My mother had pancreatic cancer and underwent the Whipple procedure during her extensive chemo. They recommended she get Marinol due to her violent episodes with vomiting and nausea and nothing was working. During one such episode she went to the emergency room and the attending physician gave her a prescription. It took 3 days to get the prescription filled. In the meantime, she was vomiting and extremely nauseated for over 72 hours because it needed prior-authorization. She was unnecessarily violently ill for 3 days just due to a prior authorization; it is ridiculous. The doctors are overwhelmed, and it serves no purpose. The insurance company would kick it back time and time again.

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