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Pete, you can request a tracking number on your hydrocodone and then follow it as it goes through the mail. I am always informed of the exact day that mine will be delivered. It is usually late and I have to sweat it out unitl it shows up. I hate this meds through the mail business. They have also changed our travel pay to the mail and thirty days later I am still waiting to be paid. Maybe they are trying to help out the Post Office by spending God knows how much of the VA money mailing drugs and checks that can easily be picked up while you are there. It is frustrating but we have no choice. My morphine comes UPS and the day it is due, I don't dare leave the house because they give me a 12 hr window when they MIGHT show up.

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get yer va poison by mail.

that's lovely.

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I am on Novalin insulin 70/30 that requires refrigeration until put into use, then it will keep up to 42 days at room temperature or below 77 degrees.

I have been going to the clinic about every 10 days for a few months to get my numbers under control. The last visit I needed a refill and I was told they would mail it.

I agreed even though I could have gotten it the same day from the Pharmacy at my VAMC. I only live a few miles away.

So it was mailed USPS in a regular envelope from my VAMC. The weather here has been touching 100 degrees nearly every day. So this medicine was in transit

2 days and sat in my mailbox at over 100 degrees that particular day for many hours.

That was on a Saturday so Monday I called the clinic and was told that it should be okay????????

Then I was told that "maybe" I could get it replaced on my next visit. I'm not going to use it so what a waste of money. 6 vials.

I'll get my personal Dr. to write a prescription if needed and I'll buy it.

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Coastie, they send my insulin in an insulated container with frozen packets to keep it cool. I have received it from three different states and it has always been shipped this way. Seems like your pharmacy didn't follow VA protocol

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I am on Novalin insulin 70/30 that requires refrigeration until put into use, then it will keep up to 42 days at room temperature or below 77 degrees.

I have been going to the clinic about every 10 days for a few months to get my numbers under control. The last visit I needed a refill and I was told they would mail it.

I agreed even though I could have gotten it the same day from the Pharmacy at my VAMC. I only live a few miles away.

So it was mailed USPS in a regular envelope from my VAMC. The weather here has been touching 100 degrees nearly every day. So this medicine was in transit

2 days and sat in my mailbox at over 100 degrees that particular day for many hours.

That was on a Saturday so Monday I called the clinic and was told that it should be okay????????

Then I was told that "maybe" I could get it replaced on my next visit. I'm not going to use it so what a waste of money. 6 vials.

I'll get my personal Dr. to write a prescription if needed and I'll buy it.

I'd have called the VA Pharmacy!

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