The pharmacists and staff here are by far the best I have found in Baton Rouge. He has gone above and beyond what anyone else would do to help care for me and my family. He does not do an early refill on certain medications because he is scrutinized by the DEA , state agencies and insurance companies just like everyone else. i have been a regular client there for several years and the number of people who come in seeking early refills is amazing. Many are 1st time customers and some are regulars who always have some reason why they need an early refill every month. It is always for narcotics or amphetamines. As the final gatekeeper for these substances it is his duty to try to protect his customers, sometimes from themselves. Once you have established yourself as trustworthy an infrequent early refill due to vacation or emergency can be done if the doctor and insurance are okay with it. In the current climate the DEA is Seems like they are out to put as many doctors and pharmacists away as possible. If you lose your license you lose your ability to feed your family. On many prescriptions he makes little, if any, profit. On a few he loses money. This is due to the way insurance pays. They pay a set amount, no matter what the medkcstion costs him. A couple of years ago the price of Adderall rose sharply and he lost about $30 per prescription. You can't fill a prescription and lose money. He is not allowed to charge more than the copayment. It puts businessmen like him in a terrible situation. He is the owner of a small business and does not get the hugeVolume discounts as the chains and yet often he charges less. I have waited 2 hours at Walgreens or CVS for a medicine that is pre packaged and only needed a label. I have been to Messina's with multiple prescriptions and been out of there in 10 minutes. As stated earlier, if you are a loyal customer and he feels you are not seeking narcotics or amphetamines to feed an addiction he is wonderful. However, no one should expect him to risk his license or face possible prison time because they need an early refill for the 5th time in 5 months. People who come in right before the pharmacy closes on a Friday needing an early refill of OxyContin are following a pattern common with drug seekers. He is supposed to verify these types of medications with the doctor. If he or she is gone for the day he can't verify. If you are allergic and can only take a certain brand of codeine based cough syrup, the one used to make a particular cocktail, you look suspicious. My doctor requires me to use one pharmacy. I found Messina's right after Hurricane Gustav when he had my medication while no one else did. He was using generators and working under 3rd world like conditions and was trying to help everyone he could. I respected what I saw. I drive home passing 4 closed chain pharmacies. He has been my regular pharmacist since. I would like a couple of weekend hours, like he used to do, but he has family obligations also. Plus as a human being he needs some downtime.
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This is a GREAT Pharmacy. I have been to all of the Big Chain Pharmacy's, and let me tell you that Jerry, the Pharmacist will bend over backwards to help you. I have been going there for a little over a year now, and will never change. My wife has transferred all of her medicines over as well. I cant say enough good things about Messina's, and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you to Jerry, and the WHOLE staff at Messina's for all that you do!Chad
They were very nice, & offered to help with my pre cert on meds. I hope this continues, I've been at James in DS for 6 yrs, & they've become very rude.