So darn confused
- Okay, so is rebetol the same thing as ribavarian??? A girl I know who
jut finished the "older version" of interferon, i am almost sure she
ws on rebetol which is the same as ribaarian, which is just another
name for it, right??? So since Peg alone is useless, really, without
the ribavarian, why can't they get a script fro the dr for the peg
and then a separate script for the ribavirian. Of course, I am not
understanding this right I am sure. If I can ever get it thru my dr's
head that peg is approved and if it can be prescribed (the rebetol or
ribavarian-if tht is the same thing) then it ws almost be worth it to
wait the few extra weeks, but of course that would also mean the
little secretarys in his office would hv to start all over in their
office to get my insurance to approve it. They were none to happy
about hving to deal with my insurance company to start with regarding
my insurance as my insurance says "pending pre-authorization from
dr". Which I hv been told that if they can just get a piece of paper
mailed or faxed to fill out that usually after that it is approved
for me to hv the medication where they will pay for it or most of it.
But the way I look @ it, that is those secretarys jobs but they acted
none to happy with the fact that they were the ones who had to deal
with my insurance company and not me. There ws nothing I cd do since
it had to be "bounced back" to the dr's office.
Anyway, if anyone cd help me clear this up for me I wd appreciate it.
Yes, Rebetol is the 'brand' name for ribavirin.
Your friend was on a pre-packacked treatment called
'Rebetron' (the names are very close!) which was a
'kit' that contained Intron-A, and Rebetol
(ribavirin). It used to be the only way to get Rebetol
(ribavirin) was to buy the kit Rebetron. A very shrewd
deal for the drug manufacture! However, when they
developed the Peg-Intron, all the sudden they were
loosing money, since they had approval from the FDA to
only sell the Rebetol/ribavirin in a kit form with the
Intron-A. So they filed an amended drug application
with the FDA to begin selling the Rebetol/ribavirin
alone - not in that kit. The FDA approved the sale of
Rebetol/ribavirin alone on July 25th.
--- cher_002@... wrote:
So since Peg alone is useless,
> really, withoutThat is what I've been trying to say! You CAN get a
> the ribavarian, why can't they get a script fro the
> dr for the peg
> and then a separate script for the ribavirian.
prescription for the Peg-Intron, and another
prescription for the Rebetol! Who cares if it makes
more work for the secretraries to redo the letter to
the insurance company? IT IS THEIR JOB! They get paid
for that! And it's not like it is all that much work
anyway. You are paying a lot of money for your
insurance, you may as well get the BEST that you can
while you can! And since this Peg-Intron along with
ribavirin (Rebetol) has been approved by the FDA for
people who have never been on treatment (that's
treatment naive) they will have to pay for it. The
'preapproval' letter thing is just a formality. By the
time the paperwork is done the pharmacy should be able
to get the Rebetol from the drug mfg. for you.
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