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Old 04-05-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Question Getting Prescriptions Filled at Walmart (Why does it take so long?)

Does anyone know why it takes so long to get prescriptions filled at Walmart? My mom had to get one filled today, and the doctor had called Walmart hours earlier and authorized the refill. She goes in to pick it up and they said it would be a 20 minute wait. There was no one else in line. In the past they have told her it would be a 30 minute or 45 minute wait.

We don't live in a big city (~14,000 population) and there's multiple other pharmacies in town. I guess the only thing I can think of is they ALWAYS have a huge backlog of scripts to fill but that seems like kind of a stretch to me.

Anyone with any insight as to why this is?
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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In hopes you wander around and buy more shit.
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In hopes you wander around and buy more shit.
This and, most pharmacists would rather burn at the stake than do the paperwork and recounting to put an unclaimed prescription back into the system.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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no fucking kidding...

every month.. it's go to the doc, get scripts called in.. wait 2 hours trying to kill time around wally world... finally.. filled.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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I use the online ordering. My drugs are always ready quickly and they even email when they are ready.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:17 PM   #6
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I use the online ordering. My drugs are always ready quickly and they even email when they are ready.
well u obviously dont have scripts that have to be called in every month
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:18 PM   #7
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well u obviously dont have scripts that have to be called in every month
No because I refuse to use narcotics
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:20 PM   #8
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New scripts at Walmart have never taken more than 20min. I do my refils online and they are always ready when I get there.
Kroger OTOH, that was slow. Never again.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:20 PM   #9
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There was no one else in line. In the past they have told her it would be a 30 minute or 45 minute wait.
that's how it is here too. there are ~4-6 people behind the counter not doing anything either. i did that for 2 prescriptions, now i go to target. ~10-20 minutes max. or refill online and just pick it up.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:25 PM   #10
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More than likely they're in the middle of filling other prescriptions.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:32 PM   #11
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it takes at least 30 mins anywhere for me. whether thats in 1990 or now year 2012
i dont understand why so long either. its not like the pharmacists count the pills themselves. the whole process is automated and counted by computers anyway.

ideally it should work like a vending machine shouldnt it? pop your prescription in for 40 pills of Claritin, and out comes exactly 40 pills in a bottle. im surprised it takes so long anywhere!
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:41 PM   #12
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I use the online ordering. My drugs are always ready quickly and they even email when they are ready.
And this is why it takes so long. OP, just because there isn't anyone else in line doesn't mean that there aren't other orders needing to be filled that came in before you. Plus, all of the red tape the pharmacy needs to go through, it takes time.

I haven't found the wait any different than CVS or Walgreens, honestly. I will say, though, that Walmart usually has fewer pharmacists actually working than the other places.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:43 PM   #13
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We used the local WalMart for prescriptions under the delusion that WM was cheaper until we found a small, locally owed pharmacy that beat WM's prices every time on everything and our wait times for getting them filled were never over a couple of minutes, and that included walking in with the prescription in hand--not calling them in.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:44 PM   #14
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The biggest slow down is insurance. I assume a new prescription takers longer than a refill to get approved. They don't even think about filling until insurance goes through
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Because it's walmart. Go to Costco instead.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:34 PM   #16
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The biggest slow down is insurance. I assume a new prescription takers longer than a refill to get approved. They don't even think about filling until insurance goes through
Iit does not take that long for insurace to go through or find out what the issue is if rejected.
When ever I get a refill and if there is an issue they inform me right away of what it is. Then if it does go through it is 10 to 20 min wait to get it filled.

@ CVS btw.
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If it's something you need every month, you might be better off getting it delivered to you. Otherwise just go to a drug store. It's quicker.
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No because I refuse to use narcotics
Narcotics are not the only drugs that need to be filled every month.
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Narcotics are not the only drugs that need to be filled every month.
If zj needs them they are
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Its probably not the pharmacy but your doctors dumbass handwriting/prescribing skills.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:24 PM   #21
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Narcotics are not the only drugs that need to be filled every month.
There aren't many others that need to be called in by the doctor every month.
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