Over the past couple of years I moved and stopped seeing my endo. In my new city, I picked up with a new primary care doctor who, upon first visit, told me that he's a diabetes expert too. So great, I thought, my one-stop shop.
Here's my grave mistake -- I didn't pay close enough attention to my prescriptions from my former endo, and they recently ran out. Dumb, dumb dumb. At first, I thought it would be no problem to transfer to my new doc. Now here's where I get confused.
They asked for the current prescription information. I call my pharmacy and they are extremely unhelpful (Safeway...ugh). The pharmacist just told me vaguely what they were, and couldn't send them anywhere.
My new doc tells me to get them from my endo. I have that done, and of course, it takes a few tries because apparently our health care industry is still stuck on fax machines. After they finally get it, my new doc breaks the news that they don't feel comfortable managing my prescriptions and I should get a new endo.
I book an appointment with this new endo for two months out.
They give me a temporary prescription after several more phone calls, and despite having the information, they didn't fill it correctly and I have to eat an extra $120 because it was filled for a supply period that was twice as long as it should have been. I had to take the supplies or I would have run out right then and there.
Now, I am just about out of test strips. I still have a month until I can get an endo to write my correct prescription. I call my doctor's office again to get a refill of test strips, and they fill it for what would last me halfway until my appointment.
Does everyone here have an endo and a primary care physician? Is there such a thing as a one-stop shop? Is there some legal reason that my diabetes-trained PCP can't manage my prescriptions? Can I insist that he do? Should I look for another doctor and try this again?
And, I thought I knew my medication directions, but from this experience, I learned I also absolutely should know the quantity per days supply. Do you all just..know that? Does anyone have a recommendation as to exactly which information/format you should know about your prescriptions, just in case you need to tell a new doctor what they are?