Anyone who has been living with HIV for any length of time can tell you the value and importance of their local, community pharmacist. We rely on them to remind us when it is time to refill our prescriptions, for advice regarding potentially harmful drug interactions and to connect us with other community resources to help support our quality of life.
For many, the community pharmacist is more than just another health care provider, he or she is an invaluable resource, an individual who is personally invested in our health and wellbeing, and a friend.
So it should come as no surprise that many people were shocked and dismayed late last year when they began receiving letters from Anthem, the largest private insurance company in California, informing their policyholders requiring “specialty” medications—including HIV medications—that they would have to terminate their relationships with their community pharmacists, and instead would be forced to obtain their lifesaving drugs from CuraScript, a mail-order pharmacy based out of Florida.
Read the full article at Positive Frontiers.