After all the madness, phone calls, e-mails and teeth-gnashing regarding my HMO and insulin this week, I went to the pharmacy at my freaking HMO clinic and they freaking didn't have any Levemir in stock. Not one drop.

The only thing I have to say about that is this:

I guess I'll try to get back into feeling peaceful acceptance -- even gratitude -- if I survive this latest cortisol + adrenalin surge without blowing a gasket.

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Comment by Gerri on February 3, 2012 at 9:24pm

Off with their heads indeed! Next time I'm at my wit's end, am going to think of the Queen of Hearts. Do you have enough Levemir to see you through until some arrives? Oh, dear. Hope your gaskets remain intact.

Comment by LaGuitariste on February 3, 2012 at 9:41pm

Thanks, Gerri. I have one and a half (ish) Lantus pens left -- barring a bum pen or other catastrophe, this should last me until I get the Levemir. I do not relish another hour-plus-long (round trip) ordeal of going to the HMO pharmacy on Monday.

I'm being forced to convert to Levemir due to the formulary tier price hike. I think I'll be OK with Levemir eventually (no Lantus burn!), even if the two shots per day are a drag. However, I don't see why they have to rub in all the stress by making me go back twice to get it -- the cheap buzzards never have what I need in-stock. I've been forced to go back twice for one prescription on at least seven different occasions over the past two years, and each time the prescription was ordered two or three days in advance, e.g. ordering eighteen pens of Novolog and they only have seven when I show up. Having the wrong milligrams of something. Not having Synthroid in stock. That kind of thing.

I'll be OK...Lord willing and the river don't rise!!!

Comment by Gerri on February 3, 2012 at 9:55pm

Ridiculous! I'm doing much better on Levemir & hope you experience the same. Can you call before you go? What a royal pain in the tush. Geesh, Synthroid--now there's an unusual med to keep in stock:) Not like it's a surprise how much they need for customers, or that it's a perishable item to keep well-stocked.

Comment by Red_T1 on February 4, 2012 at 6:27pm

I'm sorry that pharmacy sucks! I work at a level 1 trauma facility and our insurance forces us to use their hospital pharmacy. In the last 2 years, they have been OUTof Novolog TWICE. What the hell? The have it, but just for inpatients. I explained it was just before a long holiday weekend and I was almost out of insulin; I would not have made it through the weekend. I literally had to yell and then call their bosses in order for them to give me one vial to get me through the weekend (my usually order is 3 vials for a month pumping). It was a huge deal. This happened twice!!


Comment by LaGuitariste on February 4, 2012 at 6:57pm

Hey Red_T1 -- you are 100% correct. Running out of insulin is completely and utterly unacceptable, especially if you're in a plan that forces you to use their pharmacy. Yow.

Comment by SEAGATOR on February 5, 2012 at 3:01pm

JeanV. I messaged you before. As you know I ran into tier 1 2 3 and NO. I fought and fought no dice. I had to take Generics on most Meds but finally they allowed the same insulin. So far no ill effects from the Generics. I think it just insane that insurance companies think they know more that the patient's doctors. Good luck to you. Reed


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