when medical treatment prevents the patient from driving home. I had to undergo the procedure without conscious sedation. It was so painful he only did one injection in my spine and stopped.  

           Later that week I met with my doctor. I had already read a Sharepost about being aware of what we sign and agree to. Their contract did not follow any of the Pain Association's guidelines. It gave them the right to call the police if they "suspected" that I was altering my pain prescriptions. It said I had to undergo urine testing, but not how my urine test would be protected and it gave the police access to my medical records.It offered me no protection. Anyone had access to my urine sample including the nurse that had threatened me. They had already engaged in retaliation because I complained. They forced me to undergo a painful procedure because of their retaliation. I knew they would tamper with my urine sample. I am a child of the 60's. I knew my civil rights were being violated. Everything I believed in and marched for during the 1960's would be meaningless if I signed it. I just couldn't sign it. I told them I was going to find a new pain specialist.

           This new nurse threatened me because I was too sick to come in for an appointment for an epidural injection. She told me if I missed my next appointment she was going to stop my medication.  I told her not to threaten me. I had done nothing wrong. I was coming in three times per month, once month to see the doctor, although I was only on 3-6/5mg hydrocodone per day and 30 mg of MScontin twice a day, once a month for the epidural injection and once a month to see a therapist because of the abuse I had suffered.

           After my complaint they actually accused me of abusing drugs due the scars on my right hand from all of the IVs. My skin and veins are fragile because I take steroids every day and my veins are difficult to find. It takes two to three sticks before most techs can start an IV. One time I was poked more than 12 times. Many times they used a light or hot compresses to get the veins to stand out. Several times they have used my thumb because they couldn't find a vein or my blood pressure was low because of an adrenal crisis and/or my heart problem.

           I will never forget how this doctor that I thought trusted me was yanking on my hand so he could get a better look. I found a new doctor and signed a contract with him. I haven't had any problems with him, but the ER and the cardiologist at the new hospital are a problem and I had to go to a new location of my former hospital. Now there are repercussions and my medical care is being delayed because of this untruthful information.It turned out that I was sick and having muscle cramps and chills because I was not getting enough steroid medication and was nearing an adrenal crisis. They are life threatening.

           I do not fit the profile of someone that abuses drugs. I do not drink, do not smoke and never used any type of recreational drug. I do not have a criminal record. I have a forty year work history. I have wonderful children that love me very much. We have an excellent relationship.I never abused my medication, never refilled early (contrary to what my former pharmacist said}, never lost or had it stolen.

           Another time, I came in to the ER with a blood pressure of 210/110+ and a severe headache. One ER doctor said I was trying to get drugs. Thank God, the other doctor did not agree. I ended up in intensive care and hospitalized for eight days because of my heart. The heart specialist told me, that I am a good person and not to let anyone change me. He heard and saw what they were doing to me at this hospital.

       

           In 2005, I stopped taking opioids because I was denied emergency medical care, but they still accused me and withheld care because they said I was an addict. The ER nurse watched me almost pass out when my heart rate drop from normal to 58 bpm. The aid with me saw the same thing and she was worried, he told that I could walk around on my own. Earlier the same nurse was present when I was so weak I could bearly take off my clothes. They refused to help me and threatened to cut-off my clothes. I had to struggle by myself, because I would have had nothing to wear home. When I was able to take off my clothes the two nurses looked at each other as if my ability to remove my clothes was a sign that I was faking.  When the heart monitor alarm kept going off, instead of examining me the nurses would just come in and turn it off.

       

           Although, I had been hospitalized at their hospital for chronic pancreatitis and two adrenal crises they sent a psychiatrist to see me. One of the top endocrinologists in the US diagnosed the adrenal insufficiency. One of their own gastroenterologist diagnosed the idiopathic chronic pancreatitis. Because I can not drink alcohol, they believe my blood pressure medication and/or the steroids caused it. One of the top rheumatologists in the nation diagnosed the Polymyalgia Rheumatica. Their top orthopedic surgeon prescribed my wheelchair because he said the arthritis was inoperable. All of this information is in my medical record. Their psychiatrist said, "there is nothing wrong with you" "You don't have any of the medical conditions you say you have and you are taking too much pain medication". I was taking 4/5mg hydrocodone per day 15mg MScontin twice a day.Their pain specialist evaluated me, he said I wasn't taking enough pain medication. 

           I was forced to leave the hospital and go home. My daughter took me to a different hospital and I did have pancreatitis.  My gastroenterologist finally contacted me and told me to increase my MScontin until the Pancreatitis went away. When I moved to another State, they discovered that I have obstructive cardiomyopathy. The blood flow in my left ventricle is blocked and pools inside my heart. There is a possibility that I have pulmonary hypertension.

            I received no treatment for my heart in my former State. In fact, they kicked me out of the hospital and told me to go see a psychiatrist. They told me nothing was wrong with me. Although their nurses had documented that my blood pressure was 235/105+ the doctor told me that it wasn't that high. They made no effort to control my blood pressure and they ignored the results of the echocardiogram. One month later, in the new State, they diagnosed me with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. My old GP had put me on Diclofenac a drug heart/stroke patients are not supposed to take, but she refused to follow the consultive reports from two pain specialists that said I needed to be on a more effective pain medication, 10mg of hydrocodone 4 times per day.

            I was denied medical because these people believed that I was a drug addict even when I was not taking opioid medication. Yes, I believe I am treated this way because I am Black. This was confirmed by a White nurse when I told her that they were abusing me because of my race. She says, I am from California and you are the first Black person in this State to complain about the racism at this hospital. I work here and I know they are racist, but Black patients never complain. That is because they know that this information will be put in their medical records and like me it will be almost impossible for them to receive medical care.

            We are powerless to do anything about this situation because people have been indoctrinated to believe that anyone that takes pain medication is an addict.

       

    • Ressilynn
      Oct. 02, 2010

      My good Lord!  What has gotten into these health "Specialist's"?!  I found two things you said so disturbing I had to go get my Husband and let him read your reply to me.  First, I can not believe they can't get  anything together in their own newtork for goodness sake.  Professionals going around and around in circles with each other...

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      My good Lord!  What has gotten into these health "Specialist's"?!  I found two things you said so disturbing I had to go get my Husband and let him read your reply to me.  First, I can not believe they can't get  anything together in their own newtork for goodness sake.  Professionals going around and around in circles with each other in the same Hospital, all the while you lay there with life threatening crisis and the pain that goes with it!  And yes..they DID in fact take an oath to "cause no harm".  You may not have needed a Psyc. then..but I bet you feel you do now after all the trama they have put you through!  Do you still see a counselor?

      I had to the whole first year after I was diagnosed.  My Therapist warned me ahead of time that I would face descrimination just because I was a pain patient and would be prescribed Opiates for the rest of my life.  At age 29, that was very hard to swallow.  I too have to have injection blocks, but mine are every six months for now.  They said as I age I will need more, but it seems to work with the Rx Steroids I have to take as well.

      Secondly, I have personally about HAD IT with people being treated differently because of skin color.  How DARE them!!!  Like it's not bad enough already that your a Woman, right?  I stopped going to Male Dr.'s a long time ago because I was always viewed as the "little Girl" who knew nothing of course.  It just makes me so mad that people are treated this badly and that skin pigmentation plays a role at all!  What darn century is this anyway?!!!  Sorry, it just get's me so upset.  I will keep you in my prayers.  At least we live to fight another day.

    • Redhen1919
      Oct. 02, 2010

           When I tell my story people are shocked. It is unbelievable. I was raised to believe that all I had to do is work hard and I would not have to be concerned about discrimination. I believed in living an honorable life. I was devastated when I found that being honorable did not matter.

           After the Diclofenac incident,...

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           When I tell my story people are shocked. It is unbelievable. I was raised to believe that all I had to do is work hard and I would not have to be concerned about discrimination. I believed in living an honorable life. I was devastated when I found that being honorable did not matter.

           After the Diclofenac incident, I found a new doctor. I traveled to another state for a second opinion. I was only going to be here temporarily. Pain specialists prescribe for out of state patients all the time as long as the patient is willing to show up and check in when asked. It was a schedule three medication and a national pharmacy so they could prescribe across state lines.The new doctor refused and stopped my pain medication without notice. The Rheumatologist I traveled to see was unwilling because I was in the state temporarily, but prescribed a lower dose of medication on a temporary basis. I was hysterical and in horrible pain and desperately looking for another doctor.

           Then the doctor in my old state said he would prescribe for me until I returned. Then his staff members got involved and convinced him not to. I was crying in excruciating pain. A medical assistant from my former state, called the Walgreens pharmacy, got my address and called the police. It didn't work out like she thought it would. I had been crawling around on the floor for two days. All I could do was cry. The police said, "We are not going to leave you in this condition". They called an ambulance to take me to the hospital and I connected with a pain specialist here in the new state. Unfortunately, I had to leave my children and grandchildren and move here permanently.

           My current pain specialist is wonderful. He discovered that I have small fiber polyneuropathy. It had gone undiagnosed and untreated for years. His staff is supportive and they believe in appropriate pain management. My race has never been a factor.

           There is also wonderful side to this story. When I was trying to find a doctor, one of the pain networks sent out a nationwide call for someone to help me. A nurse here answered the call and gave me a list of names of people that he trusted to provide good care. My current pain specialist is one of the people he suggested.

           I keep going because of people like them and you. You understand and care. Knowing I am not alone helps tremendously. I wish you the best and hope your health will improve. Thank you so much for listening.

    • Raymond Buchignani
      Jun. 14, 2011

      Well said about the man who came from the hospital,I have severe pain and I take dolophine,I did construction,mainly all types of roofing,fell on the concrete on my back,also fell through dangerous jobs,caught myself.I fell of an atv 4 wheeler cause I got blessed with fun fun fun bipolar manic depression to put the icing on the cake and a ptsd high anxiety...

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      Well said about the man who came from the hospital,I have severe pain and I take dolophine,I did construction,mainly all types of roofing,fell on the concrete on my back,also fell through dangerous jobs,caught myself.I fell of an atv 4 wheeler cause I got blessed with fun fun fun bipolar manic depression to put the icing on the cake and a ptsd high anxiety from a horrible chilhood.I go to make it short to this pharmacy and that pham,I get yes I'll have that brand in 5 day's and lie after lie and I feel like I'm doing their job,I'm at the point where I just can't do it anymore and this earth is just more cooperative to snakes and rat's I had bottles stolen a goof who through me under the bus with my doc and now he goes to him,I have another however these 2 guy's I know who go to him go to other doc's and never worked a hard day in their life and the doc left me for dead.I could go on and on ,but I'm ready to puck thinking about how I always do the right thing and the scumbags keep crashing into car's and don't even have driver's liscences.....sorry

    • Redhen1919
      Jun. 14, 2011

      Raymond. The best possible place for you to go is to a Board Certified Pain Specialist. It is difficult to forget the abuse because the true abusers are not held accountable. Chronic pain patients are easy targets. Although I have a wonderful Pain specialist I continue to be harassed other medical staff and even paramedics. unfortunately I have several "co-morbid"...

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      Raymond. The best possible place for you to go is to a Board Certified Pain Specialist. It is difficult to forget the abuse because the true abusers are not held accountable. Chronic pain patients are easy targets. Although I have a wonderful Pain specialist I continue to be harassed other medical staff and even paramedics. unfortunately I have several "co-morbid" illnesses. I have been denied medical care because of my use of chronic pain meds and two life threatening illnesses were left untreated. Understand I cannot walk, bathe and use the bathroom without pain medication. I have been blessed to have a doctor intervene on my behalf; he implanted my defribrillator and saved my life. Not only was the fact that I was in ventricular tachycardia ignored, but after surgery they ignored a blood clot that extended all the way from my brachiocephalic vein, through my subclavian vein to my internal jugular vein. While I was in the first hospital the nursing staff stopped all of my pain medication without my consent and without my doctor's consent. They were so busy concentrating on stopping my pain medication I almost died. They sent me home and I passed out twice and had to use my medi-alert necklace. Without any proof whatsoever the doctor at the second hospital believed the paramedics when they said I was faking and had overdosed on pain medication. I have never exhibited any addiction behaviors and my pain specialist would have confirmed this fact, but guess what, they refused to call him.

       

      My defibrillator recorded the fact that I had passed out due to SVTs, but they sent me home with the blood clot in my neck. My son came and took me home to Oregon. In a little tiny hospital in a small town in Oregon they found the clot. I was dying. The first hospital told the Oregon Hospital that I am a drug addict. thank God, they ignored them.

       

       

       

      I needed a referral from a PCP to the coumidan clinic in oregon. Because of the lie regarding my drug addiction the PCP refused to see me, which meant that they were going to let me die. I had to beg and cry and told them I wasn't asking for pain medication or any medication only a referral so that I could continue the coumidan to stop the blood clot. They demanded the name and phone number of my pain specialist although I never asked them to prescribe any medication.

      Why is it easier for me to ask a doctor for drugs to commit assisted suicide, but I am required to beg for coumidan to save my life and denied medical care because I take pain medication to relieve chronic pain that has been documented and evaluated by four board certified pain specialists, an orthopedic surgeon, a physiciatrist and a hospital foundation that donated my wheelchair?

    • Anonymous
      gamester21
      Feb. 26, 2014

      not true!!!!!!! i went last night to fill my xanax 9 days early, said i was paying cash from the rip, and got shot down!!! and i had my son with me, in other words i dont look like a huge drug seeker

  • Redhen1919
    Jul. 19, 2010

    my blog was censored. it would have been nice to receive a note from you.

    I have nothing to hide. If my information can educate someone and prevent them from abusing someone because they use pain meds for chronic pain. That was the purpose of my response to "I pitty you".

  • js
    js
    May. 01, 2010

    First I want to say try to find a new Dr, if you can.  Most Dr.'s are extremely stingy about giving any pain meds because there are so many addicts out there & it's the Dr.'s license on the line.  Believe me, I am not defending the Dr.'s actions but society has to quit abusing medications so much & trying...

