3/1/10 - Yes I hate Medco. They deny me my Nexium 40mg 2x daily many times. I have appealed and they still denied it. Started getting acid back in fall of 2008. I have had 2 endoscopies which I had multi-ulcers and gastritis. Got rid of the ulcers. (I can not burp or throw up because of a past Hiatal hernia surgery.) I can stand lots of pain however getting acid for month at a time is almost unlivable (my poor husband has to put up with me being a ...) I get acid on an empty stomach and almost every time I eat anything. Get acid every time I bend over.
I have almost landed in emergency room over dozens of times because of the pain is so bad. Don't go because what are they going to do? $2000 visit and an 8 hour wait I could not do. I am no whimp either (major back surgery and off all pain meds within 2 days). I have tried Protonix, Aciphex, Zegerid, Omeprazole, pantoprazole, Carafat suspension, gasX, soda, apple cider vinegar, cottage cheese, ginger ale, milk. Probably many other things I can't remember... The only thing I have found that works is 2 Nexium a day for me. Not 1 but 2 Nexium. (My Nexium comes from Dr. samples or from my neighbor.) At $400 for 60 pills I can not afford.
Right now, I ordered some Siberian pine nut oil getting it soon and now ordering Nexium from Canada at 59 a pill which I will be getting in 2-3 weeks. If this does not work I think I would rather be dead than live with this pain. This has kept me from family, friends and many activities, life altering YES. For me life threatening MAYBE sooooooon. If anyone has anything better please let me know.
OK, so I get new insurance this year and my new mail order prescription provider, Medco, turns out to be the most frustrating provider I have ever dealt with. You go to the trouble to get new prescriptions, mail them off, and they show up on the website as "we can't fill your prescription till we talk to your doctor". Let's see my doctor, that would be the guy that filled out the prescription in the first place.
Wait here's one, you get a prescription filled, it shows up on the website one week and poof, it's gone the next week along with all the refills which means, that's right now I have to waste my time and my doctors time reordering the same prescription. Why? Because nobody's time is more important than a Medco employee's time. So I send an inquiry about the missing prescription, and I get instructions on how to order a prescription. So, I send another inquiry, this time I clarified my question, the response was "that doesn't happen on our website", nice and to the point. The fact remains, I still have to get another prescription filled out to reorder it.
Now it seems the old saying is true, you don't know what you've got till it's gone, and for as much trouble as Caremark was to do business with (my employer bought an extra drug management contract that told Caremark to cancel certain prescriptions after being filled once, they stopped spending money on envelopes and included the refill cancellation right in the first fill of the prescription, long story), anyway, at least once you got stuff squared away you go to Caremark's website and you could view all of your prescriptions at once including the status of each one.
At Medco's website you're only allowed to view the prescriptions they say are ready to fill, if you want to see other prescriptions or more information it's really hard to find, that is if it is still there at all. I thought the person on the customer 800 helpline was polite and tried to do the right thing, but she was limited by poor corporate processes, she tried to fix an order for me two weeks ago and I'm still waiting.
The email responses are either simplistic auto responses implying you don't know what you are doing, or they insult you, "how dare you imply the great Medco may have effed something up". So there you go, at odds with my service provider, and pretty sure, at least so far, they don't know what they are doing and really don't care.
PO 747000, OHIO -- My daughter was running out of birth control pills and had gone for annual checkup. She needed a a few extra refills because she will be studying abroad in Australia for 4 months. She dropped off the prescription at the local drug store, which the doctor gave for a 6 months. The pharmacy asked her how many refills needed. She said, "6 months". She only needed 5 months but, because in order to get it cheaper they give it in 3 month supply. Well after being on the phone for 4 hours jumping through hoops calling Medco which told me I need to call UnitedHealth to get the okay, which told me to Medco they okay it. Then told UnitedHealth "Medco told me to call you". Had a 3 way conversation with Medco/UnitedHealth/and me. That I need the doctor okay for the 6 months.
