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Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/22/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering how many of you use mail in pharmacies, or let me state are required to use a mail in pharmacy as a requirment of your insurance or you are penalized? I am so fed up with my mail in pharmacy, which I will not name here out of courtesy, but let me tell you I am about to scream! redface
 
I ordered my prednisone back before Christmas when I ordered some other meds, knowing they could not ship it at that time, but I figured if went ahead and requested it they would ship it as soon as the "approved" date came up. Well that date was Jan. 16th, so the product should have been shipped then, one would think right? Nope! They shipped it supposedly on the 17th, a Saturday, which did me no good because they us US mail, and Monday was a holiday, so here I am on the 22nd and still have not received it. I ran out on Tuesday. So, I am officially off prednisone at this point. Thank goodness I was only on 5mg at this point or I would be literally screaming.
 
I just don't understand why the patient has lost their rights to use whatever pharmacy they want? confused It just boggles my mind, lord knows I would rather use a local pharmacy, who knows me and actually will fill my scripts then contact the doctor if worse comes to worse. They are gems and care more about the patient and their experience then this darn mail order crap.
 
I'm wondering what if anything we as patients can do about this? Probably nothing, right? Sorry, I just had to vent!
 
Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis


momto3
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   Posted 1/22/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I hate the mail order pharmacy..We are now forced to use them after our third refill otherwise our copay will double. I think it's ridiculous and we should be able to choose who we want to use. I have to use mail order for my Enbrel but prefer my local pharmacy since they know me by name.

I share your frustration!!!!!! We don't even have a CVS pharmacy here where we live so we are forced to do everything by phone/mail it is so impersonal. My worst fear is that they will make a mistake with my MTX, it will be late etc, and I really depend on it. The last time I spoke to them I was trying to explain to them that I need 32 pills per month, and the lady kept telling me that I would have 2 left over for the next month. I take 8 per week! She told me my mail order would be for 86 pills, it was terribly frustrating as I explained that I would need 96. I may just pay the extra sad

I doubt there is much we can do but either pay the extra or go along with it.

Just know you are not alone.

puccini914
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   Posted 1/22/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I've used Xubex and so far I am quite pleased. I don't have any insurance so I use them to save money. Plaquenil ony cost $30 for 180 tablets and ambien was $30 for 90. I use Walmart $4.00 generics for most everything else, except pain meds. It seems no one has a discount program for Lortabs. I wish you the best of luck and God Bless.

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


okie
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mel, I have Champva insurance. I can order mine either by mail or at the pharmacy.  Jeniffer Are you sure you can't get Lortab for the 4 dollars deal at Walmart. I remember once I had to pay a copay a couple years ago my co was 25% and walmart charged me 1.00. So that would have meant that if was 4 bucks without insurance. If you followed that. If I were you I'd call your dr. tomorrow and ask them to call him a weeks worth of predisone. They are real real cheap. Even without insurance. and it beats not having any. I usually go ahead and pick mine up at the pharmacy because my dr won't let me get my pain meds by mail. Even though my insurance will allow me to get lever 1 2 and 3 drugs as well. I hope you get this taken care of and try to keep a few around for times like this. I know it's frustrating.

hugs

carol



 CAROL
Possible scleroderma.  stage 4 COPD, sleep apnea, Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,plaquanil400mg,azythromyacin,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg,Xanax 1.0 x3,Singular,nitro spray, provigil 200mg spirivia,aciphex,lasix ,pot.chlor.,B12 ,iNDEROL
 
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Bsime
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
If you use a mail order pharmacy you should plan ahead.  My wife orders all her meds that way and before I went on medicare I ordered all mine from Canada and saved 50%....
 
Also ordered 90 day supply and made sure I ordered far enough ahead to assure delivery when I needed it. 
 
Missing prednisone for a day or two is not that big of a deal usually.
 
Bill

puccini914
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
My pharmasist said to always check out the company you order frome. If they are mediciad approved, the they should be okay. He said just beware of drugs from countries that don't have the same restrictions on the manufacturing of medications as we have here. The Lortabs only 20.95 at Walmart and that's for 120 tabs. Haven't found it any cheaper anywhere else, even pparx.org doesn't have it. Best of luck to everyone. God Bless you.

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


momto3
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   Posted 1/23/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
We have Aetna insurance and have to use Caremark pharmacy. Before we had a different insurance company and they were making us use the Caremark after three refills.

