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Author Topic: CVS Caremark Specialty pharmacy  (Read 323 times)

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Offline marcmoral16

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CVS Caremark Specialty pharmacy
« on: January 11, 2015, 07:56:53 PM »
Guys I know this has been asked a million times over.

I jut got a letter in the mail basically stating that I HAVE TO USE MAIL ORER for my HIV drugs.

I've been trying to google this and see if there is a way around this. I live in NYC and I see something about the AMMO law that lets you choose, though im still wondering if they can force me. Those any one have experience with this and Caremark RX in New York?

Tested Positive Jan 16 2013
CD4 119 6% VL 23980
Started Complera Feb 2013
March CD4 199 9% VL 1000
May CD4 255 12% VL 334
June CD4 284 15% VL 172
Switched to Stribild middle June 2013
July CD4 325 22% VL 51
October CD4 341 23% VL UD!!
Jan 2014 CD4 343 20% VL <20
July 2014 CD4 450 26% VL <20

Offline Buckmark

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Re: CVS Caremark Specialty pharmacy
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2015, 08:32:10 PM »
I'm in Texas, not New York, but I too was recently told that I have to use CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy for my HIV meds.  They can ship them to my local CVS pharmacy for me to pick up (that's what their web site says, and that is what their representative told me over the phone).  They also validated the info for the copay card I use for Truvada.  So, I'm hopeful I will have a good experience.  Truth be told, if I can pick them up at my local CVS pharmacy, then I think I'll see little practical difference.  It all seems a bit silly to me, but I have no doubt it is another way to control costs.

Hopefully one of our members in NYC can confirm if the Anti-Mandatory Mail Order bill passed in New York.  I had thought so.  If so, you'll probably have to contact your insurer to let them know you are opting out of mail order (and they probably will make you jump through a few hoops to do so).

Good lucků

Henry
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Offline moka1970

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Re: CVS Caremark Specialty pharmacy
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2015, 07:11:02 PM »
I have when I lived in NY. It's not bad. What is your concern?

Offline wolfter

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Re: CVS Caremark Specialty pharmacy
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2015, 07:57:52 PM »
You can still have them delivered to your local CVS.  I've used them for the past several years and was mostly pleased.  Even on rare occassions where a mess up happened, they over nighted them to me. 

I also always had the option of having them sent to the pharmacy where I could pick them up.  I guess when you live kinda rural, the delivery to your home option is awesome.  Even if not home, they simply leave the package at the front door.  Sure beats a long trip to the city.
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Offline marcmoral16

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Re: CVS Caremark Specialty pharmacy
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 08:17:41 PM »
Hey guys,

So my concerns which I feared have came true. I started the whole process on Monday Jan 12th gave them all the info my doctor called in the script the same day. I called Thursday they assured me I would have it friday, Friday comes I go to my local cvs they have nothing. I call them up, well overnight it for Saturday deliver I'm like ok, cool that's fine I run out of pills Friday night Saturday is perfect.

It is now 8pm at my local pharmacy I have no pills, they are closed tomorrow so I'll go two days atleast without MEDS, but I'm just afraid this is what I can come to expect. I gave them enough time after receiving the notice the 10th that I had to use the speciality pharmacy.

I'm silly enough to not have stock piled an emergency supply. I know going forward I will.

Sigh
Tested Positive Jan 16 2013
CD4 119 6% VL 23980
Started Complera Feb 2013
March CD4 199 9% VL 1000
May CD4 255 12% VL 334
June CD4 284 15% VL 172
Switched to Stribild middle June 2013
July CD4 325 22% VL 51
October CD4 341 23% VL UD!!
Jan 2014 CD4 343 20% VL <20
July 2014 CD4 450 26% VL <20

 


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