I have Been filling my pain medication at the same walgreen's for more than 2 years without a problem, but today when I went to my refills, I was informed that they had a new policy. This new policy demands that anyone receiving pain medication must have their doctor call and tell them what illness you have and why you need the same said pain medication for more than a year if there was no change in your condition!
These new walgreen's have nurse practitioners who now think themselves as full doctors or want to play doctor! I was outraged and said who were they to need to know what sickness I have or why I must be on this medication for more than a year! I said that they had NO BUSNISSNESS to know what sickness I'm suffering from and that once they verify that my doctor and my prescriptions were indeed legit, that there job was to fill my legal prescriptions!! I know that it was a bad move to have super drug store chains to open these family health centers in the stores, I knew it didn't sit right with me for some reason.
Due to my fear of being "flagged" a drug seeker, I was trying to be polite and wanted to gather as much information as possible for my lawyer come Monday morning, so I asked why they are doing this. Her response: ""They are working directly with the DEA in order to cut back on the amount of pain medication that people are receiving and to make sure that doctors are prescribing pain medication for good reason or to possibly rethink if it was needed""!!!!!!!!!!!There you have it people, another intimidation factor and to make it even harder to receive the medication we can not function without. I was in agony for almost 2 hours waiting for my doctor's office to call back as it was 6pm.I hate that I'm so afraid of being wrongfully flagged a drug seeker... I'm sick of being afraid and intimidated by these pharmacies who now have way too much control over our lives!!!
If they flag you, there is almost nothing you can do, even if by chance you find out that they flag you in the first place. If they do, it will make it that much harder and I can barely deal with how hard it is now to fill my prescriptions as it is each month!!!!!!!!!!People, this is getting completely out of hand but I blame all of us for not fighting these new policies with one voice because soon you will not be able to get pain medication without having a RIF CHIP suck up your *** and a monitoring bracelet placed on your leg like a common criminal.
I'm getting in touch with my lawyer and will be taking this a far a I can... I'm sick of being sick and because of my illness I'm now treated like either a 2nd class citizen or criminal!!!!!!