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Saturday, March 08, 2014
No Drugs For You; or, More Whining
I have vicious migraines, as long-term readers of this blog know. But for about nine years now, they have been (mostly) controlled by a combination of drugs my neurologist prescribed for me.
One of these, Frova, is now off the list of drugs my insurance company has decided they will cover. Their justification is that another, much cheaper drug, Imitrex, works just as well -- so say the clinical trials. So they will cover that and not Frova.
Of course, I've already tried Imitrex, and it did not work for me. Pretty much no other drug worked as well as Frova. But Frova is pricey. And in the normal run of things, I use eight or nine packets of them a month.
So -- you know -- I understand this decision on their part.
OTOH, I just took the last of my hoarded Frova (they stopped covering it in January) and it worked, as usual, like a charm. My migraine is totally gone.
The next one? I guess I go to the ER, sit for four hours, and get the shot. And lose a day of work. Which is how I used to handle the migraines, which come three and four times a month.
I really can't see how this saves them money, is what I'm saying.