Prescription medications can be an important part of your plan of care. To use your medications safely and effectively, follow a few simple suggestions.
Please bring all your pill bottles with you to each appointment so that we can verify the names and doses of your drugs, their expiration dates and number of refills available. Keep all medications in accurately labeled bottles or containers.
If your drug plan sent you a list of allowable drugs (a "formulary") please bring it to each office visit.
We want to refill at your office visit any prescriptions that will expire before your next scheduled visit. (Bringing your pill bottles helps us to determine which medications need refills).
If you must call the office to refill a prescription that expired between visits, you must call during normal business hours, and you must allow 48 hours for the physician to review your medical record and provide the prescription.
Depending on your drug plan and the drug, your prescription may be faxed directly to the pharmacy, or you may need to pick-up the prescription at the office.
Controlled substances (narcotics, sedatives, stimulants and the like) require special handling. Refills are not permitted by law.
All prescriptions for controlled substances must be picked up in person at our office by the person for whom they are prescribed, or by their designated health care proxy. No more than three monthly prescriptions are issued without having had an office visit. New York State law now requires us to monitor your use of controlled substances through their statewide controlled substances data base. The time and amount of documentation now needed in conjunction with controlled substance prescription is extensive. To compensate, we must charge a two dollar fee for each controlled substance prescription that we fill in between office visits. Additionally, to comply with NYS regulations, patients who use controlled substances for more than two months will periodically need to have drug tests performed in our office. We understand that these procedures may be inconvenient. New York State has, however, recognized the possibly serious implications surrounding the use of controlled substances and has placed stricter controls on the prescription of these drugs.
Community Care Physicians are not permitted to provide prescriptions for controlled substances by telephone.