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Roll Call: Tricare's Sweeping Action Hurts Veterans

Wednesday, September 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dagmar Anderson
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In a recent Roll Call Commentary, the current situation involving Tricare and its announcement that it would no longer cover compounded medications is examined.

"The House of Representatives took a stand against Tricare to protect veterans’ medical interests and ensure they have access to necessary medications.

Specialty medications are critical for patients who do not respond to treatment through traditionally manufactured medicines, or in instances when pain medication or narcotics are not advised by a physician. Tricare’s May 1 restriction on compounding medications made it virtually impossible for specialty pharmacies to fill these physician-prescribed treatments for veterans.

In late June, six congressmen submitted a letter asking the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs to review Tricare’s actions saying, 'While these changes were created with good intent, they have ultimately removed all access of compounded medications from patients.'"
 

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