I can't help but ask : what insurance company part D helps cover its cost?
No Oxycontin brand name is the only long acting oxycodone there is no generics. It is not Medicare that wont cover it, it is your carrier for your Part D that wont cover. Some plans do cover it. The insurance company I work for does cover it but at a Tier 3 high copay and is not eligible for exception for payment at a lower tier (and we are a carrier for Medicare) so it is your plan and not Medicare that doesnt cover it. MS Contin is fairly comparable to Oxycontin as far as pain relief and there are a lot of generics for MS Contin (morphine)
I am sure what Medicare company you are with; I am on Medicare and prescribed both ER and IR OxyContin. I get an annual waiver every January for my ER because it exceeds $1,000. Medicare used to pay for the quantity of my IR for years but last year decided to only pay for 90 a month, I pay cash for the remaining 50. However, the DEA has begun screwing with our pain management doctors here cautioning them to begin cutting all patients receiving 30mg Roxicodone or Oxycontin IR-most receive 180 every 4 hours. I see a spine specialists and he cut my medication a few months before a minor back surgery. That sad part, I could barely walk then and can barely walk now but had to take a medicine cut because of those who get them prescribed who either don't need them or get them to sell.
- Roxicodone Information for Consumers
- Roxicodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Roxicodone (detailed)
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