What is the reason for not covering Nuvigil under the discount prog. upon reaching Medicare eligib?
- 29 Jan 2016 by disgustagain
- 26 Apr 2016
- nuvigil, provigil, medicare, drug
It is a very rude awakening to learn this out after taking Nuvigil since the day it was approved and essentially became the preferred Rx over the precursor drug Provigil made by the same company. Why would the "Prescription Savings Card" program cease/stop when becoming Medicare eligible? I don't get the financial reasoning behind this and would appreciate knowing why since in all likelihood it will mean me stopping taking Nuvigil which my body chemistry has become dependent on after taking it for the past 6-8 years.
Thank you. bw
I can't answer your question but you are right about dependancy. It is recommended, usually, for use up to 12 weeks and the following document mentions habit forming and addiction multiple times: https://www.drugs.com/nuvigil.html
I found myself in the same predicament. I had been on Nuvigil for years when the insurance said it was not on the Medicare formulary and my only choice was to switch the Provigil. Now that Provigil is in generic they have given me no choice, but to get the generic, modafinil. I switched over many years ago and have adjusted. I guess it has to do with the almighty dollar, not what is best for the patient.
I have taken both, I have found provigil to work better for me. Since the insurance changed as of April 1, they switched me to the generic. I gave it almost 4 weeks and I do not feel it works the same. I called the insurance company and they told me that I could get Provigil of my Doctor sent in a pre auth to state I needed the name brand. Maybe you could call to see if there is that option?
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