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One Doctor’s Fight To Get His Patient The Right Medication

“Doc, I’ve got good news and bad news.”

“What’s that?”

“Well, I’ve lost six more pounds!”

“Wonderful! What’s the bad news?”

“Well, you know that new-fangled drug you gave me that works so well for my atrial fibrillation?”


“We’ll, I’m part of that AARP Medicare Advantage Part D drug plan, and I just got the “partial” approved drug list for 2010 in the mail. My drug’s not on the list, so I called and found the drug’s been moved from a Tier II drug to a Tier III drug. That means it will cost me twice what I paid for it this year. That’s gonna be tough, doc. I can’t afford it.

But I also read that if you call this ‘800’ number and speak to them, they’ll allow me to obtain an exemption to keep the drug on Tier II for next year.” Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Dr. Wes*

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