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Unread 08-09-2009, 10:05 AM   #31
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Mad First time I have ever been shorted....

I just started taking adderall and I went to the pharmacy on Friday to a "mom and pop" pharmacy and my script was for a 120 and they shorted me 20 pills. Of course they are closed on the weekend.... but I am just scared that when I call them tomorrow they are going to tell me to go to hell. It's my very first perscripton ever and how am I going to explain to my new dr that I have to get a early refill on a drug that he didn't want to give to me in the first place due to it being very addictive. And here I am sitting... if they dont correct the problem... I will already be out. And this is my thing... I have never taken this drug before. There is no damn way I could have taken that much. I took 20mg and that was enough for me. I am hoping since it was late Friday they can just count their supply and get the problem right. But knowing that I didn't count them right when I was there... I am prob just screwed out the of medication. I hear this is a commen problem with the techs taken pills... but I always thought that the pharmist counted them. I think that he was in such a hurry though that he just didn't count right. So what do I do if he won't give what is owed to me. I know I will not return to this pharmacy again... but how can you make a mistake and short someone 20 pills?? I can understand maybe one or two but twenty??? I made sure I faxed them first thing yesterday morning when I did count the meds....letting them know. We will see if the pharmacy is worth a crap!
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Unread 02-26-2010, 03:22 PM   #32
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Last Month for the first time ever I looked up my meds and each night took out exactly the amount needed for the next day and I new my med count was right.....well towards the end of the month I saw I was gonna be short 3 Kadian..my Valium and percocet were right on the money so since I have used CVS for year and never complained.......I thought (I could go in and talk to pharmacist and explain situation and the laughed in my faced and said they Never make mistakes....always had a double count....so I told them they just lost a **** of a customer and was switching to Walgreen s, and she just laughed again....rude as can be!
Well yesterday it was time to fill my percocet and I was on auto pilot and dropped it off at cvs before thinking...(had a very bad weekend, fall, babysitting two girls 8-9 so I was fried) and I picked them up went home and promply counted them (supposed to be 75) and guess how many was in the never make mistakes cvs??? 78 was how many!!!! How do you recommend I do with this info?? What do you think we can do?? Count with them???
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I can't remember ever being shortened, but it can be possible
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Unread 05-25-2010, 05:37 PM   #33
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i have a question about a medicine, is phentermine (diet pill) controled med.? im asking this because dinuba ca, wallgreens gave me 10 pills less, i dont know what to do! help please!!!:confused
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Unread 05-25-2010, 05:49 PM   #34
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Phentermine (fastin) is a controlled med in U.S.

I can't say what it's status is in Canada. You should go back to the pharmacy for an explanation. There may be a limit on days supply where you are, or they ran out and gave you an IOU. If an employee shorted you, then you need to report it so internally that can be fixed.
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Unread 05-30-2010, 09:49 AM   #35
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I've learned to always check the actual amount I was suppose to get right on the spot (I use the drive through, but I check the quantity before ever leaving). On more than one occasion I've been shorted because they didn't have enough. The problem is, when it's a controlled substance, if you've been written 120 pills but they only have 65 pills on hand, the law requires that the doctor then writes a new script out. Then you hit problem number two which is your drug insurance that won't pay since they've already filled one of those script's for the month. Isn't this a doozy of a problem?

Welcome to one more thing you'll now get use to doing each time you're picking up your prescriptions - and that's the fact that you're the one who needs to double check/count so you make sure this kind of horrible mistake won't happen again. I'm sorry you've been burned, but for what it's worth, we've all been there too. Bob.

