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Can a patient in a nursing home get their meds from the VA?

My husband gets daily injections of Enoxaparin (Lovenox), prescribed by his hematologist/oncologist, because he can NOT take oral blood thinners. We obtain these injections from the VA at a very affordable price. We will have to place him in a nursing home before long. Do we have to get the drug through the nursing home pharmacy? The cost is prohibitive and would bankrupt us. I am told that Medicaid does not list this drug on their formulary. Can the nursing homes deny him this veterans benefit?

Status: Open    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:35 AM

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Oct 26, 2015 - 01:46 PM

That is all determined by the Nursing Home and their program requirements, etc. The VA will still give prescriptions if he maintains his enrollment within the VA Healthcare System. Unfortunately, that is something that will need to be addressed before going into the Nursing home to see if they allow outside prescriptions to come into their facility and it is all up to their discretion. I do not believe that they are breaking any laws by preventing the use of outside drugs but that would be a question best posed to the Health department that inspects them and maintains their accreditation.

Oct 29, 2015 - 02:12 PM

You can get the injections from the V.A., but you will have to transport your husband there.
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