I'm seriously frustrated today. After waiting almost a month to hear from the insurance company, I get a letter in the mail stating "Remicade has been denied since Humira has not been tried". I get in touch with my Rheumatologist right away, he calls me back within an hour. He tells me that Humira is a similar drug to Remicade ,except that I would have to inject it every two weeks. He goes on to explain the complications and side effects are much the same. We decide that Humira is worth a try. He is going to call in the prescription right away and will deal with the paperwork. At that point my anxiety levels are down and I am hopeful that I will be on a path to relief.
Today we called our pharmacy to see if the prescription is ready for us to pick up. The pharmacist tells us "the insurance company sent it back and needs pre-authorization"! The same people who just denied Remicade in favor of Humira. Now I have to sit and wait while they make this decision again! A decision that has already been made!
I'm grateful that I have insurance, but this is ridiculous. The stress from chronic illness is enough, then you add to it people who don't know you, have never met you, and get to make decisions that affect your quality of life. I will wait, what choice do I have?
Thank you for listening. Now on with the day and on to doing something that will change the way things are!