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Threat of Drug Cutoff Goads Patient to Action

Magazine article Drug Topics

Threat of Drug Cutoff Goads Patient to Action

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Coping with a medical condition that's enough to drive her to the brink of suicide, a Wantagh, N.Y., woman is fighting to maintain access to the generic of a drug that was recently discontinued by the brand drug company.

Chewable Antivert/meclizine was Marsha Lampert's first line of defense against severe attacks of vertigo and nausea associated with cerebellar-vestibular dysfunction, a life-threatening condition. She can't swallow tablets, so she needs chewable meclizine to get the drug into her system fast enough to abort the room-spinning attacks that can strike at anytime.

Lampert, whose father is a pharmacist, "about had a heart attack" in February when she found out that Pfizer had discontinued production of chewable Antivert and that her pharmacy had one lone bottle of Rugby Laboratories' generic meclizine left on the shelf.

Fred Wasserman, co-owner of Family Pharmacy of Bellmore, phoned all his pharmaceutical suppliers to locate more of the drug for Lampert. "She definitely needs that medication," he said. …

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