I Don't Want To Argue But Here I Am Arguing: I would like to have this filled.
CP: I would like to fill this for you.
IDWTABHIAA: We usually use another of your phine establishments.
CP: I see that. I also see that this is too soon to fill by 3 days.
IDWTABHIAA: Why is that?
CP: We fill all control medications exactly one day early here. Since it was filled last 26 days ago, it is 4 days too soon. As we fill everything 1 day early, you have 3 more days.
IDWTABHIAA: It's just for Ritalin.
CP: You should read my post about the word "just" from last week. Anyway, it's just too soon.
IDWTABHIAA: <Taps finger on prescription> But the doctor wrote the date on there.
CP: Yes. She wrote "A" date on there. It's called the <taps finger on prescription> "earliest fill date" which means that is the earliest date on which I CAN fill it. It's like a Speed Limit sign. You can drive UP TO the posted speed, but over that is bad. I can fill it any day ON OR AFTER the date written, but before that is bad. And, like a speed limit sign, it's more of a suggestion.
IDWTABHIAA: So you're refusing to fill it even with that date on there?
CP: Pretty much. Yeah.
CP: I already told you. We fill all controls exactly one day early (there are always exceptions) and this is 4 days early. The date she wrote on the prescription is irrelevant. This prescription was written a couple months ago. Since you did not fill the other prescriptions in a timely manner, the due date of this one has become delayed.
IDWTABHIAA: Your job is to fill it with that date on there.
CP: No. The date is immaterial. Your doctor can write anything she wants on the prescription. It is not a direct order from Jean-Luc Picard, "Make it so", that I have to obey. There are laws and governing bodies to which I owe my allegiance.
IDWTABHIAA: Now I have to make two trips.
CP: Actually, you only have to make 1 more.
IDWTABHIAA: I barely have time to make even one trip.
CP: Yeah. We're all busy.