Migraines - TX Pharmacy Laws for RX Narcotics/Opiate Analgesics - Changing to no refills at all?

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   Posted 8/14/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, My sister just told me that Texas has a law that will go into effect soon that will not allow refills on any narcotic or opiate analgesic type of drug. She takes Butalbital also known as Fiorcet for migraines, and I take the same medication. My sister's doctor said he will start giving her 100 pills so she doesn't have to come to his office every month. Now she will go every three months to the doctor for a refill.
 So, if one has a monthly refill then you would now have to go each and every month unless the doctor gives you more pills at once on an RX, like my sister's doctor has done.
Does anyone know if this is true? She says that  the law will  be that one must go to the Dr. and have a documented office visit and be given a new RX before each refill.
I am hoping this isn't the case.
If anyone knows - please let me know!

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 8/14/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The couple of narcotic prescriptions I get from my PCP I have to get in a paper script every month.  Actually, the Lortab I get for my bad back, I have to get done every ten/fourteen days...no refills.  My migraine abortive, Stadol Nasal Spray, I have to pick up in person, so I have a monthly follow up every thirty days to get the new prescription...no refill.  All that running around is a total pain, literally.  I feel like I have to plead my case every time I need a refill.  It is physically and emotionally draining.  I always have to wonder if this time my DR is going to say "no", so I'm anxious all the time, never knowing if all my pain relief is going to dry up overnight.  This is no way for a chronic pain sufferer to go through life.  I wonder if it will be a Texas or Federal law?
Leigh Ann confused
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