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Friday, August 06, 2010 Samantha Millraney, Community Member, asks

Q: if my pain pills are stolen does my doctor have to refill it if i have a police report?

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
8/ 6/10 4:23pm

Your doctor does not have to replace medication that is stolen, but some will do it one time if you have a police report.  The bottom line is they consider that you are responsible for your medications and are expected to keep controlled substances locked up and safe so they can't be stolen. 


If you have a pain contract or treatment agreement, check to see if it addresses the issue of stolen medications.  Most do. 


Good luck!

Robin, Community Member
8/11/10 11:05pm

No, They don't have to and they won't.

I have seen this with a friend and the Dr. refused to replace them. (even with a police report)


That is not the only time i have heard of it either.Not once were they refilled or replaced.


The same is true if you lose the prescription before they are even filled by the pharmacist.

CreamAndSugar, Community Member
6/ 7/11 12:04am

Your doctor is not required to refill the prescription if the original medication was stolen.  Anyone can lie to the officer taking a police report just as easily as he or she can lie to a physician.  Even so, after seeing the police report, your doctor may decide to go ahead and write a new prescription to replace the stolen one unless the pharmacy regulations of your state prohibit it. 



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By Samantha Millraney, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/07/11, First Published: 08/06/10