Melissa D.
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 1/23/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input all. We are required to use Medco or we are penalized after the 3rd refill as well. I do plan well in advance as I stated I placed the request back in December when I ordered my other meds. That's what makes me so darned mad, this is not the first time this has happened, they've done this with my husbands blood pressure meds as well and we've had to get the doc to call in a script to the local pharmacy to get by! It happens quite often. In the beginning I was quite impressed with Medco and their promptness, as time goes on they are really going downhill fast.

Also, we have used the same local pharmacy for 30+ years, so that doesn't help any when Medco screws up. Our local pharmacy is very friendly, caring and you can literally park at the door and walk in and speak to someone. Mind you, they do not have $4 prescriptions, which is really helps many.

Jennifer, I can totally understand you using a mail in if you have no insurance, you are doing it by choice and to get the best price, makes perfect sense.

My husband reminded me that the docs are just as frustrated as we are. He had an appt. this week and his doctor asked his nurse to fax in his prescription to medco, she said "we can't, they prefer us to send e-prescriptions." He told my husband even the doctors have no control over the insurance companies and the prescription process, needless to say this doctor doesn't do email so he wrote the prescription and we mailed it in. Long story short, if the doctors have no control, I guess we as patients don't either, right?

Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis


hippimom2
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   Posted 1/23/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm also forced to use our insurance's mail order pharmacy (medco) or I am penalized. So far I haven't had any major trouble yet. I do wish I had more of a choice though.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; UC 2008; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
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suetoo
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   Posted 1/31/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi! Melissa and Everyone,

I use my mail in pharmacy by choice and am more than satisfied. Medco is a big, big, company, but in 3 yrs. of using them, I only once didn't get a refill in time. It was for my prednisone, and I called my doc, terrified of missing any doses and he was more than happy to call in a 1 month script to be filled by my local pharmacy to hold me over until my 105 day supply came from Medco. They held the 3 month order back, until my current month wait for it time had passed. I had to pay the $3.99 copay for 30 tabs, instead of $10.00 for 105 days worth, but was grateful. And actually it was my fault since I waited too long to phone in for the refill. In fact, our local pharmacy, a Rite Aid, is so helpful, and actually called Medco for me. Here in NY, I was told they are trying to set up affiliation agreements with local pharmacies. We can choose our prescription plan, local or Medco, but it is far cheaper to get my 9 prescriptions through the mail.

sue


God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, Piroxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily and Paxil, Ambien every night.


Melissa D.
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 342
   Posted 1/31/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

All in all I don't have a choice, I have to use Medco, because otherwise I am penalized after my 3rd refill because of my insurance plan. Like I said in the beginning they were very, very good, it's just here lately they've been slipping. It just so happens my prednisone that I ordered back in December knowing it couldn't be released until Jan 16th arrived the same day as some other meds I ordered on January 21!

On another note, what part of upstate NY do you live if you don't mind me asking? Reason being I am originally from that area, I grew up in Granville, my sister and brother still live in the area. My sister in Middle Granville and my brother in Saratoga. I live in Texas now and really miss the seasons, but don't want the weather you all have been having here lately.

Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis


suetoo
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 395
   Posted 2/1/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi! Melissa,

I don't mind at all smurf . I live an hour from both Buffalo and Rochester. I go to docs at Strong Hospital. We are having a heat wave, it's 32 right now, but the snow banks are so high you can't see to pull out. We are looking forward to single digit cold mid week again. We have family in Texas, near Shreveport, and Georgia, and cold rain is almost worse than snow, because snow is alot prettier than mud. I have often felt I was driving to work in a snow globe. We live on a little lake, and I love to swim, so our 5 months of nice weather balances out our winters. I miss being able to be out in the sun alot. It's nice to chat, I hope you get to see your family often.

sue


God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, Piroxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily and Paxil, Ambien every night.


redrose77
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   Posted 2/1/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I am lucky in my insurance plan. Our co-pays are lower for mail in but we are not penalized if we fail to use mail in beyond paying a slightly larger copay overall. I can't do my meds via mail order because I have mediciad and medco doesn't co-bill them. My husband on the other hand mail orders all his meds because he can save so much money- $10 for 3 months of plaquenil instead of 9 a month. $10 for each of his other meds instead of 5 a month. Not a huge savings I know but every little bit makes a huge difference.

Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sj√∂gren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar

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