MEDICATION POLICY (EFFECTIVE 8/31/2010)
Our physicians do not routinely prescribe medications unless medically necessary as follows:
- Patients not having surgery will be prescribed non-narcotic medications as medically needed for up to 3 months.
- Surgical patients will be given appropriate narcotic medication for a limited time following surgery (up to 6 weeks for non-deformity spine surgery and up to 3 months for deformity spine surgery).
- If pain medications are required after this period, you will be referred to your primary care physician, or a pain management specialist for continued management, as appropriate.
- We will ask that you sign an agreement acknowledging our medication policy upon your arrive at your next office visit.
Prescription Refill Policy
- Patients are strongly encouraged to plan ahead! Please avoid waiting until your medication has almost run out before contacting our office for a refill.
- All refills are processed electronically. Patients should notify their pharmacy, not their doctor's office, of their request for a refill.
- No phone refill requests will be processed in order to comply with our electronic processing and documentation.
- For patient safety, this office requires our patients to get their pain medications from one doctor only (medical practice) and from one pharmacy only
- Please note that prescriptions will not be refilled after hours, on weekends, or on National Holidays.
Steps for Requesting a Prescription Refill
- Step 1: Remember to refill your prescription at least one business day before your medication runs out.
- Step 2: Call your pharmacy to request a refill.
- Step 3: Your pharmacy should fax your request to our fax line: (858)678-0007.
- Step 4: All routine requests are filled within one business day.
- Step 5: If you have further questions about your medications, please contact your doctor, or, Pat Kostial, RN, BSN, at the practice during office hours at (858)554-7988.