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Thursday, March 26, 2009 Debbie Symington, Community Member, asks

Q: Can one pharmacy tell another that you are seeing a pain medicine doctor? No privacy?

I'm having surgery next week and am paranoid about being in pain as I recover. I already take controlled pain meds for my post-chemo joint pain and torn meniscus in my knees. Question-when I tried to refill an old Norco prescription at the pharmacy today, I immediately got a call from my new pain management doctor's staff asking why I was getting pain meds from someone other than their doctor. How did that pharmacy even know that I went to the new pain medicine doctor? I never told them. Am I on a list somewhere in pharmacy-land? Is this a violation of HIPAA?

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mark griffin, Community Member
3/27/09 12:46am

They keep records of certain type of drugs, so that people can't go from one to another seeking controlled substances.  Not much privacy in the US of A.

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seadoak, Community Member
10/19/10 3:46pm

yes, it is the law for them to notifiy your doctor if you are filling a contolled substance from another if you have health insurance when the pharmacy runs your insurance through for the prescription, it will alert them that you see so an so and are being prescribed meds by that dr. did your have you sign a controlled substance contract? because you should only be getting controlled meds through one DR.

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By Debbie Symington, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/08/11, First Published: 03/26/09