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i tried to get my birth control prescription a couple days earlier than i usually do (i somehow lost a couple pills, i'm sure i didn't double up because I'm very vigilant about filling my pill box properly), and they refused me, and i thought it was odd. i understand for controlled substances and meds you can easily O.D. on or abuse, but having two or three extra BC pills doesn't seem to be that outrageous.

i've read online there's a 2 day early refill policy for controlled substances, which seems fair, though i've never tested that personally. what are your experiences?

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I use a small family-owned pharmacy, been going there 13 years, they know me well. Typically they won't refill until 7 days before it's due. I haven't actually had the situation of needing to refill before that, but if I am out of meds, like over a weekend and I hadn't gotten them filled, they will front me 2 or 3 days worth til I can get a new script. 

Personally, I don't think you get that type of service at big box pharmacies.

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14 minutes ago, Rabbit37 said:

Personally, I don't think you get that type of service at big box pharmacies.

i don't even think we have independent pharmacies where i live, and if so, there's certainly not one anywhere near me. my pharmacy offers a lot of great services, though, and i generally love it (phone notifications, online health record, online and text refills, delivery to my home, reminders about prescriptions, direct line to the pharmacist on call, online and mobile integrated tracking of diabetes, blood pressure, weight, etc.). my family doctor also can view and get updates on all that virtually, as well.

they would certainly not front medication, though, in QC pharmacists are allowed to dispense and extend certain medications (typically for minor health issues) without pre-approval from doctors.

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I use a small pharmacy too. They are pretty good about early refills. They even let me fill my Ritalin (controlled substance) quite a few days early so that I could consolidate all my meds on one day and not have to make multiple trips to the pharmacy. They know me by name, and they never make mistakes (which is unlike a big box store I used to use).

So to answer your question, probably 6 or 7 days. I say that because that's what many or most insurances allow.

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47 minutes ago, sbdivemaster said:

Costco.  Dirt cheap prices.  Never had any problem getting a refill anytime I want.  2 months... 3 months... 4 months...  doesn't matter.  They just fill it, no questions asked.

do you mean 4 months worth of a prescription in advance? :o

the prices for drugs are regulated here, so they cost the same at each pharmacy.

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I use a small pharmacy too. They are pretty good about early refills. They even let me fill my Ritalin (controlled substance) quite a few days early so that I could consolidate all my meds on one day and not have to make multiple trips to the pharmacy. They know me by name, and they never make mistakes (which is unlike a big box store I used to use)

@jt07 that's one thing that sucks about my pharmacy, the pharmacists and technicians are on rotation, so its not likely that many remember me even though i've been going there at least a couple times a month for years. 

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One week ahead of time (From the day you picked up) and 2 days for things like Adderall and they are firm on those numbers.  On 90 days at a previous place I went to it was 14 days.  I don't know on the Adderall.  And my pharmacy is pretty great.  If your doctor needs to write a new script and your out?  They will front you a couple pills and they send a rush fax to the doctors office which seems to work.

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I can also get a 3-month supply at once and that will refill about 2 weeks earlier.  Forgot about that.

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they send a rush fax to the doctors office which seems to work.

Whenever prescriptions are needing refills on them, the pharmacy will automatically send something to the DRs office also, and works for me too. 

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Also go to a small pharmacy which happens to be across the street from the big box one.  I love this pharmacy. They are so nice and informed.

Usually I can renew 5 days ahead of time, for everything. Fiorinal as well, which is I believe considered a controlled substance. 
I try to do this as often as possible to build a emergency supply for when my meds go on hiatus (Aplenzin) and if I get stuck somewhere.

Most of the seniors go to the little pharmacy. The big box pharm and the little guy pharm do work together at times. I've seen both send out to the other for missing meds.

Best of all, the pharmacists and the lady at the counter ALL know me and hubs. They will deliver meds when needed and they always give us some if we need and the scrips are on the way.

Only bit of not so great comment on the little pharm is everyone there knows what I am taking because the ladies at the counter have BIG VOICES. It doesn;t really matter but I get embarrassed.

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