Just wondering how other clinics handle the situation of destroying pain meds. For example, say a patient was prescribed Percocet, but they had a reaction to it, so the doctor wants them to get rid of the Percocet before giving them a prescription for Vicodin. I know the pharmacy won't take meds back...and the clinic can't take the meds...how can you be sure the patient will destroy them? Can you make them destroy them AT the clinic (kitty litter/coffee grounds style)? (But then what do you do with them once destroyed?)
Quote from kerbear829
I've been a nurse in NE since 1977. I have never had a MD or PA request patient destroy a previous medication before ordering another one. My family have never been told this either. I am currently employed in ambulatory surgery. I see MD's write different scripts all the time without requesting destruction of the other. So not much help, I guess.
I've never heard of this either. Is it a regional thing, perhaps?
Because... The patient PAID for the medication. So theoretically it BELONGS to them regardless of whether or not they can continue to take it due to allergy/intolerance, etc.
I mean, at its heart, the OP's question is kind of a legal question, isn't it? :X
Last edit by Sadala on May 2, '13
: Reason: clarification