i am a disabled, single dad of a 12 yr old boy and a daughter 16. in 2003 i was injured in a motor vehicle, work related accident.
i had several serious injuries. from2003 to 2008 i had 6 surgeries. permanent post concussive migraines, surgery to my wrist, both hands, neck, shoulder and elbow. my job would not accept me back at work permanently injured.
i was a 23 yr empolyee of ups. 6 and 1/2 yrs from full retirement. in short from 03 to 05 i was taking heavy narcotics along with 4 other meds.addicted i turned to suboxone tablets. which were a life saver, along with my dr.femino.
in 2011 i transfeered to suboxone film, which seemed to be stronger and better absorbed. the problem is it began to give me headaches. having chronic migraines this was unwelcomed. my doctor in dec 2011 transfeered me to buprenorphine tablets(generic subutex).
on dec 30 i went to walmart rx in north kingston ri to fill script. from the outset iwas not treated like a regular customer. the reason i chose walmart was price, 40% cheaper than most pharmacies. i was told by pharmacist this dose was too high, i asked if he was questioning my doctors medical degree.
in fall of 2011 i had taken 56 mg per day to battle pain and migraine. in oct. i actually reduced to 48 mg under dr, direction. the pharmacist said he needed to call my dr.
to approve the script. it was sat. and he was closed. all of this discussion between him and i was in the open with other customers listening.
i told him to call my former pharmacy to vrify the suboxone amount i was taking. he refused. i also told him i was disabled, my surgery history etc... in person his judgment of me was predgidicial.he openly discussed my script and situation out loud and in front of other customers.
i was treated like a drug addict. after 90 mins. my doctor called verifying the amount, the script and my condition. this is first time i ever filled at walmart.
after this he proceeded to call insurance company for his own reasons, undermining my doctors approval. he was a perfect example of the treatment of people who need pain medication. bupanorphine is used to teat opiate addiction. it also treats pain without all the stigma and side effects of conventional opiates.
my former pharmacist was trained on the dispensing of bupanophrine, suboxone and subutex. he told me the insurance company refused to fill because i fill suboxone 10 days earlier. again i explained as my doctor did that suboxone film was causing me headaches. in hindsight he never ran the refill through insurance for bup.
i called ins company and they said no one tried to fill bup. at walmart. he lied. they said it would have filled because it was a different drug.
pharmacist told me to come back on th 10 th of jan. finish my suboxone. again i told him it given me headaches, i all ready get migraines. at this point people may say go to another pharmacy or your old one where i was treated with respect and dignity.
where my health was not discussed out in the open with an audience. my insurance also suggested i go some place else. the problem is the script is double the price at other pharmacies, that day i took my script to rite aid they filled it in 10 minutes, the only problem was my co pay was 140.00 instead of 60.00. when i reported this to my doctor he was very upset.
we have a history going back to 2003. walmart violated my hippa rights, prejudged and was pedgidous against me. the pharmacist overstepped the spectrum of his duties as a pharmacist. i was embarassed and hurt.
he played doctor, judge , jury and lied never trying to run through my script. he told me to return on the 10 th of jan. to fill bup.
at that date i all read would be out of suboxone for 2 days. he said finish suboxone
Monetary Loss: $327.