Practically everyone has had the heart-pounding experience of running out of medicine by accident. You go to take your daily dose of a prescription and upon opening the bottle discover it to be empty.
Thinking you can get a quick refill, you call the pharmacy but alas, there are no refills left on the prescription. They offer to fax a refill request to your doctor but hours later, you call and find out the doctor hasn’t responded yet. You scramble to call the doctor’s office but the nurse who handles refills isn’t available so you have to leave a message and keep your fingers crossed.
Ultimately, running out of medication you are taking for an ongoing condition, like diabetes, or for an acute injury, like a herniated disc (see: https://www.vivehealth.com/pages/back-injury-pain) can negatively impact your health. In addition to simply forgetting to refill your prescription, you may find yourself short on medicine because:
You or your caregiver are sick and unable to get to the pharmacy
Insurance mishaps result in delayed or unfilled prescriptions
The pharmacy is out of your prescription and has to order it
An inclement weather event prevents you from getting to the pharmacy