insurance, insurance insanity, medications, primary care

Watch an Insurance Company Try to Drive Me Insane

It’s been a while since I posted one of these. Here’s another ridiculous prior approval form. It’s for zolpidem- the generic version of Ambien. Of course, this begs the question of why I need an approval form for a generic drug in the first place.
At the top of the form it says: Drug Name- Zolpidem.
The rest of the form goes on to ask the following questions:
1.  Is the drug Cialis, Levitra or Viagra?
     No, dumbass. The drug is Zolpidem, as written just a few lines above.

2.  Is the requested therapy Zyban?
     No, dumbass. The drug is Zolpidem, as written just a few lines above.

3.  Is the request for Aloxi, ondansentron, zofran, or Kytril?
     No, dumbass. The drug is Zolpidem, as written just a few lines above.

4.  Does the patient have hyperemesis gravidarum?
      What??? Where did that even come from? I write a prescription for a sleeping pill for a 65 year old woman and you ask me if she has uncontrolled vomiting from pregnancy????
And that’s it.  Those are the questions asked. Nothing actually related to the medication I had prescribed.  It was basically like playing a long game of 20 Questions, except I don’t think we ever got to the answer.

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