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    First I want to say try to find a new Dr, if you can.  Most Dr.'s are extremely stingy about giving any pain meds because there are so many addicts out there & it's the Dr.'s license on the line.  Believe me, I am not defending the Dr.'s actions but society has to quit abusing medications so much & trying to get narcotics wherever they can.  I've worked in a hospital for 4 years as a nurse & I have seen so much of this & personally been through it.  A person comes in, says they have abdominal pain, & demands morphine before we even get an IV in!  This is why Dr.'s are the way they are & it pisses me off because when someone comes to them with oh say kidney stones, or pancreatitis, or even a broken hip, they're treated with the same skepticism & made to suffer for sometimes hours before the Dr. can find something wrong, & then the patient can get medication.  It's bulls--t & all I have left to say is you have to keep looking.  There are still some Dr.'s out there that will listen to you, work with you to fix/ease the problem, & not treat you like you're some drug seeking addict.  Good luck & I'm sorry that anyone has to put up with this treatment when we just want answers & for the problem to be resolved.

    • Redhen1919
      Jul. 17, 2010

      I have a new doctor. He is excellent. I filed a complaint with Walgreen's and the pharmacy board. they were reprimanded. I changed to Rite Aid and have been treated with kindness and respect.

    • fedup82
      Jan. 24, 2014

      Who the hell has the right to judge or say someone is an addict just because people come into the er which is there to also make people comfortable who are in pain, just because someone asks for morphine by name when they are in pain. Its been around since the beginning of time and everyone knows morphine helps with pain. If someone came in and said I need...

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      Who the hell has the right to judge or say someone is an addict just because people come into the er which is there to also make people comfortable who are in pain, just because someone asks for morphine by name when they are in pain. Its been around since the beginning of time and everyone knows morphine helps with pain. If someone came in and said I need an antibiotic they wouldn't look at that in any way as bad. Its stupid and annoying that people are making such a big deal out of pain meds and saying their are all these addicts oh know. Its all a big fat dramatic overblown lie from uneducated people. Whats it hurting a nurse or doctor to give someone a shot or pill they are making money off of? Is it going to stop the people with addiction? No. Is it worth making wrong judgements at someone else's expense? Most people using pain meds are in pain in one way or another that makes life unbearable and who wants to live feeling like that so whats the big deal in helping someone make thru another day? It is completely false that there are so many addicts, their are few addicts it just seems like a lot compared to people who actually are in pain. Lots of people are having pain because of stress and pollution our foods its crazy then society or the government wants to stop you from feeling better after what they have created. God made opiates Let God judge people as the Bible says and just be understanding and willing to help and not second guess people as God says!

  • Anonymous
    jay
    Dec. 12, 2009

    On the 3rd of december i was arrested for a DUI i had  one of my prescription bottles with me and they took it when  i got bailed out i went to det my back pain medications and the pharmiscist sad that the DEA CALLED and told them not to fill it i was wondering if anyone knows whats this about

    • Redhen1919
      Dec. 16, 2009

      the DEA went on record with a major newspaper that they do not get involved in individual cases. the police, however, may have contacted the pharmacy. once informed of your arrest they might be concerned that it would jeopardize their license to serve you. I just wish they had been honest with you. if you were under the influence of alcohol, I am concerned...

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      the DEA went on record with a major newspaper that they do not get involved in individual cases. the police, however, may have contacted the pharmacy. once informed of your arrest they might be concerned that it would jeopardize their license to serve you. I just wish they had been honest with you. if you were under the influence of alcohol, I am concerned that your mixing of both drugs could injure your liver. If you are taking morphine it can depress your breathing. please contact a therapist to help you. My belief is people become addicted to substances because of psychological pain. Also think of your fellow pain sufferers. Your arrest affects us all.

  • Anonymous
    CrazyRed
    May. 12, 2009

    Hey,

    I am sorry to hear what the pharmacy is doing to you. I have been so lucky with my pharmacy, they are so great. I have been on pain medicine for a long time due to chronic illness. In addition I have bi-polar disorder since I was 10. Alot of doctors and people in general see that I take medicine for bi-polar and automatically assume anything else in life...

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    Hey,

    I am sorry to hear what the pharmacy is doing to you. I have been so lucky with my pharmacy, they are so great. I have been on pain medicine for a long time due to chronic illness. In addition I have bi-polar disorder since I was 10. Alot of doctors and people in general see that I take medicine for bi-polar and automatically assume anything else in life is something that I have "made up" in my head. It has even gotten to the point where I call in my own mediciations to the pharmacy (no narcotics, and highly illegal, I do not reccomend), and on the rare one time that I made a mistake the pharmasist asked me when I got there what I take and how to take so he could fix it for me! He even called the doctor and he said they don't know their ass (excuse the language) from their head since they did not know what he was talking about! I nearly had a heart attack!

    Anyway there are alternatives now adays. You can try an online pharmacy. Even if you so not have a reaccuring prescription. There are many sites online and they can have them to you asap. Sometimes faster than the pharmacy (if they don't have something in stock). You tell them the information, they verify and ship. This is also especially good for repeating prescriptions as they will call the doc to be sure that you get more and send them out automatically.

    There are also sites that will give you an "online" consultation. Then they give you an "online" prescription, and of course fill it and send it out to you. I don't think they eal with insurance, although some might, so it could be expensive.

    Finally there are pharmacies in mexico, canada, and europe where they are not swayed by the American drug companies, and even paying cash it is equal to or less than some co-pays here in America. Although the laws in America allowing foreign pharmacies is constantly changing, so be sure to check.

    Oh and a side note * We are all told that generic medication is (according to the FDA) "exactly the same" as the brand name. However when I was switched to generic medicine for my bi-polar there was a clear dffrence and after much research I found ou that that is not true! The FDA requires no testing on generics and among other things allows generics to be 20%less - 25% more powerful than brand! There is more, but I wont go into it. The top drugs that patients report diffrences from generic and brand? PAIN MEDICATIONS, heart burn, anti-depressants, and blood pressure medicines!

    But off course most insurance companies will not pay for brand, and some doctors dismiss you. The FDA stated in a study that even though one antidepressant was "absorbed in diffrent amounts, and at diffrent times", it did not think that was "an issue"! can you believe that?

    Anyway I hope something in this rambling helps!

    • Redhen1919
      May. 23, 2009

      Hi,

      Thanks so much for the information. I am sorry it has taken so long to reply. I just spent eight days in the hospital. That was an experience I do not want to repeat.

       

      We need our energy to maintain our health not siphoned away by negative people.

      Since I have been ill that too many people believe they have the right to dictate the when, why, how...

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      Hi,

      Thanks so much for the information. I am sorry it has taken so long to reply. I just spent eight days in the hospital. That was an experience I do not want to repeat.

       

      We need our energy to maintain our health not siphoned away by negative people.

      Since I have been ill that too many people believe they have the right to dictate the when, why, how and what in my life. My wants, needs and opinions do not count. It does not matter that I am an intelligent and successful person. What matters, to them is their opinion of me. It used to be so upsetting. I learned that defining myself and my behavior because of others' opinions of me meant that I had to be 100+ different people. Going down that road will make anyone crazy.

       

      I have gained a sense of peace, because I am now live being the person I worked so hard to become. It has made a major difference. When I was in the hospital, although I encountered some that were judgemental, some withheld my pain medication,  my doctors and most of the nurses told me that I am a nice, kind and patient person and to never let anyone change who I am.

       

      There will always be people that feel the need to act on their prejudices and misjudgements. Now, I listen to what they have to say, but I do not allow their negativity to take root in my spirit. 

       

      I am still a little bit nervous about ordering online, but I have been doing some research. I am making arrangements to have my medication delivered. I have changed to a new pharamacy and it is difficult to get there. It takes a total of two hours on the bus. I had to wait almost a week to get my heart medication because I was too sick to catch the bus. The old pharmacy it right across the street.

       

      Many people told me about the difference between generic medication and brand name. A pharmacist once told me that 15% of the time generics do not work. The new pharmacy's generic medication does not work. It is a different drug company and the medication is less effective. I noticed the difference in the medication they gave me in the hospital and the one I take now.

       

      My doctor agreed and switched wrote my prescription for brand name only.

      I hopefully, I won't need as much.

       

      Again, thank you for the information. Take care

       

      Redhen

       

       

  • Lisa
    Apr. 22, 2009

    Ruth,

    i did not read any of the comments so i give you a suggestion that someone else already gave you, if i repeat any sorry!

    I would try to save and keep a few pills each month a year before your trip. you can also try to use a pharmacy like walgreens whose stores are every where. This way you can bring your script with you or have you dr. mail with receipt...

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    Ruth,

    i did not read any of the comments so i give you a suggestion that someone else already gave you, if i repeat any sorry!

    I would try to save and keep a few pills each month a year before your trip. you can also try to use a pharmacy like walgreens whose stores are every where. This way you can bring your script with you or have you dr. mail with receipt to your vacation address. Also if you are visiting family have them find you a pain management dr. in there local town and have them mail you the new patient paperwork ahead of time and have an appt made in advance for you to get you meds. And bring a copy of of your medical records with you and a copy of your printed scripts that come with your script each month and bring these to you vacation local dr. This way he can read first hand your history.

    Also ask you dr. if you can increase you meds by one pill a day, which you can also put away.

    Last but not least if on vacation and you need break-through pain meds or your regular script, if you have too go to the er for this and they will recommen a local follow-up dr. for you to see.

    Always bring your medical records with on vacation and keep a set at home with you, keeping a copy of your blood work also helps because it will show your vacation dr. that you have no signs of drug abuse in your system.

    good luck,

    miss lisa

    have a pain free day

     

    • Redhen1919
      Apr. 30, 2009

      Thanks Lisa. Unfortunately, Walgreens is the pharmacy that is causing all the problems.

      My problem is that I did not want to go to a pharmacy in Kansas and attempt to fill my medication. Kansas has a bad reputation abusing chronic pain doctors and patients.

       

      The walgreens pharmacist did not want to fill my pain prescriptions. It had nothing to do with...

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      Thanks Lisa. Unfortunately, Walgreens is the pharmacy that is causing all the problems.

      My problem is that I did not want to go to a pharmacy in Kansas and attempt to fill my medication. Kansas has a bad reputation abusing chronic pain doctors and patients.

       

      The walgreens pharmacist did not want to fill my pain prescriptions. It had nothing to do with me filling my prescription early. He ASS-umed that I was a drug addict. There was no legal reason whatsoever for his refusal.

       

      I have changed pharmacies. It takes me two hours round-trip to get to the new pharmacy. I will be arranging to have my medication mailed. I have lodged a formal complaint with the pharmacy board.

       

      All things happen for a reason. It was really difficult to be in pain and have someone abuse me because of my pain meds. I realized that not only was I in severe pain, the pain had prevented me from accomplishing any of my goals during the past year. I also realized that I was trying to prove to everyone that I am not an addict, but it did not matter because they don't care about the truth.

       

      I was terribly upset and decided if I was going be harassed then I might as well be harassed and have my pain under control.

       

      My doctor started me on a stronger pain medication and I am doing much better. I have enough leftover that I can go on a trip without the worry. I cook my own dinner and wash my dishes. Before I started these new meds I could not stand for more than a minute without almost passing out because of the pain.

       

      I know that pharmacist would be really angry if he knew that he helped me get stronger pain medication. Now they can say whatever they want, I can take it,  because my pain is finally under control.I am not suffering anymore.

       

      "Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional"

       

      Ruth

    • Anonymous
      BLACK DUKE
      Jul. 28, 2009

      ALL MY GOD!!! THANK YOU FOR TRYING TO HELP,BUT MY GOD LADY,DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD THAT WOULD BE TO DO FOR A PERSON WHO IS TERRIBLY SICK AND IN PAIN.MY GOD PEOPLE,JUST FILL THE DAMN PRESCRIPTION ALREADY! DON'T YOU THINK IT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER THEN ALL THE BULLSHIT YOU JUST SAID,MY GOD,THE PERON IS GOING ON A VACATION TO GET AWAY FROM THE EVERYDAY...

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      ALL MY GOD!!! THANK YOU FOR TRYING TO HELP,BUT MY GOD LADY,DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD THAT WOULD BE TO DO FOR A PERSON WHO IS TERRIBLY SICK AND IN PAIN.MY GOD PEOPLE,JUST FILL THE DAMN PRESCRIPTION ALREADY! DON'T YOU THINK IT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER THEN ALL THE BULLSHIT YOU JUST SAID,MY GOD,THE PERON IS GOING ON A VACATION TO GET AWAY FROM THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF LYING IN BED AND SUFFERING,CANT YOU HEARTLESS NOT IN PAIN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THIS! ONE DAY YOU ARE GOING TO BE IN PAIN AND WISH THE SAME THINGS AS THIS PERSON.STOP TREATING PEOPLE LIKE DRUG ADDICTS!THESE POOR PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING AND JUST WANT FREAKIN RELIEF!HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR BACK HURT 24 HOURS A DAY,SO BAD YOU CANT WALK WITH OUT A CAN AND SOMEONE TOLD YOU ITS TO EARLY,EARLY MY ASS!!!JUST FILL THE DAMN THING ALREADY AND STOP WITH THIS DRUG ADDICTION BULLSHIT! IS IN OUR OWN DECISION WHAT WE PUT IN OUR BODIES.ITS NOT YOURS OR ANYONE ELSE'S BUSINESS WHAT I TAKE ,OR HOW MUCH I TAKE.FOR CHRIST SAKE,IF I WANT TO TAKE A ENOUGH TO KILL MY SELF,THAT IS MY DAMN CHOICE! NOT THE DEA'S OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT. THIS SHOULD BE VIOLATING OUR AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF FREEDOM,CAUSE IF I WAS TRULY FREE,I WOULDN'T BE KISSING ANY DR'S ASS,OR A STUPID PHARMACIST WHO DOESN'T KNOW ME,OR WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO HIM OR HER.YOU PEOPLE ARE RIGHT,WE NEED TO HIRE LEGAL REPS AND GET TOGETHER AND PUT A STOP TO THIS BULLSHIT! WE NEED TO TAKE BACK OUR FREEDOM!WE ARE HUMAN JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE,JUST BECAUSE WE SUFFER FROM ILLNESS OR FROM A ACCIDENT,NO MATTER WHAT THE REASON,WE SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAME AS IF WE WEREN'T DISABLED.PLEASE,I AM ASKING EVERYONE IN THIS CONDITION TO GET TOGETHER AND LETS ORGANIZE SOMETHING TO PUT A STOP TO THIS.ARE YOU AWARE THAT SOME DR'S SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS,POLICE,FIREMAN,ETC..ARE HYPOCRITES,SOME OF THEM TAKE MEDICINE JUST LIKE YOU,I BET THEY DON'T PUT UP WITH THAT MUCH BULLSHIT JUST TO TAKE A VACATION,LOL,OMG,WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

    • Redhen1919
      Aug. 19, 2009

      You do what you have to do. When a person is suffering they look for help any where they can find it. Here I found support and suggestions that I can use or refuse. Just knowing someone took the time to write has given me the willpower to keep fighting.

