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    Default Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    I have a problem. I am in CA and my regular doctor is in AZ. I am out of pills in a few days and I need to remain here in CA through the coming weekend.

    Twice before I have gone to same doctor here in CA and gotten him to help me iwth "emergency refills", but this time I called him and he said the rules have changed. He said it IS possible for my AZ doc to phone a script in to a pharmacy here in CA, but he cannot give me a script because the DEA no longer allows doctors to do that. I would have to transfer to him, but I can't because I am not a resident here.

    Is he right - have the rules changed? Otherwise I will be flying home roundtrip just to get a prescription this week, not a fun or cheap idea.

    I can't call & ask my doctor today because he is only in his office a few days/week. Does anyone know?

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    Call the pharmacy. They can probably tell you definitively.

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    during active addiction...i had a doc call a script across state lines. this was about 5 years ago. things may have changed.

    the better option is above...as mentioned by freakedout. stop being a slave to scripts.

    just a thought. i know how terrifying it is to run out....sucks. sucks to be a slave to medication.

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    Yes, call the pharmacy. I've always been told it was verboten. Especially for a narcotic.
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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    You could have ur dr call in a script, then have the pharmacy overnite it 2 u. I was in ca may of this year and my pharmacy shipped my subs from louisiana. Its a little costly, but i was going 2 stay another month. Or u mite cld have ur dr call n a script 2 a pharmacy and have it transfd 2 the same pharmacy in Ca. Walgreens will do this sometimes. They can pull it on their computer. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    I know in LTC the rules this yr changed dramaticly. No more T/o to nurse for narotics. The pharmacy has to recieve the written rx from MD for specific # of pill, instruction. We no longer could take out first dose from pix. It was a mess till we got the hang of it.. They have cracked down but I am pretty sure the Md can call in an emergency dose for small amt. Not sure about crossing state line.

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    Yes, I will let you know.

    I have a doc in AZ who has always told me it can't be done. So, I have a backup doc in CA who I have gone to twice, but they never established me as a patient. I just called the latter and they said "well, your doctor can call in script script from AZ, we do it cross-state all the time, things have really changed with sub and they're watching us like a hawk. We can't just write you a one-time script anymore."

    Okay....

    So, I will call my doc in AZ soon and see. Meanwhile I found another Doc here in CA who wil take me wednesday, but I am not sure I wouldn't rather fly back to my doc and get a sure thing. If anything goes wrong with my new doc I would be stuck and out of luck. I do have to be in CA this weekend however, so if I fly back I have to come right back to CA right away.

    It does suck to be a slave to addicitions, I agree. Strangely enough, I am the most productive person I know with a full-time job. I have a lot of people counting on me for continued financial and emotional support, and bupe us my crutch. I would love nothing more than to be able to quit my job and spend a year getting clean, but it isn't in the cards right now.

    I know ALL the downsides to it. It doesn't even make me feel better these days. I have been on it for over 6 years now.

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    HERE IS YOUR ANSWER...

    You requested I give the end result so here I am. I also appreciate it when people do this.

    The answer is that YES - a sub doctor can now call in a presecription across state lines. And in fact you do not have to see a bupe a doctor once a month any more - they can call in refills every few months - that saves on doctor visits, as long as they believe you are a trustworthy patient.

    ALL OF THESE RULES ARE ALWAYS UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL DOCTOR.

    It turns out is was just MY doctor in AZ who is so strict. I asked him and he still would not phone in a prescription for me. In fact his PA told me he will never even phone in a script locally.

    I was lucky to find a different CA doc who wrote me a new script so I did not have to fly to AZ. I saw him today. I also am trying the new gel instead of the pills now.

    This new doc told me he can phone in refills for me - even across state lines in emergencies. He did mention there are some states, mostly back east (he mentioned MASS.) that do not allow this, but most do. The key, he said, is that bupe is a schedule 2 drug, not 3, so those are the rules they go by.

    Just a note about me - I don't want to sound like this is a wonderful lifestyle. I guess I would be a model bupe patient - six years, no relapses or dirty urines - off of street drugs since 1988. I maintain a steady job, etc. But I would love to be off of this stuff. I am just a little relieved they seem to be making the rules a little looser lately.

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    One last thing - this new doc gave me a card for an organization that is supposed to help people in situations like mine (stuck in a strange city away from your doc).

    Here to Help: heretohelpprogram.com 866-973-4373. I know NOTHING about this organization so if this is bad information feel free to say whatever you want.

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    Mfn
    Glad things worked out and thank you for sharing the information.

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    Default Re: Can a doc call in a script across state lines?

    The "heretohelp" site is given to all patients that are starting on Suboxone now. Out here anyway. If you don't sign up for it, they notify the doctor and I guess to them it looks "fishy".
    Glad it worked out for you!
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