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I went to go pick up my pain medicine. Norcos. As usual. But when i did, i was told i was too early. I know this sounds like BS but i didnt believe it. And the pharmacist said she can look up the date on her end and show me that i was early. And went ahead and printed out a paper that said i was early. 3 days early. She notified me that i can only fill this med 2 days early. So i was told to wait until the next day...

I asked her to transfer the prescription to a 24 hour pharmacy so i can pick it up at around midnight. I then picked it up. after midnight and was done.

BUT the kicker is, i knew she was wrong, so instead of arguing with her more, i looked up online to research my debit card purchases. DEBIT, NOT CREDIT. And yes, i made the purchase on a different date. A date that would have allowed me to pickup my meds that day, rather than wait until the next day. But what puzzels me is that paper that she showed me, was a copy of my last moth prescription. With the incorrect date on it. "allegedlly" ...

I now know this, and can prove it. My bottle date was altered. And as far as my doctor making a mistake. I also have my appointment reminder email, with the correct date, that does NOT match with the bottle. And voicemail as proof for this aswell. But the key is the debit card purchase,was made on a a different date thatn listed on the bottle. If needed i will use it. I even called my insurance company, and they informed me that the prescription was sent in to them as a claim on the incorrect date that i actually picked it up on. ?????? So the pharmacist sent the claim for the meds, a day early.......

How do i handle this. Why did this happen? and what do i need to do? Should i assume that the person (RPH) that filled me last month, is the culprit, and if so how can they make a mistake like this? Was there a motive? Is the pharmacist doing this, so they can adjust the amounts of this medication in stock, for their own substance abuse addiction? Or just plain mean and want to hurt a pain sufferer. BTW none of these pharmacists gave me grief, other than when i was denied a pick up on my meds that day. No dirty looks, or comments, so what gives? I am a 30 year old woman, with 4 herniated discs, DDD, and Spondylosis. I feel i was either judged, or taken atvantage of. I am ready to report this pharmacist to the board of pharmacy. But i have never heard of this kind of corruption happening at this level. And now i am a victim. On the other hand i dont want to raise *** with anyone, and possibly deter my doctor from me in anyway. But i feel that somthing currupted is going on here, and i dont want my name involved.

Please email me on what i need to do. I would only assume that the pharmacist who filled it the previous month was who did this to me. But i cannot figure out the motive. Please help out a fellow pain sufferer.

Thank you.

Product or Service Mentioned: Walgreens Pharmacist.

Monetary Loss: $1000.

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Didn't you post same comment about rite-aid? Well the only thing I can figure is either you are a liar or you are so high on your "wrong dated" medication you don't even know where you got it from. I call bs on this one.

Beaverton, Oregon, United States #707877

This person posted the exact same post for Rite Aid.


I do know that if you keep filling your RX 2 days early the insurance catches up, and after all of those 2 days early it wil add up to a months worth and the insurance wont cover it at all. Seen it happen at least 5-7 times so be careful with how often you fill you script.

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia #693572

I just wanna point out that many people who rely heavily on medication for whatever reason (and 'specially parents who's kids rely on meds) prefer to get it refiled before they actually need it. they just do it incase something happens and they can't get their meds on the day they actually run out.

There's nothing wrong with that.

***, it's the whole reason prescriptions are allowed to be filled before hey run out.

Plus, if you account for stuff like medication being dropped down the sink, people can run out early. it's not unheard of.

to Anorhi Manassas, Virginia, United States #693674

I totally agree with you, which is why I believe that 3 days early is pretty acceptable for controlled substances. If you always get it 3 days early (which I would allow), you would have an emergency stash if an unpredictable circumstance arises, so long as you are taking the medication as presribed.

However I can't help but find it highly suspicious that the overwhelming majority of the time it is a controlled medication that is dropped down the sink, lost, jumped in a pool with, stolen, etc. and needs to be refilled early (10-15 days early).

I'll give someone the benefit of the doubt once and OK it, so long as the doctor is informed and OK's it too. But it really isn't something that should be happening on a consistent basis, and people shouldn't think they are entitled to it.


Yeah why do you need it early? Funny how the people trying to get their controls early are the ones accusing pharmacists if shady behavior.

If you REALLY worked for a dr's office you would KNOW that NOBODY!!!!! Can MAKE a pharmacist fill ANYTHING!!!!

So I had to call BS on this one, because of you lied about that what else did you lie about? All of it?

to Lets seee #691089

wow. funny.

do i have to show my w2s that prove that i worked at a doctors office for many years? You sound like a person with serious anger issues.

Ocala, Florida, United States #690508

My question is why you need your drugs early?

to Anonymous #691093

My question is not about being 48 hours early. Its about AGAIN.

