Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Generic Metanx

Merry Christmas Metanx takers. There is now a generic available. The real cost was $41 per month and I was using the manufacturer's coupon to get it for $32, and now there is a generic that is $18. Thankfully I have a wonderful CVS pharmacist that is on top of things.

Metanx is the prescription vitamin I have to take for my blood and genetic issues. I really need to take it forever, but most definitely before and during pregnancy.

Just wanted to post in case someone else is taking it. Ask your pharmacist for generic.

28 comments:

  1. I am glad to see this post as I am a representative for Pamlab that sells Metanx and there is no generic equivalent for Metanx. The company that has illegally put this generic out there will be shut down soon because they have misrepresented their product as being a substitute for Metanx when it is not. It is actually D-Methyfolate and not the L-Methyfolate which does absolutely nothing for you and it will be only a few weeks and you will easily notice the difference because the generic doesnt work. Also, ask your pharmacist to see the bottle from the generic....it clearly states that it is not a substitute for metanx or any other product. Also, a generic only has to be 80% as effective as a name brand to be listed. Also, another piece of inside info your pharmacist may not give you but his bonus is tied to how much generic substitution they can send out the door. Believe me if I can get a generic cough or cold medicine I am all for it but when it comes to my overall health I want the real deal and not a generic. I do work for the company that makes Metanx and I have a lot of loyal doctors who are helping fight this battle and I don't want to see all those patients Metanx has helped go down the drain. We formulated this product and patented it and we are the only company that can make L-Methyfolate which is the only form that can cross the blood brain barrier and work effectively within the nerve fibers and reverse the damage....the generic simply cannot because its not the same formulation.

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    1. You say you "don't want to see all those patients Metanx has helped go down the drain", then can you tell us why the cost has sky-rocketed. It went from around $130, for a 90 day supply, to over $330 from last year to this year. This is another example of how it seems that society cares little to nothing about diabetics.

      Everything costs more for us than folks with normal glucose levels. We need special food and special shoes. We should wear special socks - cotton is binding and will cause blisters faster than other materials, which cost a lot more. When is it going to end?

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  2. Do you have any documentation that the generic Folast does not contain L-Methyfolate? The prescription information sheet shows that it does.

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  3. You can call the company (Brookstone Pharmaceuticals) at Telephone: 678-325-5188 and ask for Philip Vogt who is the "Executive Vice President" of Brookstone that has 8 employees and ask them if they use L-Methylfolate of D-Methylfolate. That should get you the answer. If he is not honest then you can just read through the Legal documents Pamlab has filed in Federal court in which Brookstone admits that there product was mis-labeled and it does only contain the recemic mixture of D-Methylfolate. To prove what kind of company this is click on this link and take a look at all the lawsuits that has been filed against this company http://dockets.justia.com/search?query=Brookstone+pharmaceuticals&stateorcourt=&lawsuittype=&documentfilter=allcases&cases=mostrecent&min-day=1&min-month=1&min-year=2004&max-day=7&max-month=1&max-year=2010 They are just a fly by nnight operation trying to make a quick buck and go bankrupt when the lawsuits pile up. Pamlab along with Merck developed Metanx and spent millions stabilizing the product to an FDA Pharmaceutical grade product and has the studies to show it works. Why pay almost as much and not get the relief you need. All Brookstone did was mislabel the product to get by the system and look like it is an equivalent when in the preliminary hearing took place last week in court they agreed that their product was not the same as Metanx and to answer your question, their stock bottle the pharmacists gets it clearly says that this product is not equivalent to any other product or Metanx. Just do the research with the info I gave you and you can see whats happening. My doctors have already received numerous complaints of Folast not working or causing unusual side effects such as itchiness and nausea. Hope this helps.

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  4. I received a RX from my podiatrist for Metanx which was filled on 12/24 with Folast. I agree...my neuropathy has not improved! I have the 12/17 letter Pamlab sent out regarding Acella (the new name). I am going to demand that my pharmacy fill the RX with the correct medication. Jim

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  5. wow! I just googled this to see if Metnax was gluten free, in case my pharmacy tried to give it to me. ( I wouldn't let them last time since I had not researched it.) The Pharmacy just called and said they did not have the generic and were refilling it with Metnax! I am glad I stumbled across these comments!

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  6. Just because a rep for Metanx says it is not a generic does not make it true. I am a pharmacist. The ingredients listed on the bottles are EXACTLY THE SAME. Folast IS a generic for Metanx according to the FDA, which is the agency of the government that determines what is and what is not a generic. I wouldn't expect a rep for Metanx to say anything else. Go see your pharmacist, who should be able to save you quite a bit of money. Until the "alleged" lawsuit occurs, these are the facts.