I said, "The prescription was for 6 months and already at the pharmacy. Can I go or have the pharmacy fax or I will fax the prescription to you so you would have it on file?" "NO, the doctor need to call Medco for the override". "Well, it's 5 o'clock now the doctor left for the day call tomorrow." Called the next day explained to the doc that they needed to call. The doctor's office called me back and told me I need to get the prescription and mail it to Medco, to get the 3 months. I said "Well what about the pharmacy? Wouldn't they need the copy of the prescription on file?"
Well it go on and on. I paid out of pocket dearly to get 6 months prescription and didn't go through Medco even though I'm paying insurance to have this suck service. They should burn that place down. It's so hard to talk to untrained stupid people, even the supervisors at MEDCO.
I recently had a very bad experience with my mail-in prescription order with Medco. I had filled prescriptions by mail or several times over the past year without issue. Sometimes my prescription was for 30 days and sometimes 90 days which I never understood, but I was always charged accordingly. Well, much to my dismay, the last order I placed was for 4 separate prescriptions and when I received the first in the mail, I realized that I was charged twice as much as I would pay at the pharmacy for 1 30-day supply.
I called Medco to question the charge and ask about the status of the other 3 prescriptions and their charges. They were also filled and on their way and 2 of those prescriptions were also written incorrectly (or in a way that Medco will only send a 30-day supply but charge for the 90-day supply), thereby costing me twice as much. The representative advised me to refuse the package so that I could have my account credited. I did just that and then learned that because Medco said that the error was not on their side that I would still be charged (overcharged) for the prescriptions that I just sent back!
I was irate to say the least and finally spoke to a supervisor who agreed to put a note on my account to return the package to me. I still am out the double cost of the prescriptions and will have to revisit my doctor in order to get correctly written prescriptions to have refilled through Medco or at pharmacy if I choose. I would have expected a phone call from Medco when they originally received my prescriptions if they weren't written correctly.
Mail-in order saves Medco money and is supposed to save you a third the cost of your prescriptions. If they want your business, then they should treat their customers better. I'm not happy with the mail-in service and will be weary of using it in the future.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- As Medco claims, it is much faster than mailing in a prescription, and if you don't they triple the price at a local pharmacy. Now No One AT MEDCO takes responsibility! They claim in Las Vegas once it is picked up by UPS, whom they have a contract with, it is out of their hands! They claim "oh well it's my problem, go back to the Dr.'s Office and get another prescription and fill it locally, at my own PERSONAL expense." The people on the telephone are rude, flippant, and couldn't care less. NOW we pay a High premium for this service which is no longer being serviced. MEDCO needs to be sued constantly to make them responsible.
I have been a customer of Medco for the past four years and until now have been happy. However my credit card was stolen in December and since then it has been nothing but problems. I did not get a replacement card for over a week and during that time Medco decided to harass me into the ground. I spoke to one of their customer service representatives on the phone in the beginning and explained my situation. I told him I would update my card online as soon as I got a new one. He wanted me to call instead but as I have a very busy schedule and am not home for 12 hours a day I told him I would update online.
I thought that the issue was resolved and ignored the two phone messages on my machine I got from them every night after that. A week and a half later when I got my new card I went online to update and try to get my prescriptions mailed to me. Instead I find that Medco has decided to delete all of my prescriptions and all of my renewals that I had on file for the next year! I emailed back and forth trying to get my medications sent to me and was starting to get worried because I am a severe asthmatic and need my medication.
They informed me that I had to have my doctor send in the prescriptions again (of course at this time the Doctor's office is still closed from the holiday). They also told me that they had no record of ever speaking to me, which tells you how well they keep records when you tell them something they don't want to hear. I finally got in contact with my Doctor and had the prescriptions sent into Medco and got my medication within the next week and a half.
Then the day after I get a letter from Medco stating that they have found my old prescriptions but since I just had prescriptions sent to me they cannot send them and will auto ship them to me as soon as coverage will allow. This is a problem because four of the medications I take only as needed and will most likely not need to refill for another eight months. I am currently trying to get the prescriptions taken off auto ship and can only hope they don't decide to delete them all again in spite.
