In a letter to her customers, Arlington pharmacy technician Katie Riggs says her employer doesn’t have the necessary paperwork to dispense her medications, including a prescription for a brand new drug, blood thinners.
Riggs, who recently started a second job, told HuffPost that she’s been struggling to get prescriptions for her blood thinning drug since the drug was introduced more than a year ago.
“I have been doing all I can to get my prescriptions, but it has been very difficult,” Riggs wrote.
Riggs told HuffPost she was surprised that she was being charged more than $200 a month. “
The pharmacy has been a great place to work and it is truly an honor to serve my community, my patients and my community in general.”
Riggs told HuffPost she was surprised that she was being charged more than $200 a month.
“My company has had to go through all of this paperwork to get medications to the people who need them,” she said.
“What I have seen is the hospital system is not equipped to handle all of these medications.”
Rives’ pharmacy is a small pharmacy with just one pharmacy technician, but she said she was told that the company was going to be able to handle orders for blood thinings at a later date.
“Our customer service representatives have told me that they will be able [to] help me get my medications as soon as possible,” Rives wrote in her letter.
“Please know that I will be in touch with the company to arrange a solution to my problems.”
Rikes said she contacted the hospital and the pharmacy to see if she could work with them on a way to help.
But, Riggs said, she was denied.
The hospital’s office of public health told HuffPost in a statement that the hospital is “aware of the situation” and has offered to provide her with a prescription, but said the hospital can’t comment on specific patients.
Riles’ pharmacy has a history of problems with medication shortages, according to the letter, which also noted that the pharmacy does not have a nurse practitioner.
The letter also said that Riggs has not received a full refund from her employer.
“If I had to choose, I would rather have had my medication sooner rather than later,” Rive said.