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cheo:
Hi, everybody. First time posting here. Hope this is the right forum.

I moved to Atlanta, GA on July 26th from Cincinnati, OH. Had to apply for ADAP here. Despite my best efforts that didn't happen until Sept 2nd and the approval period is 6 to 8 weeks. So I don't expect any answer before Oct. 15th.

Back in Cincinnati and in a period of seven years, I was able to build a med cushion of about two months, that is about to run out this Oct 6th. I am trying to apply to Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) of every manufacturer but they ask for originals of the prescriptions and my Dr. report. And here is the problem with that: My former Dr. back in Cincinnati is hesitant to sign any form since I am no longer her patient; and the Dr. here in Atlanta won't see me until Oct. 17th (yes, two months a and a half to get to see a Dr. for the first time). Here they told me that they could give me Rx's for my meds (they still have to consult about it) and I will buy them out of my pocket.

I have been doing this through an authorize case manager provider and an authorized clinic in order to apply for ADAP.

So this post it's just to ask for fresh ideas about what to do. I don't know what else to do. Is there somebody here from Atlanta that can give me some ideas of where to go or who to talk to?

My current treatment is: Intelence, Isentress and Epzicon.

Thanks in advance for any help any of you can give me.

cheo:
So, I saw the Dr. today and he denied me the prescriptions. This was an informal appointment since the official is on Oct 17th. He has all my labs (CD4 650 and UD) and my medical history that I brought from Cincinnati, and still he refused to fill the Rx.

He told me that I will be OK if I stop my treatment for 10-15 days and that the claim that Abacavir can cause an allergic reaction if it's stopped and restarted is false.

So still left the possibility that my former Dr. back in Cincinnati can sent me the Rx's. I think she is still debating it, since she's not my Dr. anymore.

jkinatl2:

--- Quote from: cheo on October 02, 2013, 01:20:13 AM ---So, I saw the Dr. today and he denied me the prescriptions. This was an informal appointment since the official is on Oct 17th. He has all my labs (CD4 650 and UD) and my medical history that I brought from Cincinnati, and still he refused to fill the Rx.

He told me that I will be OK if I stop my treatment for 10-15 days and that the claim that Abacavir can cause an allergic reaction if it's stopped and restarted is false.

So still left the possibility that my former Dr. back in Cincinnati can sent me the Rx's. I think she is still debating it, since she's not my Dr. anymore.

--- End quote ---

Can you call your former doctor and get clarification? Seems like two people are giving you two very different sets of information.

I am not all tha tfamiliar with the drugs you mentioned, but perhaps someone who is familiar will be able to chime in and offer assistance.

I would carefully consider a physician who, knowing you have a verified HIV diagnosis and are on treatment, would not at least advance his patient meds while he waited for his or her official appointment.

mecch:
I hope you find your meds and at a price you can afford.

Meanwhile, if I read your thread correctly, at the moment you are also missing just a prescription?  Whether or not you have the cash to buy the first month, out of pocket'???

Can't you go to an emergency room and get a prescription?  ANY doctor can prescribe HAART and if you have all your labs. Obviously its a drug and a treatment that works for you, I don't understand how any doctor can "deny" a prescription.  If you had this script, you are saying you could send it for patient assistance programs.  Something isn't adding up here. 

Your doc of many years in Ohio won't write a prescription?  Huh??? 



cheo:
I have been trying to get the prescriptions from either of the two Dr's that I know. I need  one prescription from every drug I'm taking: Intelence, Isentress and Epzicom. That will be three (3) prescriptions. THREE.

My new Dr won't give me any, and I think is just because of a procedural thing (state law, maybe? here in Georgia). He got the labs that were made here in Atlanta.

From my old Dr., I still waiting for an answer. The communication with these Dr's is through nurses and is extremely difficult to talk to them, even with the nurse. There have been a lot of voice messages and faxes (they won't give me a email) so I still hope she can give me the prescriptions this week.

And yes, if I had the prescription (one RX for every of the three drugs I'm taking, THREE) I could either apply for a PAP or buy them. But first I need the Rx's.

Can I really go to any ER and get the prescriptions? (the three (3) I need).

I hope this clarification adds up.



 

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