RxCONNECTOR A publication of the North Dakota Insurance Department 1) BD Diabetes has complimentary education
guarantees the products are in good condition
products and “Getting Started Take Home Kits
and function as designed. The products are sent
for Syringes & Pen Needles”, as well as to clinics only. Individuals are not eligible to syringes, that are available for your clinic and/or
participate in this program. Supplies available:
www.bddiabetes.com. The phone number for the
BD Insulin Syringe Program is 866.818.6906.
BD also has a program that will provide a three-
To participate, clinics must meet the following
2) NeedyMeds is now able to help clinics that
serve low and no income clients obtain free
• Be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization,
medications. The products provided are new,
Welcome to the RxConnector newsletter! Contact the This newsletter is designed to keep you up to date about the Prescription Connection for ND Department: program and to keep you in the know about the various prescription assistance programs that are available. In addition, from time to time, we may 1.888.575.6611 also include other items of interest related to Medicare and the Senior Health Insurance firstname.lastname@example.org www.state.nd.us/ndins As always, thank you so much for all that you do for the Prescription Connection program! Without your help, our work would be that much harder. Your efforts are valued and appreciated! If you have items of interest that you think should be included in this newsletter, we would love to hear about them! Please contact Sharon St. Aubin by email at email@example.com or call her toll free at 888.575.6611.
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PA, RN, Nurse Practitioner, or sapintro.tml pharmacist) available to receive and
3) Eli Lilly is introducing the first insulin pen with
a memory chip to track doses. The pen will cost
NeedyMeds will email the clinics when items are
approximately $100.00 (not including the insulin
available. Each clinic will email its request for
cartridges) and the company said that it will
supplies. NeedyMeds will determine which items
provide coupons for consumers to purchase the
are sent to each clinic. The products will be
pen for $45.00. For more information on the
directly from the donor's facility. For more product, see: http://newsroom.lilly.com/Releas information, visit NeedMeds website: http://
Clopidogrel, the generic version of Plavix, was
added to the drug look-up list on the drug plan
originally released during the summer of 2006.
However, the generic version was removed from
the market a short time later because of a patent
In the meantime, plans can cover Clopidogrel.
However, plans must continue to cover the
brand drug, Plavix, under their plan’s formulary
Many pharmacies received supplies of Clopido-
grel before the dispute came up and conse-
quently had a supply of the drug that was being
Plans are not permitted to:
dispensed to some individuals over the past
couple of months, even though the generic is
not really available in the marketplace.
The Reference NDC list (master list of drugs)
does not currently have Clopidogrel listed as an
available drug and this list is used to derive the
drug look-up list on the drug plan finder. Once
the generic is available on the list, it will be
quantity limit requirements for the drug).
MEDICARE PART D APPEALS MANUAL AVAILABLE
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IVAX (now part of Teva) has added new script for 1 QVAR, the patient will not be able to programs to their PAP services. Carmen of the get any more until after the 60 day period. Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Oregon reports that the program will cover 2 QVAR every 60 To help navigate the phone system, Carmen has days and 1 Nasarel every 60 days.
The important thing is to write the script for the quantity covered. For instance, if you only write a
(heart problems) associated taking Zelnorm should seek
with use of the drug. emergency medical care if
Accordingly, Novartis has they experience severe chest
o r d e r e d t h a t N o v a r t i s marketing of the drug in the
Pharmaceuticals Corporation, United States. The FDA is weakness or difficulty walking "willingly" stop marketing currently advising patients who
See in-depth story on pergolide on next page
LISTERINE AGENT COOL BLUE RINSE RECALLED
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has The FDA said the manufacturer of the rinse, announced a voluntary nationwide recall of all McNeil-PPC Inc., a Johnson & Johnson lots of Listerine Agent Cool Blue Plaque-
subsidiary, decided to recall approximately 4
million bottles after finding the rinse had been
The generic version of Ambien has been added
Number of People in Household
Patients applying for Xubex services must meet all of the following guidelines to qualify for their
• Must provide a recent proof of income;
• Must provide a valid prescription
Patients enrolled in Medicare Part D are eligible.
Annual income for enrollment in the program
should meet the income* requirements in the *Applies to the 48 contiguous states and District of Columbia
PERGOLIDE (PERMAX) WITHDRAWN FROM MARKET
regimens describe the conversion from one
companies that manufacture and distribute
pergolide have agreed to withdraw this drug from the market due to the potential for heart valve • If treatment with a DA is to be discontinued, damage.
pergolide should not be stopped abruptly,
Two new studies showed that patients with
Parkinson’s disease who were treated with
dangerous. Instead, gradually decrease the
pergolide had an increased chance of serious
damage to their heart valves when compared to patients who did not receive the drug.
• Patients who will be taken off pergolide
should be told that other effective options for
Pergolide is a member of a class of drugs known
treatment exist, including three other DAs
as dopamine agonists and is used with levodopa
that are not associated with damage to heart
symptoms (tremors and slowness of movement) of Parkinson’s disease.
In 2006, a boxed warning regarding the risk of
serious heart valve damage was added to the
Patients with Parkinson’s disease who are labeling for pergolide. The two recent studies, taking pergolide should:
Medicine in January 2007, confirm earlier studies
• Contact their healthcare professional to that also described this problem. Pergolide is
marketed by Valeant under the trade name
• NOT stop taking pergolide without consulting generic drug pergolide by Par and Teva.
their healthcare professional, since stopping pergolide too quickly can be dangerous and In light of this additional safety information and several other effective treatments are the availability of alternative treatments for available.
comparable safety problems, the companies that
Healthcare professionals who prescribe manufacture and sell pergolide have stopped pergolide should consider the following:
shipping pergolide for distribution and will, in
cooperation with FDA, work to remove from the
• Assess the patient’s need for dopamine market both the name brand Permax (pergolide)
• If continued treatment with a DA is The effect of this voluntary withdrawal on
necessary, another DA should be substituted supplies of pergolide currently in pharmacies will for pergolide. There are other dopamine not be immediate. This delay will allow time for agonists approved for the treatment of healthcare professionals and patients to discuss Parkinson’s disease that are not associated appropriate treatment options and to change with heart valve damage. Published transition treatments.
April 4, 2007 marks the formation of the new US
pharmaceuticals division and Berlex Inc.,
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc, created
through the integration of Bayer HealthCare's US
PATIENTS NEED TO DISCUSS MEDICATION COSTS
when writing prescriptions. ter to people who may be pur-
physician and pharmacist of patients questioned their
The following companies have new applications: Medicare Rx Connect is a user friendly site that
may answer questions for you or for Medicare
beneficiaries. The information is easy to access
and includes items that are frequently questioned.
Click on the following link and peruse the con-
The message is ready to be sent with the follow-
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