Byetta or the lack there of it.

By Reaperwoman Latest Reply 2010-01-10 15:29:27 -0600
Started 2010-01-07 19:19:40 -0600

I am a type 2 diabetic and have been for 8 years and was gestational with only child. I was put on several drugs and I had very bad reactions to them. Then here came Byetta. I thought ty Jesus I can be helped. My doctor wrote no less than 10 letters to my insurance before they agreed to pay for it. We have private insurance and we pay so much a month for it so I was really wondering if they would agree so was very happy when they did. One year on it and I saw vast improvement and I exercised and watched my diet by changing my eating habits. Well low and behold Jan of 2009 I got a shock when I went to refill it and was told my insurance no longer paid for it. I was very shaken angry and just floored. Why would they take away the only drug I can take and had no problems with it and they can see the results. Well here I am a year later no meds and trying to manage on my own and I do not think I can handle this another day. I have fought going back on insulin for 7 years as I took it during pregnancy and my weight ballooned to over a 100 pounds in 4 short months of taking it. My doctors hospitalized me for 3 weeks to watch and see why and I gained even more weight. The docs said my body was responding to the insulin but there was nothing they could do about the weight gain. I feel like I have no choices left. I wjll do what it takes to keep the old weight off but Why do I pay for something that is no help. Who knows but I will consider all options. I want to keep losing weight and keep off the meds as I never want to weigh 330 again. Anyone else out there any where near my desperation?

6 replies

hbkunkel 2010-01-08 06:03:45 -0600 Report

Have you gotten in touch with the company that makes byetta and explained what happened? Maybe they will help you out finacially to make Byetta a possiblity for you again. It won't hurt to try. Youe dsoctor does not seem very sympathic either - maybe try a better doctor. good luck.

Reaperwoman 2010-01-10 15:29:27 -0600 Report

In answer to your question/comment my doc was the one who fought for me to get byetta so probably will stick with her. Ty to everyone for the replies I received and I will try your suggestions.

spiritwalker 2010-01-07 21:25:43 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site. Have you talked with your insurance agency yourself? Doctors get some free Meds each time a rep walks in their doors. Do you qualify for low income meds?
Most drug compaines furnish them for special needs patients.
I'm a retired nurse so I know. If you have a Diabetes center and
You are a client.they will try and help you with the insurance
company. Other wise if you feel this is the only drug that
helps you, you might have to buy it yourself.

Reaperwoman 2010-01-07 22:05:31 -0600 Report

I think you are right. I may have to figure out a way to pay for it. We do not qualify for low income drug programs. The insurance wont talk to me as apparently my opinion as the patient does not matter. If I sound bitter I am I have banging my head against the wall on this one for a year. I am looking for any way or method or alternative to drugs that will help me. I know there are people out there worse off than I am, I just want to do whats good for me and be able to live with this disease rather than fighting with insurance company.

Harlen 2010-01-07 20:09:14 -0600 Report

I would take them to court and go for dameges
Best wishes

Reaperwoman 2010-01-07 21:05:57 -0600 Report

Ty Haren but you know thats a joke. They are the insurance industry and we all know they control the drug companies. I guess i was looking for best advice on how to control the disease w/o drugs as there seems to be no alternative for me.

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