Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What does within 72 hours mean? I have a partial prescription for vicodin and they gave me a partial. Can?

I pick it up the next day? Or does it have to be 72 hours?
When you are dealing with controlled substances, like the hydrocodone in Vicodin, the pharmacy is limited on the time that they can make changes in the prescription's record. This is due to inventory related regulations by the DEA. If you don't pick it up within 72 hours, they may not be able to give you the rest of the prescription. Double check with your pharmacy, but if you don't pick it up in that time frame you might not get the remainder at all.
"Within 72 hours" means any time between right now and 72 hours (3 days) from now.So, if you're told "within 72 hours" and it's noon on March 27, you have until 11:59 on March 30.Now, I have no idea if they'll have it READY within 72 hours or if that's the expiration of the period in which you need to pick it up. If it's the first one, they might have it ready in an hour... or it might take 3 days. If it's the second one, it means that you can go right now (or tomorrow) as long as it's picked up by the end of the 72 hours period.
You should be able to pick it up the next day. Call the pharmacy first. The 72 hours means they have that long to fill the script.
That means the prescription will be available to you no later than 72 hours from when the partial was issued.
It probably means that they ran out of the vicodin and only gave you a partial prescription. The rest will be ready within 72 hours - if not sooner - but it will not run out after that time!Prescriptions are good for 6 months after a physician writes them, the pharmacy can not dictate when one will run out or not!

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