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Filling a prescription for Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Florida and getting it approved by your insurance company.

How do you fill a prescription for Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv?  Making the decision to quit taking heroin or pain pills is not easy. When you are ready to ask for help, help should be available.  After you have gone to a doctor to get a prescription, you should expect the health care system to operate smoothly.

Unfortunately, it does not always work that way.  There is clearly a lack of understanding and a lack of compassion at certain insurance companies and pharmacies.

Insurance companies require “prior authorization” for Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv.  Prior authorization is a paperwork procedure that insurance companies use as a roadblock to recovery for many patients.  For some companies, it has been an escalating process with more and more requirements to be met.

Insurance companies look for any reason to deny a “prior authorization” request. 

After denial, it takes more time and more paperwork to appeal.  The process is offensive and puts patients at risk for potentially life threatening relapse while they wait for approval.  This process should not even exist for patients seeking treatment for opioid dependence.

One helpful tip to keep in mind is that you can request a partial fill of your prescription.

You can pay cash for a small amount while the approval is pending.  Often, you can later get reimbursement from your insurance company for the cash you have spent on your medication.

When you leave the doctor with a prescription for Suboxone, subutex, ZubSolv, you should have the opportunity to stay clean. Insurance companies need to get on board and help treat addiction rather than standing in the way.

So what is the best pharmacy to go to to fill a prescription for Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv?

The answer to this may vary over time and from one location to another.  In my recent experience in the Fort Lauderdale, Broward County area, the large chain pharmacies that we see at nearly every street corner are not the best choice.  These pharmacies often do not stock Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv. They will ask you to wait until they can order your medication or they may even refuse to order it.

When it comes to addiction treatment, time is of the essence. 

Filling the prescription immediately is an urgent matter.  Another issue is these pharmacies often withhold information that they could easily provide. They do not tell patients if another location has the medication in stock.

Small, independent pharmacies are often a better choice for filling Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv.  These are referred to as “mom and pop” pharmacies.  Mom and pop pharmacies have been able to differentiate themselves from the big chains by providing more personalized service.

Your doctor may be aware of local, independent pharmacies that can fill your prescription.

There are some examples of grocery stores and superstores that have pharmacies that do regularly stock Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv.  If you are not comfortable going to a small, independent pharmacy, ask your doctor if he or she can recommend a specific location and call ahead for you.

If you live in Fort Lauderdale or in the Broward County area and you are ready to quit opioids such as heroin or pain pills, please call Mark Leeds, D.O. and make an appointment.  Dr. Leeds is an osteopathic physician who has experience in dealing with the issues discussed in this article.

Dr. Leeds has experience in navigating these insurance and pharmacy issues.  Dr. Leeds is also experienced in quickly submitting prior authorization requests.  To make an appointment, call Dr. Leeds at 954-776-6226.

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