Monthly Archives: February 2012

ifttt Medical Applications

I’ve started using the new web service ifttt. It stands for If This Then That. It allows one to use the internet to create various tasks in a If This Than That structure. The This part is what they call … Continue reading

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Limiting Medication, But Not Really

Once again, CVS Caremark wasted my time. On 1/27/12 they sent me a copy of a letter they sent my patient saying they only provided a limited supply of tramadol to my patient because it’s subject to plan quantity limits. … Continue reading

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Acid Revelations – Acid Reducers and Asthma in Children

The Journal of the Medical Association recently published an article about the use of lansoprazole (Prevacid) for children with poorly controlled asthma. It had been thought that gastoesophageal reflux disease (GERD) contributed to asthma exacerbations because acid would come up … Continue reading

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Prior Prior Authorization

I prescribed Chantix for one of my patients recently. CVS Caremark faxed us a, “CLINICAL PRIOR AUTHORIZATION CRITERIA REQUEST FORM”. It said to complete the form then fax it to them. Once received they would fax a, “DRUG SPECIFIC CRITERIA … Continue reading

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