Health care professionals have the expertise to know what is best for patients and must have access to a full range of therapeutic options to use as they see fit. They should not be burdened with administrative and bureacratic obstacles as they seek the most appropriate therapy for their patients.
I have been prescribed Victoza to treat Type 2 diabetes. Upon transfer to a new insurance company, I was unable to obtain a refill in a timely manner due to its determination that this medication needed a preauthorization. I was unable to afford the cost of the medication, so could not purchase it and wait for reimbursement, which left me with no medication for two weeks. A few months later, I attempted to obtain a refill and was told another preauthorization was required. Preauthorization, especially when a medication has already been in use, is not a sensible use of health care dollars.
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