Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Watch an Insurance Company Try To Drive Me Insane- Algebra Edition

Wow.  Express Scripts/Medco must really HATE people who have herpes.  This is the second post in a row about trying to get proper treatment for this condition.  This time I wrote a prescription for acyclovir, a generic anti-viral.  The correct dose for suppression of herpes is 400mg twice a day.  That's what I wrote for.

Of course, they asked me to fill out a prior approval form for it.  Now, please note, acyclovir is CHEAP.  It's like, $30 a month cash.  It's the cheapest option for treatment.  But, again, like a good little soldier, I filled out their form.  And got back this:

Ok.  First of all, who the HELL figures out dosages like this?  80,000 mg of acyclovir every three months?  What????  So, I did a couple of quick calculations in my head.

400 mg x twice a day = 800 mg/day.  800 mg/day x 90 days = 72,000 mg.

So, this is what I sent back to them.

It'll be interesting to see what they say.  


80,000 mg per 90 days = 888 mg/day.  Acyclovir comes in 200, 400 and 800 mg tablets.  How do they expect anyone to take 888 mg/day?

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