BC Prescription Held Hostage
Noting that it had been about a year (and that my BC prescription was running out) I called my doctor last month to schedule my yearly exam. They didn’t have any availability for physicals until October, so I marked my calendar and went off on vacation for nearly 2 weeks..
This week I realized I needed a refill before my appointment, and since I’d been able to do this in the past, I assumed that it would be no problem. I called the doctor’s office Monday morning, and they said to have the pharmacy call/fax. I called the pharmacy, who later called me back to say they couldn’t refill it because “your doctor needs to see you.”
Frustrated, I called my doctors office, and spoke to a receptionist who decided to try to “squeeze me in” a little bit sooner. But I need my prescription in two days! I don’t really even have time to come in in the next day or two! She searched the schedule for awhile and I interrupted. “I’m planning on coming in for my annual physical. I scheduled it weeks ago. But is it possible to get a refill, even just for 2 months, so I can continue my prescription in the mean time?” She finally was on the same page as me, and agreed to leave a note for the doctor. I have to follow up today to make sure everything goes through. I do NOT want to stop/start BC necessarily – the hormones drove me nuts the first time I switched!
I’m really irritated about this. My yearly appointment really has nothing to do with checking how my BC is going – it’s just good practice to go in every year. Yet I felt like they were holding my BC prescription hostage in order to ensure that I came in. It annoys me even more since I was already PLANNING on coming in, they were the ones who had limited availability!
You can get the morning after pill over the counter without a prescription (or so I hear!), yet they make it so difficult for me to get 2 months of birth control which I’ve used for 2 years, without an appointment? Ridiculous!