      When I first wrote about the pharmacist I was overwhelmed and did not know what to do and someone responded....

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      You do what you have to do. When a person is suffering they look for help any where they can find it. Here I found support and suggestions that I can use or refuse. Just knowing someone took the time to write has given me the willpower to keep fighting.

      When I first wrote about the pharmacist I was overwhelmed and did not know what to do and someone responded.

       

      I try to reciprocate because I know that after everything I have been through I have information that can help other people. I want them to know that no matter how bad it gets there is always an alternative. One day I may give up, but I am up and going again the next. I believe that I have POWER and no matter what the consequences I will not allow anyone to make me a doormat because I am different. If we allow the pharmacists, doctors, nurses, and DEA to take our Power we will nothing left to fight with and we will want to die.  We are all POWERFUL people, worthy of being treated with respect. We must recognize our WORTH and POWER. We must use them as tools to go on no matter how hard the struggle.

       

      Every day people in pain travel to another State because doctors in their States refuse to provide treatment. Not only is it difficult financially, it is difficult physically. I moved to Ohio because they provided better treatment. I did not know anyone in Ohio. I left my children and grandchildren behind. In 2007, I missed the holidays with my children for the first time in 37 years.

       

      I caught the bus home in 2008 and almost died in the process. I developed heart failure and ended up in an ER in Utah. I have traveled to New York for a second opinion, but I could not travel there every three months and was forced to find an MD back home. Unfortunately, the harassment continued and I was forced to move to Ohio.

      I traveled without my wheelchair to NY in July 2005 I was taking a mininal dose of vicodin. In 2006, I traveled to Ohio the only pain medications I received were non-narcotic. I was given them in spite of the fact that two pain specialist said I needed stronger medication.

      I have adrenal insuffiicency and have been near death due to an adrenal crisis. I have arthritis throughout my body. It has calcified the tendons and ligaments in my spine, hips, pelvis, arms and legs. I have bone spurs on my joints where the tendons attach to the bone. I only have 25% mobility in my spine. There is pressure on my spinal cord.

      In 2008, I found out that I have polyneuropathy, caused by an autoimmune disorder, that is attacking the organs in my body. My doctor now says I might have RSD.This year they told me I have congenital hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and said no excessive exercise. I am not surprised that my former doctors were going to let me die. I was denied these diagnoses because I take narcotic pain medication.

      I have also learned that patients are afraid of losing their pain medication. In a recent fight with a major hospital, regarding signing a pain contract, I was told not to pursue it because I would lose my chronic pain medication. Just speaking up about the abuses can lead to a doctor removing a patient from care.

      If we would all come together and lobby for better treatment it might work, but many are too afraid and too ill to try. I can not fault them or blame them. I was left crawling and screaming around on the floor because my former doctor stopped my pain medication. Why, because I had traveled to Ohio for a second opinion and he, "did not want to piggyback medical care".

       

      My advice to anyone is to read and educate yourself about chronic pain and what to expect in the present and the future. Everyone is suffering because of illegal drug use including our doctors.

       

      "Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional"

       

      Redhen

  • SheDog
    Apr. 01, 2009

    Yes, I've had problems with my pharmacists filling my prescriptions. I usually take my prescription directly from the doctor to the pharmacy. ( I live out of town, so it's more convenient that way)  Sometimes, the pharmacy says it is too soon. If it's too soon, then why did the doctor write it?? 

     

    But I've also had the problem with my doctors....

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    Yes, I've had problems with my pharmacists filling my prescriptions. I usually take my prescription directly from the doctor to the pharmacy. ( I live out of town, so it's more convenient that way)  Sometimes, the pharmacy says it is too soon. If it's too soon, then why did the doctor write it?? 

     

    But I've also had the problem with my doctors. When I ask the doctor about changing my medications, because I don't feel like they are working like they used to, he talks about taking me off all of my medicines. I can't imagine what I would be able to do if they were to take me off of everything.  I can barely walk through the grocery store now.  Someone has to go with me to push the cart, then I can use my walker, and I can sit down and take a break when I need to. And then when everything is finished, they get to unload the car and put up the food for me.  I can't do it anymore.  And I'm only 48 years old!!  I can't imagine how much worse things could get.

     

    But I would, seriously, change your pharmacy. I've had to do that in the past.

    • Redhen1919
      Apr. 02, 2009

      Your doctor threatened you. BTW, it is against the law to undertreat someone's pain. Are you aware that at some point your body becomes tolerant to the medication and you need more to achieve the same level of pain control. This is not "addiction" this is "tolerance".There was a recent lawsuit California that sued a physician for "Elder Abuse" because he failed...

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      Your doctor threatened you. BTW, it is against the law to undertreat someone's pain. Are you aware that at some point your body becomes tolerant to the medication and you need more to achieve the same level of pain control. This is not "addiction" this is "tolerance".There was a recent lawsuit California that sued a physician for "Elder Abuse" because he failed to provide pain treatment.

       

      I know it is difficult and expensive to find another doctor. Now that I realize my pain doctor cares more about his license than me I am going to Beth Israel Pallative Care Center in New York.They care!

       

      BTW, it is time for chronic pain patients to start a civil rights movement. We need to "march on Washington". We need to find legal counsel to represent us so that we can be treated with justice and require that focus be put on those who are breaking the law.

       

      Our struggle is about POWER.  They want us to believe we have none, but we do. If I am forced to go to another pharmacy, which is a major inconvenient and I would have to pay someone to pickup my prescriptions.  They have the power to inflict emotional abuse on me and others. This untruthful and negative information will be passed on to my next pharmacy. Just like negative information is written in my medical records and passed on to the next doctor. I was denied appropriate medical treatment and because of the lack of treatment I am terminally ill.

       

      We must hold others accountable for their behavior. We must take back our power. It is difficult because our illnesses create barriers to just doing basic life activities, but we must take back control of our lives.

       

      When do we know it is time to the draw the line? We draw the line when conditions become so unbearable that to do nothing will harm our body and soul.

       

      Take Care

      Redhen

       

       

    • baddrugs2011
      Feb. 26, 2012

      i totally agree, if a doctor writes a prescription, they know when it is able to be filled or not. this has happened to my husband and I over and over again. The doctor writes the prescriptions, we go straight to the pharmacy and are told that we are unable to get them filled because of insurance. So we offer to pay for them but they write all over the face...

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      i totally agree, if a doctor writes a prescription, they know when it is able to be filled or not. this has happened to my husband and I over and over again. The doctor writes the prescriptions, we go straight to the pharmacy and are told that we are unable to get them filled because of insurance. So we offer to pay for them but they write all over the face of the prescription and this keeps us from getting them filled anywhere else. They even write code numbers all over the paper and everything else. I think there needs to be a change in the way pharmacies are being ran and who the pharmacists are and the way they treat people. 

    • Redhen1919
      May. 31, 2012

      The only person that can amend a prescription is the doctor that wrote it. It is a crime for anyone other than the doctor to change a prescription. The pharmacist has to call the doctor and have the prescription reissued. Check with your insurance company to find out if they are refusing to pay. In my case my insurance company wasn't the problem. Contact your...

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      The only person that can amend a prescription is the doctor that wrote it. It is a crime for anyone other than the doctor to change a prescription. The pharmacist has to call the doctor and have the prescription reissued. Check with your insurance company to find out if they are refusing to pay. In my case my insurance company wasn't the problem. Contact your state's pharmacy board and file a complaint.  I made a copy of my prescription so that I had proof and complained to walgreen's district manager. It got results. 

      If you can find a new pharmacy. Be aware that chronic pain patients are easy targets they can't catch the abusers and diverters of pain medications so they harass us.  Keep track of when your refills are due. Do not depend on anyone to track this for you. Keep your doctor informed of your difficulty.

  • Dean
    Mar. 30, 2009

    Your problem is with your doctor not your pharmacist. He is the person that has documented that you not have a refill for 30 days after your last prescription was filled. It doesn't matter if you pay for it or insurance pays for it because of the Schedule of the Narcotic. You did not write what it is but I am assuming it is Oxycodone or Fentanyl, Morophine...

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    Your problem is with your doctor not your pharmacist. He is the person that has documented that you not have a refill for 30 days after your last prescription was filled. It doesn't matter if you pay for it or insurance pays for it because of the Schedule of the Narcotic. You did not write what it is but I am assuming it is Oxycodone or Fentanyl, Morophine etc. Once the doctor writes that the pharmacist can't refill it for 30 days. DEA Regulations.

     

    I have had this happen with Xanax but I was allowed to pay for the prescription because of the Schedule. My insurance would not pay though because it was 4 days too early even though I had a new prescription. I was going on vacation and would have run out of medication so I had to pay the full price for it.

     

    If people didn't abuse or use medication illegally these things would not happen to those that really need it.

    • Redhen1919
      Mar. 31, 2009

      Thanks for responding. I do not take a schedule I or II medication. I take hydrocodone 5/500 mg every four hours. Correct me if I am wrong, but I was told that anything below 15mg of hydrocodone is a schedule III. That amounts to 30mg of Hydocodone per day.

       

      My previous prescription which had not quite expired was not limited to a 30-day supply. The new...

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      Thanks for responding. I do not take a schedule I or II medication. I take hydrocodone 5/500 mg every four hours. Correct me if I am wrong, but I was told that anything below 15mg of hydrocodone is a schedule III. That amounts to 30mg of Hydocodone per day.

       

      My previous prescription which had not quite expired was not limited to a 30-day supply. The new one limited me to a 30-day supply. This is not the first time that this pharmacist has harassed me. Last month he delayed refill until after I had run out of medication. In July 2008, he did not fill it at all, luckily I had a old prescription available. They have even put a different doctor's name on my presciption which makes it look like I am doctor shopping.

       

      My activity level is that I am in bed most of the day. Am I seriously undermedicated, yes. Can do anything about it. I have begged and pleaded with my doctor and he will not increase my medication. He actually reduced my medication when I told him that the side affects of the morphine were making me sleep all day.

       

      I agree that my physician is also culpable, but it is time for pharmacists and doctors to be held accountable for abusing their chronic pain patients. Why are they allowed to break the law.

       

      One thing a did learn is that Walgreens does not care. I am filing a complaint with the pharmacy board because it is illegal for anyone to alter a prescription after it has been written. Prescriptions are legal documents.

       

       

    • Surviver48&counting
      Mar. 31, 2009

      My advice to you is to STOP going to this pharmacy, isn't there others in your town?  And YES, I understand completely how we are treated like criminals, less that dirt on the street.  It is inhumane.  Until people gather and fight this kind of treatment by going to their state houses and protesting nothing will change.  They (Doctors) are...

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      My advice to you is to STOP going to this pharmacy, isn't there others in your town?  And YES, I understand completely how we are treated like criminals, less that dirt on the street.  It is inhumane.  Until people gather and fight this kind of treatment by going to their state houses and protesting nothing will change.  They (Doctors) are forgetting, we did not make these pain medications, the pharmacutical industry has heavily advertisted that it is good, normal, acceptable, to try new drugs to better own lives.  This is not congruent with what is happening when patients want and ask for better care.  I have actually read several articles in which they advise the patient to have a written list of question to take along to your Dr's appointment. This is to help the patient focus on questions and problems if they forget or may be nervous and intimadated by a DR.  When I followed this advice a couple of times all of the reactions I got from the Dr's was that they were annoyed, stated 'lets just focus on one issue at a time, I don't have time to address these issues today and various rude comments.  Dr's are forgetting that we are the consumer they are being paid for a service, we (the patient should be the most important person in this relationship)  Dr's take an oath when they become Dr's   'DO NO HARM'.  I have had more than one Dr do harm in the form of talking down to me, treating me like a child, acting superior towards me, and passing judgements that have nothing to do with my presenting physical injuries or diagnostic problems.  I beleive that The U.S. has the most expensive health care system in the world that is the worst in the world.  That is my personal opinion, but, I'm I'd bet on it  that  the statistics would back up that statement to some degree.  Beleive me when I tellyou many of us have been S--t on and something does have to be done soon!!!! Survivor48&counting

    • Redhen1919
      Apr. 03, 2009

      Transportation here is very difficult for people in wheelchairs, bus ramps don't work and the sidewalks do not have curb cuts. During winter they stopped clearing snow and ice off the sidewalks and parking lots so I am virtually a prisoner in my apartment during the winter.

       

      Paratransit is available. They will not transport me if I cannot get my wheelchair...

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      Transportation here is very difficult for people in wheelchairs, bus ramps don't work and the sidewalks do not have curb cuts. During winter they stopped clearing snow and ice off the sidewalks and parking lots so I am virtually a prisoner in my apartment during the winter.

       

      Paratransit is available. They will not transport me if I cannot get my wheelchair across the parking lot without assistance. The weather is better I can catch Paratransit. Will I  have the same problems at a new pharmacy? Sometimes it is better to deal with the devil you know than one you don't know.

       

      My neighbor offered to help me and I paid him for gas, but when I refused to buy a car he stopped helping me. He tried to take advantage of me. When I don't take pain medication I am totally dependent on someone else and at their mercy.

       

      I stopped taking opiod pain medication for over a year because the doctors refused me medical treatment. When my arthritis worsened, they prescribed diclofenac. I started having shortness of breath after taking this medication. I was hospitalized and they start doing all sorts of heart tests. I was told not to travel or drive, but not why.

       

      I had a heart attack. They never told me.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for arthritis can cause heart attacks. They gave me this drug although they knew that I had a previous heart attack when I was 36 years old. Now I wonder if that heart attack was caused by the medication, they gave me for my arthritis.

