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what the hell!

Went to my pharmacy today to fill my script. Mind you i have been using this place for a year! Too my surprise they would not fill my script without my mri reports!!! Have u ever heard anything like this before, I was shocked I could not fill it cause my doctors office is closed on Sat! Has this happened to anyone before this is insane!!!



  • Having them say such a specific request about the MRI....Then it sounds like your Drs. office has contacted them and told them to block the prescription.

    And unforutnately...as you said...your Drs. is closed for the weekend. You could certainly try to contact the on-call Dr....but they may not have access to your actual chart.

    Was this a refill for something like Norco/Vicodin? Or did you just come from your actual Dr. appt. on Friday to fill the prescription...

    If it's the latter....then it could have been a request that was put in your chart to contact the Pharmacy before your appt....

    Had you cancelled any of your Drs. appt. or had to reschedule??

    Just trying to think of some reasons...but obviously you won't know until you speak with your Dr. on Monday.

    Again...most pharmacies will not just randomly block an opiate prescription on their own. And with the MRI comment...it just sounds too exact...

    Good luck...keep us posted..
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Ive never heard of such a thing and to me that is breaking HIPPA I would think. Why would a pharmacy need your mri??????? It is none of their business what your medical condition is. I would seriously question this. I would call them and ask them why they need to see your mri? Was this on the request of your doctor? I would want answers before I turned my mri over to them.
  • lstellerllsteller Posts: 1,428
    edited 06/23/2012 - 12:23 PM
    I didn't know a pharmacy was allowed to make diagnoses. They are not the prescribing entity, your doctor is. They are simply the "filling station," although they do have the responsibility to make sure that you are not taking meds that do not mix well with others in your line-up, and they need to make sure that you aren't filling ten prescriptions for the same thing from ten different doctors. This sounds highly suspicious to me. I think some employee may have crossed a line here, but I'm not certain.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Is this a work comp claim by chance, this sounds like some of the games they would play, am MRI report has no usful info a pharmacy could use.
  • I would really get on their case. Like lstellar said, they're just the filling station, not the gas loaders. I'd call and talk to the manager and see what the deal is because I do think it violates HIPPA rules.

  • Just wanted to share that in case you are looking things up...it is HIPAA....not two Ps as many people accidentally think...

    It stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

    And by law...your pharmacy does have access to your medical records in the sense that they can contact your Dr. at any time if they have any issues. And 41 states now have the Prescription Monitoring Program which has you in a database to know if you are filling your prescriptions anywhere in the state.

    However...the part about the MRI still makes me think it's the other way around that your Dr. has requested this and notified the pharmacy to not fill your prescription until you get an updated one.

    This is why I was asking Darla the questions about when she last saw her Dr....etc...
  • Thanx for ur replies! I have been going to this pharmacy every 2 weeks with the same script for percocet. This time there was a new pharmacist who said they cannot fill any narcotic script without an id and mri or other report of some sort, she was the only one there at the time and told me this is the new rules for narcotic scripts. I needed this filled today so I went somewhere else and they filled it no problem! I will contact my dr on monday and explain the situation. Very confused about this pharmacist behavior
  • Well that is strange about the MRI........Glad you got it filled elsewhere...Definitely speak to your Dr. on Monday to just be sure of everything and let them know of switching pharmacies....

    I am curious though....why do you need to go every two weeks to get a new prescription? Most all Drs. do prescriptions for 30 days...So maybe that was another red flag to this new pharmacist...

    On the ID part....this is becoming law in most states that you have to show your ID before picking up a narcotic. So that part should be easy to do....

    You'll have to let us know what your Dr. says on Monday...

  • MsHumptyDumptyMMsHumptyDumpty Posts: 1,567
    edited 06/23/2012 - 5:47 PM
    I did read online last week that a LOT of Pharms are now allowed to require MRI reports/records, ID, etc before filling narc scripts. They also said that a lot of pharms are going to start to turn away new customers with narc scripts even if they have the required ID, reports etc.
    There is a shake up happening with the FDA (again) and the whole narc script issue from the Dr right through to the pharms has just gotten much more complex and stricter. The pharms are not going to be allowed to stock as many pain meds weekly as they have been allowed to in the past.

