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I'm so sick of CVS/Caremark!

I complained about being forced to use a CVS pharmacy instead of the Walgreen's we'd been using for 10 years last fall when we got the notification about the change in our insurance. I found out that one of the two brands of generic Ritalin that CVS carries does work, just not quite as well as Walgreen's generic. I also found out that CVS has one brand of generic that sucks donkey balls. And I found out that when I dropped off my prescription I could tell them which one I needed them to use.

How it normally works:
1) Rx Plan: "You have to do 90 day refills on maintenance meds *and* you have to use CVS Pharmacy.
2) Explain new pain in the ass plan to Awesome Doctor. She writes all our Rx for 90 days
3) Find a CVS Pharmacy even though we've been very happy w/our local Walgreens for the last 10+ years.
4) Drop off Ritalin Rx at new pharmacy. They say "90 days? No problem."
5) Pick up Ritalin...
6) Pharmacy: "The Rx Plan won't cover 90 days, only 30. Probably because it's schedule 2"
7) Call Rx Plan for options.
8) Rx Plan: "No, you're covered for 90 day pickup at the store. Doesn't matter if it's Sched 2. I did a test script and it worked.
9) Me: Pull out freaking hair! Then call Awesome Doctor for new 90 day script because the last one ended up only being used for 30.

And of course, that was how it worked today. They entered it in the computer while I waited, it said only 30 days, they called the Rx Plan who said "Yup, only 30 days on that one."

I took the script back until I can figure out what to do. Then I called the customer service line. This time I *hope* I got the only smart person they have answering phones there because I LOVED her answer.
1) I can only get 30 days at a time of Ritalin because it's Schedule 2.
2) It's not considered a "Maintenance Medication" even though I take it every single day!
this rocks because
3) If it's not a Maintenance Med I can get it filled at ANY damn pharmacy I want and I'm not restricted to only being allowed to fill 2 times at pharmacies that aren't CVS!

I can go back to our Walgreen's for my Ritalin again! This makes me so happy! Not just because their version works better either. We never wanted to switch pharmacies. That decision was forced on us. If this chick was right and I'm not restricted in where I can go I can now go to the place *I* choose. That would be the pharmacy that has given us 10 years of problem-free service and is convenient. \0/
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Reading and posting on LJ improves my mood. I should remember this. I miss you all, even though I see a lot of you on the Facebook and the Twitters.

Getting out to see people improves my mood. I should remember this. I had a FABULOUS time at the State Fair last night. First I took pictures of farm animals and stuff. Then I watched a set & a half of Martin Zellar. It was actually 3/4 of the Gear Daddies because both Nick & Randy were there. Then [livejournal.com profile] 7thstranger & I walked & chatted as I took more pictures and I ate some cheese on a stick.

Finding out that a friend has died does not improve my mood. [livejournal.com profile] gingerpook lost her battle with cancer this morning. You'll be missed Ginger.
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I haven't been posting much for a variety of reasons. Not a lot going on in my everyday life, random thoughts going in short bursts to Facebook or Twitter instead, not having time when I do feel like posting.

But the main reason is that I haven't been doing much of anything lately.

Depression sucks. )
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Well hey, I just may be figuring out this LiveJournal thing. I've actually posted something every other day this month!

Did you know it snowed today? And it's cold? Not too weird considering we live in Minnesota. I think my drive in to work took all of about 5 or 10 extra minutes. It was painfully slow when I was going down Hwy 55, but when I got on 100 it was moving ok. Then I got into the HOV lane w/my MNPass. Wheeeeeeeee. I was chucking along at darn near normal speed on a road that was cleared but I had it to myself. Those poor saps over on the regular road? Not so much.

Last night's drive sucked, but that was mostly because I had to go all the way up Hennepin from work to just near MCTC. I had gotten this month's Ritalin prescription and I wanted to get it filled at CVS so I could see how effective or ineffective their generic Ritalin is. I also wanted the price for 3 months worth of name brand Ritalin so I could figure out how much it would be our prescription plan.
I was telling the pharmacist why I needed to know and she was very helpful. She also told me they have two different brands of generic that they generally got. I'm pretty sure one of them is the one that didn't work, so we were going to fill my prescription with the other one so I could see if it worked before I started committing to 3 months worth.
This was when the pharmacist had a brilliant idea. She filled the majority of my scrip with the one I know I've never tried, but then also filled a little bit of it with the generic that might be the one that's worthless. This way I can try both, and when I get my 3 month order I can call ahead of time to let the pharmacist know which brand I'm going to need it filled with so she can be sure that one is in stock.

I'm still not happy to be forced to switch pharmacies, but at least the pharmacist seems good. I think we're still going to join Walgreens' prescription club for all our regular meds because it will be $12/order instead of $25. I believe the only two not eligible for that program are my Ritalin and [livejournal.com profile] hellbob's Bietta.

I was supposed to snowblow the driveway, but we have TWO snowblowers and neither one would start! So I shoveled almost the whole thing by hand. Yuck!

And now, bedtime.
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We get our health insurance through [livejournal.com profile] hellbob's work. The prescription plan is separate from the medical plan. Kind of annoying at times, but not really a big deal.

The company that covered our prescriptions was Caremark Rx. They were decent. Sometimes we'd have to jump through a few hoops to get a specific drug approved, but nothing more than most insurances do.

Then, in 2007 Caremark RX merged with CVS, the pharmacy chain. Nothing changed at first other than the name on our cards.

Until Saturday. We got a letter from CVS Caremark telling us about "some important changes to your prescription benefit plan that will start January 1, 2010. These changes are designed to help you and your employer keep drug costs down and to offer you convenience and choice."

CVS Caremark's idea of 'choice' is 'Pick your prescriptions up at our pharmacy or they won't be covered.' )

I have two main reasons I don't want to switch my prescriptions from where they are:

1) We have been getting all our prescriptions filled at the same Walgreens for 10 years now. They are conveniently located for us. The service is excellent. They have NEVER made an error on our prescriptions. Quite frankly, we have never in all these years even been a little disappointed in the service we've gotten from them. We love our local Walgreens. )

2) Walgreens has the right brand of generic ritalin )

I am just so fucking pissed that they are forcing us to use their pharmacy, and that they are trying to sell this shit as convenience and choice.

Walgreens has a prescription savings club that we have never looked into because we had the prescription coverage. I think it's time to look into it because unless CVS Caremark is a drastic savings (at least 25 or 30 %) we will be going with Walgreens plan and telling CVS Caremark to go fuck themselves.

I really don't like the idea of being told I have to stop giving my business to a store that has given us nothing but excellent service & that I have to go to a business I've never dealt with.


A google search on CVS Caremark turned up THIS ARTICLE from the Wall Street Journal

The FTC already is probing CVS Caremark's business practices after lawmakers and the National Community Pharmacists Association raised concerns, including allegations the company improperly used patient data from its pharmacy-benefit operation to steer customers into its CVS drug stores.



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