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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Medical Supplies
Needed Medications [posted 8/11/98]
Answer: In general, most companies have indigent programs if contacted by the physician who is treating the patient. The companies cannot legally mail the prescriptions to the patient, but must be dispensed by the physician or a pharmacy. Have his physician write to the companies (the addresses and telephone numbers are in the first section of the PDR) and contact the indigent patient department.
Answer: The epipen is a device for administering epinephrine. It is used in allergic and other times when one needs this "hormone" to breathe. Like most mechanical devices it can malfunction. I haven't personally had any problems with my patients;but, they probably only use 2-3 per year.