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gondwana
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 Posted: Sat Mar 7th, 2009 02:01

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Well . . . first the good news . . .

I was in the doctor's office for 5 hours while he observed me for blood pressure probs on benicar. When all remained normal, he approved me to go on the full MP!

So that's the good news. The bad news is Blue Cross is refusing to cover ANY on the Benicar prescription, even the 1/4 of the pills that could be arguably prescribed for BP control 9and I DO have intermittently high BP).

I'd heard that Costco has the best deal on meds, so i went there, and have now discovered that a month's supply for Benicar without insurance coverage will be $275!!! Holy drug-subscription, Batman!!!

Can anyone tell me what to do? Has anyone gotten Blue Cross to accept benicar, either at 40mg a day, or ideally at the full 160 mg a day? How do I do it?



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 Posted: Sat Mar 7th, 2009 04:32

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Hello, gondwana!

The information in this link Medication Purchasing Strategies
may address your concerns.

When you have questions about a particular topic, you may refer to the ABCs of the MP or you may simply enter the subject or topic in the "Google Custom Search" box at the top of the page.

Also, keeping your posts in one thread will be beneficial for continuity.  We look forward to assisting as needed.  In the meantime, please continue reading the following links:  Essential Information about the MP and MP FAQs

Best to you, gondwana, and take care! . . . Carole  :)



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 Posted: Thu Mar 12th, 2009 14:23

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http://WWW.NORTHWESTPHARMACY.COM

It cost me about $77 for 120- 40mg.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 18th, 2009 16:24

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Have now discovered that a month's supply for Benicar without insurance coverage will be $275? that is so great huh?



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Pamela H-F
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 Posted: Tue Aug 18th, 2009 17:56

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Hi,

I saw the post for Northwest Pharmacy. That is a good price, less than 1/2

what I've been paying at Planet Drugs Direct. Are you sure it's the right kind?

white with C-15 on them? If so, I'll be changing my source.  My insurance doesn't

cover any Benecar for me either:X.

Pamela H-F

Last edited on Tue Aug 18th, 2009 17:58 by Pamela H-F



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 Posted: Tue Aug 18th, 2009 21:09

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I pay $117 for 180 pills at Planet Drugs Direct with no shippings.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2009 15:59

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Unless you are sure you need the enteric coated version (Benicar brand by Sankyo) be sure you are ordering the generic olmesartan.  Many of these mail order companies sell both.  The generic olmesatan is a flat round white pill, no markings,  and works every bit as well as the branded version.   My 180 tablet order from PlanetDrugsDirect was $102, free shipping to the US.   Cynthia



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 Posted: Thu Aug 20th, 2009 12:58

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Wow! Thank you Cynthia.

All this time I've been paying more than 2X that amount because I thought

the generic was not O.K. This is great news.

Pamela H-F



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 Posted: Sat Aug 22nd, 2009 11:21

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gondwana wrote:
The bad news is Blue Cross is refusing to cover ANY on the Benicar prescription, even the 1/4 of the pills that could be arguably prescribed for BP control 9and I DO have intermittently high BP).

I know this is an old thread but why woun't your ins cover it? I have Blue Cross Blue Shield and they pay for 4 pills a day.

But now for the rest of the story:
My Dr. and Pharmacy both told me my ins would not pay for it. I even got one RX filled that the Pharmacy reduced the amount to one pill a day and told me that is all my plan will allow. I called my ins expecting a fight and ready to start an appeal when I was told they would cover it no problem! I asked my ins co why my Pharmacy said they would not cover it, I was told the Pharmacy submitted the bill for one pill a day!

Needless to say I am now at a different Pharmacy and getting 120 Benicar a month for $20.00. The Pharmacist however is not happy with it, he is against me taking 4 a day. He questions me about it and puts calls in to my Dr. I tell him that is how I take it and how it is ordered. Why do you need that much? he asks, I just tell him for hypertension and organ protection. He just shakes his head in disagreement and fills the Rx.
My Dr. writes the script for #2 40mg pills twice a day.

I never mention the MP as I am sure that would put an end to the whole thing.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 22nd, 2009 15:43

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I think the difference is who is actually paying Blue Cross/Blue Shield for the bulk of your insurance cost.  I am a retiree from an aerospace company that pays a percentage of the insurance bill, and they have a policy given to the Rx insurance company, really a third company yet, that requires a few hoops to jump thru, and I am still in process to try and get a pre-approval.  Every time I change type of med plan, still a Blue Cross company, I wind up with a different Rx company.  What I really want as a resolution, and don't know if this is going to come out in the wash, is to have the insurance company reimburse me for my internet orders of the generic.  It would certainly be cheaper for all concerned.  Cynthia



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