    If I find said article I will post the link here.
    I know it said that CVS chain is posting signs nationwide saying if you have a narc script & are a new customer to go else where :(

    PS: this month for the 1st time in over 7 yrs CVS did not have ANY of my daughters pain meds as per her script. They said it was due to the new issues with amount kept in stores. She went on a Friday and they had zero of her pills left & said they were out until Tuesday when they got a new order in.
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • I have never ever heard of such a thing, and I am shocked! Is a pharmacist even qualified to read an MRI? What if he disagreed with the findings? That is crazy to me! What state are you in, if I may ask?

    I went to Myrtle Beach last month, and because I use Walgreens, I didn't think it'd be a big deal to get my doctor to call in my Norco at the pharmacy at the beach. Was I wrong! My doctor's office wouldn't call it in to an out-of-state pharmacy. They said they would call it in to my home state pharmacy, and then I could get the pharmacy there in South Carolina to fill it. However, apparently in South Carolina, they will not fill a prescription originating in another state. They can fill refills if there are refills remaining, but won't fill a new prescription. So we had to get my doctor to call it in to my pharmacy in my home state and then drive 30 miles into North Carolina to have them fill it.

    Such chaos! Again, I think it's nuts that a pharmacy has the right to see your medical records as part of refilling your medicine. A pharmacist isn't a doctor, isn't qualified to interpret MRI results, and doesn't have the authority to prescribe so he shouldn't have the authority to refuse.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    edited 06/25/2012 - 4:20 PM
    First, to start to respond to Darla, that was very strange that the pharmacist wanted to see your MRI before filling your script.
    What was the basis and rationale they used for requesting that information?

    Pharmacist are not medically trained to interpret MRI reports as well as other diagnostic reports, they can evaluate on what a doctor has written regarding those tests. So no one get concerned about the pharmacist needing the skills to read such things.

    As far as pharmacists having rights to see your medical records. With the new age of electronic medical data bases across the country, that information is available to those that have been identified as needed the info. So, if the pharmacist has been ok'd to see that, you are not about to stop it.

    Pharmacy's for years have had access to patient information. That is one way they could isolate and identify the drug seekers. They can check as to when you last filled a script, when it is allowed to be renewed, etc.

    To me, the big question is WHY a pharmacy wants to see the MRI report.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • starsinhereyessstarsinhereyes Posts: 583
    edited 06/25/2012 - 6:22 PM
    hey darla,
    wow that's different. I would be curious for sure and ask that person why they are asking. With all the different ways the radiologist read and write out their reports. hmmm maybe the pharmacist are being trained differently. At our walgreens we have a drive thru window hmmm now maybe we can get a diagnosis and meds as we drive thru.
    hahah well I'm glad you got ur meds.

    If your going back there please ask why they asked you this. perhaps was a pharmacist right out of school and was following some new format. I would love to hear the answer.

    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • To me, the big question isn't "why" as much as "what if". What if she produced an MRI that just showed a small bulge or something which the pharmacist didn't believe required being addressed by a narcotic? Does the pharmacist have the right to overrule the doctor? That's a bad precedent IMO either way.

    That being said, I think pharmacists are probably underutilized. In the UK they have a lot more authority and that takes a lot of pressure off the socialized medicine system they have there and helps keep costs down. I asked my pharmacist about glucosamine chondroitin just yesterday, and she was very helpful in explaining how it definitely won't help with some of my problems and probably won't even help with the arthritis in my back because it is already bone-on-bone.
  • CertifriedCCertifried Posts: 91
    edited 06/26/2012 - 5:12 AM
    This just makes no sense at all. Sure, a pharmacist is, technically, a doctor (Doctor of Pharmacy). As mentioned already, however, they're certainly not trained to interpret a report and I do not want my pharmacist to do so. Just like I wouldn't want my pain management specialist to check my prostate. I hope you get an answer and come back to let us know what's up, because this just doesn't sound right and it's damn scary if it's the new trend.
  • Hey everyone thanx for ur responses! I have since got an update on why I was asked for mri. The pharmacist that day was new! A couple of weeks prior Walgreens under went a Dea inspection, their findings I'm not sure of but since everyoje one there is making sure all of their i's r dotted! Since she was new and has never seen me before she was covering all the bases!The regular pharmacist who knows me apologized! I guess I am ok with this pharmacy for now! I guess we will eventualy have to start carrying our diagnostics around with us!!!!
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