It took three days to get an $8 prescription of generic Celebrex [anti-inflammatory drug], that I needed at home immediately after knee replacement surgery. My insurer demanded three different authorizations from my surgeon because it wasn’t in their formulary. The opiate was immediately dispensed. I was mad!

– @droll3, State
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