The new prescription laws and issues in Florida have made it next to impossible to get my legitimate prescriptions filled when I need them. I take Endocet 10/325. In the last year I have had to drive around to over twenty pharmacies give or take each month to see if anyone has my prescription. It is always a toss up as to how I will be treated by the Pharmacy. Some are very helpful and explain that the medications are on back order and difficult to get. I have heard numerous stories...The drug is being discontinued, I can't fill it in another city, it's too soon (my Insurance says I should be able to fill it 10 days before exp.), etc etc.
Walgreeens is the WORST! I was told today I could not fill both my prescriptions together due to their strengths or amount or who knows because it really wasn't explained to me. Walgreens seems to have a different rule or issue every time I go. So now we have the Pharmacists deciding they are my Doctor and can tell me what I can or can't take. The person through the drive through took no time to explain why my prescription could not be filled and gave me an attitude. What rights do consumers have anymore when trying to fill their medications? Why are we treated like dirt. I cannot look at someone and decide what pain or health issues they may be suffering. Walgreens treated me today with zero empathy and assistance. I am beyond disgusted with this system.
The new laws are ultimately hurting the people who need their pain medications. The drug dealers will be making a killing now on other things and pills that we cant even get at our pharmacy, fake things, or dangerous drugs. Idiocy as usual. The dealers will move on to something else. Are the Pharmacies and Government agencies implementing all these tougher regulations so out of touch with reality that they don't realize they are going to have some people who are in pain turn to illicit means to reach out for some kind of relief. Today after spending all day looking for a pharmacy that could fill my prescription I had the thought it would be easier to try and get something off the street. Which I wouldn't do but I did have that thought! They let the pill mills get so out of hand while they were making up Bath Salt BS or whatever would give them good press that now we all suffer.
My main complaint is that Walgreens seemed to decide that I could not fill both of my prescriptions. I was treated like garbage, talked down to and given the brush off. I spoke with other Pharmacists at Target and Walmart and said there would be no problem filling both my scripts if they had them in stock. Walgreens is a disgrace to the medical community and should have their pharmacy license revoked. So if Walgreens Pharmacists are going to be in the position of ultimate superiority over my Doctor I demand they have the education to back that up or otherwise respect what my Doctor has prescribed and continue doing that tough job of putting pills in bottles. I respect my doctor but have zero respect for pharmacists who think they know better than my Doctor and act superior because of the power they wield over my health. They are causing damage to people and someone will die due to their neglect and negligence. I do plan on taking this further. Found this information online:
FLORIDA SOCIETY FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT:
Rudeness issues should be directed to the pharmacies management.
2) Call Dr. Frank Farmer; Florida Surgeon General and voice your complaint:
Press 9 at 1st menu and 7 at 2nd menu.
3) Call the Executive Director of the Florida Board of Pharmacy; Mark Whitten
Tel: (850) 245-4292