Tricare and ED drugs

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Gunner59
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/29/2008 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if there are any other retired military here that have had to deal with Tricare and prescribed ED drugs. My urologist prescribed Levitra 6 weeks after surgery and going to get the prescription filled, I learned that since I'm under age 50, Tricare won't pay for them without jumping thru several flaming hoops, and once they approve the prescription, they only pay for 6 pills a month. More than that I have to cover out of pocket at $12 a pill.

I'm looking for someone who has had the same experience and may have found a way to get Tricare to spring for a larger amount. Regardless, even if I have to pay out of pocket, I'll still get the prescription filled.
Age 48 at diagnosis
3 Jul 08 PSA 27.21
Biopsy positive 3+3 6 of 16 punches
Bone scan clear
22 Sep 08 Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic Lymphadenectomy
Gleason 3+4 after prostate removal, lymph nodes clear
Stage T2B
PSA after 6 weeks <.02

Post Edited (Gunner59) : 11/29/2008 9:29:04 AM (GMT-7)


Jim-N1BRP
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 165
   Posted 11/29/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gunner,

I’m 55 now but before I had IMRT I was on MUSE for 5 yrs and was able to get what ever amount the doctor ordered. The trick is to contact member relations or if you have a case manager use that person to do your leg work. I’m using USFHP here in Mass which is the same as TriCare Prime. If you don’t have a case manager get one, mine has been a God sin.

Jim Ret SSgt USAF

Jim, 54,~Jim-N1BRP. My Journey
Diagnosed: 12Nov. '07, Age 54

Treatment Started : 31 Jan 08

Completed 31 Mar 08

42 treatments 1.8 Gy M-F for a total of 75.6 Gy.

Prostate Biopsy: 18Sept '06, - 10 sample all negative, Prostate size 36.3 cc

Prostate Biopsy : 12Nov '07, Biopsy - 14 sample 2 positive, one Gleason 6 at 5 %,
other Gleason 6 at 15%- Stage T1C -Prostate size 40.2 cc

Bone Scan: 12Dec '07, - Hot Spot on Brain
Family history: Father and two uncles  die from PCa

Other: GERD, 30% Carotid artery blockage, Kidney Cyst, Asthma

Meds, Hytrin, BusPIRone, Trazodone, Tramadol HCl, Omeprazole, Plavix, Albuterol, Multi Vitamin  Mens

PSA's                   fPSA

1.2    Oct  05

3.61  Jul    06    

2.6    Sept 06          19%  

2.6    Apr 07             3% Oh NO

Post Treatment PSA's

1.16 May 08

0.83 July  08

0.83 Oct  08

 


Gunner59
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 103
   Posted 11/29/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank You for the info, I'm retired USAF also. Funny how in my dealings with Tricare that they have never volunteered any of that information. I have an appt with my Primary Care MD next week on base, I think I'll talk to him also, getting the meds at the base pharmacy would be the best option as far as I can see.
Age 48 at diagnosis
3 Jul 08 PSA 27.21
Biopsy positive 3+3 6 of 16 punches
Bone scan clear
22 Sep 08 Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic Lymphadenectomy
Gleason 3+4 after prostate removal, lymph nodes clear
Stage T2B
PSA after 6 weeks <.02


jackcc
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 11/29/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

I just bought the generic from ADC real cheap. $2.08 per tab for 30 tabs. $62.40 for 30 tabs BUT they have a double pill offer so you get 60 for $62.40. Works out to $1.04 a tab.

Thats ... alldaychemist
comes from India.
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