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After the miserable side-effects roller coaster I was on with the metformin, my doctor set me up with some samples of Januvia. I'm tolerating it well, and it seems to be helping at least somewhat, so she submitted a prescription to my pharmacy. Which got bounced because my insurance wouldn't cover it. So I called the doctor's office back, and they started the process to get a prior authorization for it.

I got a letter in the mail over the weekend saying the authorization had been approved, and I finally had thirty seconds to call the pharmacy this morning to see if they'd received a copy - which they had not. The tech put me on hold while she ran the claim...

...and when she got back on the line, she confirmed that it had been approved, but that I was still going to have a $290 copay for a one-month's supply.

What. The actual. FUCK.

I've checked GoodRx, and the price difference is sufficiently negligible that the hassle factor of transferring my script to the lower-priced pharmacy negates the savings. I downloaded a coupon from the manufacturer's website, but if I'm reading it correctly, that's only going to cover half the copay.

And this is with the Affordable Care Act still in effect. Fuck only knows what it'll go up to if ACA is repealed.

I am seriously glad right now that my doctor's office gave me as many samples as they did.

Date: 2017-05-10 07:32 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] amaebi
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:(

Date: 2017-05-12 11:33 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] notalwaysweak
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Shitbiscuits. I hope the coupon helps enough, and that maybe you can find another med that works even better but is cheaper.

Date: 2017-05-12 06:53 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] crossfire
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I had real problems with metformin too. These vague but horrible stomach cramps (I can't think of another way to describe them besides "vague and horrible" or possibly "this must be what it feels like to be poisoned"), and, uh, lower intestinal problems. My mom can't take it at all. I really wanted it to work for me though because it's cheap and has a long history, so after a bit of research I asked if I could switch to the extended release version and that seemed to do the trick for me. I was really miserable for a few weeks though while I tried to make it work. It's good you got a different med, probably smarter than what I did. :)

Date: 2017-05-16 11:58 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] tactileslut
WTF indeed. When you and I met I was paying roughly that for monthly rent.

Date: 2017-05-27 11:41 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] johnpalmer
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Gah. This is why the ACA needs a good tune-up - and in any rational political climate, the question would only be "yeah, it does, but how much and how do we pay for it?"

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