I have been taking a medication that truly keeps me alive for 5 years. The last time I went to get my script I was told I could not have it unless my doctor got prior authorization for that medication. I, of course, was low on that medication, picking my script up with a few pills left in my bottle. If my doctor had not given me samples, (it took over two weeks for the authorization to go through) I would have possibly been dead. After five years they decide I need prior authorization….

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Have you ever gone to the pharmacy to fill a prescription only to be told that your insurance company requires approval before they'll cover your treatment? Have you ever waited for days, weeks, or months for a test or medical procedure to be scheduled because authorization from an insurer? Or are you a physician frustrated with the administrative headaches and their impact on your patient?

Prior authorization is a burden on patients and physicians alike. The process is confusing, time consuming, and — most importantly — can cause delays in patients receiving the care they need.

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