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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:54 pm 
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This is totally insane and frustrating. I just started taking Suboxone again after a 2.5 year hiatus...but that's another story. I filled my first script at a pharmacy near the doctor's office that stocks Suboxone. They are very nice there. I returned to the doc a month later and got a new script. I go to the same pharmacy and they tell me they can't fill my script because of a new DEA law the limits the percentage of opiates they can fill each month out of their total dollar amount in scripts filled. They told me they hit their limit for the month early and couldn't fill the script. "Check back on the first of the month", he tells me apologetically.

What kind of law is this? It seems like it's aimed at preventing some small pharmacies from "specializing" in pain meds. However, limiting the percentage of opiate prescriptions a pharmacy can fill each month, inadvertently includes Suboxone. So if you're trying to stop taking crazy, unhealthy amounts of opiates and want to take Suboxone to reclaim your life...you might find it a bit difficult to do so in FL. Is this true elsewhere?

I ended up calling around for 30 mins just to find a pharmacy that could fill the script.


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Wow. I have never heard of this. Anyone else?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:29 am 
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Bizarre. You're in Florida? Must be part of the 'crackdown' on the clinics-- I've read some docs acted as pharmacies, dispensing pain meds (at jacked up prices), sounds to be aimed at those 'pharmacies' that only filled scripts for opioids.


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Try using a Wal-Mart pharmacy. Their pricing structure means that they've got a huge non-narcotic business and won't max out the way your pharmacy does. I'd actually moved away from the town in which my local Wal-Mart is located, and was just about to go over to the local Walgreens affiliate pharmacy - when the news broke about what Walgreens is doing nationally to avoid ever again getting on the bad side of the US government re:narcotics. Their precautionary measures include some intrusive questioning of your prescriber of any narcotic pain relief drug, as to when you started opioid therapy and which measures were considered prior to commencement of opioid therapy.

I'm a long term cancer patient with an indolent yet painful cancer which is inoperable (it's in the liver, with local metastases all over, tending to concentrate in the gut and nerves). Opioid therapy isn't an alternative, it's the only way to get pain relief (combined with gabapentin in large doses to address the neuropathy). So I'm delighted that Wal-Mart operates pharmacies, and sort of disappointed that Walgreens feels they have to step that far outside the proper role of the pharmacist in ethically filling prescriptions from licensed physicians. (My pain issues are dealt with by a pain specialist, not my oncologist.)


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