Doctor takes patient off lifelong medication due to insurance

Dr. Keith Roach

Dear Dr. Roaches: I am a 61-year-old male, and I’m currently taking medication for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis (a blood clot in my right leg). I was prescribed Coumadin. After taking Coumadin for six months (I could never get the number right), I went to the emergency room, and the doctor there said that the Coumadin wasn’t working. So, he prescribed Eliquis. He told me that I would be taking a blood thinner for the rest of my life.

Recently, my primary health provider changed my doctor, and now this doctor is taking me off Eliquis. The reason is due to insurance. I guess it’s expensive, and they asked the new doctor if I really needed to be on it.

Dr.  Keith Roach

Should I be concerned about stopping Eliquis after being on it for five years? One doctor said that I’ll be taking it the rest of my life, and now five years later, another doctor is taking me off of it. Something just doesn’t seem right to me. Your opinion on this matter would be sincerely appreciated.