Recently I decided to change my pharmacy from Rite-Aid to mail order through Express Scripts.
My only reason for doing this was because it’s supposed to save me several hundred dollars a year on copay.
Unfortunately the experience has turned into a bit of a nightmare, the doctor, pharmacy and insurance company can’t seem to get their act together to authorize everything, even though the insulin I’m using will not change and the insurance company (Blue Cross Blue Shield) owns the pharmacy (Express Scripts).
Mean while I have 1/2 a vial of Humalog on hand and 5 full pens that have never been used. The pens are old but I’ve kept them refridgerated continuously and the seals have not been broken so I believe they’re good.
I have a pump so I want to transfer the insulin from one of the pens into the vial which will then be used to fill a reservoir.
I consider this a solution of last resort but if the yahoos at the doctor’s office, insurance company and pharmacy can’t get it figured out I’m not sure what choice I have.
I suppose I could walk into the doctor’s office, look someone in the eye and inform them of how screwed up the situation is and get a vial of Humalog, but I don’t want to do that. There’s a high likelihood I’d lose my temper and do something stupid.
So, the bottom line question, is it OK to transfer the insulin from a pen into the vial to facilitate filling a pump reservoir?