I got laid off from my job and don't have insurance right now. It costs about $150 to refill my hydrocodone each month - $75 for the doctor visit at the pain management clinic and $73 for the generic prescription itself. I asked my doctor if I could please not have to see them every month, and just see them every other month, because that $75 really is a hardship, and they said no, by federal law, because it's a narcotic, we have to see you every month.
I can't find any such law and I am wondering if they are fleecing me. For the two or three months after my surgery, my surgeon did refills just if I requested them by calling in. Are the laws different for chronic pain doctors? Also I usually see the physician's assistant, but the last time I actually saw the physician (about four months ago) he actually gave me a refill on the hydrocodone. I mentioned this to the clinic and they said, well he shouldn't have done that.
Thanks so much. I don't mind so much if it really is the law, but I feel sort of suspicious about this.