Walgreens Pharmacy is Stealing Refills

Walgreens Pharmacy is Stealing Refills

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Concerned Customer

Paragould, AR

#1 Apr 12, 2013
My elderly mother contacted her doctor today explaining to them that Walgreens has been removing refills from both mine and her records. Her doctor stated this was the second complaint they've received this week in regards to Walgreens stealing prescription refills. They've had several other complaints weeks prior to this. If the pharmacist happens to read my post, know this: You are incompetent and possibly an addict to pain medication. I advise that everyone seek another pharmacy. My elderly mother depends on her prescriptions for pain. This pharmacist should lose their license. You are a disgrace.

“We are watching you.”

Level 6

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#2 Apr 12, 2013
They suck totally, I hate that store and the Pharmacy manager, the blonde pharmacist is hot though.
guest

West Point, KY

#3 Apr 12, 2013
i hate walgreens too. i had to use them one weekend when my reg. was closed. the medicine was 30 dollars higher. and they said my prescription card wasnt good for the discount for that drug. but my other pharmacist filled it every time and i got the discount.also they act like their face would break if they had to smile. hopefully i wont have to ever use them again
justme

Oklahoma City, OK

#4 Apr 12, 2013
Hasn't one of their pharmacists already had a history with prescription abuse? I don't understand how you can still hold a license to practice after that. Maybe just a rumor. I don't know.???
Observer

Paragould, AR

#5 Apr 12, 2013
justme wrote:
Hasn't one of their pharmacists already had a history with prescription abuse? I don't understand how you can still hold a license to practice after that. Maybe just a rumor. I don't know.???
Yeah maybe just a rumor. Get on here and try to ruin somebody's reputation when you really don't know. That is all topic is good for.
Concerned Customer

Paragould, AR

#6 Apr 14, 2013
Observer wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah maybe just a rumor. Get on here and try to ruin somebody's reputation when you really don't know. That is all topic is good for.
I didn't say "I heard." I said it happened. There is validity in my claim, which was an actual experience. And those who care for their elderly parents deserve to be warned. At best, the pharmacist is incompetent. As far as we know, the pharmacist is you, simply trying to save your reputation. To scoff at my experience reveals your simplistic cognitive nature. A pharmacist holds the lives of others in their hands, and this incompetence shouldn't be easily dismissed. Your lackadaisical attitude might come back to haunt you one day.
eagle mom

Oklahoma City, OK

#7 Apr 14, 2013
Concerned Customer wrote:
<quoted text>I didn't say "I heard." I said it happened. There is validity in my claim, which was an actual experience. And those who care for their elderly parents deserve to be warned. At best, the pharmacist is incompetent. As far as we know, the pharmacist is you, simply trying to save your reputation. To scoff at my experience reveals your simplistic cognitive nature. A pharmacist holds the lives of others in their hands, and this incompetence shouldn't be easily dismissed. Your lackadaisical attitude might come back to haunt you one day.
"I heard", years before you ever made this thread, that one of the pharmacists at Walgreens had a problem with addiction. And if it were true, how could this person still have a license? And this person is still working there now.
So I took it as a "rumor" but your story sheds a new light on it.
Sorry for what's happened to you.
guest

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 Apr 14, 2013
You probably took too much of your mothers pain medicine and forgot that you used the last refill. Fearing withdraw you blame the first person you can "the pharmacist"
Anonymous

Cave City, AR

#9 Apr 14, 2013
guest wrote:
You probably took too much of your mothers pain medicine and forgot that you used the last refill. Fearing withdraw you blame the first person you can "the pharmacist"
Sad part is the op doesn't realize it is illegal to refill a prescription for pain meds. You have to get a new prescription each time.
Someone

Paragould, AR

#10 Apr 15, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
Sad part is the op doesn't realize it is illegal to refill a prescription for pain meds. You have to get a new prescription each time.
That's not true. A few years ago my dad got hurt and was on 7.5/500 Hydrocodone for about a year and the Dr would give him 2-3 refills then have him come back in to the office for evaluation and then write another prescription for a couple of months. Same with my cousin who has chronic pain. She gets hers for a couple months too. Not everyone can afford to have to go to the Dr every month and pay for the visit just to get a new prescription.
JAB

Berwyn, IL

#12 Jul 4, 2013
Not once, but twice on successive trips did Walgreens at McNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL short the bottle of oxy. I opened the bag to look at the bottle. The bottle was down 50%. I had to go to the McNeal Walgreens because my usual Walgreens had none.
UghAgain

Omaha, NE

#13 Nov 11, 2013
This post is proof that the patients that visit Walgreens have no clue. First since you don't work behind the pharmacy counter, don't even try to tell us how to do our jobs, if you think you can do better, then go to school for 8 years to be a pharmacist, or apply for a job as technician, Walgreen's provides free training and then you can talk! Secondly regarding refilling pain medications it depends on the class of the drug. You see the FDA, DEA, and law enforcement give us parameters in most states laws that tell us which medications can have refills and for how long. On what we call Schedule II drugs, there are no refills, those require a new hard copy prescription from the doctor every month, we cannot accept faxes on those. That would drugs like Oxycodone, Oxycontin. etc. For Hydrocodone, that is a Schedule III medication and can have 5 total refills within a 6 month time frame. Same thing applies to schedule IV and V. Anything considered a schedule I is most likely illegal. And every Walgreens has at least 5 cameras in the pharmacy which makes it impossible to steal any medications from patients. Probably what happened is the prescription got closed out for whatever reason or even thought it had refills it ran past the time frame which is your job to keep track of. Regarding insurance --- knowing your co-pay is your responsibility, not ours - we only bill what the insurance tells us to bill per our contract with them, if you have issues you need to contact them. Anyway in a nutshell, we're expected to do all this with no extra help meanwhile listening to everyone whine about the long wait times and lines because the don't understand it isn't as simple as "slapping a label" on it.
guest

United States

#14 Nov 12, 2013
JAB wrote:
Not once, but twice on successive trips did Walgreens at McNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL short the bottle of oxy. I opened the bag to look at the bottle. The bottle was down 50%. I had to go to the McNeal Walgreens because my usual Walgreens had none.
the people that work there are rude an we are the one's paying there salary

Level 1

Since: Sep 13

Location hidden

#18 Nov 12, 2013
I can't speak for the pharmacy troubles, although I will say that my experience overall with Walgreens is that prices are higher. Walmart, as usual, has the market cornered on cheaper drugs. But I definitely agree that this store is dirty - the parking lot is always a trashy mess with an overflowing trash can. I think the problem may be more corporate than local, maybe corporate won't let the local stores hire enough help, who knows. Either way, you usually have your choice of pharmacy, so only go there if absolutely necessary.
bubba

United States

#21 Nov 14, 2013
Concerned Customer wrote:
My elderly mother contacted her doctor today explaining to them that Walgreens has been removing refills from both mine and her records. Her doctor stated this was the second complaint they've received this week in regards to Walgreens stealing prescription refills. They've had several other complaints weeks prior to this. If the pharmacist happens to read my post, know this: You are incompetent and possibly an addict to pain medication. I advise that everyone seek another pharmacy. My elderly mother depends on her prescriptions for pain. This pharmacist should lose their license. You are a disgrace.
This is sad. Smh.

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