Myself,i believe its very inportant to have a good one,as it is with your doc.I go to a mom and pops pharmacist,and sometimes they go way out of there way to help me.A yr and a hlf ago my doc. retired,i was on o.c 40 mg and oxycodone 15mg for b.t. Well,at my first app. with the new doc.[at the time] she looked at my med. chart and said" I'm not giving you these med." She didn't even look at my m.r.i's or reports from all the specialists,or anything.She just said she was not giving me these med. So she gave me 75 of the 15;s and that was it. I went to my pharmacist and told him,he said,IS SHE OUT OF HER MIND! To make a long story short,my pharm. called the primary care center and said,"this guy has been on o.c for a long time,and it is very careless to just take him off the med. without at least weening him off,well i got a new doc. but i just wanted to give an example how my pharm. went out of his way to help me.
I agree going to a mom and pop pharmacy has its benefits. I also go to a mom and pop and know the couple pharmacists by name and they know me. If there is an insurance issue or something is not working on there end, they will charge me later or make other arrangements so that I have my meds on time. I've been shorted once on accident because someone was just not paying attention to the script, and I've had no problems getting the remainder when I called.
The downfall is that they don't stock the same quanity that larger pharmacies stock. But mine will usually order in my script and have it within a day or so.
I like my pharmacy and wouldn't trade it for a larger pharmacy at all. But thats just me....
I like my pharmacists. my neice is head drug tech there and they all know me. theyve gone out of their way to call, recall and talk to doctor when her nurse practioncer or whatever says the same thing. Shes always saying im sure youre addicted to these by now, im not going to continue giving them to you. If i cant see my doc that day after the nurse practioncer visit, my pharmacy will also call them to see why im being given less pain meds. they also have my meds ready when i ask for them, even if its that same day.
I thought going to a big chain pharmacy would be easier for availability of CII medicines. WRONG!! I just changed my contract over to a mom and pop pharmacy that treats many CP patients. They are just awesome! They even stock a Roxanne brand generic instead of Mallinckrodt because the M is so bad. They have both but keep the R brand just for me. I asked the big chain to order my meds one time and they said it would take 2 weeks to do the request and then another 2 weeks to get it in!! Unreal!! The M&P place can get theirs the next day! I canít believe I went so long with the big chain! They also treated me like crap too! I am VERY happy now!
I used to go to a mom and pop place before my PM moved his office closer to my home. They were great folks and never made me feel bad about my medications. In fact, when I had first tried methadone I was pretty scared about it and they were so nice about really explaining it and telling me they had many patients that were on it. Ironically they were also significicantly cheaper than the big chains are. They lost tons of business when doc moved his office as all his patients went there as the alternative was Walgreens and he has a big sign in his office he is not responsible for problem prescriptions filled there. (apparently either someone was stealing meds or giving wrong meds at this particular one)
Fortunately and unfortunately my doctor built a new office just a few miles from my home so I go to a chain pharmacy now as the old one was about 15 or 20 miles away and it's just too much for me to drive there to fill the prescriptions. The head pharmacist knows me fairly well and is always nice about filling my meds but a few of the techs look at me like I'm wacked.
Last edited by Kissa; 05-17-2006 at 11:08 AM.
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i also find the mom and pops have[as mentioned] more med. in stock for chronic pain patients.Like for example,oxycotin,oxycodone 15mg.etc. I was very suprised what the big chain pharm. didn't have in stock.My pharm. advertises it has hospice needs.You's know what hospice is i believe.[spelling it wrong]
Is there a client confideciality code of ethics at pharmacies? I live in a small town,and I don't think anyone talks--but nothing would suprise me. I am also on methadone, and I think sometime I am the only one,cause they forget to order it. Or maybe their's a lot of people on it!! Hmmm? I am treating lots of pain--so I don't care --just have my meds on hand!! babyboomer6