Thread: How long is a prescription good for before it can't be filled anymore?

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    How long is a prescription good for before it can't be filled anymore? 
    Bluelighter sweethome's Avatar
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    Oct 2008
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    I've read quite a few pharmacy-related questions in this thread so I'm posting it here. However, mods: If this can be handled better elsewhere, please shift.

    This is actually a hypothetical (it really is) question that I've been wondering for quite awhile now.

    Let's say I see my doc today and get a hand-written prescription. What if I forget to fill the prescription because I already have enough of that medication from the last time I visited the doc.
    If I stumble across the written prescription in six months, can I take it to the drug store and have it filled still? What about a year down the road?
    When is a script too old to be filled?

    Does this change when the medications are scheduled? Does it even matter?
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    Bluelighter Mr Blonde's Avatar
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    Prescription related questions don't go in OD; this should go either in your regional forum or legal discussion. I'll try this in North & South American Drug Discussion first, mods do as you see best.

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    Greenlighter SL0DR0's Avatar
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    i dunno about having a written a rx for something,
    but i had a prescription ambien cr at cvs with 5 refills, and it had been about 4 months since i filled it and i called the other day and the pharamacist said the prescriptiojn had expired. i asked why sincei had 4 or 5 refills on it!!?
    he said they expire after 4 months of inactivity.
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    Bluelight Crew ~*geNeRaTiOn E*~'s Avatar
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    they are usually voided after 4-6 mos
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    Greenlighter schneidly76's Avatar
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    I was told at wallgreens that they are good for one year from the date the script was written. But maybe that is not for controlled class scripts. IDK
    Last edited by schneidly76; 28-04-2009 at 16:42. Reason: left out a word
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