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[IP] zocor/lipotor

From: "sue depinto" <email @ redacted>
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: Humalog being refused by insurance??

I have not had trouble with insulin, but I have with  othe medications.
When I was prescribed lipitor, my insurance said I had to get zocor
unless I had my doctor write a letter saying that I had to have lipitor.
We let it go, but my husband bugged them enough that they finally
admitted to having an "agreement" (kick-back) with the drug company! The
same goes for doctors. We are on a HBO plan, and when my endo dropped
them, we now have to pay the full bill for him since there is another
endo in my area on the plan, even though I had my intern call them for a
special referral it was denied.

Sue (dalgal)

email @ redacted

>From: email @ redacted
doctors never benefit from these arrangements. Lipotor is about the same as
Zocor. When your doctor writes for Lipotor, nobody has a right to substitute
if your doc diodn't write substitution permissible. In New Jersey, doing this
sort of thing is practicing medicine. Merck gives HMO's and HBO's discounts on
Zocor. Denial oif a specialist is bad news too. if your doic wanted you to go
to a differ5ent one he mearly has to invent a reason for it spot
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