I am a chronic pain patient. I see my board certified pain doctor monthly.
My RX's include a raised seal, DEA #, AND my doctor includes a diagnosis on her RX form. Walgreen's told me that it would take 2 weeks to fill my RX because they had to call the Dr.'s office to verify that my doctor wrote the RX for me. When I said "Why does that take 2 weeks", the reply was "it can take that long to catch up with the doctor". After doing some research, I discovered that Walgreens had been slapped with a large fine from the government due to some shady dispensing of narcotics at a few of their stores.
It was then that Walgreens decided to change their policy concerning narcotic Rxs. Their attitude change towards filling pain medication RXs has nothing to do with any "concerns" they pretend to have about the perceived "pain medication addiction" epidemic. It is because Walgreens got into trouble with the government, hit with a very large fine, and has decided to really put the screws down on the dispensing of narcotics. Also, pharmacist now have the ability to overwrite your doctor's decision concerning your eligibility (in the Pharmacist's eyes) as to whether your condition "merits" the narcotics prescribed by your doctor.
A pharmacist at Walmart actually called me up after I dropped off my RX and asked me to JUSTIFY why my doctor prescribed the type of, and, the amount of pain medication on my RX. Shocking, but, true.
Product or Service Mentioned: Walgreens Prescription Refill.
Reason of review: Untruthful and Unethical Pharmacy Practices.
Monetary Loss: $442.
Walgreens Cons: Unethical and rude pharmacy practices.