Every effort is made by our office to insure patients have an adequate supply of prescribed medications. If your child is on a new medication or a new dose of a medication we always request you call the office with a medication update. This is important for us to know what is working and what changes need to be made. The medication update process is how your medication gets refilled when it is a new medication or a medication change. Refill requests should be made during regular office hours Mon-Thurs.
We electronically prescribe all medications including controlled substances. This means in most cases a handwritten prescription is no longer necessary even for stimulant medications. Rarely, a pharmacy may not accept an electronic prescription in which case a paper prescription will be provided.
During the initial phases of medication adjustment, parents may need to trial different dosages and different medications requiring more frequent prescriptions than when a medication has been adjusted and stabilized. Due to the tightly controlled nature of certain medications it is important that parents keep track of their supply and store medications properly. In the event prescriptions or medications have been lost or misplaced, these events will be documented and monitored.
Repeated requests for replacement prescriptions may require additional documentation. There may be instances where we require that medications are prescribed on a monthly basis. This policy protects families from possible illegal diversion of prescribed medications and allows the safest possible use of controlled medications. There are also cases where we may refer you back to your primary care physician for refills and chronic care once your child/teen is stable.