Last month I waited for my 1 prescription past the due date by 4 whole days. I can't go without this medication it's an antianxiety med Klonopin and it can cause life-threatening side effects without it. Now this month today is day 3 without it. I'm also on 1 pain med, but they haven't messed around with that one yet, but we will see when it's due. This causes me very high anxiety and makes me very sick to my stomach and I don't sleep. I've been on these same exact meds since the year 2005. Why do they need prior authorization? I'm a human being and I feel like I'm being treated like an animal!!!

– Margaret E., Pennsylvania
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