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Sun Sentinel: Prior-authorization practices could be more patient friendly

I was diagnosed with osteopenia, or low bone mineral density, at an unusually young age. Shortly after my initial diagnosis, my condition progressed into full blown osteoporosis. Unfortunately, the generic oral medications recommended by my insurer triggered an allergic reaction and my insurer refused to pay for my only remaining option.

When outside circumstances later forced me to switch doctors, I had to go through the entire ordeal again — take the generic drugs, develop the allergic reaction, and show the doctor my symptoms before the insurance company would agree to cover my medication.

As policymakers review legislation this year, they should pay more attention to these prior authorization practices and the danger they create for patients like me.

Mari Velar, Tampa, Fla.

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