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Old 11-09-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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how to obtain controlled meds out-of-state.

Full timing is wonderful, but getting controlled medications for Cathleen on the road is a challenge. Federal regulations require a new hard copy prescription every month and do not allow out of state prescriptions. So we can't bring prescriptions from her doctor at home and pharmacies can't accept out-of-state prescriptions, anyway. Doctors in other states are reluctant to write prescriptions for her, even though she carries her medical records with her, because they don't know her. They treat us as if we are criminals trying to obtain narcotics illegally. This all makes it difficult to be full-timers. So the problem is how to find a doctor in a state we are visiting who will write a prescription. Any ideas on how to solve this problem would be appreciated. Many thanks for your ideas, Lloyd and Cathleen
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We get all of our meds at Walgreens and have never had an issue getting what we need when out of state. Curious, what kind of meds need a new script each month? Anyway, good luck getting what you need.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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Lloyd,

If you contat a hospital in the state you are going to visit, there are procedures for them to set up privileges for out of state physicians to prescribe medications.

I work in healthcare so PM me if you need any help.
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We too always get our meds at Walgreens but I think this is a case of highly controlled material and I've heard of others having this same difficulty. I can't remember the recommendations but I'll look for the thread.

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This is a pretty good discussion on the topic.

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Full timing is wonderful, but getting controlled medications for Cathleen on the road is a challenge. Federal regulations require a new hard copy prescription every month and do not allow out of state prescriptions. So we can't bring prescriptions from her doctor at home and pharmacies can't accept out-of-state prescriptions, anyway. Doctors in other states are reluctant to write prescriptions for her, even though she carries her medical records with her, because they don't know her. They treat us as if we are criminals trying to obtain narcotics illegally. This all makes it difficult to be full-timers. So the problem is how to find a doctor in a state we are visiting who will write a prescription. Any ideas on how to solve this problem would be appreciated. Many thanks for your ideas, Lloyd and Cathleen
We also went to Walgreens and Walmart without problems. Some cities/counties, however, have their own rules. For example, Las Vegas required contact with the prescribing doctor before they will issue the meds. That could take 2-3 days.
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Some controlled substances have very tight restrictions for good reason. There are procedures but you have to jump through some hoops. Before these can be prescribed it is required in some states to confirm the patient has not been flagged.
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rwbed1, you said you've had problems, have you tried the big national chain pharmacies like Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, etc? I find if my doctor submits my prescriptions to them, I have no problems getting them filled wherever I travel. My 'scripts were in Cincinnati, I needed a med I hadn't carried with on a trip to Phoenix, Walgreens didn't hesitate to fill the 'script for the 3 days I was there -- didn't even charge me!
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rwbed1 was talking about "narcotics" your doctor cannot phone or fax these prescriptions in only a printed slip from there doc will be accepted
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I got a refill of Percocet this week. The only acceptable form of the prescription. Is paper, as stated above. The doctor must certify that he/she has determined that you are not a drug abuser and I had to also sign a form stating that I do not abuse drugs. It requires a new, original prescription each 30 days - no refills.
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rwbed1 was talking about "narcotics" your doctor cannot phone or fax these prescriptions in only a printed slip from there doc will be accepted
Agreed.. We had a script that was written prior to the trip.
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I still think if you can do the refill at the same pharmacy chain you have at home there will be no problem, regardless of the medication. The home pharmacy has the scrip and they "temporarily" transfer your account to the "away" branch. I take a controlled substance and have never had a problem through CVS.
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We get all of our meds at Walgreens and have never had an issue getting what we need when out of state. Curious, what kind of meds need a new script each month? Anyway, good luck getting what you need.
All narcotic pain meds require a new script each month.
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I take a med (non narcotic) that can only be transferred once. Even though I may have five refills, if I have that refilled in another state that script is transferred to that state, CVS in this case. At that point I can no longer get the remaing refills from another CVS because it can't be transferred again. I have to get a new script even though there are three refills remaining. You would think a national chain would be able to refill nationally... Nope
Mail order is the only solution I have come up with, and this was just for normal vacations. We dont get our MH until Dec.
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