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Post Icon Posted: Aug 20th, 2010 at 08:07 pm

CM, your pharmacy may have had them there before shortage. We very rarely fill scripts for them so we have them sitting there.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 20th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I hate the new epipen but not enough to go to the twinject. Especially at school. I had a teacher squeal when I demoed the new epi--and you never even see a needle with it.
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 11:52 am

I went to get the TwinJects for my ds today (they were on backorder).
The pharmacist showed me the print out that said they are DISCONTINUED.
I'm ready to come.unhinged. right about now.

The mountain of papers I have for ds all say twinject. Now I have to get them changed.

Not to mention that I went to fill epi pens (didn't want to because of the E-belt situation) and they wanted to charge $100. for a twinpack.

I remembered that TwinJect was on the "preferred" drug list. Have been on the phone fighting with the insurance (I'm on hold now). F.This. I'm so tired of dealing with this nonsense.

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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Sep 7th, 2010 at 11:52 am, Mfamom wrote:
Not to mention that I went to fill epi pens (didn't want to because of the E-belt situation) and they wanted to charge $100. for a twinpack.



Holy moley! Smiley Smiley I paid $40 for TWO (2) twinpacks of EpiJrs ....
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Yeah, its our new insurance. I have never paid more than $30 for a twin pack of epi pens
NEVER!
The copay on the Twinject is $25 as it is the "preferred drug". They are now going to "review" this and they will send me a letter in writing in the next 30 days.

I'm so pissed. I have one twinject (for ebelt), I have 2 epi pens in ds sports kit, 1 at his friend's house one in my purse.

So, I had to disassemble one kit so I could give the school an epi pen. It expires this month.

I'm so frustrated.

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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

You and me both, Mfamom.


I don't suppose that you are working with (well, I mean euphemistically...) United Healthcare, by any chance...



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Because I just paid sixty bucks for an epipen twinpack that I didn't want. Smiley
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Gee how did you know?
I would have dropped $60 just to end my misery for the moment. According to pharmacy, its a tier 3 and twinject tier 1

but, I cannot get a twinject. I felt like I was talking to a flippin' brick wall today.

Not to mention, I'm still waiting for them to approve Allegra as a Tier 2

I hate this. hate insurance companies with.a.passion

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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:28 pm, Mfamom wrote:
Gee how did you know?
I would have dropped $60 just to end my misery for the moment. According to pharmacy, its a tier 3 and twinject tier 1

but, I cannot get a twinject. I felt like I was talking to a flippin' brick wall today.

Not to mention, I'm still waiting for them to approve Allegra as a Tier 1

I hate this. hate insurance companies with.a.passion


wait?

I have UHC too ..... and I only paid $40 for TWO twinpacks! is the fact that we're using EpiJr make a difference?
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

No-- it's the individual contracting company that makes various deals with the insurance company. Mfamom and I are just unlucky that UHC's available (to us anyway) "prescription plans" are of the bend over and grab your ankles variety.

Smiley (Sorry to be crude. I'm just irate over being given a bait-and-switch from these greedy ****s after doing my homework with them over the phone-- for hours and hours, btw-- since apparently they can change the conditions of the plan at will.)
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

EX-actly, CMdeux. I was on the phone with them about 3 weeks ago discussing the mail order thing, the tiers etc. DS takes allegra, singular, has auto injectors and inhalers.
Of course, they won't cover allegra because Clariton/Zyrtec is just as good, they gave me their song and dance about the epis and twin jects.

Now they cannot put in an approval for epi pens to be the same co pay as twin ject. why? IDK. I asked for a supervisor, asked if I pay the $100 now, will they reimburse me. No promises.

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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Oh, LOL.... even I know the answer to THAT one...



NO.

Once the $$ leaves your pocket, trust me... health insurance companies are NOT in the business of 'reimbursing' you for past 'errors' like that.

I went around and around and around with Prescription Solutions back when we were with Pacificare (more like Pacifi-who-cares, but anyway...)... they refused to pay tier 1 pricing for a generic... even though the brand name drug (which *was* covered) had been discontinued for over a year... Even though the brand name cost THEM more $$ as well...

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I think that at one point I actually SAID: "Do you have any clue how incredibly STUPID this is? It just seems ridiculously obvious that it is in everyone's interests to cover a medically equivalent, cheaper generic that costs us ALL less money and is actually... uh... available. Or am I the only one that understands how incomprehensibly dumb this is?" In just those words.

That was about the time that the CSR manager handed me off to a pharmacist directly. Since I told him how full of **** he was when he primly offered that "generics are not medically equivalent to brand name drugs." Something about my snorting and pointing out that I knew better-- professionally, I mean.

Oh, yes... I was very popular with Prescription Solutions. They handed my calls right to a supervisor after a while. Smiley

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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 01:01 pm

I'm starting to understand why health insurance costs so much.

Inefficiencies. all those people to answer consumer questions/complaints.

BAaaah.

Drug companies not much better. I'm still mourning the discontinuation of an asthma med that was so great for my ds, but no longer available because all the new drugs get the advertising/press/push.

I swear, I'm going to self implode in a minute.
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 01:15 pm

Oh, and it gets better. I logged in to my plan and it says
Tier 1 is $15
Tier 2 is $25
Tier 3 is $50

This is apparently for mail order.
I call and as how the HELL they came up with $100 for the epi pens! even at tier 3 they should be $50
Oh, well, if you use a local pharmacy, its different. I ask if Epi pen is available through mail order (I already knew the answer is NO). No, maaam, they unfortunately are not.

With the so sorry undertone.

Do you all ever just SNAP? I just snapped. Went from frustrated in suburbia to some foul mouthed, crazed monster I don't recognize.
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Not a good feeling. But I can tell you that I've been there. Smiley
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 7th, 2010 at 01:41 pm

Oh, and just for "fun" I asked when I can refill the epi pens.
after 75%usage which is approximately 23 days. Oh reallY?! what if I use both of them Today?

Well....um I guess you'd have to wait another 23 days to get more or pay retail.

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oh, and she said they may reject the 2pack epi pen. I'm authorized for One per copay. I said it is ONE. ONE TWO Pack.

I told the poor lady on the other end that if they REJECT this prescription I will personally drive to Trumble CT and shove it up their a**.
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