Posted 9/23/2020 12:35 PM (GMT -6)
Because of a chronic condition I have been using opioids for many years. I thought I knew the rules pretty well but a new pharmacist took me by surprise with his interpretation. I have never had a problem filling opioid prescriptions but my usual pharmacy closed and everything was transferred to CVS and this is when the problem began. I know I can get my opioid prescription filled every 30 days and there is very little leeway, if any at all. I always make sure I fill my prescription on the first day permitted. This past month I got the prescription filled on the proper date, however I picked the prescription up a day later because I was out of town. This month I went to fill the prescription (I actually dropped it off today and the fill date is tomorrow and I will be out of town) and the pharmacist tried to tell me he couldn't fill it tomorrow as it would be a day early. He reasoned that my actual "fill" date was the day I picked the prescription up last month, not the day it was actually filled. I told him my understanding of the law is that the fill date is when the prescription is filled, not when it is picked up and that the only reason I didn't pick the prescription up was because I was out of town and that using his reasoning I would actually lose a "use" of medication day. He then theorized I had lost nothing. If I didn't pick it up on the date it was filled it meant I had medication leftover. And he even went as far as to say if you pick your prescription up a week later that would be the new fill date because I obviously had medication leftover and didn't need it. I told him his explanation made no sense that the fill date is not based on if I have any medication left over but that it is 30 days from the last fill date. He finally gave in, I hope, and said he would fill it. I won't know for sure until tomorrow. I do know if he persist in this odd reasoning I will be finding a new pharmacy. Anyone have any thoughts on who is correct? Maybe the rules have changed and I wasn't aware of it.