This whole prescription thing has been a bit of a nightmare. I said yesterday, I had originally planned to just move everything that wasn’t a pill to the Express Scripts Prescription Plus Pharmacy. Then leave the pills to PillPack, but that hasn’t worked out. I have succumbed to the Express Scripts pressure to move everything to Home Delivery. Well almost the Prescription Plus thing is a compromise. Though it does still save I’ll save $3158.92 if I switch to home delivery. At the moment, the Express Scripts is a bit behind.
I have been hesitant to use the Express Scripts Prescription Plus. I am also REALLY against Home Delivery, especially insulin.
I’ll admit, that of our local pharmacies it is the farthest away – though I do shop at that store and it was on the way home from school. It’s also the hardest to physically get to from the store parking lot. The biggest problem was customers, not the staff. The pharmacy always seem to be busy, probably because of the Prescription Plus thing. I’m very sure where the line begins, there is no place to sit and wait, and I just feel confused there. Since it should just be a once a month trip, I should be okay.
Seriously, only once in the past two weeks have I gone in without a line and that was the day they couldn’t help me.
The original plan, which I started, was to get my Contour Next Strips as a 90 day prescription – they had been a 90 day prescription coming from Medtronic's, and Express Scripts nixed that this month. I walked in and asked if they could do the transfer as a 90 day, and they said no, I had to have a new prescription from my doctor. I left upset, because I had just been to that doctor and thought the prescriptions were fine, and was not ready for that battle. I then decided my next 90 days prescription would be my restless leg medication since I see that doctor on March 10.
As I said yesterday, my current doctors and previous doctors want you to come in for an office visit for any prescription changes. I just wasn’t ready to deal with Diabetes of America. Here I was a new patient and needing prescription refills when I said I didn’t.
Late last night I got a call from Tom Thumb and they said it would be a few days before my prescriptions would be ready as they didn’t have enough of the drug to fill it. Oh, and we just noticed that you still have a couple of 30 day prescription that need to be converted to 90 day. Well, they didn’t get that there were multiple doctors involved. So we got that straightened out on the phone. They are contacting the doctors about the 90 day prescriptions. One of them was one that Diabetes of America missed, which I swear we talked about on the phone yesterday but there was a bunch. One was for my primary care physician, which seems to be of the “come in for the prescription school”, so we’ll see. I had contacted him myself yesterday via the medical portal.
This morning I registered on their website for their online refill system. It needs a lot of work, but it does work. I’m getting email reminders to pick things up now.
By the way, I get the whole, come in and talk to us about prescription changes. That is the only way the doctor actually gets paid for that kind of work.