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    I am a 39 yr male, recently diagnosed with tethered cord syndrome. Also have low B12 and testosterone. My doctor started me on testosterone replacement but it has lowered my sperm count. Already had low sperm count and we are trying to get pregnant. Testosterone has dropped even farther so doc sends me to a Endocorinologist who after much testing found i have a problem with my putuitary gland. So the doc puts me on somthing called HGC, supposed to help raise my sperm levels as well as testosterone. So i go to the pharmacy and they say my insurance will not cover it. Contact insurance the next day and they say no problem. Go back to the pharmacy and they say they cant sell the drug????? What??? I thought that was what pharmacies did?? So apparently i have to go to the other pharmacy that is a compounding pharmacy. So i get my prescription moved, go to the new pharmacy where they tell me....... we cant sell you that? Why???? They wont say, all they will say is they cant sell me this??? So what is the deal??? Why is it that I have a prescription from my doctor, approval from my insurance company, and the only 2 pharmacies in town are refusing to sell me this? What is it, some sort of crack cocaine mixed with morphine with a hint of meth?? So now i am not sure what i am supposed to do???
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    They won't sell it too you in my opinion because it's generally rx'd for females only. Although I have used in pct after steroid cycles myself; that maybe why they are refusing also.
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    have your doc call the pharms. one of them will fill it. or have him tell you where to go. if it is not available anywhere, then he needs to figure something out!
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    Call your Dr. They shouldn't refuse your script. hGC is precribed for your condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneekee View Post
    I am a 39 yr male, recently diagnosed with tethered cord syndrome. Also have low B12 and testosterone. My doctor started me on testosterone replacement but it has lowered my sperm count. Already had low sperm count and we are trying to get pregnant. Testosterone has dropped even farther so doc sends me to a Endocorinologist who after much testing found i have a problem with my putuitary gland. So the doc puts me on somthing called HGC, supposed to help raise my sperm levels as well as testosterone. So i go to the pharmacy and they say my insurance will not cover it. Contact insurance the next day and they say no problem. Go back to the pharmacy and they say they cant sell the drug????? What??? I thought that was what pharmacies did?? So apparently i have to go to the other pharmacy that is a compounding pharmacy. So i get my prescription moved, go to the new pharmacy where they tell me....... we cant sell you that? Why???? They wont say, all they will say is they cant sell me this??? So what is the deal??? Why is it that I have a prescription from my doctor, approval from my insurance company, and the only 2 pharmacies in town are refusing to sell me this? What is it, some sort of crack cocaine mixed with morphine with a hint of meth?? So now i am not sure what i am supposed to do???
    Call your doctor and ask them to phone it into the compounding pharmacy. That is probably the ONLY way you will get them to fill this.
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    As I understand it (and good chance I don't), a compounding pharmacy actually mixes up components in order to give you the final product. I think not all pharmacies have this ability.
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  7. I didn't realize a pharmacy could refuse to fill a prescription for someone. I would definitely check with your doctor about this.

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    I think it's just something too custom for your original pharmacy, and that you'll be fine once you switch to the compounding pharmacy.

    Compounding | Pharmacist FAQ | Pharmacy | Walgreens

    Question: Can you explain what compounding is and why you’d need it?

    Answer:Compounding is a process in which a pharmacist mixes certain drugs to either create a customized medication or a different drug delivery method suited to a patient’s unique needs.

    These are some examples of why compounding may be done:


    § A medication is no longer being manufactured.

    § A medication needs to be made without certain inactive ingredients such as preservatives, dyes, or binders for a patient who is allergic to these components.

    § A specific dosage strength is unavailable commercially for the patient (for example, for a child or infant).

    § Certain medications need to be combined, by the order of the physician.

    § The medication formulation needs to be changed for a patient’s needs, for example, from oral to topical (a cream, ointment, or patch) if a patient has trouble swallowing medication in pill or capsule form.

    § The taste of the medication needs to be improved; this is an option for certain antibiotics often prescribed for young children.
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    Pharmacists can refuse to fill any script they want. They have a little bit of a god complex.

    They're probably still pissed off because they weren't smart enough to get into med school

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    Also, hcg is a very common drug, so I doubt any reputable pharmacy wouldn't have it in stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longbaugh View Post
    Pharmacists can refuse to fill any script they want. They have a little bit of a god complex.

    They're probably still pissed off because they weren't smart enough to get into med school

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    Also, hcg is a very common drug, so I doubt any reputable pharmacy wouldn't have it in stock.
    You are from Canada -- have you ever had a pharmacist refuse to fill a valid prescription? If so, where and what was the reason? I've never, ever heard of this happening in Canada. Not with a valid script. Just curious.

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    I've had a pharmacist refuse to prescribe 50mg of Seroquel when I told him my doctor prescribed it for sleep purposes.

    I have had numerous pharmacists refuse to sell me tylenol 1's even though they are OTC, and I was practically on the verge of crying over my sinus pain.

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    Basically, the reason he gave was that he thought seroquel was a irresponsible choice for sleep purposes .
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    That is odd @Sneekee,

    I've never had a pharmacy refuse to fill any script in the USA.

    You might want to use a reputable online pharmacy for the medicine like drugstore.com

    I have heard that there has been a shortage of this drug at times, I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it.

    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowRoll View Post
    That is odd @Sneekee,

    I've never had a pharmacy refuse to fill any script in the USA.

    You might want to use a reputable online pharmacy for the medicine like drugstore.com

    I have heard that there has been a shortage of this drug at times, I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it.

    Good Luck!
    It is happening more and more. Some pharmacies are usuing the *SHORTAGE EXCUSE* to say no when they really can get and order the meds. They just choose NOT to.


