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Best pharmacy chain for Dexcom?

Mine come from Advanced Diabetes Supply—very easy to work with.

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@John58 if you are paying out of pocket (no insurance) and are a Costco member, they have a significantly reduced price for members. Prices are posted in this post.

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Thanks for the feedback on them…unfortunately mail order will not work for me. I’m trying to find a national chain where somebody local can get my prescriptions, insurance info etc entered correctly in the system and then I would have the ability to get refills when I am travelling, including Dexcom G5 sensors and transmitter when needed. So far it looks like Kauai, Kansas and NJ are on my 2019 trip schedule plus driving trips around the western US.

I have a friend who gets Dexcom transmitters from Walgreens and they’ve never mentioned a problem. Not sure why she does that bc we have the same insurance and mine comes from mail order.

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Thank you! I’ll be giving Walgreen’s a try for the Dexcom. When Libre came out I bought some there with cash and they seemed fine…time will tell I guess.

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When I first started dexcom, it was covered as pharmacy, not DME. I got mail order through Foundation Care. They were great.

As pharmacy, I also had low co-pay, $40 per 3 month supply. Didn’t take my insurance folks long to figure out dexcom was not quite the same as BG strips. That was about 10 years ago. But I think FC still does pharmacy billing.

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Sorry to hijack here… but in Canada we order direct from Dexcom. They have an online store I can buy directly from with no middleman :grinning:

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Just an update:
Walgreen’s has pharmacy technicians working their online chat for price inquiries who don’t know what a CGM transmitter is. Today they told me (1) I have to speak with the local Walgreen pharmacist to find out my price/co pay for the G5 sensors and transmitter, which I plan to do tomorrow, and (2) the “list price” for one transmitter is $17,096 and $896 for a 30 day supply of G5 sensors. LOL. I have no idea how they came up with those numbers but I have no doubt they reported whatever prices the Walgreen’s system gave based on GIGO. My guess is I would be buying 30 transmitters all at once for that price?

These erroneous Walgreens list prices illustrate my concern I am trying to fix. When I call my local pharmacist to re-order Dexcom transmitter and sensors, he has no idea what a Dexcom CGM is because he apparently has no other patients using it and that causes delays, long phone calls about what exactly they are ordering for me, etc. The owner seems to get it but the people who work there do not. I want to switch to a national chain pharmacy for Dexcom supplies (the only other option available to me from my insurer) but ideally would like to find a national chain with people handling orders who have at least basic knowledge of a Dexcom transmitter and sensors so they won’t waste my time and delay my sensors.

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Competitive pricing!

I do hope you can find this. The skeptical side of me imagines that you are going to have to educate pharmacists and pharmacy techs on this no matter where you go if you have to go the brick and mortar route.

Unrelated, back when I was really, really struggling on Lantus and tried some things my endo recommended and I deviated from his very loose recommendation…and I ended up in the ER getting rehydrated to fight off oncoming DKA…in an effort to problem solve what ALL went wrong for me, I ended up calling five local pharmacy locations and asking them how they handle insulin pens. The answers were astounding. Ultimately, should it matter based on what we’ve learned on FUD about the true stability of insulin? Probably not. But either way, I was AMAZED at how different each store responded. One basically said, “Who’s asking? We won’t discuss it.”. One said, “Insulin pens might sit out for a few days if you’re late picking them up.” One said, “If we’re busy, it may take seven hours from when the tech gets it ready to when the pharmacist signs off on it. It would sit on the counter that whole time.” Another said, “We don’t allow insulin pens to sit out for more than 10 minutes. We have a sticker system we use to ensure this happens. No other store should let them sit out for longer than 10 minutes.” And the last one said, “Cardboard is a really good insulator so it doesn’t matter how long the pens sit out.”

Anyway…I’ve had to educate my local pharmacy on a few things about different scripts and authorizations, but they have been great about being willing to learn and work with me. That’s what I look for in a pharmacy now. Bc I haven’t found one who already knows these things.

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I share your concern about potentially buying spoiled insulin caused by mishandling. I have trusted my local pharmacy to follow best practices but realize the insulin can get spoiled further up the supply chain.The study that increased my awareness of this issue was (abstract only): https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1932296817747292

As for the Dexcom pharmacy search, I spoke with the pharmacist at Walgreen and was told they can not get G5 supplies. Meanwhile, the tech at the front told me the standard “have your prescription sent over and we’ll see what we can do” which I am unwilling to waste time with. On that basis I ordered a box of sensors from my locals and will make the switch next month. To illustrate my dilemma, this morning I got the call that sensors are ready to pick up. I showed up and was told to come back tomorrow, somebody there made a mistake when calling me. They are nice people but can’t seem to handle the orders for some reason. I’ve stuck with them for many years because I have a friend who worked there (but she is retiring and is now only 2 mornings a week) and they are a small biz who tries to give personal service.

