The Pharmacy Chick

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Happy New Year!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 11:25 pm on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Gotta love the new year.  For every person who wanted everything in their medicine cabinet filled before the end of the year, there is another person who saves everything for January 1 when they have their new insurance. 

A show of hands please for those who endured this:  “Can I have only 22 of drug x and 16 of drug y so I can fill it Jan 1 on my new insurance when I’ll be out of my donut hole?” 

Well Jan 1 came and went with its usual color!  Oh what fun.  A whole new set of PA requests since 2009 formulary is different from 2010.    3 prescriptions for Chantix ( must be those resolutions) all of which were rejected by the insurance  “WHAT?  $147.00?? ” Yea and all those ciggies cost what?   One major plan whose generous 100 day allowance went to 34 only AND a copay hike.  Oh that is going over very well..especially for the Joes and Janes who didn’t bother to read the epistles they sent out to their enrollees.

But the prize goes to all those shmoes who came in with little scraps of paper with numbers and letters with them…”This is my new insurance”..No, sorry THAT is NOT your new insurance.  THAT is heiroglyphics…and a poor job of it too. 

And thank you to all those dudes at corporate who launched another gift card promo.  May you all find solace in lots of boils on your butt.

Happy New Year!


Comment by Dr. Grumpy

January 6, 2010 @ 6:26 am

And all the ones who call my office looking for new scripts for 2010 on 1-1-10, even though it’s obvious we are closed.

Comment by Brother Frankie

January 8, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

just wanted to let you know yo are appreciated..

blessings this new year dear sister in Christ..

brother frankie
a man who blesses

Comment by Carrie

February 19, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

Plus my favorite, the oh-so-elusive deductible. Why can’t the insurance company include some kind of tag to indicate when a prescription cost includes an amount towards deductible. Instead, not knowing if it’s a forumulary issue or deductible issue, I have to make a 10 minute phone call each and every time a drug cost has changed from 2009.

I can’t say I blame the patient for not being intimately aware of their prescription insurance coverage; We all know how difficult insurance can be. But please at least have a basic understanding of what your are signing up and (for most) paying for.

Please understand that your medical coverage is different that your prescription coverage. And please, please know when you are responsible for paying a deductible.

Thank you very much.

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