Georgia Law Question-Can a Pharmacist withdraw a refill if the doctor finds the pharmacy it was filled at and ask it not to be filled. The drug in question is NOT a narcotic or a "watched" drug. It was an NSAID. I have asked and asked and looked and looked and no one seems to know. Also, in another instance, the pharmacy, deleted all refills of a regular "non-watched" drug when I presented her with another paper prescription of it. So therefore, all of the others are gone (should I unexpectedly lose my insurance, I won't have any additional months of this written Rx) Can she do this? Why not "stack" the refills? Any takers?
State/Country relating to question: Georgia
Looking up law code myself,
asking Pharm D.'s not related to problem if they know, asking multiple MD's if they know.
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1. Can a Pharmacist withdraw a refill if the doctor finds the pharmacy it was filled at and ask it not to be filled.
Answer: Yes, if the prescribing Physician notifies the pharmacy that the Physician withdraws the prescription.
2. The drug in question is NOT a narcotic or a "watched" drug. It was an NSAID.
Answer: The specific drug is not important, it is the Doctor's action of retracting the prescription he wrote. The Doctor could realize that the prescription he wrote interferes with another drug or that there could be a dangerous interaction, or any number of other reasons he may make a reasonable medical decision that the prescription he previously wrote is not to be filled.
3. Also, in another instance, the pharmacy, deleted all refills of a regular "non-watched" drug when I presented her with another paper prescription of it.
Answer: The new prescription superseded previous prescriptions. The pharmacist would have used the new prescription to fill your needs and discarded the old prescription, even if they were for the same. What you, as a consumer should have done is to have held on to the new prescription until you old refills ran out. But you cannot hold on to it for too long.
Effective October 1, 2011, every hard copy prescription drug order for any Schedule II controlled substance written in this state by a practitioner must be written on security paper. If you have questions, please contact the Pharmacy Board at(NNN) NNN-NNNN This may have triggered a 'overkill' response by your Pharmacist on your medication and it also may have triggered a company (the drug store) to issue a blanket mandate that effected your refills.
4. So therefore, all of the others are gone (should I unexpectedly lose my insurance, I won't have any additional months of this written Rx) Can she do this? Why not "stack" the refills?
You would not lose your insurance. Your insurance company would only allow coverage for a month's supply at a time (or a 3 month supply), In any event, if you filled for the month of May on May 1st, you would not be allowed to fill for June for at least 29 days, so you still will have the same amount of medication available to you. You will just have to present a new prescription when this one lapses, and the refills have been used.
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