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Is there an estrogen/progesterone patch? Is there an estrogen/progesterone patch?

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Unread 07-23-2002, 03:56 PM
Is there an estrogen/progesterone patch?

Lovely Jungle-dwelling Ladies:

I want to switch to transdermal HRT, but my prescription insurance will NOT pay for compounded hormone cream. My DH is a pharmacist for the large pharmacy chain which provides our prescription insurance, and he's positive: they won't pay for meds which are not specifically approved by the FDA, and compounded hormone cream isn't approved. We'd prefer not to pay for it ourselves.

Is there a patch that delivers both estrogen and progesterone?

I've been taking estrace (generic) 1 mg/day and prometrium 100 mg/ day, and I'm doing well with that, but with the recently released studies, I'd prefer not to take my HRT orally anymore.

Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 07-23-2002, 04:06 PM
Is there an estrogen/progesterone patch?

As far as I know there is not an estrogen/progesterone patch. There is an estrogen/progestin patch, but that is not bio-identical.

I think the only progesterone that is available from a regular pharmacy is the prometrium that you are taking.

Perhaps you could try again with your insurance company. I had to go thru alot of red tape but eventually got the compounded hormones covered. In the beginning I had to pay for them upfront and than submit for reimbursement. My company has since switched prescription carriers and now they will reimburse my pharmacist directly so I only have to pay my $10 co-pay. My pharmacist did have to fill out a few forms to register with them, but she was more than happy to do so.

My pharmacist was also very helpful when it came to talking with the insurance company. I think the problem is something with what is called a NDC number. Most of prescription meds have this NDC number while compounded hormones do not. Thus the confusion.

Perhaps if you found a nice helpful compounding pharmacist in your area he/she would be willing to help with your insurance company. This site has a pharmacy locator.

I'm sorry for going on and on, but it really makes me mad when I hear that insurance companies will not reimburse for the compounded hormones. They are prescription medications just like Premarin, Estrace, prometrium, etc.

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