View Full Version : Are Controlled Substances on any of the Lists?

01-20-2009, 07:44 AM
Do not expect to find Controlled Substances on any of the $4 type discount lists. Although conrolled substances are a small number of the prescribed medications, these drugs have a potential for misuse and abuse and such use may lead to physical or psychological dependance. There are also laws that prohibit the advertisement of such drugs. Some of these drugs may be available at a discounted price but you will need to contact the pharmacy to verify pricing.

05-08-2009, 02:25 PM
Are you allowed to list those that "tend to be cheaper" ?

07-23-2009, 10:34 PM
While controlled substances are not found on any $4 generic pharmacy program, the out of pocket expenses for this class of drugs can be a economic hardship in difficult economic times.
I would likely be accurate to assume that pharmacies have excluded this class of drugs for fear that if included in a deeply discounted generic program it would only increase their exposure to patients who are addicted to these frequently abused class of pharmaceuticals. The danger is real and certain patients will attempt to acquire controlled substances by acts of fraud and deception.

Patients with chronic pain, anxiety, A.D.D, ADHD, and those diagnosed with sleep disorders will find that established therapy options often involve prescriptive drugs that are classified as a controlled substance.

The Medicare Part D Prescription Plans by design exclude certain controlled substances (Benzos) and require plan participants to pay full retail price. Prescriptive drugs in the Benzo group include both brand and generic drugs such as Xanax, Ativan, Tranxene, Valium, Librium, Restoril and Dalmane to name a few. The Part D Plans also exclude prescriptions that provide therapy for coughs or colds!

I have found it odd that some major pharmacy chains prohibit patients from joining their prescription savings clubs who are participants in a Medicare Part D Plan. These patients simply go to pharmacies where a $4 generic program may be found. This provides a dangerous situation that prevents systems from identifying possible drug interactions.

As a community pharmacist, I find that the unemployed, uninsured and Medicare Part D Plan participants find the prescription costs for controlled substances and non controlled products beyond their financial reach.

I have examined the benefits of various free prescription discount cards, and have endorsed a card that provides discounts up to 80% on generics. Controlled substances and Benzo drugs are not excluded. Patients are free to use this card at most pharmacies in their local area. No Limitations and no forms to complete.
The service allows any patient to price on line their prescription and locate their local participating pharmacy.

You are invited to visit my non profit heath care resource web site which was featured by The Greenville News, American Pharmaceutical Association, Drug Topics, and The Southern Law Monthly Journal.
If you are interested in the cost saving Free Prescription Discount Card or other prescription savings programs, It can be easily found at www.SCPhamacist.net

With Kind Regards

11-25-2009, 03:36 PM
What kind of controlled substances did you put in your maps folder ?