I have been reading with interest all of the recent posts about Walgreen Pharmacies, as I have had a similar experience. Like one of the earlier posters, I am an attorney (albeit retired.) While trying to fill a legal out of state prescription written on a hard copy watermarked prescription slip at several Walgreens pharmacies, I was told different and untruthful reasons my prescription could not be filled.
One tech said they could not fill certain Class 2 prescriptions and that the DEA backs up their policies.I have since discovered that Walgreens has had a dispute with the DEA in Florida. I am wondering if the DEA has mandated their new policy? A pharmacist at another Walgreens location told me that there is a new "regulation" that went into effect on April 15, 2013, requiring that all pharmacists have to call a Dr. to fill a Class 2 or 3 or out of state prescription (I take Focalin for ADHD) This means that if you have a prescription to be filled on a Saturday or Sunday you would have to wait until Monday and they would have to call your physician to get it filled.
I researched this statement and can find no regulations, state or federal, requiring this. Other pharmacies, including Sam's and Walmart, have confirmed that they know of no such regulation. I have since discovered this website and learned that this is, apparently, instead some new Walgreen's internal policy. Walgreen pharmacists appear to be either misinformed or outright lying.
Like the other posters, I say buyer beware.
It seems to me that Walgreens' pharmacists denying valid prescriptions are, indeed, practicing medicine without a license. Their untruthfully saying that there are state or federal laws mandating their self-imposed policies, also appear to fringe upon practicing law without a license. From recent experience, Walgreens also appears to be using ongoing profiling, including against my United States Marine significant other because of his American Indian heritage or hispanic appearance. As he is mostly Caucasian, if he is getting profiled, I can only imagine that this is a systemic problem.
I would also imagine that some enterprising plaintiff's attorney will have a field day with a potential class action suit.
Finally, there is NEVER an excuse for rude or condescending behavior, both of which I have received from Walgreen pharmacists and technicians in several states, as have many of the posters below in multiple states across the country. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.