      They tell everybody that opiod medication is dangerous and addictive. I am not addicted and I have never had a life threatening side effect. On the other hand, the non-opiod medication probably caused my heart attacks. I have some risk factors for heart problems now, but I had one risk factor when I was 36 years old.

       

      One doctor told me that he is amazed that I am still alive. I refuse to die a meaningless death. I am trying to prolong my life so that I can leave a legacy for my children. Why would I abuse a medication that would shorten my life not prolong it?

       

      Thank You

      Redhen

    • Anonymous
      drate
      Apr. 08, 2010

      This is all crap I am sick of the pharmacist sticking their noise where it doesn't belong. I have went to a pain management and when to refill my script two days early and the pharmacist told me the insurance company wouldn't fill it. I got home and called the insurance company and they said that a request was never put in by the pharmacy. I went back the next...

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      This is all crap I am sick of the pharmacist sticking their noise where it doesn't belong. I have went to a pain management and when to refill my script two days early and the pharmacist told me the insurance company wouldn't fill it. I got home and called the insurance company and they said that a request was never put in by the pharmacy. I went back the next day and was really pissed at the guy for lying to me. I said something to him and he said that there is a lot abuse with medication. That was in Parsippany NJ on Parsippany road. I got off pain management and re-hurt my back months later. Yesterday I went to fill a script in Chatham NJ where I live now. The scrip was for 120 pills. They only gave me 90. Without tell me or anything, I did get a script filled a few weeks before but this was by the same Doctor. The pharmacist took it upon himself to fill what he thought I should have. They don't deal with patient they don't know much of anything about you. It is high time that pharmacists carry out orders and do them correctly. If they cant or wont they should lose their license.

    • frustratedagain
      Jun. 20, 2010

      I am so tired of being jerked around by wanna be doctors that count pills. It's bad enough to wait in the dr office for your appt, give a medical history, explain your issues and he gives you a RX.  You go to the pharmacy, wait an hour to be told the Pharmacist has a few questions.  Seriously?  What do you take this medication for? Do you need...

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      I am so tired of being jerked around by wanna be doctors that count pills. It's bad enough to wait in the dr office for your appt, give a medical history, explain your issues and he gives you a RX.  You go to the pharmacy, wait an hour to be told the Pharmacist has a few questions.  Seriously?  What do you take this medication for? Do you need to take it as often as the doctor says? What are your symptoms? I told the guy I already went to the doctor who diagnosed and prescribed this, so if you have any questions, don't waste MY time, just fill the RX. If you have a problem, call the doctor to get the low down.  This just infuriates me to no end. I recently moved from one state to another. In my previous home town, I had finally found a dr that prescribed my VicES 3x day for back pain, etc. I have Degenerative disc Phase II in 5 discs, cervical and thoraic.  the med allows me to get out of bed everyday and lead a pretty normal life. In my move, I visited a new dr 2 weeks ago.  I told him my current meds, and he gave me a rx for 50 pain meds.  When I went to the pharmacy on Tuesday, they said I couldn't fill it, it was too early whatever that means.  It would be a few days.  The next day I called my dr office and told them what I was told, could they call the pharmacy for me. Dr ofc called back and said I had to wait until Monday, but suggested I call back and ask them to fill enough to get me thru until Monday as I was out, as I had told the dr at my visit.  I called the pharmacy back and he said he couldn't fill it until Monday.  On Thursday I receive a message that my Rx is ready to pick up.  I picked it up and the date on the bottle was the day I originally tried to fill it, 2 days prior, and they only filled 30 of the 50 that the dr wrote. I didn't notice at the time that the directions said one daily as needed. My previous dr rx said 1 pill 3x day as needed. I told my new dr that I take 3-4/day, which is why he gave me a script for 50 for 2 weeks (my next visit).  So it's been 10 days and I try to fill the remaining 20 pills of the 50 my dr gave me, and the pharmacy WALGREENS won't fill it.  he said "you just filled one for 30 pills last week that was supposed to last you a month".  I said, Excuse me, but at my dr visit it was explained to him that I take 3-4/day, as my previous MI dr rx states, look it up".  I asked him "where was the translation lost from my dr visit to Walgreens"/  He said "I'm sorry, I can send him a fax". It's Saturday.  I said, Fine he'll have it Monday and I have an appt to see him Monday.  He gave me an rx for 50 to last 2 weeks, from my 1st visit to this Monday."  I said, " I can't believe I have to deal with this because I move from one state to another".  I want to know who is screwing with me?  I've had this happen with pharmacists before, questioning what I'm taking, why I'm taking it.  When I did pick up my 30 pills, the guy asked me "are you pregnant or a chance of pregnant?"  I said, Why?  he says, "it was flagged on your insurance"  Bull sh*t it was.  I said in the drive thru on the microphone "look I'm 50 years old, I had that issue taken care of years ago, ain't no way I am pregnant or a chance so you can relay that back to my insurance co, better yet, I'll call them and reassure them that I had my tubes tied 15 years ago. Any more questions?" No. I'm done with Walgreens. The other point is that I had to sign a paper with my new doctor because I have a controlled substance that my medication will not be stopped unless mutually agreed by both of us. It appears that either he or the pharmacy has violated this "contract". The dr is certainly going to get a piece of my mind. I am tired of being treated like an Addict. An addict needs drugs to get "HIGH". A person in pain and taking meds for management needs meds to "function".  A pseudo addict is what we are becoming because of how we are treated.  I can understand why us that are not addicts would resort to getting what we need on the street when the drs. and pharmacys treat you like a pill pusher anyway. If I have to, I'll spend the money and go back home every 2 months to see my old dr and get what I need to function. Or how about I stop my meds and go on disability, not work, and let the gov't take care of me? AT least I am trying to keep active, working, contributing! I understand that there are "Laws" governing drug dispensement, but come on, certainly people need these special meds outside of having terminal cancer. I can't walk around with an ice pack on my back and neck all day long!

    • Redhen1919
      Nov. 17, 2010

      I have been ill, so I missed your post. Ask if the original prescription was for 50 pills then what happened to the other 20? If they can't give you a good answer file a complaint. I would switch to Rite Aid pharmacy and file a complaint with Walgreen's district office and your state's pharmacy board. I would also think about filing a complaint with...

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      I have been ill, so I missed your post. Ask if the original prescription was for 50 pills then what happened to the other 20? If they can't give you a good answer file a complaint. I would switch to Rite Aid pharmacy and file a complaint with Walgreen's district office and your state's pharmacy board. I would also think about filing a complaint with your civil rights office. You take medication for a disabling condition, harassing you is discrimination based on your disability. Good Luck

    • Anonymous
      Laddy
      Jan. 24, 2012

      Riteaid is the best with prescriptions. Controlled substances or regular presciptions can be filled a few days early. Exceptions are: Your insurance plan. Paying cash only gives you a "courtesy" day or two early. If you have a 30 day presciption and it says, "must last 30 days" then it must last 30 days. From my experience most pharmacies will give you...

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      Riteaid is the best with prescriptions. Controlled substances or regular presciptions can be filled a few days early. Exceptions are: Your insurance plan. Paying cash only gives you a "courtesy" day or two early. If you have a 30 day presciption and it says, "must last 30 days" then it must last 30 days. From my experience most pharmacies will give you 1-2 day cusion for refills. With insurance, at Riteaid, I can fill my pain meds every 23-24 days because my insurance company allows it. Again, it depends on the count and per day the script is written. Riteaid calculates the OK date with your insurance plan when you sign up for courtesy refills. Soma (now Schedule IV, was uncontrolled) also is a controlled substance and requires the same rules as Hydrocodone (Schedule III). Also, if you are flipping out and acting suspicious, they can flat out refuse. Be nice to Pharmacists and their helpers...if you are an ass they will never be nice! Pharmacists want to help and work with you but have a code of ethics.

      Be honest with your MD or switch to a Pain Dr. Tell your MD the truth about your pain; let them know if you are expriencing "tolerance" issues or if the meds are not working. You may be a candidate for Suboxone. It is a miracle drug if you need to get off strong pain meds. In the future, Sustained Release Hydrocodone (tamper proof) will help people who take  the immediate relase products combined with acetominophen. The problem with Vicodin drugs is they only last 2-3 hours and then you need more. The best approach to pain releif is extended or sustained release medicine monitored by a physician. if you can't be responsible with this medicine get off it. The free wheeling days are over.

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      This is not a game. No one is wheeling and dealing for drugs. What the people here are saying is that they are following the rules. It is biased pharmacists that are lying and treating us like addicts. I do not care how respectful we are, fair treatment is a coin toss unless you find an unbiased pharmacist. Evil flourishes when good people do nothing. My doctors...

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      This is not a game. No one is wheeling and dealing for drugs. What the people here are saying is that they are following the rules. It is biased pharmacists that are lying and treating us like addicts. I do not care how respectful we are, fair treatment is a coin toss unless you find an unbiased pharmacist. Evil flourishes when good people do nothing. My doctors told me I needed to be the squeaky wheel and so I am. Know where to complain about poor treatment.

       

       

      R

    • Anonymous
      Arkygal62
      Nov. 17, 2010

      Ahhh Yes,I have been With Pain Management clinic For a little over a year now and I TOTALLY Understand What you are saying..The very same thing happened To me and On More than One occasion,However If You Go to them and say "hey! I didn't Get the whole script They will actually accuse You(the patient) Of taking the pills Out of the bottle and trying to get More!...

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      Ahhh Yes,I have been With Pain Management clinic For a little over a year now and I TOTALLY Understand What you are saying..The very same thing happened To me and On More than One occasion,However If You Go to them and say "hey! I didn't Get the whole script They will actually accuse You(the patient) Of taking the pills Out of the bottle and trying to get More! How sad is This! I do Understand that there are So Many People out there that Are Pulling scams,Stealing,Ect..To get the pain meds that they have became addicted to,But We ALL suffer when  it gets to this point!!I cannot Function To do the smallest of task without my meds! Someone In Our Area was also shorted Out Of His Meds And Ended Up Suffering for several Days Before His Next Appointment,I felt so bad for Him,But Being the wiser Of the 2 of us When It came time For him to get the refill The next time He waited in line as always and After they handed Him His script they turned to walk away and He said Not this time! He Poured All his Pills Out On the counter and RECOUNTED them In front Of the Himself!! And guess what..8 pills short!! Justice that day was served...I think that since We are taking these Meds(not By Our choices) We are all considered additics in one way or another And We Will continue to be treated like it at every turn...Thats Just My opionion,I could be wrong.

    • beth w
      Aug. 18, 2010

      I will be filing a complaint against a pharmacist who refused to fill a prescription "because it was just filled)  She yelled this across two counters, violating the HPPA laws which protect confidentiality.

       

      She is newly graduated.  I will make a complaint with my state against her license.

      I will also make a complaint to the state pharmacy...

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      I will be filing a complaint against a pharmacist who refused to fill a prescription "because it was just filled)  She yelled this across two counters, violating the HPPA laws which protect confidentiality.

       

      She is newly graduated.  I will make a complaint with my state against her license.

      I will also make a complaint to the state pharmacy board against the pharmacy.

       

      This is totally unacceptable.  It is illegal for a pharmacist to lie to you that they are out of your medication.  They have to tell you the truth...that they don't want to give you the prescription.

       

      I was told to bring the prescription back when a pharmacist who knew me was there.

       

      Idiots!  All I can do is change pharmacies (which I did) and file license complaints.  The state will investigate and this girl will be squirming...at least for a while.

      She could be fined, counseled since she is new, or they could decide to let it go.

       

      Either way, I think that is a serious recourse.  You have to learn the pharmacy laws and then take action.  I have had this problem with "floating pharmacists" at this chain multiple times.  I am done.

       

      Good luck!

    • Anonymous
      angelsonearth
      Apr. 22, 2011

      OMG seriously what are we going to do ? where is our freedom , privacy we live in the US im sick and tired of being treated like a criminal  a drug addict just being judged my script is for 10 mil methadone 2 xs a day WOW REALLY come the fuck on these fucking pharmacists think they r GOD well guess what judge not to be judged in the measure we judge so...

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      OMG seriously what are we going to do ? where is our freedom , privacy we live in the US im sick and tired of being treated like a criminal  a drug addict just being judged my script is for 10 mil methadone 2 xs a day WOW REALLY come the fuck on these fucking pharmacists think they r GOD well guess what judge not to be judged in the measure we judge so will we be judged AMEN TO THAT   !!!   the fn government to  cant wait to see them get there own !I have had the same things happen to me im so fn done with it first dealing with doctor gods then the FUCKING PHARMACISTS FUCK U ALL I HOPE TO GOD YOU NEVER HAVE PAIN  YOU WEEP WHAT YOU SOW PEOPLE SO GET READY MAYBE U SHOULD GO BACK TO SCHOLL U FUCKING PIL COUNTERS IM NOT IMPRESSED BUT YOU FILL PILLS THAT KILL INOCENT BABYS WOW THATS MURDER WE ARNT HURTING ANYONE SO MIND YOUR OWN FUCKING BUISNESS DO YOUR FUCKING JOB AND GO THE FUCK HOME I COULD CALL U BABY KILLERS HOW DOES THAT FEEL YOU JUDGE US WHO WAKE UP CRYING FROM PAIN SO FUCK YOU BABY KILLERS ISNT THAT ONE OF THE TEN COMAMDMENTS THOU SHALL NOT KILL ARNT U AN ACCESORY ???? SLEEP ON THAT TNITE ALL OF U CVS EXSPECIALLY  GOD BLEES U ALL !!!!!!!1TO ALL THE PHARMACY GODS

    • TERRY38121
      Dec. 28, 2011

      I READ YOUR POST IF IT WERE ME I WOULD FIND ANOTHER PHARMACY MOST ARE PRICKS THEY MAKE YOU WAIT 27 DAYS AT THE MINIMUM USUALLY 28 TO 29 DAYS NOT COUNTING THE DAY YOU GOT THE LAST RE FILL I HAVE A CVS IN MY TOWN THAT ACTUALLY LETS ME GET REFILLS EVERY 23 DAYS BUT I TRY TO WAIT LONGER BUT ON CVS WEB SITE AFTER 24 OR 25 DAYS FOR SURE IT STATES NEXT TO THE RX IF...

