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Old 05-25-2013, 07:10 PM   #31
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I just googled the name of the pharmacy plus the words 'invasion of privacy' and there were some interesting links as a result...mad patients and mad doctors. I am switching pharmacies because I don't think my pharmacist has the right to know anything about why I take a medicine or which one my doctor chooses or my diagnosis. They are free to check on 1) is my prescription legit/legal and 2) will it hurt me/interact with something else. They can discuss this with me when I am there.

I know many of you don't have a problem with this practice and I respect that. I guess it is a good thing there are so many choices out there. Thanks you guys, this has been a real eye-opener all around.

If anyone wants to send a prayer or two my way re: the issues that are worrying me I sure could use them.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:35 PM   #32
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I hope you do find a situation you are comfortable with, but there are some drugs the pharmacist is required to have a diagnosis code for before dispensing (or there were ten years ago when I was a pharmacy tech.)

(They would call the doctor for that though, not you.)
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:43 PM   #33
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If you we're asked for your license, it is most likely based on new controls that certain meds are being put under. DH is prescribed Xanax and I always have to show a license to get it filled. I also had to fill Vicoden when I had a wisdom tooth pulled and I had to show a license for that. Just be prepared you will probably get that at most pharmacies.
If you feel that he was inappropriate, then you should escalate it.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:44 PM   #34
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Even if you change pharmacists, I think maybe mention this to your doctor. (S)he may have very specific guidelines for what is/isn't acceptable in this circumstance. It sounds like some of the medicines may need monitoring so it would be good to know what is and isn't ok in that process from the doctor who wrote the prescription.
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There are physicians who are known by pharmacists to freely prescribe prescription medications that are frequently abused. Tha is one possibility for the call.

Another possibility is that the prescription is being refilled at intervals that re not consistent with how the scrip is written.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:48 PM   #36
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I am going to talk to my doctor about this. If he calls again before I leave this pharmacy, I will tell him to call her directly from now on. I totally understand if they had questioned me about my anxiety medicine. That is abused, as another poster pointed out. But they have never asked me about that. However, they have called twice now about my anti-depressants, which are not controlled, which are $5 generic, and that is the issue I have. I also could understand better if he hadn't been such a butt-hat.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:50 PM   #37
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There are physicians who are known by pharmacists to freely prescribe prescription medications that are frequently abused. Tha is one possibility for the call.

Another possibility is that the prescription is being refilled at intervals that re not consistent with how the scrip is written.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:56 PM   #38
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It's also possible that the pharmacist has a different drug or the drugs you have taken come in different forms that might be more effective for you.

Doctors get in the habit of prescribing just a couple of drugs for each symptom...There might be something else that the pharmacist is thinking will help you.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:17 PM   #39
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I understand how you feel about people questioning your meds. I am taking an anti-depression med and an anti-anxiety as well - both for a prolonged period. The anti-anxiety med is the 24 hour kind. I used to use Ativan ( loved it - worked fast, wore off fast ). But this other kind builds up in my system and is supposed to keep me more even. It does say 3 times a day and I go back and forth between 2 times and 1.5 times. The only exception was when my mother passed away and I asked for approval for more. All this to say, there are different kinds of anti-anxiety meds.

Now your pharmacists behavior on the phone is another story. Leaving the content aside, his raising his voice and speaking over you? Grounds for you firing him. Should he question the use of the meds? Perhaps. We recently had the govt do a sweep of our area due to a doc who was selling pain meds etc via scripts. Now my doctors office gives me a hard time about refills if I haven't been to see him. HE doesn't have a problem with me, THEY are protecting him.

Maybe since they are a controlled substance there is some investigation going on and the pharmacy is being careful. No excuse to be calling you and being rude.

Good luck with what you are going through. And there is no shame in taking something to be able to handle it. You should be proud of yourself for recognizing that you needed some assistance. You are that much stronger for knowing yourself. No one else knows you like you do. Trust your instinct and when you feel you can't, talk to your doc and trust him for a bit. Then take up the reins again.

