I was getting ready to leave for a trip and had my doctor’s appointment the day before. Afterwards I took my scripts to be filled at the pharmacy and intended to pick them up the next day, giving them plenty of time. They called the next morning and said they needed prior authorization from my doctor and she was not open on Friday, so I had to postpone this important trip because it is a medication I cannot just stop taking. I have been on this medication for years, so for the insurance company to basically ask the doctor to provide more paperwork saying I need it is BS! Of course I need it or she would not have prescribed it. It was so frustrating!!!!!

First Name: 
Megan
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