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john65pennington's avatar

Can I refill a Schedule IV drug in another state?

Asked by john65pennington (29235points) December 9th, 2011

The original prescription was written by my doctor and filled in my city. I may be taking a trip to Seattle for Christmas. My prescription has three refills on it and will need refilling, while I am in Seattle. Question: will I be able to have my medication refilled at a Walgreens in Seattle for a Schedule IV pain medication?

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JLeslie's avatar

I don’t see why not. I refill scripts out of state at Walgreens. If you have a specific concern call Walgreens in the location you will be staying, they will look up the script for you and verify. Walgreens has a national computer system, all their stores can see your information.

john65pennington's avatar

Thanks Jleslie. My only concern is the medication in a Scheduled drug and maybe that specail rules apply.

jazmina88's avatar

No rules. It should be fine. Or get a vacation rx filled before you leave.

john65pennington's avatar

Jazmin88 WHAT IS THAT?

WestRiverrat's avatar

@john65pennington That is a special one time prescription that doesn’t have to follow the normal waiting period rules regarding refills. If you plan on filling it in Seattle, it might be a good idea to let them know in advance so you don’t have to wait for them to order it shipped in from somewhere else.

Judi's avatar

I think your doctor has to be licensed in the state where you are getting ity filled. I’m glad you decided to go! YEAH!

lillycoyote's avatar

You might want to call or stop by your local Walgreen’s and talk to the pharmacist before you go and ask if you will be able to refill your prescription at an out of state Walgreen’s. They know the laws and policies better than anyone. If say that you can’t do it, you should be able to get a prescription from your doctor that will provide you with enough of your medication to get you through your trip. The rules for Schedule IV drugs aren’t as stringent as Schedule II or III drugs so you should be able to work something out.

JLeslie's avatar

Here are the Seattle Walgreens. I would call and speak to a pharmacist at that specific store. Also, the 800 # for Walgreens is 1–800-wal-yess.

I highly doubt the type of drug matters, but best to double check.

Oh, do the underground tour in Seattle.

silky1's avatar

I agree check with the original pharmacy that filled the prescription. They will be able to help you get the needed out of state refill.

JLeslie's avatar

Why do people recommend asking the original pharmacist in @john65pennington state, when it is a pharmacist in WA that is going to do the refill? Won’t the WA pharmacist be the one who knows for sure whether he will be willing to fill it or not?

Rarebear's avatar

It’s funny, but I don’t know the answer to this one. I think you can, but I’m not sure. Best to call the pharmacist.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Because he buys his drugs from a national chain, and if his pharmacist doesn’t know the answer off the top of his head, he has the resources to find out quickly and easily.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Rarebear That’s why I suggested contacting the pharmacist. Doctors don’t know all the laws and procedures and policies related to these sorts of things, I know my don’t. They know what they have to do from their end, in writing prescriptions, but the pharmacist is the one who has to abide by the laws of dispensing medications, every day. They know better than anyone what they can and cannot do in terms of dispensing.

jazmina88's avatar

Go to your local pharmacy, and tell them you are leaving, and they can get approval to get the script to take with you.

JLeslie's avatar

@WestRiverrat Are you answering my question? So you think it makes sense to call the TN pharmacist and wait for him to find the answer if he doesn’t know, than just call WA and ask that pharmicist if he will fill it?

WestRiverrat's avatar

@JLeslie who is going to give you better service, the pharmacy you are a regular at or someone across the country that doesn’t know you?

JLeslie's avatar

@WestRiverrat In my opinion the pharmacist who is going to fill the perscription and make the money for that fill.

For the WA pharmacist, if state laws matter, he will know the law off the top of his head.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Walgreens has stores in several states, I am sure they are aware of the laws they work under. They just have to get on the computer while you are there and punch in your script and the state and it will tell them everything they-you need to know.

Why make a long distance call when you can find out just as quickly from your local pharmacist.

When I vacationed in Alaska, I asked the local drug store if my prescriptions were valid in Alaska. I didn’t have to call Alaska to find out.

JLeslie's avatar

@WestRiverrat How many Americans do you know who pay for long distance domestic calls? Walgreens is nationwide. The script will be available on the computer no matter what Walgreens he goes to. He can call the local guy, it’s not that I think it is a big mistake to call him. I just would want to talk to the pharmacy that would be filling it to be sure. People make mistakes all the time, they think they know and they don’t. But, if Joe in Seattle tells me, “sure, call us ahead and we will have it waiting for you.” I would feel very confident it is all a ok.

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