The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > General Questions

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-27-2006, 06:08 PM
HeyHomie HeyHomie is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Springfield, IL
Posts: 8,295
Can a Pharmacist Dispense Prescription Medication to a Minor?

Say that Jeff, a 16-year-old, has a standing order at his pharmacy for, I dunno, Coumadin, with automatic refills. Since the pharmacy is on his way home from school, can he just stop and pick up his refills himself?

If so, would the law be different if he were picking up something with a bigger abuse potential - say, Xanax or a prescription narcotic or something?

Ignoring the question of refills for the moment - can said teenager have the original paper script filled at the pharmacy by himself, or would he need a parent/guardian present?

DISCLAIMERS: This is a purely hypothetical question. I am not a pharmacist, minor or parent/guardian of a minor. You are not my lawyer, I am not your client, blah blah blah.
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 09-28-2006, 07:37 AM
HeyHomie HeyHomie is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Springfield, IL
Posts: 8,295
No takers?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-28-2006, 09:34 AM
Hirka T'Bawa Hirka T'Bawa is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Conyers, GA, USA
Posts: 1,322
I'm sure it depends on what state your in, I work at a pharmacy here in Georgia, so I'm only qualified to talk about this state.

And the answer is, Yes. There are no laws against dispensing perscriptions to a minor, even if it is a controlled substance. However, your parents are fully within their rights to come to the pharmacy and pick up a list of every medication you use... Unless you think ahead and have it filled under child acknologement in the HIPPA laws.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-28-2006, 12:42 PM
alphaboi867 alphaboi867 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: the Keystone State
Posts: 11,279
I never had any problems picking up mine (or my parents's) prescriptions when I was underage.
__________________
No Gods, No Masters
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-28-2006, 02:12 PM
DVsickgirlDV DVsickgirlDV is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
I used to get birth control without any problems when I was underaged
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-28-2006, 03:18 PM
irishgirl irishgirl is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2001
In the UK and Ireland anyone between 16 and 18 (i.e. above the age of consent, and below the age of majority) has confidentiality rights to their medication, and can pick up whatever they have been prescribed, without parental knowledge or consent, provided they are considered fit to give consent (i.e. exceptions for some people who are mentally unwell or those with learning disabilities may be made).

Someone under 16 who a doctor considers able to give consent can be presribed medication without parental knowledge or consent, provided a doctor considers the medication in their best interest, and they cannot be persuaded to inform their parents. This is most commonly birth control for 14 and 15 year old girls.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-28-2006, 09:20 PM
Sublight Sublight is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Back when I worked in a pharmacy in MA (late 80's / early 90's), there were no restrictions that I knew of for minors picking up prescriptions.

Granted, security was fairly lax, and depended more on us knowing our customers. In theory, if you knew the name of someone who had a prescription waiting, you could just walk in and ask for it. Specially restricted drugs, such as narcotics, required a signature, but no ID.
Reply With Quote
Reply



Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.