Posted 02 July 2010 - 02:53 AM
Following gastro visit the other day, I was prescribed some different medications to try out. I asked the doctor would I be able to get these at any chemist, `Yes' he said, but you can't! I tried one chemist, they said it wasn't on their list of approved drugs to order in, I tried another, whom tried two suppliers, again no luck, seems to be a manufacturing problem. I can't be the only person that needs this drug, so not to be beaten I phoned the hospital pharmacy and guess what, they don't stock it and can't get hold of it either, so figure that one out!
Anyway, the girl I spoke to was very nice and helpful indeed and phoned the doctor who had prescribed it and he has now prescribed another drug, which my daughter is going to pick up for me tomorrow from the hospital. Where would I be without that girl! Only problem is, if this new drug is successful,I will need to be on it continuously and I now wonder if I am only going to be able to get it from the hospital and if so, this will mean about a twenty mile drive for my daughter or at least an hour on the bus for me, grrrr, grrrr and thrice grrrr!!! Does anyone else have this hassle getting their meds?
I feel better after than little moan, nothing like a good old moan to lift the spirits, lol.
Take care and seize the day.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 03:13 AM
What a nuisance! I've had problems where a chemist didn't have an item in stockthat I needed urgently for acute pain and a problem where no chemist had an item in stock because the drug manufacturer had a warehouse fire!
Check with your local chemists to see if they stock/can stock the alternative drug prescribed because if the hospital pharmacy has it presumably others can too?
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 07:11 AM
Oh my yes~ The drug I take for pulmonary hypertension is only available through my insurance company's specialist pharmacy. After getting copies of my (monthly) blood tests, a pharmacist will call, counsel me about the drug (I have the script memorized!), and then transfer me to a pharmacy technician who sets a time window and specific date for a special delivery by carrier that must be signed for. I have to verbally acknowledge that if I am not home to sign for and accept the delivery at the first attempt, then the insurance company will not send a replacement supply at their cost - I would have to pay the full amount which last month was $6,000!!
I'll second that Grrrrrr!
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 08:56 AM
I've had a similar problem getting one particular drug; the local consultant prescribed it and to be honest I think my G.P's surgery just couldn't be bothered to go to the trouble to order it specially. I went to the chemist and gave them the manufacturers address and after much to-ing and fro-ing they did manage to order it for me eventually. I seem to spend a lot of time telling various agencies how to do their job!!
I had one time when a gynecologist prescribed a drug which none of my doctors had ever heard of and when I googled it I found that it had been obsolete since 2002!!! Not an awful lot of use!!!
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Posted 05 July 2010 - 12:48 PM
It would seem we ALL have bother in some form or another . But seriously, it's really
My immuno-suppressant mecarpine (an older one than plaquenil) has to be made for me in London, it takes 10 days to get to my pharmacy, and then I have to use a pill-cutter to cut it in half for my 50mg daily dose. As I live in the north of England, I can't just pop down and collect it!
So far it's helping so it's worth it but we could all do without the hassle couldn't we!