Dexcom suggested CVS or Walmart. I chatted with the people at a CVS near me and they assured me they can provide G5 sensors and transmitters. However, I will need to get into their system to find out the price/co-pay. Next month for that.

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Yeah, this happens to me all the time with test strips. So annoying.

When I called around to five local pharmacies…they were all part of the same national chain. There was SO much variation in competence from location to location in the same city area.

Good luck with everything!

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Figured I’d update the old thread with results…there is no best pharmacy chain with my insurance company! I cracked the code by multiple phone calls and now use a refill procedure with my local pharmacy that actually works: I call the Pharmacy Benefits department at my insurance, they put an “override code” on my account, and then I call the pharmacy for refills. The insurance company finally explained to me that they have no way in their system to distinguish between G5 sensors and transmitters, so sensor refills were “using up” my G5 transmitter refills. This caused confusion, requests for more pre authorizations, etc. at every pharmacy I tried.

I also found that my 20% copay prices at chain pharmacies were no lower than at my local pharmacy, and were universally lower than I had been paying Edgepark under DME.

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The local pharmacy which I go to which is a national chain, also did not have any idea about the Dexcom.

I provided the NDC codes for them - prior to obtaining a script from the Doc. The Pharmacist Tech entered the NDC codes (G6 Transmitter and G6 Sensors) into the computer and verified that the pharmacy was able to obtain those NDC codes.

I didn’t bother asking about pricing because I wasn’t going to believe any of it anyhow plus it would have been a very frustrating conversation for no point.

After checking with the Pharamacy and providing the NDC codes, I had the Doc send in a script to the pharmacy in which I had very carefully provided the Doc with what I wanted the script to say.

The pharmacy placed the order (after receiving the script from the Doc) which took one extra day as they clearly did not have this in stock but were able to overnight the product in for me.

When I went to pick up the Dexcom supplies (1 transmitter and 1 box containing 3 G6 sensors), I checked the dates on the boxes (all very current) and checked the pricing. If price was outside what I was willing to pay, I would just instruct them to return it to stock. As it turned out, the pricing was exactly the same as when I order DME direct from Dexcom so I was entirely pleased.

The sensors were put on auto-reorder so the next month, it all went through automatically with no intervention required from me. Super smooth.

I was told that they could not put the transmitter on auto-reorder so I would have to let them know when I needed a reorder on the transmitter. That seemed more than reasonable to me.

:stuck_out_tongue:

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I’ve had a very different experience ordering from Walgreens, and I figure posting about it may help others. A dexcom rep was actually the one who suggested I get set up with Walgreens, so maybe dexcom and walgreens now have some partnership or training for pharmacists?

Anyways, I use Walgreens Community Pharmacy (not sure if there’s a distinction with regular Walgreens) in Philadelphia, and each time I’ve called in, the pharmacists I’ve talked to seem like they know what they’re talking about (with at least knowing the distinctions between sensors and transmitters) and they seem like they get other dexcom orders and have experience filling them. I really prefer using them because, after all the talks with my insurance company, dexcom, and MD, all I had to do was call them and ask for the supplies I’d like. They deliver to my house which is really nice, and since I’ve hit my deductible, I have my sensors autoshipping to me.

I may have gotten lucky with the pharmacists I’ve talked to or it’s been this Walgreens specifically, but I think they’ve had great customer service and have made my life a lot easier!

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This may be too late for anyone but I recently started Dexcom G6 and none of the pharmacies knew what I was talking about. The Dexcom rep recommended Costco, and they know all about it. Couldn’t have been easier, I call in a refill and it’s there the next day. My insurance covers it (well you know, part of it, I have a copay). Try Costco.

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gonna kick this topic up the flagpole. It covers my exact dilemma.

I currently receive supplies from Solara. They were my original point if contact for the G5 this year. They were great in getting paperwork sorted and working with my doc office. Took a little while but was in no hurry.

Fast forward to post 3rd reorder. Not one single order waa shipped as promised, taking a total of 8 to 27 days to simply ship. I am fortunate as they are down in the San Diego area which typically is just a couple days delivery up here north of Santa Barbara (oh, that’s California if ya don’t know).

