Zenpep (Thread 205516)

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Charlie Schmidt Says:

Yes, all non-approved pancrelipase drug products have stopped being manufactured and being sold to wholesalers and pharmacies because of FDA quality control guidelines which went into effect on April 28, 2010. Only 3 approved agents are now being sold, Creon (Abbott), Zenpep (Eurand) and Pancreaze (Ortho-McNeil Pediatrics). Older products will eventuall be out of stock at the pharmacies and supplies run out and not being replaced with new product. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for help, or view the 3 approved products websites, which are the drugname.com or companyname.com. Hope this helps.

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Verwon Says:

This is correct, they have forced many companies to stop selling unapproved products until they are submitted for testing. This has created a shortage of some products.


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Winston Says:
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You appear very knowledgeable about Zenpep. I must take 8 to 12 Capsules daily for chronic pancreatitis. These are the 20,000 USP. It is extremely expensive even with a Medicare Advantage plan that covers medications - Similar to a Part D Supplemental. I hit the coverage gap in March and it's been costing over $500 monthly since then to fill what is an absolutely medically necessary medication. Activas, which bought out Forrest Labs doubled the price this year. I was denied Patient Assistance because I have Prescription Coverage through my Medicare Advantage plan. I'm 62 and disabled and that made me Medicare Eligible. Any suggestions on how to lower my cost for this medication. I have to believe that many others are struggling with the expense. Thank You!

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