The RX said to fill that day. I could be a *** and say " ouchies my back hurts, i need more pills, i ran out!" But i didnt. I do however have taken a day off work, to get this all done, and when i have to re arrange my schedule because some *** thinks they shouldnt fill that day? I say no, and report them.

and again. The rx did not say to wait a day or whatever, it said to be filled today. That day. She didnt.

She screwed up. Aside from the fact that her "glitch" happened....

classic screw up case.

If she wanted to decide that she chooses when i can get my meds, she shouldve become a doctor. Why do all pharmacists think they are god, and they decided when to give a rx out.

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia #690034

That's odd. sounds like a computer glitch to me.

As far as what you should do, inform them of the glitch, show them everything you have as proof of glitch to make it easier and hopefully they can find the problem.

I say glitch because there's no way for someone to alter the date on things like this. unless they have leet hacking skills, and with what you've said about how they've treated you I doubt anyone has anything against you. much less anything that they would risk their job (at the very least) over by hacking the system.

***, I'll shoot you an email too, just incase you don't check here. you sound so worried and all.

Naples, Florida, United States #690029

No way what you are describing is possible. There is no way for anyone to change the date on the dispensing of the medication.

If insurance is involved, the moment the script is keyed into the system and verified by the pharmacist, the system automatically submits the claim to the insurance. If you got your pills 2 days early, then you should still have 2 days worth of pills.

to LadyScot #707942

go take another oxy, you look like criss angel...not a compliment


The date that gets printed on a prescription bottle is the date that it was processed, sent to your insurance and then filled. There is no way that anyone can alter that because it's done automatically.

If the prior month's medication was not sold on the date it was processed (if you picked it up the next day or something) then they may be going by the dispensed date to determine when you are eligible to get a refill. BTW your claim about someone doing this to you to feed their own habit and avoid inventory irregularities is just ludicrous because even if someone did somehow change the date on your prescription to the next day the inventory would still show that there are missing pills. How can the inventory not be short if they take your pills one day AND give them to you the next. This is the most insulting thing you can say to a pharmacist and really won't encourage them to cater to you.

Yes I know there have been cases of pharmacists diverting medications for their own uses (either to take or to sell), but it's absolutely ridiculous have the mindset that thats what all pharmacists do. I'm sure you've also heard news stories about teachers that touch their students inappropriately.

Do you think all teachers are pedophiles???

to Anonymous #689980

I picked it up the same day it was written. What do you mean , determine if i was eligible?

Running the insurance is determining that? That doesnt make sense.

In the years i have been taking medication i never had this happen.

BTW you sound very offended perhaps you should try to relax, and think of the possibility that a pharmacist actually made an error.....continued below...


I can tell you for a fact the computer will NOT let the date change to even the next day. So you're saying you really got it the day before the computer says you did?

If so that is impossible. You are mistaken. I'm not judging so don't take offense but if you ate getting it 2 days early, you should have a couple of days to get you through. What's the big deal?

Why are you already worrying about it? Yes go ahead and request it a couple of days early, but don't start accusing people of being addicts and trying to cover their tracks by changing the date you got yours.

Other than the fact that wouldn't make a bit of difference in their inventory, there is better things than norco to get. I'm sure they wouldn't even bother.

to Hi #689901

wow. Sorry to offend you, but how can you argue with the date on the bank statements? Its not a credit purchase, debit is instant. Obviously this is an error on a pharmacist part regardless of how you look at it. Dates have been matching my bottles every time, for years. But now this happens. And actually, it is statistaclly proven that 10-15 % of all pharmacists are indeed addicted to their medications.....

Obviously a date was changed, its not arguable. Otherwise they would match.

Yes, i have extra medication, but that would mean that on a sunday i would have to see my doctor again, and get refilled....some people actually work and cannot just go to the doctor anytime, much less a sunday. Most offices are closed on Saturday.....of course sunday..

And as far as the "big deal" well, its a big deal, i have read stories in the news about pharmacists giving placebo pills to patients. Its not out there to suspect. I have already reported this person/pharmacist, and investigation is started.

And the most important fact is, pharmacists are NOT doctors. They sometimes act like it, and i have worked in a doctors office for many years, i have delt with stubborn and rude pharmacists, who refuse to fill. And i tell them, to fill, and so did the doctor, and you know what? THEY DID. because they had to. And sometimes thats what has to happen.

But you know what? The doctor wrote the script, on that date, to be filled on that date!!! Otherwise he would have to write it on the script. PERIOD. He did not. But its the nosey and judgemental pharmacist who took matters in their own hands. Plain and simple. Insurance was approving paying the bill for the meds, and as far as the 2 day rule, i verified with the board of pharmacy, it is a lie. Its not 5 days, or a week, or 2 weeks. A bold faced lie!