The past two orders, which actually affected 3-months use, resulted in my having G5 sensors for a whole 26 out of 75 days. Thats roughly 33% of the time.

The first reorder was supposed to be my upgrade to the G6. Had to check on it on"e a week over the next 26 days. Until the last rep i spoke with, Jose or Juan(? don’t have my notes handy) every rep promised they would ship overnight the next day. My last rep was outstanding. He took time to really check wth was up as even he said it made zero sense. After he communicated with internal whoevers at Solara, he called me back TWICE. First was just before he left for lunch but wanted to just let me know he wasn’t lagging and just voicemail tag with shipping & logistics supervisors. He called back late in the day with real answer… Solara pretty much had insufficient G6 supplies to ship to me. Very refreshing but a big red “X” against Solara. He got me new G5 sensors & Tx. I did contact Dexcom about the experience (Solara is not making their products look appealing). I was told Dexcom has had some production issues and it was on their end. However it was then using a local pharmacy might work out better.

Two subsequent orders have not faired better. Most recent took 12-days to be shipped. As usual not sent overnight as i had zero sensors but 1st class package. Shipping took 3 more days.

It’s beyond frustrating as in what is the point if one can’t actually use the device to, well, stay alive (i know hyperbole but meh)?

I have talked with local pharmacy i use for everything. They were eager to check into getting everything for me. I decided to hold off until i actually receive a G6 supply. I surely don’t want further confusion here. My doctor was really surprised to hear this today and offered to take steps on his end to ensure the supply chain works.

It was Dexcom who suggested my regular pharmacy. I cannot use Walgreens as there are legal issues and an NDA in place. Though it might be interesting to see them twist in the wind after failing to fill my orders a few times.

Fyi, apparently, after reading here on FUD, it’s not only Solara with serious problems in logistics.

Longer rant just to say…“I’m glad ti find I’m not alone”

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Pretty sure that is the underlying issue all the way around.
But I dont think that information was ever supposed to see the light of day.
OK for people to speculate but not OK for it to be confirmed.
But strictly a guess in conjunction with what @rkw was told by the Solara rep.

Benefit of using CVS and Walgreens are their national corporate size. I assume they get priority shipments from Dexcom and are able to maintain their own national inventory. Plus Dexcom is very anxious to move product through the pharmacy channel so Dexcom itself may be prioritizing the G6 supplies to pharmacy over medical DME suppliers although that is a complete wild a$$ guess.

CVS is the largest (even larger now that CVS has absorbed the Target pharmacies) followed in size by Walgreens.
No other pharmacy is even close in size to those.

If you can not use Walgreens then I would suggest you try CVS. Both of them carry and supply the Dexcom G6 supplies.

If the local CVS/Walgreen pharmacy is confused on what is being ordered then you can help the pharmacy out by giving them the NDC codes which are on Dexcom’s website. Also in a few posts in this FUD forum although a different thread.

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Hi Thomas,

Just to clarify (i do ramble sorry) but that info about lack of product was confirmed by Dexcom. Contacted them to mention the Solara issues.

I actually have an email with the info.

To me, while someone might have mistepped in confirming, it was reassuring to me. Dexcom is a public corporation now which typically means they circle the wagons by default issuing measured & vague statements. I think almoat everyone does understand the likely reason for the delay is a pretty much quality control. Maybe? Getting a heathcare product wrong would be a pretty big near death blow PR and, more importantly, customer confidence wise.

Dex isn’t the only game in town now. I feel they have a superior product at this microsecond. So they wanna keep at the head of the curve.

Bugs me the suppliers lag on being direct about order fulfillment delays. I would have been fine if i received a contact from Solara letting me know there were inventory issues ans would i be willing to remain in the G5. More proaction amd less of a sense we are dealing with some seller on Wish?

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Which then makes it fact from the mouth of the horse.

lol

ha ha ha
How true. The larger the corporation the more pronounced this behavior typically becomes.

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I tried to get the G6 from Walgreens and they said they couldn’t do it, I went to Walmart and they were able to do it; I get monthly refills from them and it works fine. I tried to get the Omnipod Dash from Walmart when it came out but they said they couldn’t do it, I went to Walgreens and they said they couldn’t either but then I spoke directly to the speciality pharmacy in Portland OR and there was no problem; they FedEx it down to my regular Walgreens in Grants Pass for me to pick up.

Total mess, but infinitely better than Edgepark, who I have ranted about before.

This was all in 2019, they’ll probably have it worked out by next year.

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