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Offline Oceanbeach

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Chain Store Pharmacy
« on: January 02, 2008, 08:32:26 PM »
A couple of months ago, the little independent pharmacy in Forestville closed it's doors due to complications of Medicare Part D billing.  However the same family also owned an independent pharmacy in Guerneville.  The Forestville pharmacy was sold to the SAFEWAY chain and Guerneville remains independent.

I moved my prescription coverage to the Safeway store in Sebastopol because Cindy, the best Pharmacy Tech in Sonoma County on HIV meds accepted a position there.

This afternoon, I went to pick up my Trizivir and Sustiva at Safeway.  For the first time in over 11 years of taking HIV meds, the clerk rang up a charge.  I have never had a share of cost in the entire time of living with HIV.  It was only $6.20 for what I believe to be around $2000.00, Cindy was not there and the clerk pissed me off.  They pushed the blame on ADAP not doing their jobs.

I suggested they call Kathleen Russell, Chief of ADAP, California in Sacramento because I was not willing to pay anything.  Ms. Russell and I know each other from being on the Sonoma County Commission on AIDS and sat together for two years.

I was asked to wait a half an hour for the clerk to get the OK from ADAP on the share of cost payment.  I offered an unfavorable press release to at least 1 daily newspaper in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties because after all my volunteer work on the RWCA reauthorization, there is a staff writer in each paper who will print anything I write.  Lets put the $6.20 on this Visa card so I will have an acceptable proof of purchase and give the press something to work with.

The Pharmacy Clerk is a sweet young lady who got permission from the Pharmacist to let the $6.20 slide until they caught up with their paperwork.  She gave me my card and my meds and suggested if there was a refusal to pay, they know where to contact me.

I would enjoy that because I still wish to write the press release because SAFEWAY Inc., was so concerned over the $6.20, that they were willing to let an AIDS patient do without his medications.

I got home, called the Nurse at the Center for HIV Prevention and Care to request we change pharmacy and it was just too late in the day to call Kathleen but, she will be in her office in the morning.  Have the best day
Michael

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008, 08:59:45 PM »
Ladies and Gentlemen,

That didn't take long at all.  I just got a return call from our Nurse and I am now a client at a small family owned, HIV savvy pharmacy in Santa Rosa.  And I thought he would have gone home already but no... Our new Nurse lives with HIV too and he really goes the extra distance for the patients.  Have the best day
Michael

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2008, 07:44:14 AM »
Michael, I'm glad you got that mess straightened out.  I wish here in Hoosierville (Indiana) we had the services you do there with people being the go-between for you.  Our ASO is threatening to close down at the end of this year if the money situation doesn't improve.  I can't imagine they'll do this though; they cried wolf before and the donations rolled in.  We'll see.
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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2008, 07:59:10 AM »
I tried to look up ASO and services in our state and the only ASO they have listed is "Administrative Service Organization".  There is a link from our DHHR for AIDS services but all it does is tell what the state is doing in way of educational "programs" and no real services.  We were needing help finding a supplier for a medication that the pharmacy was having trouble finding.  No help to be found. :-\

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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2008, 09:50:19 AM »
Okay Michael  ;D You really made my day with your thread. Thanks!  ;D

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2008, 02:27:31 PM »
I tried to look up ASO and services in our state and the only ASO they have listed is "Administrative Service Organization".  There is a link from our DHHR for AIDS services but all it does is tell what the state is doing in way of educational "programs" and no real services.  We were needing help finding a supplier for a medication that the pharmacy was having trouble finding.  No help to be found. :-\

Mum

Hi Mum,

On the front page of this site, there is an ASO Finder link.  Put in your ZIP code and the world is at your fingertips.  Give Mini a hug for me  ;D and... Have the best day
Michael

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2008, 02:40:55 PM »
Hey Michael,

We have a couple of programs here, both ADAP and MIP, that allow HI-Fivers to get their meds without co-pay - if they qualify. If they are like me and have private insurance, they pay whatever the copays are for that insurance company.

I pay $130 a month for my meds. While I understand your constirnation, I also think $6.20 is pretty cheap.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2008, 02:47:27 PM »
Michael, I'm glad you got that mess straightened out.  I wish here in Hoosierville (Indiana) we had the services you do there with people being the go-between for you.  Our ASO is threatening to close down at the end of this year if the money situation doesn't improve.  I can't imagine they'll do this though; they cried wolf before and the donations rolled in.  We'll see.

Hey Betty,

I spent 3 months on the Funding Allocation Working Group last year, we lost our Title I funding and are losing programs which many are dependent upon.  Our ASO is non-profit and can do fund raising activities but we lost our Alternative Medicine program and AIDS Emergency fund has taken a huge loss in the first year but... our ASO still has the doors open to help.  In March, there will be another cut to the budget.  Next year, our Title I funding will be like Scarlet O'Hara and Gone With The Wind.

I don't actually use RWCA funded programs but if you take $1.7 million out of the budget, everyone will lose.  I got a call from the Admin Assistant for the Sonoma County Commission on AIDS this morning.  I reminded the lovely lady, I had put the tools in the hands of the Commission, they dropped the ball and lost their money but, they still have their paychecks.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Have the best day
Michael

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2008, 03:02:44 PM »
Hey Michael,

We have a couple of programs here, both ADAP and MIP, that allow HI-Fivers to get their meds without co-pay - if they qualify. If they are like me and have private insurance, they pay whatever the copays are for that insurance company.

I pay $130 a month for my meds. While I understand your constirnation, I also think $6.20 is pretty cheap.

HUGS,

Mark
 

Thanks Mark,

It isn't the money, it is the idea a chain store as large as SAFEWAY will refuse medications to any person on disability over chump change.  If I had private insurance, I would happily pay my share of cost because it is a bargain for what we receive.

Within 3 months after moving here to Sonoma County, I was on the Commission and every subcommittee they have.  I disclosed my status to the press and built relationships with the reporters.  ADAP will pay the $6.20, they always do.  I feel that I deserve picking up my meds without problems or issues because... My intent as a volunteer to get the job done but... was never to allow myself to be put on public display for the benefit of paid county employees.  ;D Have the best day
Michael

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2008, 05:42:32 PM »
You're my hero.  :D
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Offline BT65

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Re: Chain Store Pharmacy
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2008, 07:19:49 AM »
I agree with you Michael.  It sounds like something Wal-Mart would do.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

 


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