Mailed Medicaid Prescriptions Not Getting To Ny Patients Swiftly

12.17.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Medicaid patients in New York State are angry over mailed drugs. A change in the state policy requiring Medicaid recipients who take certain drugs to get them through the mail has led to delivery problems, leaving patients without life-sustaining medicene to wait for days or longer. The policy is meant to save the nation's most expensive Medicaid program cash. Patients have complained of medications being stolen, signed for by strangers, returned to hard-to-reach mail facilities, have come frozen, melted, spoiled, or have lost potency. The Executive Director of the State Pharmacies Society in New York said there was one case of a 23-thousand dollar medication that sat in a mail facility for weeks. There's no word if the state will change its mailing policy.