I recall recently lots of people including Dr. Junig talking about insurance companies and even Medicaid forcing people onto the sub films over the tablets. Well, I just got a letter last week from Medco (my med insurance rider thru BCBS) telling me that my suboxone tablets are no longer a preferred medication and will now become non-formulary. The "preferred" medication will of course now be the films. I BLOODY HATE THE FILMS! They make me gag - literally.
So my former co-pay of $20 will now be $40. Which isn't that bad considering many people have to pay cash for their meds. What scares me is the idea that eventually the tablets will be completely unavailable. But why worry about that now, it hasn't even happened yet, right? I won't even go there now.
Anyhoo, just wanted to share this with you in case anyone else is on Medco or has 3-tier medication coverage.
I must have Medco as well, because the exact same thing happened to me, wells sort of. In may case the pills went from $20 to $40 copay and the film is also a $40 copay. Nevertheless, through 2012 you can get the film with no copay my downloading a coupon from the manufacturer Beckitt Renkeiser (sp?) Go to the Suboxone site and you will find it. You give this printout to the Pharmacy and they will re-run it an remove the copay (up to $50 anyway). It is probably just to get people used to film though. I fully expect to have to pay the copay again in 2013.
What I don't understand is why the insurers would want the pills to go non-formulary. They are older, and surely less expensive to manufacture and I would assume to sell, (right?). Usually Insurers love you to use "older" medications as they can pay less for them. This whole thing sounds like some sort of collusion between the manufacturer of Suboxone and the insurers.