Mostly because insurance companies think they know how to practice medicine. It carries a caution in the elderly. I don't know about you, but I don't find 72 elderly. That's for those over 90, lol. I have no idea why insurance companies think they need to change a medication that has been working for the person, you'd think they'd be glad its keeping you out of the hospital. I have mine giving me fits about a med I've taken for 36 yrs, yet they think they need to question it every time I go to get it filled.
Maybe because the effectiveness of this drug may decrease with time.As do many diabetic meds.Also(like most oral meds. for diabetes)... may cause hypoglycemia.Especially in the elderly,or weak.Age is only a number to me!Also would mean,more office visits to check your blood and urine periodically for abnormal glucose levels.Insurance companies are protecting themselves sadly, at the cost of the patient.Just because you are 72,they are assuming... hhhmmmm,age,low blood glucose... fall.Equals lawsuit.It seems to me they want to push Insulin more and more.(Insulin is great for some people,I personally am not ready for that).So, if you measure the wrong dose or something happens,the company itself can't be held accountable.This is only my opinion.If the medication works for you,and your insurance company still continues to deny.I would pay for a generic out of pocket.You can find alot of places that would be happy to get your business.And you can get them fairly cheap.Or see if you can qualify for The Drug Assistance Program.They were very helpful to me.Good luck!!!
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