The past couple of weeks, I've received 2 demands by insurance to justify the use of hydrocodone for patients over the age of 64.
They say that their data indicates this medication is "not indicated/approved" for the older population.
This medication is a low level narcotic often used in the setting of chronic pain. One particular patient has rheumatoid arthritis and has been on this medication for years. The medication controls the pain so she can perform daily activity.
So, hypothetically, a drug that has a generic formulation, that is effective, and that relieves suffering and pain, cannot be given to this patient because she has now become older than 64. Or is it something more sinister, like insurance trying to nickel and dime customers to death.........literally.
What shall we do with this patient? Push her over a cliff in her wheelchair?
Perhaps medical insurance companies that aim for profits can explain to the American public what people can look forward to as they get older.
I'm not talking about heart transplants. I'm talking about a generic (cheap) pill.
Of course, Viagra is covered by the same plan.........