So sorry to hear about your refill problems. I have been on duragesic patch for 3+ years and never had a problem until I moved across the country. Sometimes I go right to the wire with only the patch I'm wearing before the pharmacy can release the RX. I start 2 weeks in advance with my doctor which takes a full week to get the script. The pharmacy processes it immediately, but the insurance company battles with me every month - wanting me to go back to a 3-day replacement from 2 days. And we haven't even talked about the pharmacy stock. The pharmacies cannot "hold" controlled drugs for you. The common response I get from the pharmacy is "...just go the emergency room if you start going into withdrawl". My doctor is fabuluous in helping me get what I need...but the insurance company & pharmacy techs make me feel like something is wrong with me to keep bothering them until I have the patches in my hand. My scipt is always written for one month....if the pharmcy doesn't have the exact amount on hand, then they cannot dispense a different amount...even if you offered to pay for only one patch! I get nervous and edgy every month when I start to think about refill time...I've tried 12 pharmacies in the area and they are all the same.
Be strong - plan well - and be insistent on getting what you need for your pain. Make sure that when you travel, you take your patches in their original packaging with the RX label.
Have any other duragesic patch users experienced the same treatment - or do you have solutions for refills?