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Bill

Insurance does not cover Bill's wife's prescription medical foods

I am writing on behalf of my wife Cecelia who has been diagnosed with and is currently suffering from severe chronic osteoarthritis in her spine and knees. She is very sensitive to any kind of prescription or over the counter medicines, but we happened upon an orthopedic surgeon who was very understanding and in tune with alternative forms of medications. He prescribed Limbrel 500 for her because it was plant and food based, and not of a chemical nature.

She has been on it now for about 6 months, primarily for her tri-compartmental arthritis in her knees, but it has also given a tremendous amount of relief from the severe arthritis in her lower back. Our costs are approximately $50/mo out of pocket with a deep discount coupon from the manufacturer, but the relief it gives her is worth every penny.

I would greatly desire Congress and the FDA to approve these types of medications and make them coverable under all insurance plans because this type of medication doesn’t come with any of the adverse side effects that chemical compounds do.

*Limbrel is a prescription medical food product for the clinical dietary management of the metabolic processes of osteoarthritis to be used under a physician’s supervision.


Beckie

Insurance does not cover Beckie's prescription medical foods

Limbrel has saved my life…… I do not want opioids and narcotics to deaden my pain. I want to be able to move and live life to the fullest. And thanks to Limbrel, I am able to do so. I have tried Lyrica which actually made me worse, and had been on Tramadol 4 times a day for back, leg, and neck pain due to many diagnoses: diabetes, spinal stenosis, polyneuropathy, chronic kidney failure, osteomyelitis, and bulging cervical discs. When I was sent to a pain doctor, she suggested Limbrel, since NSAIDS had been very effective for me, but due to my kidneys, I could no longer take. I jumped at the chance to try something natural and actually beneficial to my health! And lo and behold! It works so well, I’m actually able to move again and feel like a new person! I recommend Limbrel to anyone who wants to feel better and not be drugged out of their brains! Oh, also I’m back down to 1 Tramadol a day if needed, but thank God it’s not even daily!

*Limbrel is a prescription medical food product for the clinical dietary management of the metabolic processes of osteoarthritis to be used under a physician’s supervision.


Kay

Insurance does not cover Kay's prescription medical foods

I am a 73-year-old female on disability for most of my adult life. My diagnosis is disk and joint disease with chronic pain. Pain medication has allowed life to be bearable. An injury to my knee sent me to see my orthopedic doctor. He told me about this medicine being made from fruit and vegetables. Yes! Finally! I was on this medicine for less than 10 days when I had really noticeable pain relief. Insurance won’t pay. Food money is used to buy.

 

Cynthia

Medical food improves Cynthia’s quality of life

Limbrel was recommended by my RA doctor to help my RA/Osteoarthritis. After only 2 weeks I noticed less pain and more joint flexibility. This was enough to help me decide to continue treatment as it seems more safe than added medicine. My biggest surprise was, however, that I noticed improvement in my neuropathy, which had previously been getting increasingly worse. Since this was the only change in meds/food/exercise, etc. I have to think it was the Limbrel.

*Limbrel is a prescription medical food product for the clinical dietary management of the metabolic processes of osteoarthritis to be used under a physician’s supervision.


Willie

Insurance does not cover Willie's prescription medical foods

First, it was the only thing that straightened my hand out. It was helping me really good. Right now, I’ve been having severe pain in my hands since I discontinued. I tend to lose grip of things when holding things. Help me. It’s the only thing that works.

 

Lee

Insurance does not cover Lee's prescription medical foods

My doctor prescribed Vasculera for a vascular problem in my leg which was started by an injury–a very bad varicose vein. I was set to have vascular surgery. I paid a very high price for a prescription of Vasculera, and all the symptoms I was experiencing disappeared. I really could not believe it. I continued to take it and have been taking Vasculera for about six months. My insurance charges $100 for a month’s supply. This month the price was raised to $900. My pharmacist called Primus, and the drug manufacturer said they would keep the price to what I was paying before. My relief was immense as I didn’t want to undergo surgery because I could not afford the remedy. I cannot say enough about Vasculera. I have recommended it to my friends, and many of them are going to try it. I do not like paying $100 a month for the prescription, but it is well worth it and still within my budget. Unfortunately, that price makes it unavailable to people who really need it. My insurance company, United Health Care, will not cover any part of it, which is very frustrating. There is no negotiating with them on this issue.

*Vasculera is a prescription medical food product for the clinical dietary management of the metabolic processes of chronic venous disease to be used under a physician’s supervision.

 

Duane

Insurance does not cover Duane's prescription medical foods

I have had Chronic Venous Disease (CVD) in both my legs for over 15 years, but it wasn’t until last year I found a doctor that wanted to do something about it. I was sent to OSU medical to a specialist for a diagnosis. My legs were very large and made it hard to find pants to fit me, not to mention the constant ache. The doctor told me I had a problem with my lymphatic system, and I was not moving fluids out of my legs. He prescribed Vasculera. He told me then that it was a medical food and my insurance probably would not cover it, but he gave me a discount card so that the prescription was only going to cost me $50.00. I was skeptical at first just because I have had this problem for so long. I started the Vasculera the next day. My doctor also told me that I would need a “pump” to help remove the fluid from my legs. He set up an appointment with a physical therapist to measure me for this and to submit the paperwork to my insurance. After about 2 weeks I started noticing that my pants were fitting better, and my legs did not ache. I was impressed. I continued to take the Vasculera and felt better and better. My insurance company denied my medical pump because I had not had cancer.

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It took my doctor, myself and the physical therapist 7 months to finally get an approval for a pump, which also cost me another $350.00. When the new year rolled around, I went to get my prescription and they told me that it was going to cost me well over $130.00 each month since the discount ran out in December. I could not afford it, so I stopped taking it. Within a week I noticed that my legs began to ache again, and even though I was using the pump, they started swelling back up. I have been out of Vasculera for over a month, and I can tell you I really do need this medication. It does work. I researched online for an alternative and actually sent an email to the company that makes Vasculera. Needless to say I was floored when I received not only an email but a phone call from them letting me know of the program that they offer now that will let me purchase it for only $49.00 per month. I never have been a huge believer in medicines, but I will sing praises to anyone that will listen about Vasculera. It has been a game changer for me. I will be starting the medicine back up within a week or so and should be back on track to being pain-free and semi-healthy again. This medicine needs to be covered by insurance. No one should have to go through what I have gone through just so I can have a better quality of living.

*Vasculera is a prescription medical food product for the clinical dietary management of the metabolic processes of chronic venous disease to be used under a physician’s supervision.

 

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