Post-dating perscription OhHeyAlan Is it legal for pdoc's to post date scripts? My doc was gonna do it once, too. And the RX had a "when to be filled" line on it. I see the psychiatrist every 3 months for med management, he then gives me 3 scripts, one to be filled that day and then the other 2 are dated 30 days and then 60 days later. Prescriptions for controlled substances expire after 30 days too, in NYS.
Doctors can get in trouble if someone tries to fill a postdated script. Is post-dating of multiple prescriptions allowed? Federal regulations have always required that all prescriptions for controlled substances "be dated as of, and signed on, the day when issued. My psychiatrist does the same thing because I used to use the mail-order service through my insurance which allowed me to order a 3 month supply.
I don't have insurance anymore so now he writes me 3 scripts so I only have to pay for visits quarterly. I've gone to him for over 7 years though, and I have a very good relationship with him. I'm not sure all docs are willing to do this OhHeyAlan , That's what I thought. Is it possible to have a post-dated perscription for Adderall filled 2 days early?
This should not be even remotely possible, unless you get a pharmacy clerk that is really,really bad at his job but then it is just as likely you will find a strong sedative instead of adderall in your bottle. They do have to input into the system the date when the prescription was issued to ensure that the prescription falls within the day window , and the computer should tell them they are trying to enter a date that's in the future.
However in the majority of cases, the best case scenario is that a clerk assumes that the doctor might have made a mistake or is understanding enough that they will tell you to come back in 2 days, worst case scenario they actually report the doctor to the DEA in which case they might actually suspend his DEA number and then the Dr.
Do not even attempt it, you can wait 2 days. The only legal limit up here is the guidance imposed on the doctors by thier own college, which is essentially not to prescribe for a greater period than best practice indicates.
If my doctor finds my condition to be stable and unlikely to change, she can prescribe for a year at a time. For the American's, my question based on Kolaborators cite is this. If I get the gist of the law, it seems to be a problem getting dispensed more than a 30 day supply. However, is it a federal or state law to limit the individual prescription to a 30 day supply? If I'm sounding daft, what I'm wondering is this. Since so many people mention post dated scripts despite the cite suggesting it's illegal, I'm wondering if the working solution the doctors and pharmacists use is a single prescription, dispenced in 30 day increments.
In those states that require a seperate paper copy, the pharmacy could be recording one prescription number, with two follow-up authorizations from the doctor. The combined effect of these multiple prescriptions is to allow the patient to receive, over time, up to a day supply of that controlled substance. It changed back around , because I had to go every month, and then all of a sudden it switched to every 3 months due to a new law. Perhaps the reason was NY doesn't allow this to happen.
YES, but one needs to be careful. As you said, it does depend on the state regulations and this only works if and only if in your state, the prescriptions are valid for longer than 30 days.
In New York, they expire so you will not be able to do that. Also, this is not the same as getting 3 postdated scripts, with the dates being a month apart, because that is actually illegal under federal regulation 21 CFR These prescriptions are not postdated at least they should not be , they have a "do not fill until" date instead, and are closer to a prescription for a 90 day supply, than a postdated one.
However local pharmacies will not fill a 90 script for any Sched IIs, and when I got mine I had to send it to another state which actually ended up being a big deal on its own because at first they lost it.
The whole thing is a big catch and a perfectly valid prescription in one state can be invalid in another, and following federal guidelines can can still interfere with state laws. Here you can find a great explanation of what happened in , , and what is allowed today. It is a good read, because Utah appears to be even stricter than NY, in such that getting day supply, even from another state, is strictly forbidden.
However, do not get me wrong, doctors are human beings and because there are basically idiotic and contradicting state and federal regulations, and patients, unlike most doctors, are not made of money, they will still issue postdated scripts if they trust the patient.
I get 2 scripts every 2 months in NY, because I can get one refill for zolpidem on the script itself, and the doctor understands that it would be a hardship for me to take an extra day off just to get that one script. Your doctor appears to actually be doing this, even though according to this http: It's a state law. Some states allow for 90 day fills of Scheduled prescriptions.
Now, I have friends in New Jersey who can only get 30 day supply of their medications. Post dated prescriptions are illegal. However, at least in Texas a doctor can write a prescription on November 10, and specify "do not fill before November like Kolaborator explained. The kicker here is that the prescription has to be filled within 21 days from when the prescription was written and dated--not when it's valid to be filled. Pharmacies here in Texas don't have problems with filling 90 day CII prescriptions.
Each state's law vary to some degree. Also, as Kolaborator pointed out, some states will not fill CII prescriptions from other states. It just depends on state law. Basically, if there are no federal guidelines, the law is deferred to the individual state. If federal guidelines are in place then state law can't supersede federal law. Each state has it's own guidelines. My old doctor was the one who post dated stuff i thought everyone did this I enjoyed him as a dr, but he was clearly breaking a lot of rules!
OhHeyAlan Could it be legal in Alabama?