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  7. Please see my update from the CVS pharamcist. http://hendrixplace.blogspot.com/2010/01/generic-metanx-update-3.html Metanx is a medical food and is not FDA approved.

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  8. I'm only going by what my husbands Dr says but she will not let him take the generic Folast to replace the Metanx. She refuses to renew with the generic. She will only let him have Metanx. She says they are not the same. We get a month for around 33.00 at Walgreens.

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    1. 33.00 from Walgreens? They just quoted me a price of 98.00 for a month, and with some kind of discount card they use would be 86.00! And that's not for Metanxs, it's for another generic version, Vitaserk (?) I will call and ask what's going on there. Of course, this is California we're in...Sheesh!

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    2. I just filled a prescription for Mentanx at Walgreens and it was $144!! I am in Louisiana. My insurance BCBS will not even cover this and I need this for the rest of my life!

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  9. i take the folast for diabetic nerve damage and I am scared to take it now that I have read all this. My insurance would only cover folast. I am not sure what to do now!!!

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  10. I have neropathy and my Dr prescribed Metanx. I called Walgreens for a price and they told me to use Folast insead. They priced Metanx (45 days-2 a day) at $94 and Folast at $87.
    I called another pharmarcy and they sold Folast for $83, so I got that. After three months, no positive changes, side affects: sleeplessness, rash on face, and nausea. Thanks to all of you for your comments. I'm going to talk to the pharm. and change to Metanx. If what you say is true, I've wasted 3 months, $252. and a chance to feel better.

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  11. Ingredients not the same. Generic is a waste of money!

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  12. Healthcare plans do not pay for MetaNx so it appears that the manufacturer has not persuaded providers like Kaiser Permanente and others of its efficacy.

    Moreover, Kaiser told me that the manufacturer forces Kaiser to pay top dollar which Kaiser has to pass through to the consumer.

    Unless I'm missing something this appears to be a greedy pharmaceutical company taking advantage of people in need instead of simply providing a needed service and settling for no more than a fair return on invested capital.

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  13. Just thought you would like to know, all of these companys are currently doing away with what is supposed to be the generic Metanx. When the pharmacy told me that, then told me the price of the Metanx, my jaw dropped. But, after research, I have found a place called Brand Health Direct, who is through the Metanx company and you can get a 3 month supply from them for $144 or pay monthly at $48. Just thought I would let you all know because like most everyone else, my insurance does not cover this medicine either. Check them out if you would like to save some money!

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    1. thank you, I just found out about brand Health Direct and it's going to save me a lot of money..

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  14. Hi again, I am sorry, it is Brand Direct Health.

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  15. You can get Metanx through www.drugstore.com for $132.99 for 3 months.

    http://www.drugstore.com/metanx/3-35-2mg-tablets/qxn00525801990

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  16. CVS just quoted my husband a price of 133.00 for 2 months

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  17. Does anyone know WHEN Metanx will go generic???

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  18. I paid $74 for 60 "generic" metanx from Krogers in Little Rock, Ar.
    Just ordered 180 from Brands Direct http://www.metanx.com/helpful-resources/discount-programs/ for $144, Pharmacies like Walgreen and Krogers should be ashamed!

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  19. go to Swansons and get the right vitamins-it's cheaper

    Pam Labs is a ripoff

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  20. Sorry, Swanson's doesn't carry the L-MethylFolate product, I wish it did.

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  21. i tried the so called generic i have been suffering from foot pain and tingling in my hands.let me 1st say with the MetaNX my condition was getting better ,just because i wanted to see and the pain i have gone thru i stopped Metanx .Mistake 3 months n the pain didn't get any better not only better it starting comming back folks im sorry generic is nice and less costly ,but serious why take a chance if you go thru the pain and Metanx works whats a lil extra on the cost .look what you pay for milk .do u quit drinking milk everything cost try contacting BDHRx.com 985-809-2181 see if they can help you 90 day supply 144.00 or 3 payments of $48.00 paid in 3 installments works for me take care Use Metanx there is other options but i choose to use Metanx http://www.deplin.com/

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  22. Patient
    A question for the Pamlab rep: Can you tell me why your company has discontinued making MetanX tablets and now have only capsules. Because of this change, my insurance will NOT pay for it. Any idea why?

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  23. Price Update:
    I get my Metanx from Brand Direct. I paid $148 (incl. delivery) for 3 month supply. Today, I learned the price went up to $179. If you have ordered from them before, you might be able to get the lower price if you order fast. However, (y)our next order will be at the new, higher rate.

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  24. Veterans can get Metanx thru the Veterans Hospital

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