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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Acne

Does is bother anyone else when Medicaid pays for brand name acne medication? It blows my mind that they would pay for Epiduo, but won't pay for Nuvaring anymore. Just another example of how f-ed our priorities our.

- McFury, CPhT

20 comments:

PharmJam said...

http://drugmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-do-i-get-on-medi-cal-board-that-is.html

It is a frustrating system. I have a managed care rotation coming up during my P4 year. It will be interesting to see formulary development in the private sector.

oddharmonic said...

Yes. The lack of coverage for contraception while still covering things like erectile dysfunction treatments is one of my pet peeves.

Several years ago I had to pay out of pocket for a diaphragm, but ibuprofen and OTC allergy medication were covered by my plan.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Yes.

Anonymous said...

WTF do senior citizens need Rx acne medication for?!

Phathead said...

I remember when our medicaid paid for Viagra. Those were the days.

Anonymous said...

and it is nice to see OUR school system graduated someone who does not know OUR from ARE

Drive Thru Wench, CPhT said...

Huh. Our state covers Nuvaring, but I hate that we have brand names that kickback and we have to stock those in. At least they stopped covering the jars of Eucerin and Aquaphor. If you can't buy lotion for your kids you need to rethink some choices.

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Big 'N Tasty RPH said...

There are a ton of things medicaid pays for in Florida....like diapers, toothbrushes, and hygiene products... Isn't that what a job is for?

Anonymous said...

Strangely I made a similar comment at work as I checked out someone on Medicaid for their Epiduo, Duac and Benzaclin.

McFury CPhT said...

Big 'N Tasty, when I was in Florida I heard about that. Luckily where I was people didn't know about that "Perk" or I would have probably lost it.

And I am pretty sure W*rk and J*b are bad words in most of the country now.

Anonymous said...

yes it is.. my health insurance used to cover nuva ring at 40$ for 3 month supply. Beautiful thing.. Alas its 40$ a month but still cheaper than whole price. But as my husband says its cheaper than a baby!

Big 'N Tasty RPH said...

A shiny new Ferrari California convertible is cheaper than a baby...

Texas Pharmacy Chica said...

In TX you could at one point get Tylenol (Brand Name) suspension on Medicaid - but only the yucky GRAPE flavor, not bubblegum.

tim said...

WI Medicaid is the same! Differin, Duac, Retin-A Micro Pump, Azelex - all covered - WTF!

Anonymous said...

I guess you guys have never seen real deep cystic acne. Would you really not want a medication for treating a condition that causes painful pustules and constant itching covered? The real question is why dermatologists prescribe these medicines to teenagers who have a mild case that will respond to OTC soaps. I am in my thirties and still have horrible cystic acne covering my entire back. I couldn't bear the side effects of Accutane for more than 3 months, but the three months I took it years ago improved my face 80% but my back was unchanged. Let my just say that serious acne untreated is damn painful. And treatment only makes it a bit milder, nothing cures it.

Anonymous said...

What gets me is the number of Solodyne Rx's we've been filling for Medicaid customers at our pharmacy lately. Sumthin's wrong with the system, me thinks

cici said...

Oh well you have to look good, at least when you got preggers you have better chances while working on the streets...sorry, so many clichees.

The other way round it would be cheaper, the 'ugly' acne ridden boys and girls would harder get someone to get f*ed up, the douches would be taken down a peg because their hideous acne prevented them from more spoil sports and the ones who get sex, can not produce more douches.

Ok scratch that, you would need three month shots for them and the vet..ah...doc had to drag them into their office to give them the next shot in time to prevent breeding.

Otherwise there would be enough people who just *forgot* their pills ´n puns and then...baby douche

fraNKlin said...

The most natural acne treatment for is dieting. Minimize eating on fried foods, caffeine, chocolate, carbonated drinks, salt, wheat, and even milk can make acne worse. It's better to eat more vegetables and fruits instead of salty or sugar packed foods. It is also recommended to increase your vitamin A, zinc and Vitamin B6 levels in your body. And you may also take some supplements, but by consuming foods that are high in these three vitamins will drastically help your skin condition. It is one of the most natural acne treatments.

jmelstrom said...

At least charge the Medicaid patients a $50.00 co-pay like any real insurance would. Maybe then they would go with the generic. It is terrible that people who pay for insurance and play by the rules sometimes have to settle for less because their insurance either won't cover a medication or the $50 co-pay is too much to swallow once a month.