Prescription Crazy Maker!
For yrs I've been on 4 lung meds and at each annual pcp visit my doc renews for the yr each prescription I take. Wonderful for me because I see several specialists for diff maladies and this greatly simplifies the renewal process. Also very lucky because some friends have to see a doc every 3 mos to get renewed scripts.
At my 2/2/21 annual, my pcp handed me a "report of the visit". Didn't look at it until home and noticed it said: 2 scripts were "the same". Didn't get a call bk from office when asking "which 2?" and the call back never came.
Soon after began receiving the new yr's meds but 2 of lung meds never came. Took the pcp's rept with me to my pulmonologist's visit on 4/12/21 and doc said she couldn't identify which 2 might be lung meds. However, none of 4 for lungs were identical and I needed each...2 for daily inhalations, one a rescue inhaler and the other a great spray, (Dymista) to use as needed for mucus build up. These last two were the ones not received.
Called pcp's nurse again and told her lung doc told me I needed all 4 and repeated req. for which 2 meds the rept had said were identical meds? Was told to call pulmon. to see if she would prescribe the 2 not received.
Lung doc's nurse said she'd order the 2 same day and then start prescribing all 4 next yr. Big relief!
On 4/20, I recv'd a notice from mail order script provider saying my "formulary" didn't permit these two and the rigamorole involved to contest it, including a letter from doc giving "reasons" why I should take these 2. This after yrs of having all 4 routinely renewed and going to the same script provider!
Began pulling hair in earnest only to receive one of the 2 yesterday, (4/28)...still "waiting" for the rescue inhaler.
At age 77 and very proactive about health and meds, I can "speak up for myself" but i worry that may not always be the case and wonder if others have experienced something similar?