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      I READ YOUR POST IF IT WERE ME I WOULD FIND ANOTHER PHARMACY MOST ARE PRICKS THEY MAKE YOU WAIT 27 DAYS AT THE MINIMUM USUALLY 28 TO 29 DAYS NOT COUNTING THE DAY YOU GOT THE LAST RE FILL I HAVE A CVS IN MY TOWN THAT ACTUALLY LETS ME GET REFILLS EVERY 23 DAYS BUT I TRY TO WAIT LONGER BUT ON CVS WEB SITE AFTER 24 OR 25 DAYS FOR SURE IT STATES NEXT TO THE RX IF THERE IS REFILLS THERE IS A CLOCK NEXT TO IT STATING REFILL IS DUE BUT I HAVE GOTTON OXY MORPHINE SOMAS NORCO VICODINS OVER THE YEARS IN THE 23 DAY MARK NEVER HAD A PROBLEM BUT ONCE OR TWICE I WENT TO A DIFFERENT CVS AND WAS TOLD TOO EARLY IT DEPENDS ON THE PHARMACY AND THE PHARMACIST I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE DOING THERE JOB BUT A PHARMACIST HAS NO RIGHT OR LEGAL REASON TO ALTER A PRESCRIPTION STATING NOT TO FILL UNTIL A CERTAIN DATE THATS BULL I WOULD HAVE CALLED MY DR AND ASKED FOR A NEW WRITTEN RX AND WENT SOMEWHERE ELSE I WORK 50 MILES FROM HOME I TRIED TO GET A RX FOR DIAULIDID FILLED I WENT TO ABOUT 10 PHARMACYS IN 2 DAYS NOT ONE WOULD FILL IT RITE AID ACTUALLY SAID THEY WOULD FILL IT AFTER INSPECTING THE RX FOR ABOUT 3 MINUTES TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT THEY ATTEMPTED TO CALL MY DR TO VERIFY THE RX BUT THEY WERE CLOSED WAS DAY AFTER XMAS SHE SAID COME BACK TOMORROW I WILL FILL IT AFTER VERIFICATION BECAUSE I WAS 50 MILES FROM HOME WELL I CAME IN NEXT MORNING DIFFERENT PHARMACIST ON DUTY TOLD HIS TECHNICIAN THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE IT IN STOCK LIAR LIAR I EXPLAINED TO TECH QUICKLY WHAT THE PHARMACIST SAID YESTERDAY SHE SAID WELL WE MUST OF SOLD THEM THEY DID NOT SELL 180 8 MG TABS BULL THE PHARMACIST DID NOT EVEN OPEN THE SCHEDULE II DRUG LOCKED CABINET HE JUST DID NOT WANT NO PART OF IT

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      It is the pharmacy's rule that limits it to two days, not a federal or state law. They change it whenever they feel like it depending on their bias. I had been a Walgreen's customer for a long time and my records were in the computer. What really made me angry is that he changed the date on my prescription to prevent me from going to a different pharmacy. If...

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      It is the pharmacy's rule that limits it to two days, not a federal or state law. They change it whenever they feel like it depending on their bias. I had been a Walgreen's customer for a long time and my records were in the computer. What really made me angry is that he changed the date on my prescription to prevent me from going to a different pharmacy. If there was a law regarding a time limit why would he feel the need to change the date on the script?

       

      TY

       

    • miserable
      May. 25, 2012

      i cant get my dr. to fill my meds that are antidepressants on time she is usually 4 to 5 days late?

    • Redhen1919
      May. 31, 2012

      There are great doctors that communicate openly with their patients. Talk with your doctor about your problems when your prescription are not issued on time. If they are unwilling to help you it is time to change doctors. It is hassle, but worth the trouble.

       

      Good luck

      R

       

       

    • Bad Rib Guy
      Aug. 28, 2012

      I have suffered from a chronic pain conditon related to a fall and resulting rib/mid-section injury that occurred 13 years ago.  I have been on a regiment of naproxen, gapapenton and oxycodone for many years now.  I take 2 500 mg doeses of Naproxen, 4 800 mg does of gabapenton and up to 6 5 mg does of oxycodone per day.  I have had the good fortune...

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      I have suffered from a chronic pain conditon related to a fall and resulting rib/mid-section injury that occurred 13 years ago.  I have been on a regiment of naproxen, gapapenton and oxycodone for many years now.  I take 2 500 mg doeses of Naproxen, 4 800 mg does of gabapenton and up to 6 5 mg does of oxycodone per day.  I have had the good fortune of having a Doctor who has worked with me to determine the right level of medication to keep my pain somewhat managable.  I say somewhat, because it will never really be managable.  I have also been prescribed fentanyl in the past although I have not used it in recent years.  I have also had difficutlies with some pharmacies.  I have always adhered to my prescribed medication levels and have never abused medications.  I am worried that when my Doctor retires I may not be able to find a Physician that will understands I have not other options.  I have tried just about everything else available including a spinal cord stimultator. 

       

      I look like an able bodied guy and work full time, yet, I am convinced that I have experienced employment descrimination.  I am no drug addict.  I would like nothing better than to have to take no medications.  I have strictly adhered to what I have been prescribed. 

       

      I agree completely with the comment that we have the most expensive medical system in the world and that it does not serve many of use very well.  We have to many middle men that all want a piece of the pie.  The cost of my health insurance coverage has been going up by double digits for years (long before Obamacare) and health care providers, insurers and the government have ignored this problem.  They are all culpable.  As patients we have to actively manage our care because we cannot depend on the system -- it is broken.  As chronic pain sufferers we are often guiney pigs for new procedures, treatments or drugs.  The Doctor's are literally "practicing" on us.  It drives the cost of the system up and often it does little good for those of us who are suffering.  We need better methods of diagnosis, more individualized treatment programs, and more education of the public about the epidemic of chronic pain in our country. 

       

      Many of us are in the same boat, life is a struggle because we live with non-stop pain.  We should not be treated like criminals because we need to take medications to carry on some king of productive life while living with chronic pain.  I literally "feel your pain" and encourage you to not settle for insensitive or incompetent Doctor's or Pharmasists.  You deserve better!  Seek out what you need.  Good Luck!

    • Anonymous
      mw
      Mar. 17, 2013

      All us chronic physical pain suffers better start like yesterday  fighting for our legal right to humane treatment,or they are and will make criminals out  of us law abiding chronic pain sufferers..Just like ,''they'' are going after law abiding gun owners and the 2nd amendment,''they'' are destroying our constitutional right 2,privacy about are medical...

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      All us chronic physical pain suffers better start like yesterday  fighting for our legal right to humane treatment,or they are and will make criminals out  of us law abiding chronic pain sufferers..Just like ,''they'' are going after law abiding gun owners and the 2nd amendment,''they'' are destroying our constitutional right 2,privacy about are medical issues.As 1 person put it,''no I do not trust our government to do the right thing.The constitution is writen to bind the hands of corrupted,power abusive,politicians.To force these goverment officials to remain ethical,righteous,and respect every man,woman and childs legal and god given right to humane treatment under the Constitution of the U.S. Of America!"Ifpoliticians were angels,they would not be politicians.It has already happen'd w/this ,''drug monitoreing programs,cops useing''our'' names in the data banks to pull people over,to knock on our private homes demanding access for ,''pill checks'',r legaly prescripted medicines that allow ,''us'' as chronic physicalpain suffer's to function like normal people,get a pay check,pay bills are NOW being forced,forced mind you,not volunteerly loose there jobs because now w/this prescription monitoringprogram,cops have and will pull us over,see u have a script for say methadone,demand us to pee in this cup,now,,,now you are charged w/driving under the influence,loose your job,your life,,your good named destroyed,your life destroyed over this ,prescription monitoring program,,you could be a Doctor,a lawyer,a principle,who also has chronic pain,who legaly goes to your doctor,gets a script you have had for years,never a mark on your life for 20,30 ,40 ,years,now because of this monitoreinmg program,you have been made into a criminal,for legally taking the medication you need to function as a mother,a father,a lawyer,a doctor,a nurse,your ability to ever earn a good living is now destroyed,for taking a legally prescripted medication.I mean why aren't they restricting heart medicine,insulin,etc..If your are a honest,true chronic physical pain person,and need your medicine to function every single day of your life,who the hell are these people to make a criminal out of us for receiving medical care needed to function normally in our society.This is what is NOW HAPPENING  people,,you will loose everything over this monitoring program,even if you are taking your meds,legally and prescribed by a doctor!!.People who know nothing about medical treatment for physical pain have absolutely no business regulating my right for humane treatment.Has anyone of these people forced to allow there name on this data base given consent?No,not a 1!!!Any so call regulatore of MY physical pain reading this,u want to know what CHRONIC PHYSICAL PAIN FEELS LIKE?!?!?!,,,Ok,take your left hand and reach across your chest and pinch the back of your right arm.Ok,whilest pinching the back of your arm,drive,talk on the phone,concentrate of your studies,concentrate NOT crashing in a high speed chase if your a cop,or simple try to move,walk,anything whilest still pinching the back of that arm!!Can't do it,can you,,now u all have the ability to let go of that pinched skin,however chronic pain sufferes don't,and never willso r medicine allows us to function normally w/out physical pain,just as it is everyones god given natuire to stop physical pain,ironically when chronic pain sufferes do exactly that,stop or lessen there physical pin w/medicine,you all call it abuse,isnt the other way around,if we enjoyed physical pain,that would NOT BE NORMAL,WHERES THE HORSE/COMMON SENSE IN THAT??There is none.Dr.'s,who truly want to stop physcal pain,thus treat us humanely..I am telling you all,we need to get together soon,yesterday,w/the A.C.L.U.,,AND GETS THIS COMPLETE PREJUDICE,DISCRIMNATION,AND THIS PRECONCEIVED IDEATION SLANDEREOUS IMAGE,,of all chronic pain suffers.MW

    • Redhen1919
      Nov. 22, 2013

      I am so sorry about your suffering. I understand how you feel. You are correct when you say we need the Legal community to protect our right to adequate pain treatment and to stop pharmacists from violating our rights. I personally contacted several members of the MAYDAY program. Only one person responded. Lawyers refuse to take my case regarding the withholding...

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      I am so sorry about your suffering. I understand how you feel. You are correct when you say we need the Legal community to protect our right to adequate pain treatment and to stop pharmacists from violating our rights. I personally contacted several members of the MAYDAY program. Only one person responded. Lawyers refuse to take my case regarding the withholding of my pain medication. We have no one to turn to except each other.

       

