Thanks Ry for the response. I am thinking along these lines myself as even though their hours are not as convenient as the larger places but even given that it would be nice to have someone recognize you an dnot catergorize you!
I am on methadone and too many times they assume I am an addict not a pain patient and precede to treat me as such.
I am going to look around and we do have a medicine shop here that is privately owned and a family owned drug store in the next little town and it is only 5 miles from the house and I hear they ar great and carry several different brands of meds for folks and offer as low as prices as some of the bigger chains. They are not open on Sunday and close at like noon on Saturday and 6 during the week but really I dont fill meds at those times and days anyway unless it is something refilled or a preset date and I imagine they account for their not open hours in filling times.
I certainly dont want to go thru anything like this again.
The thing that irks me the the most in all this is they offer incentives to transfer to their store and then have the audacity to think we are trying to pull something over on them when we do!
My pain med and nerve med are the two things I have to pay out of pocket for so these are the only things that qualify for the transfer incentive right? If it is covered my medicaid or insurance copays it isnt a qualifying medicine,hence the reason i used the CVS so I could use my coupon for the gift card that I got on a register receipt with my care card.
I cant afford to just lose that much money each month if I can gain any part of it back then I do so and I wasnt trying to pull anything at all and volunteered the info from previous months fill before they asked me to. I cant recall ever seeing Walgreens offer any gift card for a tranfer in my area but Rite-aid and CVS do often and are usually in competition to how much it is worth to us to transfer, Rite aid has one going now that gives you $40 gift card for the first time you transfer or fill new script with them and $5 off the next 2 times you fill it with it them,again trying to keep you coming back right?
All our Pharmacies are suppose to run the KASPER on narcotics filled anyway so I couldnt pull off anything if I had wished to try. If I was attempting to fill early wouldnt you think I would have taken it in on the 13th when he wrote it and dated it as such? I didnt take it in until the 17th,4 days after the written date on it and they could clearly see that.
With the HIPPA laws implemented I dont think they should be allowed to transfer your records anywhere without your prior knowledge SJK. I know that if it was my record I would have been irate at Safeway for doing that to me without even asking me where I wanted to transfer it to. Seems to me that would have been an unauthorized release of my info.
I know alot of RPH's attempt to over ride the Docs orders and some go so far as to attempt to treat us with their advice and I try to overlook them but there are times it is impossible to do that.
They assume all those on methadone are addict I suppose and I had that similiar time with Walgreens a few months back when the new PA filled out the script and I told the RPH that when I took it in and had she not been talking on the phone and getting my info at the same time she would have heard me tell her that and not had to lie to me for an hour and wasted my Docs time by placing a call to the office. They kept telling me after the ten minutes it was suppose to take to fill it that the computer popped out a warning on interactions which in fact the truth was they were calling my Doc to verify the writing on the script and I figured this out by watching them since the 3 different techs that asked my name never came back to the window to tell me anything!
I was irate with them as I told them it was the PA's first day and she wrote the script and Doc signed it so it was no doubt his signature just a different writing in the wording. His PA's always write the script and he signs it.
I think I am going to use the hometown drugstore from now on and they assured me they would keep the methadone on hand if they knew I was going to be filling it each month and even agreed to stock the brand I preferred,the cost is allittle more but it is worth it to not have the headache of these 2 incidents.
I fired Walgreens a few years ago, and CVS and Wal-Mart after that for all the reasons everyone has already listed and then some. We actually caught a Walgreens employee stealing my vicodin scrip. It was called in 30 minutes earlier by my surgeon from my hospital room where I had just been discharged from an open hysterectomy. The managers of the store never did a thing, and had I not been laid out in the car waiting to go home, we would have called the cops. Shoulda woulda coulda...
I've been with a local grocery store pharmacy for the past 4 years and couldn't be happier with everyone who works there. They know me and my husband by name and always call out a Hello when they see us just doing the regular shopping in the store. That goes for the pharmacists and techs alike. I can't speak highly enough of them all, and a few months ago I sent a letter to the store manager about the fine service in the pharmacy. Too often we only write those letters when we're justifiably angry. It sure made me feel better to be able to write a commendation instead of a condemnation.
Sorry to hear all this bad stuff refilling pain meds. I have also had my share of stereotyping too, I feel like I might be better off to get my meds on the street. At least the person who I get the drugs from will be happy during the exchange. On another note, my daughter just got a position at walg**ns, she has been with me many times picking up meds and I hope she understands how it feels on the other side of the counter. As for getting someone's attention please don't take it out on yourself, bring your anger here, go ahead and vent, I feel better to read the stories I get here as I don't feel so alone. Remember we are here for each other.