January launches a fresh calendar year and all kinds of announcements. These may include updates from your insurer's drug formulary.
Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) inform you of medications which may have moved to a different tier (costing more) or may have been kicked off entirely (excluded). Sometimes these are mild changes. Patients request different prescriptions to match the formulary preference and see how their body responds. When a patient needs an excluded medication the process of prior authorization begins. PBMs present this as a great situation to save everyone money. In reality, it is a time-suck and a stressor on clinic staff and patients. There is a rolling-of-the-dice suspense each time. Will the exclusion be upheld? The collage "Not a Party After All." is a response to the shifting formulary. Good luck to everyone currently in such a process. Hang in there. By the way, if you haven't seen this Brian David Gilbert video "Health Insurance Terms," I recommend it. This is through the podcast episode An Arm and A Leg.
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