      TY

      Ruth

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      Schedule I SubstanceDEA NumberNon NarcoticOther Names 1-(1-Phenylcyclohexyl)pyrrolidine 7458 N PCPy, PHP, rolicyclidine 1-(2-Phenylethyl)-4-phenyl-4-
      acetoxypiperidine 9663   PEPAP, synthetic heroin 1-[1-(2-
      Thienyl)cyclohexyl]piperidine 7470 N TCP, tenocyclidine 1-[1-(2-
      Thienyl)cyclohexyl]pyrrolidine 7473 N TCPy 1-Methyl-4-phenyl-4-
      propionoxypiperidine 9661   MPPP, synthetic heroin 2,5-Dimethoxy-4-
      ethylamphetamine 7399 N DOET 2,5-Dimethoxyamphetamine 7396 N DMA, 2,5-DMA 3,4,5-Trimethoxyamphetamine 7390 N TMA 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine 7400 N MDA, Love Drug 3,4-
      Methylenedioxymethamphetamine 7405 N MDMA, Ecstasy, XTC 3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-
      ethylamphetamine 7404 N N-ethyl MDA, MDE, MDEA 3-Methylfentanyl 9813   China White, fentanyl 3-Methylthiofentanyl 9833   Chine White, fentanyl 4-Bromo-2,5-
      dimethoxyamphetamine 7391 N DOB, 4-bromo-DMA 4-Bromo-2,5-
      dimethoxyphenethylamine 7392 N Nexus, 2-CB, has been sold as Ecstasy, i.e. MDMA 4-Methoxyamphetamine 7411 N PMA 4-Methyl-2,5-
      dimethoxyamphetamine 7395 N DOM, STP 4-Methylaminorex (cis isomer) 1590 N U4Euh, McN-422 5-Methoxy-3,4-
      methylenedioxyamphetamine 7401 N MMDA Acetorphine 9319     Acetyl-alpha-methylfentanyl 9815     Acetyldihydrocodeine 9051   Acetylcodone Acetylmethadol 9601   Methadyl acetate Allylprodine 9602     Alphacetylmethadol except levo-alphacetylmethadol 9603     Alpha-Ethyltryptamine 7249 N ET, Trip Alphameprodine 9604     Alphamethadol 9605     Alpha-Methylfentanyl 9814   China White, fentanyl Alpha-Methylthiofentanyl 9832   China White, fentanyl Aminorex 1585 N has been sold as methamphetamine Benzethidine 9606     Benzylmorphine 9052     Betacetylmethadol 9607     Beta-Hydroxy-3-methylfentanyl 9831   China White, fentanyl Beta-Hydroxyfentanyl 9830   China White, fentanyl Betameprodine 9608     Betamethadol 9609     Betaprodine 9611     Bufotenine 7433 N Mappine, N,N-dimethylserotonin Cathinone 1235 N Constituent of "Khat" plant Clonitazene 9612     Codeine methylbromide 9070     Codeine-N-oxide 9053     Cyprenorphine 9054     Desomorphine 9055     Dextromoramide 9613   Palfium, Jetrium, Narcolo Diampromide 9615     Diethylthiambutene 9616     Diethyltryptamine 7434 N DET Difenoxin 9168   Lyspafen Dihydromorphine 9145     Dimenoxadol 9617     Dimepheptanol 9618     Dimethylthiambutene 9619     Dimethyltryptamine 7435 N DMT Dioxaphetyl butyrate 9621     Dipipanone 9622   Dipipan, phenylpiperone HCl, Diconal, Wellconal Drotebanol 9335   Metebanyl, oxymethebanol Ethylmethylthiambutene 9623     Etonitazene 9624     Etorphine (except HCl) 9056     Etoxeridine 9625     Fenethylline 1503 N Captagon,amfetyline,ethyltheophylline amphetamine Furethidine 9626     Gama Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) 2010 N GHB, gama hydroxybutyrate, sodium oxybate Heroin 9200   Diacetylmorphine, diamorphine Hydromorphinol 9301     Hydroxypethidine 9627     Ibogaine 7260 N Constituent of "Tabernanthe iboga" plant Ketobemidone 9628   Cliradon Levomoramide 9629     Levophenacylmorphan 9631     Lysergic acid diethylamide 7315 N LSD, lysergide Marijuana 7360 N Cannabis, marijuana Mecloqualone 2572 N Nubarene Mescaline 7381 N Constituent of "Peyote" cacti Methaqualone 2565 N Quaalude, Parest, Somnafac, Opitimil, Mandrax Methcathinone 1237 N N-Methylcathinone, "cat" Methyldesorphine 9302     Methyldihydromorphine 9304     Morpheridine 9632     Morphine methylbromide 9305     Morphine methylsulfonate 9306     Morphine-N-oxide 9307     Myrophine 9308     N,N-Dimethylamphetamine 1480 N   N-Ethyl-1-phenylcyclohexylamine 7455 N PCE N-Ethyl-3-piperidyl benzilate 7482 N JB 323 N-Ethylamphetamine 1475 N NEA N-Hydroxy-3,4-
      methylenedioxyamphetamine 7402 N N-hydroxy MDA Nicocodeine 9309     Nicomorphine 9312   Vilan N-Methyl-3-piperidyl benzilate 7484 N JB 336 Noracymethadol 9633     Norlevorphanol 9634     Normethadone 9635   Phenyldimazone Normorphine 9313     Norpipanone 9636     Para-Fluorofentanyl 9812   China White, fentanyl Parahexyl 7374 N Synhexyl, Peyote 7415 N Cactus which contains mescaline Phenadoxone 9637     Phenampromide 9638     Phenomorphan 9647     Phenoperidine 9641   Operidine, Lealgin Pholcodine 9314   Copholco, Adaphol, Codisol, Lantuss, Pholcolin Piritramide 9642   Piridolan Proheptazine 9643     Properidine 9644     Propiram 9649   Algeril Psilocybin 7437 N Constituent of "Magic mushrooms" Psilocyn 7438 N Psilocin, constituent of "Magic mushrooms" Racemoramide 9645     Tetrahydrocannabinols 7370 N THC, Delta-8 THC, Delta-9 THC and others Thebacon 9315   Acetylhydrocodone, Acedicon, Thebacetyl Thiofentanyl 9835   Chine white, fentanyl Tilidine 9750   Tilidate, Valoron, Kitadol, Lak, Tilsa Trimeperidine 9646   Promedolum Schedule II 1-Phenylcyclohexylamine 7460 N Precusor of PCP 1-Piperidinocyclohexanecarbonitrile 8603 N PCC, precusor of PCP Alfentanil 9737   Alfenta Alphaprodine 9010   Nisentil Amobarbital 2125 N Amytal, Tuinal Amphetamine 1100 N Dexedrine, Biphetamine Anileridine 9020   Leritine Benzoylecgonine 9180   Cocaine metabolite Bezitramide 9800   Burgodin Carfentanil 9743   Wildnil Coca Leaves 9040     Cocaine 9041   Methyl benzoylecgonine, Crack Codeine 9050   Morphine methyl ester, methyl morphine Dextropropoxyphene, bulk (non-dosage forms) 9273   Propoxyphene Dihydrocodeine 9120   Didrate, Parzone Diphenoxylate 9170     Diprenorphine 9058   M50-50 Ecgonine 9180   Cocaine precursor, in Coca leaves Ethylmorphine 9190   Dionin Etorphine HCl 9059   M 99 Fentanyl 9801   Innovar, Sublimaze, Duragesic Glutethimide 2550 N Doriden, Dorimide Hydrocodone 9193   dihydrocodeinone Hydromorphone 9150   Dilaudid, dihydromorphinone Isomethadone 9226   Isoamidone Levo-alphacetylmethadol 9648   LAAM, long acting methadone, levomethadyl acetate Levomethorphan 9210     Levorphanol 9220   Levo-Dromoran Meperidine 9230   Demerol, Mepergan, pethidine Meperidine intermediate-A 9232   Meperidine precursor Meperidine intermediate-B 9233   Meperidine precursor Meperidine intermediate-C 9234   Meperidine precursor Metazocine 9240     Methadone 9250   Dolophine, Methadose, Amidone Methadone intermediate 9254   Methadone precursor Methamphetamine 1105 N Desoxyn, D-desoxyephedrine, ICE, Crank, Speed Methylphenidate 1724 N Ritalin Metopon 9260     Moramide-intermediate 9802     Morphine 9300   MS Contin, Roxanol, Duramorph, RMS, MSIR Nabilone 7379 N Cesamet Opium extracts 9610     Opium fluid extract 9620     Opium poppy 9650   Papaver somniferum Opium tincture 9630   Laudanum Opium, granulated 9640   Granulated opium Opium, powdered 9639   Powdered Opium Opium, raw 9600   Raw opium, gum opium Oxycodone 9143   OxyContin, Percocet, Tylox, Roxicodone, Roxicet, Oxymorphone 9652   Numorphan Pentobarbital 2270 N Nembutal Phenazocine 9715   Narphen, Prinadol Phencyclidine 7471 N PCP, Sernylan Phenmetrazine 1631 N Preludin Phenylacetone 8501 N P2P, phenyl-2-propanone, benzyl methyl ketone Piminodine 9730     Poppy Straw 9650   Opium poppy capsules, poppy heads Poppy Straw Concentrate 9670   Concentrate of Poppy Straw, CPS Racemethorphan 9732     Racemorphan 9733   Dromoran Remifentanil 9739   Ultiva Secobarbital 2315 N Seconal, Tuinal Sufentanil 9740   Sufenta Thebaine 9333   Precursor of many narcotics Schedule III Amobarbital & noncontrolled active ingred. 2126 N Amobarbital/ephedrine capsules Amobarbital suppository dosage form 2126 N   Anabolic steroids 4000 N "Body Building" drugs Aprobarbital 2100 N Alurate Barbituric acid derivative 2100 N Barbiturates not specifically listed Benzphetamine 1228 N Didrex, Inapetyl Boldenone 4000 N Equipoise, Parenabol, Vebonol, dehydrotestosterone Buprenorphine 9064   Buprenex, Temgesic Butabarbital 2100 N Butisol, Butibel Butalbital 2100 N Fiorinal, Butalbital with aspirin Chlorhexadol 2510 N Mechloral, Mecoral, Medodorm, Chloralodol Chlorotestosterone (same as clostebol) 4000 N if 4-chlorotestosterone then clostebol Chlorphentermine 1645 N Pre-Sate, Lucofen, Apsedon, Desopimon Clortermine 1647 N Voranil Clostebol 4000 N Alfa-Trofodermin, Clostene, 4-chlorotestosterone Codeine & isoquinoline alkaloid 90 mg/du 9803   Codeine with papaverine or noscapine Codeine combination product 90 mg/du 9804   Empirin, Fiorinal, Tylenol, ASA or APAP w/codeine Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone 4000 N Oral-Turinabol Dihydrocodeine combination product 90 mg/du 9807   Synalgos-DC, Compal Dihydrotestosterone (same as stanolone) 4000 N see stanolone Dronabinol in sesame oil in soft gelatin capsule 7369 N Marinol, synthetic THC in sesame oil/soft gelatin Drostanolone 4000 N Drolban, Masterid, Permastril Ethylestrenol 4000 N Maxibolin, Orabolin, Durabolin-O, Duraboral Ethylmorphine combination product 15 mg/du 9808     Fluoxymesterone 4000 N Anadroid-F, Halotestin, Ora-Testryl Formebolone (incorrect spelling in law) 4000 N Esiclene, Hubernol Hydrocodone & isoquinoline alkaloid 15 mg/du 9805   Dihydrocodeinone+papaverine or noscapine Hydrocodone combination product 15 mg/du 9806   Tussionex, Tussend, Lortab, Vicodin, Hycodan, Anexsia ++ Ketamine 7285 N Ketaset, Ketalar, Special K, K Lysergic acid 7300 N LSD precursor Lysergic acid amide 7310 N LSD precursor Mesterolone 4000 N Proviron Methandienone (see Methandrostenolone) 4000 N   Methandranone 4000 N ?incorrect spelling of methandienone? Methandriol 4000 N Sinesex, Stenediol, Troformone Methandrostenolone 4000 wid
    • Anonymous
      Mousty
      Dec. 06, 2010

      I had a local mom and pop pharmacy that i had been going to for several years now, take 30 of my Xanex bars. At the time I wasnt worried because almost every month they didnt have enough to fill all of them and gave me a partially filled script. But they had always given me the balance a few days later. But for some reason last month they didnt give me the...

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      I had a local mom and pop pharmacy that i had been going to for several years now, take 30 of my Xanex bars. At the time I wasnt worried because almost every month they didnt have enough to fill all of them and gave me a partially filled script. But they had always given me the balance a few days later. But for some reason last month they didnt give me the balance and actually acted like I was trying to get over on them!! Needless to say I switched pharmacys but never got my meds!!

          Also my Dr. Office has started making their patients get physicals and MRI's without a new reason, im guessing for the money. My insurance doesnt cover any well care or preventative services. No mamograms, or booster shots, or physicals, but if I dont go along with it and get them they wont write my meds. I need them to function!! My statement also reflects where they drug test every other month and charge my insurance up to 500.00 per urine dip test.

         This is ridicoulous.

    • Heather
      Jul. 24, 2012
      My name is Heather. I am 29yrs old and i just want to say that i have been opiat free besides, suboxone for almost 7yrs. I was involved in a car accident about 10 yrs ago and ended up with neck injuries and terrible migrains to this day. I got up to about 30 hydrocodines a day and a couple morphines here or there, i cant believe im still alive. If it weren't...
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      My name is Heather. I am 29yrs old and i just want to say that i have been opiat free besides, suboxone for almost 7yrs. I was involved in a car accident about 10 yrs ago and ended up with neck injuries and terrible migrains to this day. I got up to about 30 hydrocodines a day and a couple morphines here or there, i cant believe im still alive. If it weren't for the fact that i have 2 amazing boys of my own, i wouldn't of tried to get better. If it weren't for the suboxone program i probobly would never have made it at all. I thank God everyday and the people that created the suboxone, because atleast i have some of a life now, even though i still suffer from head and neck pain everyday, i am happy to be alive for my children! I am hoping that people who are having problems with drugs will realize that they are worth trying to get better and it happens. Thankyou and goodluck! :)
    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      I am glad to hear you are better, but it is important to do it for you not just your children. There are too many people that take drugs to medicate emotional pain. I am so glad I have never gone down that road. Because I was a child abuse survivor I went through counseling at an early age. I learned how to overcome the emotional pain in group therapy and at...

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      I am glad to hear you are better, but it is important to do it for you not just your children. There are too many people that take drugs to medicate emotional pain. I am so glad I have never gone down that road. Because I was a child abuse survivor I went through counseling at an early age. I learned how to overcome the emotional pain in group therapy and at the Recovery, Inc program. I also have a thing about being vulnerable to attack. I never intentionally put myself in an unsafe position. That means no drugs and alcohol. No getting drunk or high so that I am not in control of a situation. I even hate to have surgery because I have to give up control of my body. I know the child abuse is the reason that I am this way. The other thing is that my medication for emotional pain is all the things that make life better. I read, write, listen to music, draw, sew and crochet. I pursue knowledge. These are only some of the things that bring me joy. It is not about living for someone else. Living for someone else is a stepping stone toward learning to live for yourself. My children are grown and gone. My companion has passed away. I was left behind, but my relationship with myself is just important as those with my children and companion. I believe this is why I have never needed to abuse pain medication. I am blessed because had I abused it I would have died.

       

      Good Luck,

       

      R

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      This document is a general reference and not a comprehensive list. This list describes the basic or parent chemical and does not describe the salts, isomers and salts of isomers, esters, ethers and derivatives which may also be controlled substances. For a comprehensive list, click here.


