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Recently I received a letter from the VA Pharmacy stating a certain medication that I had been prescribed through the VA was being replaced with a different medication. I called the pharmacy and explained that I had tried other medications in the past and always went down hill. Not only did my private specialist absolutely recommended that I stay with the present medication I was on but I did not ever want to change. The pharmacy told me to call my primary care provider. I replied, " I did not get this letter from my primary care provider, but it came fro the pharmacy. She said we don't handle that part, you will have to call the primary care provider. I called the primary care provider and got the same story on we are switching you. I said no you are not, don't send it because I don't want it and I started getting the medication I need through a local pharmacy and it was rather expensive. I had a clue that the price was why the medication was changed. After 3 or 4 months passed by, a nurse from VA primary care called me and ask me what I was taking since I refused the med. I explained where and why and she then proceeded to give me instructions on what to send her to get he medication reinstated. She said, send us a letter from my private doctor stating the need not to switch, send us records where you have tried other VA medications in the past that did not work. I sent those, plus one other document, a printout of warning on the medication that The VA was attempting to switch me to could cause death and it was not to was be taken with one of the conditions I have. The nurse called last week to tell me my medication that was changed had been reinstated. This lady went out of her way to help me and I am grateful for it. I thanked her and told her I wished we had more people employed with the VA like her. There is still a few.

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Recently I received a letter from the VA Pharmacy stating a certain medication that I had been prescribed through the VA was being replaced with a different medication. I called the pharmacy and explained that I had tried other medications in the past and always went down hill. Not only did my private specialist absolutely recommended that I stay with the present medication I was on but I did not ever want to change. The pharmacy told me to call my primary care provider. I replied, " I did not get this letter from my primary care provider, but it came fro the pharmacy. She said we don't handle that part, you will have to call the primary care provider. I called the primary care provider and got the same story on we are switching you. I said no you are not, don't send it because I don't want it and I started getting the medication I need through a local pharmacy and it was rather expensive. I had a clue that the price was why the medication was changed. After 3 or 4 months passed by, a nurse from VA primary care called me and ask me what I was taking since I refused the med. I explained where and why and she then proceeded to give me instructions on what to send her to get he medication reinstated. She said, send us a letter from my private doctor stating the need not to switch, send us records where you have tried other VA medications in the past that did not work. I sent those, plus one other document, a printout of warning on the medication that The VA was attempting to switch me to could cause death and it was not to was be taken with one of the conditions I have. The nurse called last week to tell me my medication that was changed had been reinstated. This lady went out of her way to help me and I am grateful for it. I thanked her and told her I wished we had more people employed with the VA like her. There is still a few.

For those like her, I usually do an IRIS "compliment" informing management personnel of the VA employee act for meeting or exceeding the standard of service to Vets and ask that they, management, pass on my thanks to said employee. Just a suggestion and I'm sure she will appreciate it too. :P

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It would help the Nurse more if you wrote the Administrator as it would go into her file also.

The VA had stopped my prescription for Plavix and substituted baby aspirin that I was supposed to buy on my own. I took my primary care Doc a prescription from my HMO Doc and was reinstated.

I find it strange that 3 VA Doctors wrote a published article that they had found at the VA tat a Veteran who was taken off Plavix was 2 times more likely to die in 90 days than other people with the same conditions.I also found out that my Medicare Part B Insurance would make me pay a 90 dollar copay which would eat up my donut and make my Medicare Prescription Plan entirely worthless.

There is more than one way to skin a cat.

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It would help the Nurse more if you wrote the Administrator as it would go into her file also.

The VA had stopped my prescription for Plavix and substituted baby aspirin that I was supposed to buy on my own. I took my primary care Doc a prescription from my HMO Doc and was reinstated.

I find it strange that 3 VA Doctors wrote a published article that they had found at the VA tat a Veteran who was taken off Plavix was 2 times more likely to die in 90 days than other people with the same conditions.I also found out that my Medicare Part B Insurance would make me pay a 90 dollar copay which would eat up my donut and make my Medicare Prescription Plan entirely worthless.

There is more than one way to skin a cat.

Pete I did a compliment on her through www,va.gov/ but a letter to the adminstrator as you said I believe in in order. Thanks.

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