With 68 pharmacy robberies during the first five months of 2015, Indiana has twice as many pharmacy robberies as California and more than five times more than Texas. In 2014, Indiana had 78 pharmacy robberies.
So far in 2015.. there has been more robberies in Indiana than the NEXT TWO STATES
Pence and Zoeller are running for re-election this November and on TV Pence’s campaign ads are focused on all the new jobs that have been created in Indiana during his first term. Apparently robbing pharmacies is a pretty profitable business… since it would appear that most robberies were done by DIVERTERS… that have a business plan. Besides any business that has a ZERO COST of product acquisition should be able to make a good profit.
This is the front page of a brochure that I received from our Medicare Part D program. All providers involved with Medicare are now subject to a STAR RATING SYSTEM.. If you are unhappy with your provider of services covered by Medicare and you don’t complain… they will continue to get HIGH RATINGS… if pts complain.. Medicare are suppose to take action and if enough complaints are filed… it is suppose to affect the reimbursements that the provider receives for services provided to ALL PATIENTS.
Silver Script is the second or third largest Part D provider.. so other Part D providers (PDP) may be sending out similar brochures. On the front page of this brochure they state:
We’re committed to working with you, your doctor and your Pharmacist to help you stay adherent to your medication
So if anyone from your PDP, doctor, pharmacist is involved with you – as a patient – interferes or hinders you being complaint with your necessary medication for your chronic disease… Medicare would appear to like to hear about how your proper care was interfered with.. That can be done at www.medicare.gov (800 MEDICARE) of if you believe that you where discriminated against under the Americans with Disability Act… you should contact the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of Health and Human Services ( HHS) 800.447.8477
If you are treated poorly, denied care and you say NOTHING.. they will keep their high star rating and they will continue to not provide the care that patients are entitled to
When you take away chronic pain pts’ necessary medication… they seek alternatives… not knowing what they are doing… they OVERDOSE… of course, when you talk to someone who runs an addiction facility… properly treating a pt’s chronic pain with opiates… is not an option.
Have you ever had someone tell you that you must do something or can’t do something only to find out later that they lied to you… but.. it was a area that your knowledge was rather limited and could not call them out at the time ?
It has been reported that Walgreen’s computer system and corporate policies allow a single Pharmacist to BLACK BALL a pt in their system and all Walgreen Pharmacists through out their 8500 stores are required to honor that BLACK BALL and that the only person that can remove that BLACK BALL FLAG is the Pharmacist first entered it.
Some chain stores will chose to BLACK BALL a single or group of prescribers and either direct their Pharmacists to reject all prescriptions from those prescribers or just all controlled medications from those prescribers.
I have been told of some rather inventive “reasons/excuses” why a Pharmacist cannot fill a prescription. I have even had stories related where when the Pharmacist was challenged latter by upper management… could not remember what was said, done or lied about what was said or done. One recent story, the Pharmacist stated that phone calls were made and when the corporation reviewed its phone records, no phone calls had been made to the number(s) the Pharmacist stated was made.
Some Boards of Pharmacy or corporate management may consider lying to pts unprofessional conduct. If you don’t have a video/audio recording of what was said/done… how are you going to prove it. There is a saying in “medicine” … “.. if it is not documented.. it did not happen …”
There are a dozen states that have “two-party” recording laws…but.. those states the laws were written when land-lines were the primary means of private communication. Who believes that standing at the Rx dept register has any hopes of privacy ? Besides, if you notice there are dozens of video cameras watching/recording your ever move in just about every retail outlet.
Remember… there is a WAR ON DRUGS going on since 1970 and those pts that have a valid medical need for controlled medications have become collateral damage of this war. Being a passive patient, will only assure that you will get “taken out”.