    Like someone else said - it is their god complex.
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    It is happening more and more. Some pharmacies are usuing the *SHORTAGE EXCUSE* to say no when they really can get and order the meds. They just choose NOT to.
    @UGAgal, That's for sure. If it's a tightly controlled med, they have "special" ordering forms (hard copy and/or internet), that have to be confirmed in some way. I am friendly with 2 pharmacists (they order my 15 mg dex spansules and have known me for years) and even they have kept their lips zipped on anything about the actual procedure.

    OTOH, (sorry for the OT) but do you sometimes get the feeling that docs actually WANT patients to get their pain, steroid, etc meds from OPs so that there's no record of the doc writing the script? That way they can avoid the ire of the DEA, et al, especially because they know that most patients will never reveal that they're doing it. Unethical? You bet. But the game has changed in the past couple of years in the "practice" of medicine.

    @Sneekee: I hope you will be able to get your needed and legit Rx quickly. And I hope we get a message from you soon in blue or pink!

    What makes me really angry at the first pharmacy was why the douchebags there did not contact the doctor (they can do it after office hours - of course doctors are infamous for not returning calls at any time of the day), but chose to let you twist in the wind. Do you wish to identify the pharmacy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneekee View Post
    I am a 39 yr male, recently diagnosed with tethered cord syndrome. Also have low B12 and testosterone. My doctor started me on testosterone replacement but it has lowered my sperm count. Already had low sperm count and we are trying to get pregnant. Testosterone has dropped even farther so doc sends me to a Endocorinologist who after much testing found i have a problem with my putuitary gland. So the doc puts me on somthing called HGC, supposed to help raise my sperm levels as well as testosterone. So i go to the pharmacy and they say my insurance will not cover it. Contact insurance the next day and they say no problem. Go back to the pharmacy and they say they cant sell the drug????? What??? I thought that was what pharmacies did?? So apparently i have to go to the other pharmacy that is a compounding pharmacy. So i get my prescription moved, go to the new pharmacy where they tell me....... we cant sell you that? Why???? They wont say, all they will say is they cant sell me this??? So what is the deal??? Why is it that I have a prescription from my doctor, approval from my insurance company, and the only 2 pharmacies in town are refusing to sell me this? What is it, some sort of crack cocaine mixed with morphine with a hint of meth?? So now i am not sure what i am supposed to do???
    @Sneekee - call your states board of Pharmacology...all states have one...and ask them why. Also, if your insurance does not cover it...some pharmacy techs. construe that as, "you are not allowed to have it." when in fact you can...and just pay cash. Find out if they are denying the prescription, because insurance won't cover it...or if they just don't have the med. Also, call your states pharmacology board, as they should have a citizens help line. The pharmacology board is also the organization that manages the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidcr View Post
    As I understand it (and good chance I don't), a compounding pharmacy actually mixes up components in order to give you the final product. I think not all pharmacies have this ability.

    Compounding pharmacies/ists are specialists. .and actually what a real pharmacist is. What most people deal with are pill counters and prescription police at CVS. These guys are the real deal...and they help people, who have special needs...ie. terminal illnesses...and hospice.

    Quote Originally Posted by UGAgal View Post
    It is happening more and more. Some pharmacies are usuing the *SHORTAGE EXCUSE* to say no when they really can get and order the meds. They just choose NOT to.


    Like someone else said - it is their god complex.
    Go to Wallgreen's. They can and will get anything. Don't go to CVS...they suck.
    Last edited by Loubitan; 01-25-2012 at 12:26 PM.

  16. Thanks for all the replies. The problem is not with insurance, they have given the ok to get it filled. The first pharmacy CVS said they dont do compounding meds so i went to the other pharmacy that is a compounding pharmacy and they said they do not sell the drug??? After contacting the company that makes it I was told the drug is not sold for retail?? Any way my doctor is handling it now, hope to find out soon if i will get this med or not. After a little research i discovered this is beeing used as a diet drug, i suppose it may be getting abused or somthing and has gotten a bad rep and the phamacies dont want to fill it, just a guess. Thanks again.

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    This poster might have run into one of the more contentious subjects involving pharmacists and their rights regarding "refusal to fill" an apparently legitimate prescription.
    Most state Boards of Pharmacy (not "Pharmacology" @Loubitan ) give pharmacists the regulatory latitude to refuse to fill any script that they determine to be potentially adverse to other medications the patient is taking, the quantity written appears to be excessive or there is a concern that it was not written by a physician in a valid course of medical treatment (read: pill mill doctors). At times, the language may even refer to not filling a prescription that "is not in the best interests of the patient's health."
    In recent years, the issue of pharmacists refusing to dispense the "morning after" contraceptive pill because of moral or religious objections pushed this situation front and center. A few states drafted legislation requiring druggists to fill prescriptions no matter what. Others proposed laws allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill. National chains like Walgreens and CVS insisted they would fill any legitimate prescription in their stores.
    I honestly have no idea where the individual states' pharmacy regulators currently stand on the vagaries of refusal to fill. I've talked to pharmacists who insist they will only fill what they determine to be medically appropriate using the old "my license is on the line" explanation.
    The only remedy I'm aware of for the original poster (it's HCG not HGC, by the way) is to complain to his state pharmacy board and the regional office of the pharmacies if they are chains. While I personally have a serious problem with pharmacists overstepping their bounds like this, I would hope that the very least these two stores could've done is help the patient find an alternative location that would fill the script since they refused. Also, upon the first refusal, the poster should have called his doctor in front of the pharmacist and put them together on the phone. 99 times out of 100, that would fix the problem.


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