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QmedRx Calls for Military Families to Contact Representatives, Demand Compound Drug Coverage

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

QmedRx, a compound and specialty pharmacy, is highly disturbed by the announcement that TRICARE, the healthcare insurance coverage provided to military personnel and their families, will no longer be offering benefits with regard to several key services. One of the cuts that TRICARE has made in its coverage pertains to compounded medications, as it will no longer cover any such pharmaceuticals.

An article published by Age of Autism explains the value that compounded medications hold for patients: "What if a patient has a food allergy and can not [sic] tolerate the milk or soy or dyes that are so often in mainstream pharmacy medications? That patient needs custom compounded products. Sadly, TRICARE, which is the healthcare program for American military families, has just announced that it will no longer cover the cost of compounded medications after July 24."

This decision will negatively impact a long list of individuals. Compounded pharmaceuticals are relied upon by numerous patients who cannot physically tolerate mass produced medications. The process goes as follows: Doctors determine the kind of medication that a patient needs. If this patient is allergic to a certain ingredient in the medication, or if they need the drug in a different form or strength, then specifications are provided to a compounding pharmacy. The professionals at this pharmacy create an individualized version of the medication, omitting the ingredients to which a patient is allergic or providing it in liquid or transdermal form instead of pill form, for example.

While it is true that compound pharmacies provide a high degree of convenience to their patients, it is also true that they are the only access to effective healthcare treatment at all for some patients. For patients who are allergic to a certain ingredient in mass produced medications, for instance, the only way in which they can seek treatment is through compounding practices. As such, this TRICARE decision will, essentially, financially barricade many individuals from the medical treatment that they need.

"Before the existence of drug manufacturers, compounding pharmacies had a more predominate role in working with physicians to treat patients in the most optimal, or personalized, way," comments a representative from QmedRx. "Over the past 30 years, the healthcare market has shifted to a standardized approach to medicine in which drug manufacturers accommodate 80 to 90 percent of the prescriptions that are written. Unfortunately, patients not falling in this majority are at risk of no longer having access to medications designed for their personal needs. We are urging military families to contact their state representatives to express their concerns regarding this change in TRICARE coverage."

The professionals at QmedRx encourage individuals to call 1-877-363-1303 to ask TRICARE to overturn this decision in addition to contacting local representatives regarding the issue.


QmedRx is a compound and specialty pharmacy that provides its patients with access to customized pharmaceuticals. Established in 1990, the organization has become an integral resource for patients who are allergic to ingredients in mass produced medicines or who need medications in different forms. Across 48 states, the professionals at this pharmacy customize prescriptions to the specifications of doctors. In addition to compounding medications, the team at this organization specializes in transdermal pain and scar relief, Lyme disease, wound care, nutrition, sinus care, and podiatry.

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