I suffer physical pain 24/7. Since January 2013, it has been like pulling teeth to have my prescription for Oxycodone 15mg filled by Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and CVS. Wal-Mart filled my script for two months- then began the same denial tactic as Walgreens.
This is how it went: I phoned my local Walgreens/Wal-Mart/CVS Pharmacy and asked if they have the drug in stock. I am sometimes told (1) No. We do not have it in stock, or (2) It is a controlled substance and we cannot provide that information over-the-phone. I then made a trip to my two nearest Walgreens pharmacies- only to be told they do not have the drug in stock. I ask the pharmacist to give me an approximate date - of when they'll have the medication. The answer, almost always is- the DEA limits our supply; try CVS or Wal-Mart. When I ask Walgreens staff to accept my prescription for the Oxycodone 15mg and place the order for same, they refuse- stating they cannot keep my prescription since it is for a controlled substance.
Can you imagine being with sometimes level 8 or 9 pain and to have to maneuver around in my scooter to these pharmacies. To me, this is criminal!
Private citizens cannot fill their own prescriptions. Drugstores, such as Walgreens and Wal-Mart - elected to be in business to fill non-narcotic and narcotic prescriptions. Is their denial legal? Is it not a violation of their licensing board- to arbitrarily deny chronic pain consumers their prescribed narcotic pain management medications? Isn't this practice similar to businesses denying selling of their goods and services to people-of-color? Chronic pain sufferers are flat out being discriminated against- in this great U.S.A.
We cannot allow this discrimination to continue. Please, talk about it; text about it; discuss it at every forum possible; write the ACLU; write your state and federal officials; DOCUMENT EACH DENIAL BY WALGREENS, CVS AND/OR WAL-MART (include date, time, store location, name of pharmacist and other staff, word-for-word what was said to you, and whether over-the-phone or in-store visit.)
Get involved with rallying up attorneys in your area who'd be willing to take on a "Class Action" suit against Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS and the DEA.
Lastly, KEEP A PERSONAL JOURNAL and enter your physical and emotional pain experience - as a result of being denied your prescribed pain management medications by Walgreens, Wal-Mart and/or CVS.
Please understand that I know our chronic pain places us amongst the most vulnerable in society. This reminds me of President Obama's mother being denied medications and treatment she desperately needed. How sad must it have been for our President to watch his mother utilize the little energy she had- to fight insurance and drug companies.
Remember, you are not alone. Don't let your voice be silenced! There is strength in numbers.
With love, Dinaspeaks Patient and Advocate email@example.comView Thread