I know its Wednesday, but yesterday on Tuesday, I had nothing about which to complain. I thought I'd skip the weekly installment of Ticked Off Tuesdays. But this evening, something so ludicrous happened that I had to write about it to keep my head from exploding.
There is a medication I've been taking for about 13 years now. Every six months or so I have bloodwork done to determine the appropriate dosage. When I went to the doctor this week, my levels were a little high, so she wanted to change the dose. She faxed the "new" prescription to the pharmacy.
This evening when I went to pick up the medicine, I noticed that it was the generic brand. I mentioned to the pharmacist, "I'm supposed to have the name brand, not generic on this." He checked his records and informed me that the prescription specified "No Generic Substitution".....*long pause, puzzled look, deep breath* ....to which I said, "Exactly, you've given me the generic substitution." He said, "I can give you the name brand, but your insurance won't pay for it because the doctor didn't word the prescription correctly."
Can you understand my frustration? Its not really a new prescription,
just a change in the dosage...
Of the same medication...
That I've been taking...
For thirteen years!
The doctor specified "no generic substitution", yet that evidently is not specific enough for the insurance company. So what, may I ask, does the doctor need to say instead of "no generic substitution"? Are you ready for the response? "Brand Name Required" Are you freakin' kidding me?!
What in Merriam Webster's name is the difference between "no generic substitution" and "brand name required"? If you can't substitute with the generic formula, wouldn't that imply you must use the name brand? Isn't that the same thing as a requirement?
Now I do want to go on record saying that I was very nice to the pharmacist. I was patient and told him not to worry, I would call the doctor tomorrow to get it all straightened out. I did not create a scene and say something like, "I'm leaving on a MISSION TRIP in a few days! I'm going to share JESUS with ORPHANS in PERU and I don't have time to argue symantics!" Because you know how much I hate it when Christians behave badly in public... I kept my "composure" in the store, but I was already "composing" my blog inside my head by the time I made it to the car.
And this, my friends, is a perfect example of why I created "Ticked Off Tuesdays".