Big Win over The Medical Industry Today!

New information (now two) on the bottom!

I know many of you are very frustrated with the medical industry in general. I have been–and still am as well–hence this blog. There have been many little victories and some I cannot discuss because I am under gag, but the one today I can discuss and can express my happiness in the open–albeit I still do not give names! I do not drink alcohol but if I did, today would be the day for a bottle of expensive bubbly…

In any case, here is what happened and why this has become the winning day of the month. If you read the post I wrote on the 18th of July, just a day short of one week ago today, about brand name versus generic drugs, and particularly the one I discussed called Singulair (Made by Merk), then you can relate to this happiness. Otherwise you may have to go back and read the previous blog post as well.

So here it goes: I have asthma and I fall into that 1% of all asthmatics who are helped by this drug Singulair, manufactured by Merk Pharmaceuticals. Singulair’s active ingredient is Montelukast Sodium. Some medical institutions, not looking at the chemical formula, came to the conclusion that Montelukast is the same as Montelukast Sodium–eat a pinch of salt with it they think. Not so.

I called Merk Pharmaceuticals, also took letter to the doctor who made the decision to deny the proper generic or brand name, and I also went after Member Services in my medical provider, my own pulmonary specialist, and contacted the NIH to update the database, which is currently wrong on their website.

I also called around and found that all other pharmacies around me carry Montelukast Sodium as generic and not Montelukast; only the medical organization I belong to carries Montelukast, which is not a generic equivalent to Singulair.

I fought with the medical institution for almost 2 weeks.

I am not sure if my fight alone or if Merk or Member Services came to help or my pulmonary doctor put his foot down, but someone did and I received the brand name drug at my usual copay! Not a generic equivalent, but the brand name!

This is a huge win but not only for me!

This shows you that you own your own health! It is your job to stand up for what you want, need, or believe! It is your doctors’ job to follow your guidelines, to explain to you what and why and how. It is your job to make sure you know your options and what you are getting!

Let this be a lesson for us all!

Go and get what you need! Dare to open your mouth and go after sources that can help you!

Feel free to comment!

Angela

UPDATE!

After receiving the brand name drug, I received an email from my pulmonary specialist stating that the medical institution followed my analysis and request and changed their generic from the incorrect Montelukast to the correct Montelukast Sodium! This now has turned into good news for all and a happy winning advocacy! I repeat here the most important factors that change now the life of many:

Go and get what you need! Dare to open your mouth and go after sources that can help you!

Hugs Everyone,

Angela

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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6 Responses to Big Win over The Medical Industry Today!

  1. Angela Grant says:

    Hi Angela

    Congratulations on your victory! Hopefully you will not need to deal with this in the future. No patient should need to advocate with such intensity while ill.

    Patients including I have advocated successfully for brand name because the generic was not effective.

    Your final message iwas a beautiful one.

    “Go and get what you need! Dare to open your mouth and go after sources that can help you!”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hana says:

    Great Job i am proud of you. I posted your article on my FB

    Like

  3. Roald Michel says:

    Yeah dare to open your mouth morons, and not only to swallow the wrong pill. Jeeeez!

    Liked by 1 person

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