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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:11 am 
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I just had to share this. Sorry for the tl:dr, I'll try to separate the block of text into more readable paragraphs.

I went to my pharmacy, Rite Aid, with my Mom to pick up my Suboxone like I've been doing for the past few months, (and one month I was there once a week due to an insurance mix-up!), when the pharmacy tech waiting on me goes, "Do you have ID?" They have never asked for my ID before, but, hey, whatever. They said that they now require ID for anyone prescribed narcotics which I don't have a problem with.

So, I go to get it from my purse and realize, stupid me, I left it at home. I don't drive, smoke, drink or gamble so there's normally not a lot of reasons for me to carry my ID all the time and, in fact, I actually let it expire so there's that, too. It's on my list of things to get done but I've just been forgetting about it since I hardly ever need it. But, I know I need to for the pharmacy now.

But, anyway, I tell him that I accidentally left my ID at home and he goes, "Would anyone here recognize you?" I said, "Well, there was this pretty, little curly-dark-haired young woman who always waited on me..." and he goes, "Oh, yeah. She went on maternity leave last week. Would anyone else recognize you?" As I stood there trying to figure out if any of the other techs looked familiar to me and thus I would hopefully be familiar to one of them, my mother comes up and asks, "Would my ID work for her?" and yes, it did. My mother has been married three times counting my own father and has changed her last name all three times so we do not have the same surname. I still have my maiden last name because I've never been married but my mother's been divorced from my father since I was three years old. So, no shared surname, which would account, in my thinking, why her ID would work for me; showing we were related, etc? I don't know. I'm just grasping here, folks.

Essentially it can go like this: You need to fill you Suboxone prescription. Your pharmacy won't fill it without ID. Don't have ID? That's okay! Just point to someone here who'll vouch for you. No? Okay, did you come in with someone? Do they have ID? Awesome! You're good to go! What's the point of asking for a person's ID if you don't actually NEED said person's ID?

Maybe it's the wording that causes the loophole; They require AN ID not YOUR ID. But, who knows. My brain hurts for lack of logic.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:01 am 
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With CVS, it has always been that way for controlled substances. You best hurry up and get some ID before the next stop over there. But like you said, they'll take my ID for my wife so it doesn't surprise me they took your mothers.

Plus, they have to type in the ID or drivers license number. Sounds like it turned out okay for you. Now you know what needs to be done.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:55 am 
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I remember Walgreens being the same way. They'd ask for ID when you dropped off the script, and then again 15 minutes later when it was ready. Ha that always amused me, like hey it's still me, nothing changed in 15 minutes. I figured out though if you tried to give the ID before they asked for it, like God forbid you learned their procedure, then they didn't need it! lol Anyway yea, no method to the madness. I could pick up my husbands controlled substance scripts with my ID too, (before i changed my last name to his) so really any ID would do. Doesn't make too much sense. I've been going to Cvs since I started Subs now though and never have been asked for ID.

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With CVS, it has always been that way for controlled substances. You best hurry up and get some ID before the next stop over there. But like you said, they'll take my ID for my wife so it doesn't surprise me they took your mothers.

Plus, they have to type in the ID or drivers license number. Sounds like it turned out okay for you. Now you know what needs to be done.

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Well, you share your wife's last name, correct? There's no way for them to know who my mother is in relation to me, unless I called her "Mom", which I may have, but, still, we don't share a last name so for all they know she could just be some stranger I asked to do me a favor and use her ID. Lol!

Regarding CVS having always IDed for controlled substances: I've been bringing my Suboxone prescriptions to them for at least two months, (one month I was there once a week due to an insurance mix-up which caused my prescription to be cut into weekly partial), and never once have they ever IDed me. Plus, I used to go to them with my opiate prescriptions back in the midst of active addiction and I have never been carded.

But, yeah, it worked out. It was just weird. Especially the whole "Hey, could anyone here vouch for you?" thing. Like, if I don't have ID or someone with ID then someone working in the store can, (hopefully), vouch for me? Lol!

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I remember Walgreens being the same way. They'd ask for ID when you dropped off the script, and then again 15 minutes later when it was ready. Ha that always amused me, like hey it's still me, nothing changed in 15 minutes. I figured out though if you tried to give the ID before they asked for it, like God forbid you learned their procedure, then they didn't need it! lol Anyway yea, no method to the madness. I could pick up my husbands controlled substance scripts with my ID too, (before i changed my last name to his) so really any ID would do. Doesn't make too much sense. I've been going to Cvs since I started Subs now though and never have been asked for ID.


Yeah, thinking about it hurts my brain. Especially about them accepting your ID for your husband's script just fine as long you have a different last name. It seems to me that it would make more sense the other way around; Not accepting the ID with a different last name as the prescribed person and then, when you changed your name to match, accepting it because at least, then, it proves relationship and the name will have matched the name of the person being prescribed the medication(s)! But, what really made me want to share this little story was the whole thing about them saying, basically, "Don't worry about having ID if someone here recognizes you and can vouch for you!" Lol!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:23 am 
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I was previously certified as a pharmacy technician and from what I remember there is a somewhat new (2-3 years ago) law that was enacted by the Feds requiring A VALID PHOTO ID, NOT FOR THE PRESCRIBEE, BUT for the PERSON PICKING IT UP. As far as I know this ONLY applies to C-II RX's. I would assume that this is to be able to keep track of who is picking up a particular RX so if a person were to pick up somebody else's prescription and there was a problem, they would know who to prosecute. Here in VA, I have been on Buprenorphine for over eight years, all from the same doctor, (Suboxone tabs for the first three years and then -generic- Subutex ever since) using multiple pharmacies in multiple cities (I travel a lot) and have never been asked for a photo ID for anything except Percocet, Dilaudid and Vyvanse. I also regularly get 90 10mg Valium's for GAD filled monthly and have never had any problems or been asked for identification EVER for anything EXCEPT for C-II prescriptions. All of my prescriptions come from the same doctor though, except for the Percocet and Dilaudid which were from different hospitals, the result of separate injuries/incidents.. I can say, however, that last month my fiancé went to pick up my Vyvanse prescription at the local CVS, and they grilled the hell out of her before giving her the prescription. She explained that she had picked it up last month (they photocopy the Photo ID everytime) and also explained to them her relation to me. Now, I make sure to let them know that when I drop off the prescription, she will ALWAYS be the one picking get it up. It seems to all depend on the pharmacist in many matters such as the latter ones mentioned above (except for the C-II RX'S), with the younger pharmacists usually being the hard-asses (along with often being ignorant and rude as hell, from my experience - as is the case with most things the previous statement doesn't apply to all of them, just what seems to me to be a vast majority). It seems that more often these days, many pharmacists think that it is their job to decide who gets what....instead of just doing their job and making sure that the prescription is legit, correct and properly dispensed. One last thing, the only pharmacy I have had major problems with is Walmart Pharmacies (yes that's all of them). These are the only pharmacies that would consistently screw up everything from dosage to amounts to inaccurate counts....and everytime took ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSIBILITY for their mistakes....they have lied to me, shorted me, and passed the buck over and over again, literally NO ACCOUNTABILITY AT WALMART. From the tech's to the store manager - not one of them showed any integrity, honesty, and also showed quite a lot of hostility. So much that I am in the process of filing a complaint with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy as well as the BBB. Horrible customer service, I will never step foot in another Walmart again.


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