PALady no ethically no they can not require you to use their pharmacy, and it is not in their pain contract, I know of several local pharmacies that have went to the higher ups and complained about it, but I haven't heard of anyone getting it changed. Yes the 40 mile trip one way is a pain, it is just about all interstate, but just the same in the winter with snow and ice, and the price of gas it can be hassle. The funny thing is certain Doctors do certain procedures on certian days, Example last week I had my refill appointment with my pain Doctor on Thursday, he always does the refills on Thursdays. and it is every 4 weeks you get your refill, my Sleep apnea doc does his rechecks on Fridays, they are in the same building and belong to the same group, So Thursday I had to drive 40 miles for my refill appointment, and Friday I had to drive back again for my sleep apnea recheck! There have been time when I have had to make that drive 4 times in one week to the exact same building but to different Doctors! So that is 320 miles in on week just for Doctors appointments!
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disability!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV