Monday, January 09, 2006

Druggists overwhelmed / New Medicare drug plan 'glitches' leave pharmacists struggling to fill orders

Is anyone really suprised about this?

Pharmacists say they have been unable to fill prescriptions or have given out drugs without knowing if they will be paid since Medicare's new prescription drug benefit began Jan. 1.

Some customers lacked cards or notification from insurers about their coverage. Computer problems verifying a patient's eligibility, busy help lines and mismatched identification numbers also have hampered the ability of pharmacists to fill orders...more

I'm sure that the new multitude of plans must be driving American pharmacists up the wall. Will the patients get frustrated and go back to Canadian internet pharmacies? If things don't improve, I suspect some will try Canada again.

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