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Old 12-16-2016, 04:15 PM
 
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If your doctor needs blood tests on a regular basis to monitor your levels then they sometimes won't write a 'script for more than 1 refill because it forces you to go to their office every 3 or 4 months or every 6 months. Insurance companies won't pay for more than the current prescription so you can't get an entire year's worth at one time.
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Old 12-16-2016, 05:22 PM
 
Location: la la land
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O.K.. You've lost me now, Aqua Blue states there's not a snowballs chance anyone is going to get this done, 2sleepy agrees with Aqua, but goes on to state the pharmacy indeed sent a half pill prescription with a cutter... Did I miss something?


And why then is my pharmaceutical supplier as well as those of some of my friends writing/calling us to go the half pill route? I haven't jumped on board yet because I only take one prescription, but friends who take more have and are presently on half pill scripts.
Sorry if I wasn't clear. I was taking 25mg once a day. When I had that prescription filled, I received 90 25 mg tablets. My doctor changed the dosage to 12.5mg once a day. When I went to pick it up there were 45 25 mg tablets and I was given a pill cutter so that I could cut them in half and have the equivalent of 90 tablets.
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Old 12-16-2016, 05:27 PM
 
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It isn't the Pharmacy that makes that rule, it is the insurance company that is paying the bill that won't let you fill a refill until a certain portion is gone. If you are a cash customer you can request a refill when you pick up the prescription.

There are regulatory restrictions on controlled substances where they cannot be refilled (or even have a new prescription filled). In those cases it is usually only a couple days leeway. These are set based on state (and/or) federal laws to reduce the amount of highly addictive drugs.
This was not a controlled substance or a narcotic, I'm familiar with the regulations on those. And I'm not sure whose rule it is because I have a $10 copay and this particular drug costs less than $10 so my insurance isn't paying a dime for it.
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Old 12-16-2016, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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If your doctor needs blood tests on a regular basis to monitor your levels then they sometimes won't write a 'script for more than 1 refill because it forces you to go to their office every 3 or 4 months or every 6 months. Insurance companies won't pay for more than the current prescription so you can't get an entire year's worth at one time.
I just got nailed with that one. While I've been to the office twice this past year, neither visit was for an annual checkup. I had to make an appointment to get a one month refill.
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