So it sounds like this person has a problem. But when i hear whispers as my back is turned, comments about checking me out on the system, and eyes rolling, regardless that i have a history of filling, and this happens on the day that i get to meet this pharmacist for the first time. Sounds like she thought i was a iv drug user, i felt bad after dealing with this ***. And made the incorrect judgement call. As many do. I am not ever going to this pharmacy again. ever.

How dare you even say the words"it wont encourage them to cater to you" honestly? Cater to me? its actually their job. If so many pharmacists have a problem with dispensing these medications, i can only imagine how they are when oxycontin is the prescription must be a bad one.

Pharmacists do not make the call on whether or not to dispense. The doctor did when they wrote the prescription with no instructions on NOT filling by a certain date. Get back to basics, and do your job. If you want to decide who gets the meds and who doesn't, then be a doctor. But that mentality is going to get you no where in life. No wonder so many complaints are online. This is a serious issue. Amazing, amazing amazing.

to same person ditto #691698

I would love to see the link to the study where you got the claim that 10-15% of all pharmacists are addicted to their medicine. That's a pretty bold claim to throw out there.

Also it is solely the responsibility of the pharmacist to make the call on whether or not to dispense any medication. There is no law in any state that would contradict this. Everything is left up to the discretion of the pharmacist when it comes to dispensing controlled substances(it doesn't matter if it's Norco or Oxycontin). Your prescriber can write "do not fill until" dates or OK the early dispensing of these medications, but in no way does that mean the pharmacist is legally required to do that.

Albeit that confirmation certainly helps the pharmacist to feel more comfortable in filling the prescription. Same thing goes if your insurance is approving it. You are right however that there is no law or rule about not dispensing until 2 days before you are out. This goes back to the point of the pharmacist using their discretion and deciding when they feel comfortable refilling a controlled substance.

That comfort level is not the same for all pharmacists and is often situational. I really don't think ANY pharmacist really wants to deal with any of this *** when it comes to having to become a detective about early refills on controls. It's time-consuming and often results in unpleasant interactions, however they HAVE to do it to protect their license, the pharmacy's license and avoid fines for when the state Board of Pharmacy or the DEA comes in. If you really want to be pissed at anyone it should be the jerkoffs that have totally abused these medications over the past years and eventually made the DEA really crack down on pharmacies.

They are the ones responsible for companies having to make changes, which eliminate the bad seeds. This of course has a negative effect on legitimate patients because it takes more time to get their meds with all the checks and balances that now must me made prior to dispensing.

to Anonymous #691751

Like a broken record. Get over yourselves.

YOU CANNOT DECIDED THIS. Thats why there are doctors. Sure you could, technically, if you wanted. But why make it difficult?

Honestly, why? I guess most pharmacists think they control somthing, when they dont. Someone will just take their script somewhere else.

And only the doctor can write on the rx. Not a pharmacist.

to Anonymous #693562

You really just don't get it, do you? The manner in which controlled medications are dispensed has changed.

This has nothing to do with a pharmacist trying to be difficult or on a power trip. It has everything to do with how the DEA is cracking down on prescription drug abuse. Before they would only target prescribers but now they are going after the prescribers, pharmacies, pharmacists and drug distribution centers. Everybody is just trying to make sure they don't come under scrutiny by the DEA which could lead to fines and/or losing your license to practice.

Sure you can take it somewhere else if you are denied, and you might even find another pharmacist willing to fill it, but a lot of pharmacists right now just don't want to risk it. Also, you are absolutely wrong saying that pharmacists can't write on Rx's. Once you hand it over to me it is mine to decide to fill or not. If I denied you for any reason other than if I did not have the medication in stock I will stamp the back of your Rx with my store information and write down why I did not fill it.

This is so wherever else you take it they will have the option to call me and I can explain the situation. This is absolutely legal, in fact all pharmacists are supposed to do this but not all do. It's meant to minimize the ability of people taking questionable Rx's from pharmacy to pharmacy until they find a lazy/shady/too busy to care pharmacist to fill it.

Get used to the process, because as long as people are abusing prescription meds this is what is going to happen in all pharmacies. I'm not saying that you are in that category, but you will have to go through the checks and balances like everyone else.

to Anonymous #707945

ive been directed by my boss, who was a doctor, to report a pharmacist for writing on HIS prescription. So no its not allowed, pharmacists do it, but think about it, why do that.

Its not their name on the paper. ???? To be a ***. thats why.

but like my boss, and other doctors do, he re wrote it, before he reported this pharmacist.

Needless to say ive never seen this pharmacist working at this location again! Good riddens.

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