$20.00 bet rests on this question, please help??

  1. Okay, you're gonna think this is dumb but I have a bet with someone for $20.00 on the answer to this question. When an MD writes a script and you take it to the Pharmacy to be filled, what happens to the script after that? "Mrs. Know it all" says they are shredded because to keep them from thousands of MD's and pharmacy's daily would add up to too much paper collected. I say there would either have to be a way to keep the scripts, in case they're needed in the future as proof or something, or that they are sent somewhere to be stored for so long a time, in case needed later for a legal purpose or something. Anyone know the answer to this???? I want to be right here but if I'm wrong, I'll pay up!!! I know.....it's a dumb question and I don't even know how we got started on the subject but until one of us is proven right or wrong, it's gonna drive us nuts.....a fast journey! HELP???
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  3. by   shannonRN
    my fiance is going to school to be a pharm d....he said that they are filled because by law you are required by the fda to keep them for five years.

    congrats on the $20 and there is no such thing as a dumb question!!!
    I had always thought they were returned to the prescribing doctor? Seems to me I remember a story about a woman that falsified a script, and someone in the doc's office caught her forgery on the script when it came back??

    Good question! Hope you win!

  5. by   aimeee
    Heather, I'll bet that was a schedule II narcotic scrip, which requires a triplicate scrip here. Maybe one copy goes back to the Dr. after the pharmacy fills it.
    Originally posted by aimeee
    Heather, I'll bet that was a schedule II narcotic scrip, which requires a triplicate scrip here. Maybe one copy goes back to the Dr. after the pharmacy fills it.
    Yup, you're probably right. It was a "How I Got Busted" story I heard when I worked drug rehab!

  7. by   Mama Val
    Our pharmacy keeps our scripts for 7 years then they are trashed
  8. by   Stargazer
    O/T: I keep reading this thread title as "$20,000" bet. No offense Duckie, but it doesn't seem nearly as urgent now that I know it's just 20 bucks.

    Okay--I need coffee. :zzzzz
  9. by   Brownms46
    I know a nurse who got busted by the insurance company, of her MIL. She was writing scripts, and going to the pharmacy, and picking it up. When the insurance company called the husband to verify what meds his mother was on. He stated that she wasn't on any of the ones that had been written by those scripts. The insurance company then called the clinic where a friend was working as a agency. The nurse who had written the fraudulent scripts was also too lazy to do call backs, and so my friend was the one to do the call back. It was her own laziness that allowed her to be caught. Of course she lost her job...and she was a new grad to boot!
  10. by   shygirl
    My Uncle is a pharmacist. He now works for a hospital but he had his own business a few years ago. He was an independant for 30 years. I called him and he said..."At least 10 years".

  11. by   HISSYTHECAT
    I worked in a pharmacy for two years. After filling the prescriptions, the slip of paper is filed in a cabinet in alphabetical order. They are held for 7 years. I have had to go thru them and then they are shredded.
  12. by   misti_z
    Well I Had no clue about the answer, but Duckie it sounds like you are up $20.00!!!!!!!!!

  13. by   NRSKarenRN
    Each state has varying laws regarding lemgth of time script is to retained.

    google search:
  14. by   nursegoodguy
    Hope you get that 20 bucks Duckie!