Hippa question

by Nicole
(Peachtree city ga)

I recently left the country for 13 days. I requested a 2 day early supply of Ultram. This is the only controlled medication I take and the first time I asked for it early. The pharmacist refused to call my insurance to get a vacation over ride and called my doctor and suggested I was a drug seeker. Several days later, my Husband came home 2 days prior to me and picked up my seizure medication so I oiled have it when I arrived home. Her staff asked him if I was really out of town. They accused me of lying and that I had filled a medication too soon. Over 10 people heard. My Husband was speechless. He felt as if he was being scolded to something I deserved to do. It was none of their business where I was. I had to to move pharmacies. Do I have repercussions? Is this a Hippa violation?

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Dec 29, 2019
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No, I wouldn’t consider this a HIPPA Violation
by: David

If you weren’t out of the country, then it was the pharmacy’s business where you were. I can’t imagine you deciding to switch pharmacies if this issue could have been resolved honestly.

Actually, it is up to the pharmacy if they want to call insurance companies for early fill overrides.

Controlled substance abuse is a real problem in the US, including the opioid epidemic which we hear about every day on the news. While Tramadol isn’t an opioid, it still is a controlled substance.

Pharmacists have to work with prescribers to combat the opioid epidemic as well as controlled substance abuse.

Many prescribers require something called a narcotic contract when you agree to be treated by them. This is becoming a standard practice now. They require you to only use one pharmacy and to in effect coordinate care with them. If this narcotic contract is broken, the provider can terminate treatment and you have to find a new provider if you wish to continue narcotic treatment.

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