Byetta for 10 days

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/18/2007 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I've been on Byetta 5 for about 10 days - first dose was the morning of April 7.

The results have been great once I added back my Glipizide ER - I had stopped it initially when starting the Byetta as per my doctor's orders.

My first thing in the morning numbers have gone from a range of 150 to 190 down to 107 to 135. My two-hours after meal numbers have gone down in a very similar manner.

Unfortunately, my doctor's request to the insurance company for pre-authorization (Byetta is not, of course, on their formulary) has been rejected due to their going strictly on my latest HbA1c score which was 6.7 - they say it is within "goal" range with just Glipizide and Metformin. mad

So my doctor needs to appeal the rejection, including information about my morning numbers and after meal numbers to see if they'll authorize it.

I hate the way the insurance screws around so much with what they'll cover. mad


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   Posted 4/18/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I hear you Bob... I'm between a rock and a hard place myself. No insurance at all and if I did finally come up with the $$$ for the monthly premium (of $800!) I wouldn't be able to afford my meds, food or gas! Hang in there as best you can... and if they won't cover the byetta you might be able to start on Lantus Insulin. Not a perfect solution but it's only about $90 a bottle at Sam's and I use the bottle until it's gone. Brought my sugars into great range.

Take care and good luck with this.
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   Posted 4/18/2007 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   


I don't have an insurance solution for you but I do have one that will help you provide your doctor the ammo.  I don't know what you use for a meter but the One Touch UltraSmart meters keep your numbers logged by the time of day and whether its fasting, postprandial, etc.  They use very small blood samples but they ALSO have the ability to buy a special USB cord for about $30 that lets you transfer all the data and graphs to your pc.  The reason I mention this is that if you test lets say 4 times a day and provide some fairly accurate results with and without Byetta to the Doctor/insurance company, it might be better than a single A1C result!!

You can get the meter on Ebay for $5-10 if you look for a good auction.  In the drugstore its $90 but I bought a spare sealed, brand new on Ebay for $6 but with no test strips in the box.  Not bad for a $90 meter.  You can always keep your numbers on an excel spreadsheet but I find this meter very very handy!

Hope this helps

scool Warren

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   Posted 4/19/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. I use a Bayer Breeze - stores readings, and I upload to their software on my laptop. So if they don't go for a reversal based upon anecdotal evidence, I can print out a raft of data points to make it much more specific.

If they do not allow me to use the Byetta, I plan to ask my doc to let me switch to insulin because I want to get my numbers lower than they are now.'

So the insurance can either pay for Byetta or they can pay for insulin.
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