Update by user Apr 22, 2013
It is now April 2013. On the plus side, a Walgreens HQ person did try and contact me regarding my experience. On the minus side, the situation has not been resolved and never will. I read some of the comments here and would liketo make the following responses:
1) I did not ask the pharmacist to risk her career. I asked her to fill a prescription and if there is a problem with that, tell me the first time I am there, not after sending me out to get all sorts of forms from other stores. That she did not need anyway, because she had to double check with the prescribing doctor in the first place.
2) I fail to see what getting prescriptions from CVS tells you about me. I understand that your experience with CVS has been bad. OK, well, can you imagine how bad my experience with Walgreens has been if I think that CVS outperforms them by a thousand? :-)
3) I have not set foot in any Walgreens since then and I am not going to. I also discourage anyone to go there. That, basically, is the only action I can undertake as a very pissed consumer. This way I am certain I will never be treated like a criminal again. And forgive me for being human here, but I have this weird feeling of satisfaction with every dollar I spend elsewhere.
Six months have passed,nothing changed. I did not expect it to. Go ahead and do and think what you like. But I have given you my experience and I would not recommend Walgreens to anyone.
Original review posted by user Oct 24, 2012
I would like to file a warning to any person trying to fill a prescription with this Walgreens. Unless you like to be treated as a criminal, go somewhere else! This is what happened to me....
It was on Monday, 10/22/12. The pharmacy manager that was on duty this day was Rachel. She gave me the WORST customer experience I have EVER HAD, bar none. It all began around 4 PM, when I first entered the store to fill a prescription of adderall for my son, who has ADD and does not function well at school without.
Normally I go to CVS, but they did not have it and referred us to Walgreens. Rachel could not enter her computer system because her password was not working. She told me to come back in an hour or so, at that time she could "use" the password of her coworker in stead.
I came back around 7 PM, she used her coworkers password but still could not find my son in her system. She then demanded I go to CVS and get a printout of all the adderall prescriptions he has had in the past, to establish a "good faith" history. She refused my request to simply call them up and ask this right there. I inquired: "But what if I just go to my computer and give you a printout of whatever?" Whereupon she responded: " Oh, I will call them up to verify it is legit."
My conclusion was right there and then that she could easily call them up to save me the trip, but that she did not want to do that. She also told me that this is the way she operates, that this drug is highly suspicious and needs to be verified, and that if I did not like it, I should go somewhere else. Mind you, I am standing there with a perfectly legit doctors prescription in my hands and she treats me like a criminal!
I really needed this prescription filled because my son depends on it in school, so I went ahead, got the requested history from (a very friendly) CVS and came right back. Upon my return, which she obviously did not expect, SHE IGNORED ME FOR OVER FIVE MINUTES!!! She did everything else first, including going back in the back to rummage some medicines around and only after her coworker, who was surprised by her behaviour, mentioned me standing there waiting with the prescription and requested history in hand, only after that she reluctantly "helped" me.
She took the CVS history, looked it over, then started INTERROGATING ME regarding some perceived "inconsistencies". By then I was seething, but I still managed, barely, to answer her accusing questions to her satisfaction. By now it's around 8 o'clock, and I have been trying to fill this prescription for FOUR HOURS.
She then proceeds to tell me, after having me go get the history that she still had to call the doctor to verify if this prescription is REALLY legit. And... She can't do that now because it's too late and she will have to call in the morning. I took the prescription (which she copied anyway, why do that if you do not intend to fill it???) back and informed her I will file an official complaint against her.
She said:" Why not do it right now? The store manager is right there behind you!". So I did. The store manager was very polite and informed me that she could not override the pharmacy manager. So Rachel made me wait 2 hours on her computer problem, then sends me out on a wild goose chase getting a CVS history, deliberately ignores me after I come back, INTERROGATES me regarding my son's medical history and then STILL REFUSED to fill the prescription, and on top of that sends me to complain to someone she FULL WELL KNOWS cannot do anything about it!
The story ends with me going to another CVS in the neighborhood, who luckily did have it in stock, and getting my prescription filled in less than five minutes. I actually came back to this walgreens store one last time and I talked to the store manager, showing her the meds. I understand it is a controlled substance but that does not mean that everybody ordering it is a criminal!!! This pharmacy manager Rachel of Walgreens store # 5131 is completely unfit to deal with customers and should be either reeducated or fired if she cannot change her pompous attitude and her nasty habit of sending customers on wild goose chases.
I also contacted Walgreens headquarters regarding this incident. To date I have received no response, if there is one I will let you know. In the mean time, if you need prescriptions filled, please, do yourself a favour and do not go to this pharmacy.
Product or Service Mentioned: Walgreens Prescription Refill.