Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Okay to Fill Early
I see prescriptions like this most every day now. It's an Rx for a narcotic that's been filled less than 30 days ago. In some cases we get these as early as two weeks from the last time it was filled. I honestly don't know what's going on in the mind of the prescriber. Perhaps they feel like they have to give the patient the benefit of the doubt, and that's certainly ok... to a point.
But I have to tell you prescribers out there... it would be nice if you started noting this in the patient's charts. Why? Because it's usually the same patients that are ALWAYS "going on vacation." In some cases it's EVERY time they bring in a narcotic prescription. Each one has an "ok to fill early." Are you aware that you're giving the go-ahead and fill it early month after month? Or do you just not care and want to leave the Deputy Dog part to me?
Sometimes I'm really inclined to think the latter.
I suppose I'm just spreading the narrative that good and honest people are being mislabeled. I'm the one with the problem here. Some libturd lawyer will tell you that NO ONE would ask for an early refill unless they were actually going out of town.
No, that's not reality. I know my patients. I know the problem patients. You might be able to fool the physician, but you won't fool me. I have told people that I don't care what the physician wrote on the prescription. I won't fill it if it's just way too early. And if you have a problem with that, then exercise your right to get it filled somewhere else.