Lyndsey Crosbie’s Story
Like many people, Lyndsey would occasionally take Advil for pain relieve. Unlike many people, it took two visits to the emergency room before Lyndsey and her doctors realized that was a bad idea.
“It turns out I was actually allergic to NSAIDs and acetaminophen, which I would occasionally take to manage discomfort brought on by endometriosis and a painful hip condition. Taking those medicines would cause me to break out severely in hives.”
Once that had been figured out the solution was simple: Lyndsey would be prescribed Celebrex as a replacement for NSAID medications, as it does not typically cause allergic reactions to those with NSAID allergies.
The only problem was that her insurance denied the new prescription.
“At the beginning of all this, I just had to pay out of pocket while waiting for my doctor and insurance company to clear things up. It wasn’t cheap—probably about $25 dollars for 15 pills—but I was in pain and it was all I could do.”
Thankfully, Lyndsey’s doctor was able to get the issue resolved in short order. But the relief was just temporary.
“About a week later, I received a letter from my insurance company informing me I had to try about 10 other prescriptions for my pain relief before they would cover my prescriptions for Celebrex, and EVERY ONE of them was an NSAID!”
Lyndsey’s story is all too familiar for a lot of patients here in Michigan. Too often, insurance companies and prior authorizations rules come between doctors and the patients they’re trying to help. It’s time to simplify the process.