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Last Month for the first time ever I looked up my meds and each night took out exactly the amount needed for the next day and I new my med count was right.....well towards the end of the month I saw I was gonna be short 3 Kadian..my Valium and percocet were right on the money so since I have used CVS for year and never complained.......I thought (I could go in and talk to pharmacist and explain situation and the laughed in my faced and said they Never make mistakes....always had a double count....so I told them they just lost a **** of a customer and was switching to Walgreen s, and she just laughed again....rude as can be!
Well yesterday it was time to fill my percocet and I was on auto pilot and dropped it off at cvs before thinking...(had a very bad weekend, fall, babysitting two girls 8-9 so I was fried) and I picked them up went home and promply counted them (supposed to be 75) and guess how many was in the never make mistakes cvs??? 78 was how many!!!! How do you recommend I do with this info?? What do you think we can do?? Count with them???
Thanks in advance!!
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Unread 06-25-2010, 03:01 AM   #36
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I was shorted 100 methadone 10mg once, but I get my meds and put them in daily reminder boxes for the entire month so i new that day. Upon counting hefound that he did indeed short me and appologized and gave me my meds. In most states if they are off even 1 pill for CII's they have to fill out lots of paperwork and if it happens more than a few times in a year they can have their licence suspended. Of course if they are over and not short then....
I also keep my controlled substances in a safe. I would suggest buying 4 plastic 7-day pill boxes and counting them when you get them. Very few pharmacicts will give you more pills at the end of the month especially. Best of luck. All pain sufferers are at the pharmacists and the doctors mercy. Best of luck. Brian
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Unread 07-07-2010, 03:07 AM   #37
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I am prescribed 180 percocets per month. My mom and pop pharmacist always counts them for customers. This particular time he brought out a bottle that was unopened that had 100 in it then he took another bottle with 100 and took out 20. He usually pours the leftover 80 from the second bottle into mine. However, this time he poured the 20 into mine and put it in my bag and handed it to me. He was on the phone and talking to other employees all at the same time. I did not realize what had happened til I got home and counted. I immediately called back and he informed me they never make mistakes. I tried to calmly tell him I did not think he did it on purpose but anyone can make a mistake. All I asked him to do was count his inventory. He said he would, however it has been four weeks, I have been out of meds for a week and he says he still has not finished his count. I feel like I am just screwed. It totally ticks me off that my insurance was billed for 180 but I was only given 120. Is there any agency I can call to report this and how can his inventory not be off? I am so upet about this and feel so helpless.
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Yes, you can report it to the Board of Pharmacy in your state.

They will investigate it as possible diversion.
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Unread 07-11-2010, 10:35 AM   #39
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I have come up short every other refill on my percocet 10-325 qty. 240 count.
I would be short 4-6 per refill. I changed pharmacy after this happen to me 6 times and no long have this problem.

When I brought this problem up to the manager at the old pharmacy she said that this has never happen that I must have miscounted. As I told her this was happening every other refill and it was the same pharmacist shorting me refills. All the other refills that were not short were done by other pharmacist. I was not very pleased with the way the manager handle this problem kind of saying that I was wrong not them. My video taping showing opening a sealed bag and then opening the pill container and counting out the pills which came up short was not enough evidence for her. I will not name the store chain but this is a national chain.

I told my wife this pharmacist filling thousand of scrips a day shorting 2 pills here 6 pills there many times a day can add up to making a couple grand a day on the side all at our expense causing our meds to be such a high price.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 10:04 PM   #40
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Since I quit getting meds filled at local Walmart I havent had any problems except when I was going to change from Walgreens to USave drug store, had called USave and asked for prices on my meds I was given one price but when I got them filled the price was more than 2.5 what I had been told it would be. I refused to take them and went back down to Walgreens after finding out that my prescriptions had been "transferred" they had me speak w/pharmacist and he called doc and got new scripts and gave me better pricing on all of my meds.
My ordeal with Walmart was they actually filled my prescription with 3 different meds in the same bottle and when I took them back in come to find out none of the meds in my bottle of BP medicine was even a BP med. So needless to say that was the last time I got meds filled there and I got home and reported them. I know loosing my business didnt hurt them in the least but it was the last straw after being shorted on several occasions.
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