Patients come to me for help, but I am shut down by the prior authorization system routinely. I cannot recall a single antibiotic that has been approved without PA except for Bactrim in the past 3 months. Imagine, a urologist is not allowed to prescribe for immediate treatment of UTIs. I get less hassle for CT scans actually. The whole PA program is a farce anyway. All they do is ask me if I really need the medicine and did I try another. If they have another suggestion it should be made automatically and I should have the ability to bypass it. They even reject antibiotics that are free at local pharmacies. It is absurd and wasteful and harmful.

– Dr. Richard L., Florida
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