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Pharmacies should wait for patient permission

A New York audit found 325,000 errors and

A New York audit found 325,000 errors and inconsistencies in prescriptions filled for painkillers. (Nov. 21, 2012) Credit: Bluestocking


It’s really great that doctors are doing away with paper prescriptions, but I do find one problem with the plan [“Rx directions: Goodbye!” News, Feb. 28].

A number of times, my doctor has sent my yearly prescription to the pharmacy. The pharmacy has filled the prescription right away in its entirety, and has called to say I owe them $300 or $400.

Pharmacies should be told not to fill the prescriptions until the patient calls for them. Some of the pharmacies don’t use any sense.

Angela Barchi, Westbury