I went to get my monthly refill of my dilaudid on Monday & the pharmacy only had about
150 out of the 180 that I needed. I don't have a contract stating that I can only use one pharmacy anymore, as my pcp is now my prescriber, however, we have a sort of verbal agreement that as a good CP patient I will stick to the same pharmacy and notify my doc of any change beforehand. I had actually talked with him the day before about
possibly switching to a pharmacy closer to my school. He wanted me to talk with the pharmacist first to make sure that they would take me (as my doc is not a local prescriber for that pharmacy, as it is about
70 mi away from his practice) & then talk to him again before I switched if I chose to do so. Well, by the time I took my prescript
ion to the pharmacy (my regular one) on Monday evening, my doc's office was closed, so it was too late to call to okay using the other pharmacy & at that point I was also already in the opposite end of the state from the new pharmacy. I needed the meds right then, as I only had enough to get me through that night, so I just took what they had. I knew from past posts here that the remainder of my script
would be void & I would need a new one if I was to get the rest of my meds. I left under the impression that the pharmacist was going to order more dilaudid the next morning & that they would have it later in the week (as we had talked about
how I needed the rest & needed to get a new script
& documentation to show my doc, etc). I talked to my doctor the following day & explained the situation, and he agreed to write me a new script
for the remainder of the pills that I needed.
So today I took the new script
back to my regular pharmacy, only to find out that they did not order any more, & despite my asking them to order some again today, were not planning on ordering any in the near future, as the entire Walmart store is under construction & so they are cutting back on their orders (it would have been nice to have given their customers some warning! there was no prior notice about
the construction, the duration of the construction, or how it would affect the pharmacy). It's not like I haven't been a regular customer for months! Not to mention that I have been getting the same thing for a while now! I ended up having to bring the second script
over to my old pharmacy neaby.
It turns out that my insurance won't accept the new script
until the second week in April anyway, which is frustrating, since I didn't get my whole script
to begin with, so I don't see why they won't accept the new script
for the remainder of the script
that was only partially filled earlier in the week! I was (and still am a bit) worried that if I get this small script
5 days worth) filled in two weeks, that I won't be able to get my normal monthly supply when I need it. The pharmacist said that it shouldn't be a problem, but I'm still hesitant. I left the script
with them & they are supposed to fill it when my insurance okay's it, but I'm still not sure if that is the right thing to do. If I don't fill it, it will mean going through 5 days without meds/conserving my meds ahead of time, but if I do fill it, then it could potentially mean going an entire month without any meds & being forced into withdrawl! At least I trust this pharmacist more than the pharmacists at Walmart (who have given me horribly incorrect information more than once). He's probably right, but I'm just not sure! I wish I could have stuck with my old pharmacy, as it is a small mom & pop type place, and the people are pretty nice (although not as nice as the old owners). I have used them my whole life until several months ago, when they just got too expensive under my new insurance plan, as I had to pay almost the full price of all my meds, as well as the full price for all my doctors visits until I met my deductible. I never once had a problem with them running out of my meds. They are very good about
keeping the meds that their regular clients use in stock. I'm actually thinking about
switching back to them, as I've just met my deductible for the year, so all my meds are now "free," but I'd then have to switch back to Walmart at the beginning of the year until I meet my deductible once again. However, I'm afraid that that might raise some red flags. Why does this have to be so complicated! We shouldn't have to plan for things like this!
Post Edited (skeye) : 3/27/2009 5:27:01 PM (GMT-6)