WASHINGTON -- INCOMPETENT THIEVES!! My Dr. wrote a Rx for me. I told him the generic caused more drowsiness and irritability so he crossed out "generic allowed" and signed his name above "Dispense As Written" AND circled it. Although I normally get generics to save money, I should not have to suffer increased drowsiness from a generic medicine that does not work the same as the brand. Medco sent me the generic. When I called, and was transferred FIVE times, (retelling the same story) I was told by the Pharmacist that the Dr. had not signed for Brand. This is a blatant LIE.
I'm a certified Pharmacist Technician and know how to read a Rx.The RPH told me she would contact the Dr. and I said. "but it's already been filled for generic". She stated, "if the Dr. writes for Brand, then they'll fill it for the $35 copay". A week later, I tried to use my debit card and it was overdrawn. Medco had filled the brand and charged me $463.00!!!
Don't ever give Medco access to your bank account. Medco is stating that I requested brand, NOT the Dr. The second RPH admitted the Dr. had written for brand, but it was also signed on the generic and although it was crossed out, they interpreted it to mean generic. Even though BRAND was circled?! That money was going to be used for college tuition. Now I have 180 days of a medicine I occasionally use.
MISSOURI -- I'm devastated! Medco was to mail me my Rx to start my LIFE & DEATH treatment & now they are denying me any coverage on the Rx. They are uninformed, do not care, rude, crude & careless with others' lives. My doctor and lab/blood tests show I need this treatment & who is Medco to deny me?
They are not a real insurance company, they are a bunch of idiots sitting at a desk enjoying playing God! How do they sleep at night with what they are doing to others? Please if you have Medco and have no choice since it's through my husband's job, then beware all of you! They did this to me & they can do it to you or your loved ones too! Everyone needs to write to them & let them know they can't legally play God - or can they??? They're doing it.
This is a Medco by-mail warning. Understand that if you receive by mail a 90-day incorrect prescription, it is your problem, you are held responsible for the cost of that prescription. A doctor in my practice, NOT MY PRIMARY CARE, send through a prescription for a drug I had not requested. (My Primary Care checked and didn't know why the other did it. His response was a shrug.)
However, since it was a "valid" (read: legal) prescription, it was at my cost, which was $170. The fact that it was not a drug I am taking was not relevant. And until I pay the $170 "co-pay", my prescription drug coverage was placed on hold my Medco. I was no longer able to receive the medications I need at co-pay costs. At a pharmacy, you can hand an incorrect prescription back to the pharmacist. Medco's 90-day prescriptions come in the mail and are not returnable. You are the last stop on this chain of action and it's your problem. Medco will save you $5 here and there, but eventually you will pay the price.
Each plan is administered differently. My plan, after 3 refills, Medco blocks you from using a local pharmacy. At that point for insurance coverage, you must use Medco by-mail. Therefore, I no longer have prescription coverage for my blood pressure medicine. I guess in the typical American style, it's far more logical for me to stop those meds, have a stroke and then allow the medical cost to roll to my healthcare coverage, rather than offering a fair solution to this issue.
What MEDCO can do is amazing to me. My local pharmacy would never accept a prescription from a doctor, fill it and then charge my credit card for the prescription without my consent, but MEDCO claims it can do just that and I can do nothing about it. Tonight I received a box of medications that I did not order and a bill stating my credit card had been charged $100. I called MEDCO and "the supervisor" I spoke to stated MEDCO had received a prescription from my doctor and it is their policy to automatically fill it and bill me, and of course she stressed how I had to pay regardless of whether I wanted the medications or not.
I was so shocked. I work in the healthcare field and have worked with pharmaceutical companies, private insurers, pharmacies and medicare/medicaid; I feel I know a little about how this business works. Medicaid in California treats its patients better than any other system in my experience. I'll wait and see what "the grievance" the MEDCO supervisor supposedly filed for me does- maybe a couple days- before I consider contacting the Postal Inspector about Mail Fraud, my credit card company about unauthorized charges, my congressman, state representative and the Pharmacy Board in my state, and whoever else I think might need to hear about this.
I would urge everyone else who's had a terrible experience with this company to do the same. It's shameful that any company can get away with this type of treatment of its clients. One additional thing I noticed- there seems to be a lot of complaints about this company around 2004 and now again- kind of makes me wonder.... did Merck stock just tank or what?