Sorry for the long post...
Went to fill my generic (Paddock 200mg/ml) 1mlx4 prescription two weeks ago and they only had two bottles. It's happened a lot, and I've read that a lot of you have had issues with getting the generic as well.
So I go last night and try I get two more bottles to finish out the month. They only have one. Won't break it up into smaller increments and give me that one.
Pharmacist says that I should just get my doc to okay a 10ml vial and then they could get insurance to authorize it and give me one of those when that was all they had available. She faxes something over to my doc.
The doc's nurse calls them today and authorizes it and a different pharmacist tells her they won't do that, won't even try to run it through insurance, and says its only good for 28 days and they can't give me more than that.
I called my insurance and they said just have the doc write the prescription for "10ml as one month supply" and they can cover it. This is the way my HCG is. They only have a 10,000iu vial and it's only good for 60 days, so I use what I need and them chunk the rest.
The lady at Walmart won't even try to run it. Even if my insurance says cool and my doc says cool. She says I can't have a 10ml vial and use only 4ml and discard. She says I can't use the 10ml longer than 28 days.
Walgreens pharmacist says it doesn't say anywhere on the bottle that it can't be used longer than 28 days. In fact, the 1ml vials they give me aren't supposed to be for multiple draws, so they are already going against manufacturer's directions in that case.
Since I can't get a 1ml vial on a consistent basis, is the pharmacist right to not try to get me the 10ml vial? Anyone else get prescribed 10ml vials? If so, do you go past 28 days or do you refill monthly? If you have specific places that don't give you trouble, please tell me.
I just buy the 10 ml from rite aid for $88 no insurance. Its much easier and you get a 20 week supply. Comes out to be $22 a month no hassle. .
I am not a medical Dr, please keep in mind that this answer is for information purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace sound medical advice from your physician or health care provider.
And so you guys have no issues with this "multi use vial being good for only 28 days" thing? I've never heard that until yesterday. They acted like it was no good after a month!
Also, do I need to get the doc to write the prescription a specific way for 10ml vials only in order to buy it without involving insurance or will the pharmacy give me whichever one I want?
You only need your doctor to write your Rx for the 10mL vial in my experience. If you don't want to involve insurance, just say so when picking it up. I do this when using goodRx.
There is documentation from the CDC and others saying multidose vials should be discarded after a month due to possible bacterial contamination. It is safe to use for longer than 28 days, however.