It happens almost every day. A patient comes to the pharmacy with a new Rx for a controlled substance. But we last filled the same medication for the patient 26 days ago! And here they are wanting it filled again.
After three months of this the patient is now 12 days ahead on their medication.
Some prescribers are diligent enough to watch the dates and indicate on the prescription "Do Not Fill until 30 days Past Late Date Filled" or indicate a specific date to fill. Pharmacists and their technicians love these physicians.
But so many physicians, too many actually, don't pay any attention to the dates. Tell me this, Batman... WHY are they doing this? They see the patient every 26 days and then hand out prescriptions for meds that should last 30 days. Why?
Stop this nonsense.
If you're a physician doing this, STOP IT. You're contributing to the opioid epidemic. If you're a pharmacist, DON'T FILL THE MEDICATION until it's due. Sure, people go out of town and there's extenuating circumstances and you should use your best judgement, but if this is going on month after month after month, YOU need to step up and do your best to stop it.