"Just anxiety"? I've heard that myself - them's fightin' words!
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I understand how you feel about people questioning your meds. I am taking an anti-depression med and an anti-anxiety as well - both for a prolonged period. The anti-anxiety med is the 24 hour kind. I used to use Ativan ( loved it - worked fast, wore off fast ). But this other kind builds up in my system and is supposed to keep me more even. It does say 3 times a day and I go back and forth between 2 times and 1.5 times. The only exception was when my mother passed away and I asked for approval for more. All this to say, there are different kinds of anti-anxiety meds.

Now your pharmacists behavior on the phone is another story. Leaving the content aside, his raising his voice and speaking over you? Grounds for you firing him. Should he question the use of the meds? Perhaps. We recently had the govt do a sweep of our area due to a doc who was selling pain meds etc via scripts. Now my doctors office gives me a hard time about refills if I haven't been to see him. HE doesn't have a problem with me, THEY are protecting him.

Maybe since they are a controlled substance there is some investigation going on and the pharmacy is being careful. No excuse to be calling you and being rude.

Good luck with what you are going through. And there is no shame in taking something to be able to handle it. You should be proud of yourself for recognizing that you needed some assistance. You are that much stronger for knowing yourself. No one else knows you like you do. Trust your instinct and when you feel you can't, talk to your doc and trust him for a bit. Then take up the reins again.

"Just anxiety"? I've heard that myself - them's fightin' words!
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Are anti-d's controlled substances? Because he did not ask about the anxiety medicine. What he asked about was my anti-depressant. He has never questioned the anxiety med (just checked my license and entered it in the computer).

Thanks for your encouraging words. I know it's an illness just like anything else. It's hard to be rational when you are in a dark place and anxious.
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It's also possible that the pharmacist has a different drug or the drugs you have taken come in different forms that might be more effective for you.

Doctors get in the habit of prescribing just a couple of drugs for each symptom...There might be something else that the pharmacist is thinking will help you.
Maybe so. He didn't say that though and I think it would be highly inappropriate if he did. He may know more about drugs but it is not his job to prescribe them. It sounds like you are more comfortable with your pharmacist being more involved in your healthcare. I am not. I don't think anyone would be comfortable with the way he conducted himself on the phone though.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:35 PM   #43
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I'm not ready to crucify the doctor just yet! I can't believe people think he should be fired - anyone should be fired - over one persons word that they were abusive and rude!

The OP admits to being sensitive right now.

Doctors prescribe a lot of meds. And they sometimes prescribe them after being wined and dined by drug company reps or getting free samples, etc.

Pharmacists know what drugs interact with other drugs, what insurance companies will and won't cover, dosage, side effects - the list goes on on on. Sure there are pharmacists who abuse and sell drugs - lots of doctors do the same. People also shop for doctors who will readily prescribe painkillers and antidepressants.

Was your pharmacist rude? Maybe. I wasn't there. To me it sounds like he's on the ball and takes his job seriously and is looking out for his customers welfare. If you are on that many meds and changing doses often of course that would send out red flags. He could be looking for abuse, side effects, proper dosage etc. Hard to tell without hearing his side of the story!
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I wanted to add - my neighbor is a pharmacist - and a damn good and caring one. You would not believe the stories.
Doctors prescribing wrong drugs and fatal dosages that he catches! Doctors prescribing drugs they know nothing about - you name it!
You would also not believe the abuse he gets from customers. Mad at him because he can't fill rx's the insurance company won't cover. A lot of patients have no idea what they are being prescribed and why so he does have to ask questions and explain things! Poor guy can't win!
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Maybe so. He didn't say that though and I think it would be highly inappropriate if he did. He may know more about drugs but it is not his job to prescribe them. It sounds like you are more comfortable with your pharmacist being more involved in your healthcare. I am not.
It IS his job to help your doctor to find a more appropriate medication if the ones you are taking aren't working for you, which seems to be the case.

It seems like you think he should check your meds, make sure there are no interactions, and blindly hand them to you. He has more of a professional responsibility than that, whether you like it or not.
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