      Schedule I SubstanceDEA NumberNon NarcoticOther Names 1-(1-Phenylcyclohexyl)pyrrolidine 7458 N PCPy, PHP, rolicyclidine 1-(2-Phenylethyl)-4-phenyl-4-
      acetoxypiperidine 9663   PEPAP, synthetic heroin 1-[1-(2-
      Thienyl)cyclohexyl]piperidine 7470 N TCP, tenocyclidine 1-[1-(2-
      Thienyl)cyclohexyl]pyrrolidine 7473 N TCPy 1-Methyl-4-phenyl-4-
      propionoxypiperidine 9661   MPPP, synthetic heroin 2,5-Dimethoxy-4-
      ethylamphetamine 7399 N DOET 2,5-Dimethoxyamphetamine 7396 N DMA, 2,5-DMA 3,4,5-Trimethoxyamphetamine 7390 N TMA 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine 7400 N MDA, Love Drug 3,4-
      Methylenedioxymethamphetamine 7405 N MDMA, Ecstasy, XTC 3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-
      ethylamphetamine 7404 N N-ethyl MDA, MDE, MDEA 3-Methylfentanyl 9813   China White, fentanyl 3-Methylthiofentanyl 9833   Chine White, fentanyl 4-Bromo-2,5-
      dimethoxyamphetamine 7391 N DOB, 4-bromo-DMA 4-Bromo-2,5-
      dimethoxyphenethylamine 7392 N Nexus, 2-CB, has been sold as Ecstasy, i.e. MDMA 4-Methoxyamphetamine 7411 N PMA 4-Methyl-2,5-
      dimethoxyamphetamine 7395 N DOM, STP 4-Methylaminorex (cis isomer) 1590 N U4Euh, McN-422 5-Methoxy-3,4-
      methylenedioxyamphetamine 7401 N MMDA Acetorphine 9319     Acetyl-alpha-methylfentanyl 9815     Acetyldihydrocodeine 9051   Acetylcodone Acetylmethadol 9601   Methadyl acetate Allylprodine 9602     Alphacetylmethadol except levo-alphacetylmethadol 9603     Alpha-Ethyltryptamine 7249 N ET, Trip Alphameprodine 9604     Alphamethadol 9605     Alpha-Methylfentanyl 9814   China White, fentanyl Alpha-Methylthiofentanyl 9832   China White, fentanyl Aminorex 1585 N has been sold as methamphetamine Benzethidine 9606     Benzylmorphine 9052     Betacetylmethadol 9607     Beta-Hydroxy-3-methylfentanyl 9831   China White, fentanyl Beta-Hydroxyfentanyl 9830   China White, fentanyl Betameprodine 9608     Betamethadol 9609     Betaprodine 9611     Bufotenine 7433 N Mappine, N,N-dimethylserotonin Cathinone 1235 N Constituent of "Khat" plant Clonitazene 9612     Codeine methylbromide 9070     Codeine-N-oxide 9053     Cyprenorphine 9054     Desomorphine 9055     Dextromoramide 9613   Palfium, Jetrium, Narcolo Diampromide 9615     Diethylthiambutene 9616     Diethyltryptamine 7434 N DET Difenoxin 9168   Lyspafen Dihydromorphine 9145     Dimenoxadol 9617     Dimepheptanol 9618     Dimethylthiambutene 9619     Dimethyltryptamine 7435 N DMT Dioxaphetyl butyrate 9621     Dipipanone 9622   Dipipan, phenylpiperone HCl, Diconal, Wellconal Drotebanol 9335   Metebanyl, oxymethebanol Ethylmethylthiambutene 9623     Etonitazene 9624     Etorphine (except HCl) 9056     Etoxeridine 9625     Fenethylline 1503 N Captagon,amfetyline,ethyltheophylline amphetamine Furethidine 9626     Gama Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) 2010 N GHB, gama hydroxybutyrate, sodium oxybate Heroin 9200   Diacetylmorphine, diamorphine Hydromorphinol 9301     Hydroxypethidine 9627     Ibogaine 7260 N Constituent of "Tabernanthe iboga" plant Ketobemidone 9628   Cliradon Levomoramide 9629     Levophenacylmorphan 9631     Lysergic acid diethylamide 7315 N LSD, lysergide Marijuana 7360 N Cannabis, marijuana Mecloqualone 2572 N Nubarene Mescaline 7381 N Constituent of "Peyote" cacti Methaqualone 2565 N Quaalude, Parest, Somnafac, Opitimil, Mandrax Methcathinone 1237 N N-Methylcathinone, "cat" Methyldesorphine 9302     Methyldihydromorphine 9304     Morpheridine 9632     Morphine methylbromide 9305     Morphine methylsulfonate 9306     Morphine-N-oxide 9307     Myrophine 9308     N,N-Dimethylamphetamine 1480 N   N-Ethyl-1-phenylcyclohexylamine 7455 N PCE N-Ethyl-3-piperidyl benzilate 7482 N JB 323 N-Ethylamphetamine 1475 N NEA N-Hydroxy-3,4-
      methylenedioxyamphetamine 7402 N N-hydroxy MDA Nicocodeine 9309     Nicomorphine 9312   Vilan N-Methyl-3-piperidyl benzilate 7484 N JB 336 Noracymethadol 9633     Norlevorphanol 9634     Normethadone 9635   Phenyldimazone Normorphine 9313     Norpipanone 9636     Para-Fluorofentanyl 9812   China White, fentanyl Parahexyl 7374 N Synhexyl, Peyote 7415 N Cactus which contains mescaline Phenadoxone 9637     Phenampromide 9638     Phenomorphan 9647     Phenoperidine 9641   Operidine, Lealgin Pholcodine 9314   Copholco, Adaphol, Codisol, Lantuss, Pholcolin Piritramide 9642   Piridolan Proheptazine 9643     Properidine 9644     Propiram 9649   Algeril Psilocybin 7437 N Constituent of "Magic mushrooms" Psilocyn 7438 N Psilocin, constituent of "Magic mushrooms" Racemoramide 9645     Tetrahydrocannabinols 7370 N THC, Delta-8 THC, Delta-9 THC and others Thebacon 9315   Acetylhydrocodone, Acedicon, Thebacetyl Thiofentanyl 9835   Chine white, fentanyl Tilidine 9750   Tilidate, Valoron, Kitadol, Lak, Tilsa Trimeperidine 9646   Promedolum Schedule II 1-Phenylcyclohexylamine 7460 N Precusor of PCP 1-Piperidinocyclohexanecarbonitrile 8603 N PCC, precusor of PCP Alfentanil 9737   Alfenta Alphaprodine 9010   Nisentil Amobarbital 2125 N Amytal, Tuinal Amphetamine 1100 N Dexedrine, Biphetamine Anileridine 9020   Leritine Benzoylecgonine 9180   Cocaine metabolite Bezitramide 9800   Burgodin Carfentanil 9743   Wildnil Coca Leaves 9040     Cocaine 9041   Methyl benzoylecgonine, Crack Codeine 9050   Morphine methyl ester, methyl morphine Dextropropoxyphene, bulk (non-dosage forms) 9273   Propoxyphene Dihydrocodeine 9120   Didrate, Parzone Diphenoxylate 9170     Diprenorphine 9058   M50-50 Ecgonine 9180   Cocaine precursor, in Coca leaves Ethylmorphine 9190   Dionin Etorphine HCl 9059   M 99 Fentanyl 9801   Innovar, Sublimaze, Duragesic Glutethimide 2550 N Doriden, Dorimide Hydrocodone 9193   dihydrocodeinone Hydromorphone 9150   Dilaudid, dihydromorphinone Isomethadone 9226   Isoamidone Levo-alphacetylmethadol 9648   LAAM, long acting methadone, levomethadyl acetate Levomethorphan 9210     Levorphanol 9220   Levo-Dromoran Meperidine 9230   Demerol, Mepergan, pethidine Meperidine intermediate-A 9232   Meperidine precursor Meperidine intermediate-B 9233   Meperidine precursor Meperidine intermediate-C 9234   Meperidine precursor Metazocine 9240     Methadone 9250   Dolophine, Methadose, Amidone Methadone intermediate 9254   Methadone precursor Methamphetamine 1105 N Desoxyn, D-desoxyephedrine, ICE, Crank, Speed Methylphenidate 1724 N Ritalin Metopon 9260     Moramide-intermediate 9802     Morphine 9300   MS Contin, Roxanol, Duramorph, RMS, MSIR Nabilone 7379 N Cesamet Opium extracts 9610     Opium fluid extract 9620     Opium poppy 9650   Papaver somniferum Opium tincture 9630   Laudanum Opium, granulated 9640   Granulated opium Opium, powdered 9639   Powdered Opium Opium, raw 9600   Raw opium, gum opium Oxycodone 9143   OxyContin, Percocet, Tylox, Roxicodone, Roxicet, Oxymorphone 9652   Numorphan Pentobarbital 2270 N Nembutal Phenazocine 9715   Narphen, Prinadol Phencyclidine 7471 N PCP, Sernylan Phenmetrazine 1631 N Preludin Phenylacetone 8501 N P2P, phenyl-2-propanone, benzyl methyl ketone Piminodine 9730     Poppy Straw 9650   Opium poppy capsules, poppy heads Poppy Straw Concentrate 9670   Concentrate of Poppy Straw, CPS Racemethorphan 9732     Racemorphan 9733   Dromoran Remifentanil 9739   Ultiva Secobarbital 2315 N Seconal, Tuinal Sufentanil 9740   Sufenta Thebaine 9333   Precursor of many narcotics Schedule III Amobarbital & noncontrolled active ingred. 2126 N Amobarbital/ephedrine capsules Amobarbital suppository dosage form 2126 N   Anabolic steroids 4000 N "Body Building" drugs Aprobarbital 2100 N Alurate Barbituric acid derivative 2100 N Barbiturates not specifically listed Benzphetamine 1228 N Didrex, Inapetyl Boldenone 4000 N Equipoise, Parenabol, Vebonol, dehydrotestosterone Buprenorphine 9064   Buprenex, Temgesic Butabarbital 2100 N Butisol, Butibel Butalbital 2100 N Fiorinal, Butalbital with aspirin Chlorhexadol 2510 N Mechloral, Mecoral, Medodorm, Chloralodol Chlorotestosterone (same as clostebol) 4000 N if 4-chlorotestosterone then clostebol Chlorphentermine 1645 N Pre-Sate, Lucofen, Apsedon, Desopimon Clortermine 1647 N Voranil Clostebol 4000 N Alfa-Trofodermin, Clostene, 4-chlorotestosterone Codeine & isoquinoline alkaloid 90 mg/du 9803   Codeine with papaverine or noscapine Codeine combination product 90 mg/du 9804   Empirin, Fiorinal, Tylenol, ASA or APAP w/codeine Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone 4000 N Oral-Turinabol Dihydrocodeine combination product 90 mg/du 9807   Synalgos-DC, Compal Dihydrotestosterone (same as stanolone) 4000 N see stanolone Dronabinol in sesame oil in soft gelatin capsule 7369 N Marinol, synthetic THC in sesame oil/soft gelatin Drostanolone 4000 N Drolban, Masterid, Permastril Ethylestrenol 4000 N Maxibolin, Orabolin, Durabolin-O, Duraboral Ethylmorphine combination product 15 mg/du 9808     Fluoxymesterone 4000 N Anadroid-F, Halotestin, Ora-Testryl Formebolone (incorrect spelling in law) 4000 N Esiclene, Hubernol Hydrocodone & isoquinoline alkaloid 15 mg/du 9805   Dihydrocodeinone+papaverine or noscapine Hydrocodone combination product 15 mg/du 9806   Tussionex, Tussend, Lortab, Vicodin, Hycodan, Anexsia ++ Ketamine 7285 N Ketaset, Ketalar, Special K, K Lysergic acid 7300 N LSD precursor Lysergic acid amide 7310 N LSD precursor Mesterolone 4000 N Proviron Methandienone (see Methandrostenolone) 4000 N   Methandranone 4000 N ?incorrect spelling of methandienone? Methandriol 4000 N Sinesex, Stenediol, Troformone Methandrostenolone 4000 wid
    • Dean
      Apr. 01, 2009

      I apologize for the list printing out the way it did. It was not like that until I clicked submit. But as I stated there are two different types of Hydocodone and one is Schedule II and the other Schedule III.

       

      Just click on the Click Here icon and you can bring then up so they are easier to read.

       

      Hope this helps.

    • Redhen1919
      Apr. 01, 2009

      My eyes, my eyes, no just kidding, I can still see. First, I want to say thank you so much for helping me get through what has been a extremely upsetting experience. I don't feel so alone anymore and there are people that understand and care.

       

      I actually thought that these pharmacists cared. I was wrong. I was forced to go to the same pharmacy today....

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      My eyes, my eyes, no just kidding, I can still see. First, I want to say thank you so much for helping me get through what has been a extremely upsetting experience. I don't feel so alone anymore and there are people that understand and care.

       

      I actually thought that these pharmacists cared. I was wrong. I was forced to go to the same pharmacy today. The next nearest pharmacy is many blocks away and across a very busy intersection. The reason why this happen was not about filling my prescription early. It is about me taking opiod medication period. When I went to pickup my medication both pharmacist's said, "they need make the rule so THEY have to pick up their medication only one-day before the old one expires".

       

      Someone said go to another pharmacy. If that were possible I would, but it is extremely difficult because of my mobility issues and failure of the bus company to maintain their wheelchair ramps. Maybe this is petty, but I have real aversion to being told that I cannot shop someplace, drink at the same fountain or use the same restroom like "normal" people.

       

      I am tired of being told where to go, what to do and when to do it simply because I take pain medication. My pain doctor's PA told me to get out of my wheelchair and go exercise. BTW, she is not the first one to tell me this. My wheelchair was prescribed by an orthopedic surgeon. Legacy Hospital foundation donated my chair. I was one of eight to get one of these chairs.

       

      My psychologist was so angry that he called Walgreen's for me and talked with the store manager. They didn't blow him off. Then he put me on the phone and the manager apologized over and over. I just want them to be held accountable for what they did.

       

    • kris piepiora
      Jul. 18, 2011

      I have the same problem  with my pharm . He refused and refuses to fill my hydrocodon 7.5 when if is ready to refill he tells me I have to wait two days and it can be refilled in 7 days if I have a extra script I go to another pharmacy but quit frankly I am getting tired of him telling me what to take and when to take my medication is there any laws about...

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      I have the same problem  with my pharm . He refused and refuses to fill my hydrocodon 7.5 when if is ready to refill he tells me I have to wait two days and it can be refilled in 7 days if I have a extra script I go to another pharmacy but quit frankly I am getting tired of him telling me what to take and when to take my medication is there any laws about this.

       

       

      Kris good luck to all Kiss

    • Redhen1919
      Mar. 19, 2013

      They are supposed to allow you to fill when your insurance company says it is ok. This can be any where from 5-7 days before the 30th day. Some pharmacies have their own rules that say 2 days before it is due. There is no law that I know of that says that they have the right to make you wait until 2 days before the 30th day. It could be argued that only opioid...

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      They are supposed to allow you to fill when your insurance company says it is ok. This can be any where from 5-7 days before the 30th day. Some pharmacies have their own rules that say 2 days before it is due. There is no law that I know of that says that they have the right to make you wait until 2 days before the 30th day. It could be argued that only opioid prescriptions have this time limit and that the rule violates patients' equal protect rights and discriminates against those with disabilities. I have found Rite Aid to be the best and have worked with me regarding my medications. They have been respectful and supportive. 

    • mw
      mw
      Nov. 24, 2013

      Just another point.I was listening to a radio show about chronic pain and of course the whole ,''abuse''issue was the majority of it.I tried calling in,but didn't get in,I was very upset w/ a few people who stated,''of course I am addicted,but I have true chronic pain,'',,,that really pisst me off..Here is why,,,,I do NOT call it addiction to the medicine at...

