I am in shock.
With the rampant drug problems we have in this country, the state government of Ohio has finally done something to resolve a perceived drug problem.
The problem is, the new law passed by the State of Ohio, has nothing to do will the selling of illegal drugs, the use of illegal drugs, or the crimes that result from these two things.
Oh no, in their semi-conscious state of belief that they had to pass some law before the end of the year, they voted that beginning January 1, 2011 it would be against the law to transfer prescriptions between pharmacies more than once a year.
Yup. You heard it here. Once a year folks.
Forget the incentives and discounts you might receive for switching pharmacies.
Forget the fact that you moved and your old pharmacy is 47 miles from where you now live.
Forget that your pharmacy is now open til 7 p.m. and you have three children who only get sick in the middle of the night.
Forget the fact that most pharmacies are electronic and prescriptions are transferred electronically. (shove that up your paperwork hole).
The government, who is the biggest creator of too much paperwork, has created a law because they believe that by transferring pharmacies, you, the patient cause too much paperwork.
The Ohio State Government believes that if a person transfers a prescription too many times they (the patient in this case) will eventually have problems.
Let me see if I can list a few of the problems with medications that don’t involve transferring prescriptions:
- They cost too damn much and many people can’t afford them.
- Not everyone has insurance, and some pharmacies simply sell the prescriptions for less.
- Generics are not always “as good as” the brand name no matter how many times we are told this.
- Generic medications may differ from one pharmacy to another.
- It’s not always the drug that gets you, it’s the inert binding ingredients used in the various generic medications that a patient often reacts to.
- Not every medication that is written is available at every pharmacy. Some medications have to be ordered from somewhere (outer Mongolia I suspect) and may not be available to you for up to a week.
- YOU, the patient, better know what you can and can not take. You can not rely on the physicians or the pharmacies to keep you from taking medications that you are allergic too or have adverse affects from.
- The electronic programs pharmacies use have only so many spaces to record your drug allergies. (I speak from experience here. They have no more space for me and my codes.)
- Those books of papers you get with every prescription are not written in English. The creators of these sheaves of paper have created a new language that can only be printed in 2.0 font, needs a secret spy decoder ring to understand, and is good for nothing but starting fires.
- You need to know if your meds will interact with each other. Not all meds play well with others.
- You need to know what you can eat when you take the meds.
- You need to know what you should not eat when you take the meds.
- You need to know if you should take your meds with food, or take them without food, or if you should flush them down the toilet, or bury them in a tin can in your back yard.
I would like, just once, to see a law enacted that actually did something about the drug problems patients have. Medications needed are outlawed. To get a drug to market costs so much money that the average patient can’t afford it once it’s available. If a medication adversely affects one in every 497 billion it is often deemed unsafe and may be pulled from the market. Forget the 496,999, 999 patients who were actually being helped.
If I sound a bit perturbed at the wasted time the government of the State of Ohio spent on this ludicrous law, you would be correct. I am a patient. I take 15 prescription medications a day. I think I should be the one who decides where my prescriptions are filled. Thank God I live in Florida.
These thoughts in this article are mine and mine alone though I am sure they are echoed by so many other patients.
From the life and mind of:
Wanda M. Argersinger
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