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      Just another point.I was listening to a radio show about chronic pain and of course the whole ,''abuse''issue was the majority of it.I tried calling in,but didn't get in,I was very upset w/ a few people who stated,''of course I am addicted,but I have true chronic pain,'',,,that really pisst me off..Here is why,,,,I do NOT call it addiction to the medicine at all,,,,,what I am addicted to is the physical realease from my physical pain the medicine provides,if garlic gave me relief  from my physical pain,then I would take it,but it doesn't!!!!!!!!!! It is very disturbing this ,''new'' trend that all chronic pain suffer's are addicts,and the people calling us this have NEVER experienced 1 day in true physical pain.My girlfriend had some dental work done,cracked toothe,,,the dentist gave her 800 mil...of ibrofen,,r u kidding me??First off,i.b. makes u bleed more,dahh,,second,what the heck is wrong w/some real pain killer?My point is,I am not addicted to the actual drug at all,,I am addicted to having my physical pain relieved,even if its only 1/2 way relieved,,as any normal person would want their physical pain stopped!!!mw 

    • baddrugs2011
      Feb. 26, 2012

      my family has been through the same harassment. i think it depends on the pharmacist that is on at the time. recently the same thing happened to my husband, the pharmacist wrote all over his prescription and told him that he couldn't get them filled for another week, even though it was completely a new prescription and not a refill. they even threw him out...

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      my family has been through the same harassment. i think it depends on the pharmacist that is on at the time. recently the same thing happened to my husband, the pharmacist wrote all over his prescription and told him that he couldn't get them filled for another week, even though it was completely a new prescription and not a refill. they even threw him out of the store and called the cops on him. now if you knew my husband he is completely unable to hurt a fly, he can barely walk on his own, has scolios, arthritis of his back, and 3 bulging discs in his back. I think that pharmacists think that just because they're the head of the pharmacy they can do whatever they want to patients. Walgreens has treated me like crap as well. I called to see if I could pick up my refill that was due that day and he told me I had to wait 3 more days because it was a 30 day supply, when it reality it wasn't. I called back later that evening and someone else told me that they were ready for pick up. How convient?

    • Anonymous
      Jojo1974
      Mar. 11, 2013
      My doctor Won't call in scripts to walgreens for this very reason. I've been told the same thing about insurance not paying and called the insurance and they told me that they fill 5 days in advanced. Think of it this way. If you fall and break your hip mid month it makes sense your doctor would up the amount you can take causing you to run out early. I fought...
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      My doctor Won't call in scripts to walgreens for this very reason. I've been told the same thing about insurance not paying and called the insurance and they told me that they fill 5 days in advanced. Think of it this way. If you fall and break your hip mid month it makes sense your doctor would up the amount you can take causing you to run out early. I fought this issue and ended up switching to a small local pharmacy which is much more reasonable but I have to call in a week early because they don't keep a lot of narcotics on hand. But they don't treat me like a drug dealer and thats worth the wait. The bottom line is, if your doctor writes it... The pharmacist needs to fill it and if he has an issue with it he needs to take it up with the prescribing physician. I'm so tired of being in pain AND being treated like a crack head. Never mind that I weaned myself off of 100mg of Fentanyl, they never notice that.
    • inpain
      Aug. 31, 2013

      I am very sorry to hear about your issues. First of all, it is not the amount that makes a drug a CI or CII it is the drug itself. You can look it up on the computer and find out the different classifications. All illegal drugs are CI even in the case of medical marijuana and liquid cocaine which can be used as a topical antithestic, I think.  The marijuana,...

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      I am very sorry to hear about your issues. First of all, it is not the amount that makes a drug a CI or CII it is the drug itself. You can look it up on the computer and find out the different classifications. All illegal drugs are CI even in the case of medical marijuana and liquid cocaine which can be used as a topical antithestic, I think.  The marijuana, although legal I believe in almost 30 states, has been legalized by those state laws and is still illegal in all 50 by federal law. I will tell you this, and this is my own opinion, I have seen incredible recoveries from a 5yo having 300 seizueres a month, MLS patients getting their lives back and so many more. Ciggarettes have NO benefit except of course lung cancer and the list goes on. And do NOT even get me own alcohol.  I lost (dead) three friends in highschool and two in college due to alcohol. I have a broken back and am on disability due to an alcohol induced car wreck where I was asleep and the driver I was with had to much to drink. I will be on pain medicine for the rest of my life and even though I have a college degree in Finance the second time my back broke I tried to do everything right and not go on anytype of government help. But, eventually had to to pay my child support.  We are the only FIRST world country that has access to these awesome pain relievers and have to jump through hoops to get to them. I was once a "die in the woods conservative" but I am as libertarian as they come today. So much for the improvement known as OBAMACARE...he can shove it up his a$$ for all I care.

    • Anonymous
      tiredofthesysys...
      Sep. 12, 2009

      the dea has lost the war on drugs out of 24000 people on opiods 7 were found to be abusing there medication. it is time chronic pain suffers stand up and fight these war hungry liars"DEA" I have just been treated like a crimal for losing a persriction. I have been on the same medication for two years and never lost a perscrition.I am now forced into drug test.  they...

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      the dea has lost the war on drugs out of 24000 people on opiods 7 were found to be abusing there medication. it is time chronic pain suffers stand up and fight these war hungry liars"DEA" I have just been treated like a crimal for losing a persriction. I have been on the same medication for two years and never lost a perscrition.I am now forced into drug test.  they are making medicare pay for them and I was forced into signing a chronic pain contract and I can only get one weeks  worth of medication at a time. All because there is a new medical director. I am on a limited income and paying for 1 week at a time is a hardship on me.the clinic is saying it is not personal.BS there is not a high blood presure contract or a aids contract.or a cancer contract. others dont have to piss in a cup to get cancer meds. this is all because the DEA. they love to pick on sick people they are power hungry liars who has lost the war on drugs so they run around sticking there nose in doctors files looking for easy target.It is time to stand togther and not allow the dea to pick on doctors or there sick customers. 9 out of 10 people dont even know what it is like to have your life taken away from you because of cripeling mind numbing testical crusing pain 24 7. so until you can play with your kids or hold you new born dont judge

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 19, 2009

      i agree wholeheartedly, if you get medicare part d prescriptions i would contact the quality management department for medicare in your state and ask them to mediate the dispute between you and your doctor. BTW, i have a new doctor and so far things are okay.

       

      My pharmacist is still harassing me. now they are mad because i switched to a brand name pain...

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      i agree wholeheartedly, if you get medicare part d prescriptions i would contact the quality management department for medicare in your state and ask them to mediate the dispute between you and your doctor. BTW, i have a new doctor and so far things are okay.

       

      My pharmacist is still harassing me. now they are mad because i switched to a brand name pain med and i have a low co pay. the purpose was to take less medication and use a more effective medication. i am disabled and have huge medical, transportation and health home care expenses and qualified for extra help from medicare and i switched to a part d plan that pays for brand name medication. the pharamacist is trying dig up dirt. thankfully i document everything i do. i am filing a disability discrimination complaint against walgreens.

       

      patients are afraid of losing their medication so they cower in fear. i have done nothing wrong and i refuse live the last years of my life as a doormat. i knew when they started homeland security it meant our rights would be taken.

    • Anonymous
      Gregoy
      Feb. 12, 2010

      I have run into this problem before as well and my Dr. simply changed the prescriptions not to say a due date or date span they should cover. However, my problems with CVS pharmacy and several of the pharmacists there are on going. They have jerked me around at every turn and I have been getting the same prescriptions filled there for almost two years now....

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      I have run into this problem before as well and my Dr. simply changed the prescriptions not to say a due date or date span they should cover. However, my problems with CVS pharmacy and several of the pharmacists there are on going. They have jerked me around at every turn and I have been getting the same prescriptions filled there for almost two years now. Between my wife and I, we get a total of about nine prescriptions filled there monthly and the only ones there are EVER problems with are the narcotics. I've had two of the pharmacists tell me directly that my Dr. shouldn't be prescribing these things for me, that they are addictive and she's giving me too much despite the fact that I am partially disabled and terminally ill and have explained that to them numerous times. They routinely question my Dr.'s orders and prescriptions and my Dr. has had to call there on two occasions about this yet they persist in harassing me each month when it's time to refill. What it comes down to is that they have decided either for personal or professional reasons that they don't want me to have these medications and they know that they really can't stop it so they have resorted to these techniques in the hopes that I will move to another pharmacy or I guess stop taking the medications. I've considered writing to someone higher up in the CVS organization but I'm not sure that would even do any good since anyone hearing what the meds are, automatically makes a snap decision that they are bad and that I'm bad for taking them and that they are going to put a stop to it.

       

      In a nutshell, I'm sick to death of people who know nothing interfering in things that are not their business or worse yet, professionals abusing their positions in what in my opinion should be an illegal way. Anyone have any advice as to where I could write or what I should do if anything???

       

       

      Sincerely,

       

      A Good Man in a Bad Situation

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      I talked with the pharmacy manager and gave them a list of my medical illnesses. I called Walgreen's Corporate office and I complained to my State's pharmacy board. They left me alone after that, but I switched to Rite Aid anyway. Only on the months I was too ill to travel would I go to Walgreens. I also had my counselor call and run interference for me.

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      I talked with the pharmacy manager and gave them a list of my medical illnesses. I called Walgreen's Corporate office and I complained to my State's pharmacy board. They left me alone after that, but I switched to Rite Aid anyway. Only on the months I was too ill to travel would I go to Walgreens. I also had my counselor call and run interference for me.

       

       

      Good Luck, 

       

      R

    • chidder
      Feb. 08, 2011

      Other people who try to hustle pain medications from doctors are quite different then people who live with chronic pain!! Im so sick of hearing that crap! Others addictions and short comings should not effect people in constant pain from getting the appropriate medications. I had a doctor that had me on high potency NSAIDS, steroids, lidocain patches, sleeping...

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      Other people who try to hustle pain medications from doctors are quite different then people who live with chronic pain!! Im so sick of hearing that crap! Others addictions and short comings should not effect people in constant pain from getting the appropriate medications. I had a doctor that had me on high potency NSAIDS, steroids, lidocain patches, sleeping pills, crap muscle relaxers, and several types of injections to treat my degenerative osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis, spina bifida. Now I have ulcers from the several years of NSAIDS, the injections only worsened stability in my low back and all the scripts were costing me a fortune and not relieving my pain. As soon as I purchased expensive health care reputable doctor I was put one time release opiod and taken off the useless stuff that was damaging my body even further, imagine that!! But hey my old doctor would rather have me on several non-effective meds, that damage my organs, and eat holes in my stomache, instead of risk it! I hope the sceptics have to go through what I have to see it first hand.

    • whatchaholdin
      Apr. 21, 2011

      What you said is not entirely true. I just moved from North Carolina to South Carolina. I figured it would be about the same for refilling my klonopin. WRONG!!! North Carolina will give you seven days early to refill your script and thats if your insurance will pay for it. If not and you tell them you will just pay for it I have gotten if refilled as much as...

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      What you said is not entirely true. I just moved from North Carolina to South Carolina. I figured it would be about the same for refilling my klonopin. WRONG!!! North Carolina will give you seven days early to refill your script and thats if your insurance will pay for it. If not and you tell them you will just pay for it I have gotten if refilled as much as 2 weeks early. Then I moved here. I got my script February 13 and refilled it March 13. When I called April 12 (29 days later on a 30 day script) they told me since February has 28 days I got my refill 2 days early so I would have to wait 31 days even though my insurance will pay for it! They said it was the state law. Well anyway luckily I had enough but that isn't the point. They made me wait one extra day and I could of had none at all. So what I am trying to say is South Carolina SUCKS when it comes to refills.

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      True, you need to check the state law, but they cannot have two different laws one for those covered by insurance and one for those that are not. Unless you looked up the law yourself and found it to be true, the statement is suspect. It would not be the first time a biased pharmacist lied. For them when it comes to pain patients the end justifies the means. ...

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      True, you need to check the state law, but they cannot have two different laws one for those covered by insurance and one for those that are not. Unless you looked up the law yourself and found it to be true, the statement is suspect. It would not be the first time a biased pharmacist lied. For them when it comes to pain patients the end justifies the means. 

       

      Good Luck

       

      R

    • jumpin joe
      Jul. 12, 2012

      beware of people writting about prescription drug laws. If you have a paon med and the Dr. switches you to a different med or different strength that prescription can be filled immediately. you may go to Dr. and he writes for 5mg vicodin abd after a day or two you realize it is not helping. He can write another script for 7.5 mg and you can fill right away....

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      beware of people writting about prescription drug laws. If you have a paon med and the Dr. switches you to a different med or different strength that prescription can be filled immediately. you may go to Dr. and he writes for 5mg vicodin abd after a day or two you realize it is not helping. He can write another script for 7.5 mg and you can fill right away. Jumpinjeeeezhosafat

    • Redhen1919
      Sep. 23, 2013

      Some pharmacists will lie and tell you that you cannot fill it. The important thing is to educate yourself. Personally go and look up the law. Knowledge is power.

       

      R

       

    • Anonymous
      Gino
      Oct. 19, 2013

      // If people didn't abuse or use medication illegally these things would not happen to those that really need it. //

       

      I don't buy that. This "ruin it for everyone else" theory shouldn't even be used in parenting much less government. There's a difference between life being unfair and someone making it unfair. It does not follow that the Government wouldn't...

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      // If people didn't abuse or use medication illegally these things would not happen to those that really need it. //

       

      I don't buy that. This "ruin it for everyone else" theory shouldn't even be used in parenting much less government. There's a difference between life being unfair and someone making it unfair. It does not follow that the Government wouldn't fight drugs if people didn't abuse them. The government has moved beyond it's constitutional role here and as a consequence, the founders would be appalled with the restrictions on our freedom just to dragnet a few criminals some of whom have not committed a crime yet. 

       

      Why do we put up with that? 

    • Redhen1919
      Nov. 22, 2013

      Interesting viewpoint. government has the right to protect the public. illegal use of narcotics leads to devastating consequences for individuals and families. There has to be a some type of control when people rob and commit crimes because of an addiction. What I do not agree with is the attack on innocent chronic pain patients and the doctors that treat us...

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      Interesting viewpoint. government has the right to protect the public. illegal use of narcotics leads to devastating consequences for individuals and families. There has to be a some type of control when people rob and commit crimes because of an addiction. What I do not agree with is the attack on innocent chronic pain patients and the doctors that treat us and uneven enforcement with addicts being the focus and big time dealers slipping through the cracks. Problems with addiction and government involvement has been around a long time. It started with the use of Opium: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuMmvqB9mm0

       

      ty

      ruth