A patient with Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis (HKPP) calls Effer-K a “Life Saver”

Allie is an Effer-K customer who credits Effer-K for saving her life numerous times. Before taking Effer-K, Allie had taken the powder, liquid, and tablet forms of potassium. Allie had many of the same complaints as other individuals taking these forms of potassium such as the tablets being hard to swallow and the liquid having a horrible taste. In addition to these less serious complaints, Allie was also experiencing negative sides effect from the artificial coloring in her potassium supplement. So she searched for a potassium supplement without artificial coloring, and discovered Effer-K Unflavored.

Allie explained that her life immediately changed when she started taking Effer-K Unflavored. She no longer has to live with the horrible tasting powders and liquids, hard to swallow tablets, or the negative side effects she had from the artificial coloring. Effer-K Unflavored was the perfect solution to all her potassium supplement problems.

This is Allie’s story in her own words:

“Effer-K is a Life Saver! There are not many people who can say a product has saved their life. I can however, say Effer-K has saved my life on more than one occasion. I live with one of the rarest diseases in the world rarely seen by doctors, and very difficult to diagnose: HypoKpp2 with Hypokalemic Sensory Overload Disorder. Within the medical odyssey to diagnosis and even now, I have encountered extraordinary bias and doubt, putting my life in danger at risk of medical harm and injury. However, I can always count on Effer-K for it’s fast action and speedy metabolic response to rescue from a threat of danger or iatrogenic injury— always at the ready as it makes it way into my metabolic pathways and ion channels— the super charged “spark of life” I need to open my voltage-gated ions channels to keep me energized so I can meet the demands I have to live a safe and functional life with a rare disease.

I learned early on that KCl tablets were too hard on my gut and barely moved my blood levels to where I needed them, ideally 4.8 – 5.5. The timed release were not better for me. I used another brand for years until I realized the granules were not fully dissolving— finding them in my underwear! At the same time a powdered product became my ‘friend’ and was terrific for a long time, but the orange food coloring increasing chloride in my blood began to become an issue.

Enter, Effer-K! Immediately my life was different; no more icky artificial tastes, no more coloring, and most of all, the most bioavailable potassium on the market that enables me to reduce my overall potassium intake, ASAP. This could not happen soon enough because unbeknownst to me, I had not yet been diagnosed with a potassium wasting disorder on top and in addition to Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis. Effer-K has been a life saver! A patient can’t ask for better or more…”

 

Effer-K Patient Vouchers are Available

We recently started a voucher program offering coupons for one free 30-tablet-box of Effer-K that physicians could obtain for their patients.  In the past month or so, many physicians have received vouchers and passed them on to their patients.  It has been thrilling to see the vouchers getting redeemed at pharmacies over the country. 

But what about patients who want to get the voucher for themselves?  We are pleased to let patients currently prescribed Effer-K or interested in trying Effer-K that we have expanded the program to allow patients to request vouchers for a free box of Effer-K!  

Vouchers can be printed quickly and easily on our website. If you are unable to print a voucher, we would be happy to mail a voucher to you. Please fill out the online patient voucher request form and indicate your preference of printing a voucher or having a voucher mailed to you. If for any reason you cannot fill out the online form please call me to request a voucher.

Once you obtain your voucher, simply take it to any pharmacy with your current Effer-K prescription and you will receive one free box of 30-tablet Effer-K.  

Please keep in mind that you WILL need a prescription to use your Effer-K voucher, so talk to your doctor about how Effer-K may benefit you.

Effer-K vouchers are here!

voucher pictureAs you may recall, a few weeks ago we wrote about our new voucher program that we were implementing to streamline the process of sampling Effer-K. At that point, we were waiting for our vouchers to arrive so that we could ship them out to everyone who had requested samples. Well the vouchers have arrived and were mailed out last week! 

In fact, some practitioners may have already received their vouchers in the mail. If you have not received your vouchers but have requested samples, please watch the mail – your vouchers are on the way! We apologize for any inconvenience the wait for samples may have caused you. However, we are confident you will be pleased with the new Effer-K voucher program.

Physicians can now request both paper and digital vouchers on our website. Requesting vouchers on our website is simple and fast. Once your have created an account, simply login and choose which voucher format you prefer: printed vouchers or digital vouchers. 

If you have any questions about vouchers or if you need help requesting vouchers please contact me.

 

Free Trial Vouchers Coming Soon!

We would like to thank you for your patience as we have been overhauling our Effer-K sampling program. For those physicians who have pending sample requests, instead of sending you physical vouchers (as we have in the past), we will be mailing you vouchers that your patients can take to any pharmacy and get a free box of Effer-K.  You can expect these free trial vouchers to arrive later in September. 

While the physical samples we have sent in the past have helped give your patients a chance to try Effer-K at no cost, we recognize the need to make the program more convenient for physicians and patients. We have heard that many physicians do not have storage space to keep samples or are not allowed to keep samples in the office. The new voucher program eliminates this problem.

Another problem that will be solved with the new voucher program is the wait time for samples to ship. Physicians will now have the ability to print vouchers in their office. Having the ability to print vouchers from the office will allow your patients to take the voucher to their pharmacy and try Effer-K the same day.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of the new free trial voucher program is the physician’s freedom to offer their patients a free trial of the exact flavor and mEq that is right for each individual patient. The free trial voucher can be used for any type of 30 tablet box of Effer-K (10 mEq Unflavored, 10 mEq Cherry Vanilla, 20 mEq Unflavored, 20 mEq Orange Cream, 25 mEq Unflavored, 25 mEq Orange, 25 mEq Lemon Citrus, and 25 mEq Cherry Berry). The physician and patient are no longer limited to the mEq and flavor option the physician happened to have on the shelf.

Thank you again for your continued interest in Effer-K and remember to watch the mail for your Effer-K free trial vouchers. If you have not yet requested a sample and you would like us to send you a pack of free trial vouchers, please request a sample. Your free trial vouchers will be mailed later in September.

 

Effer-K Helps Improve the Quality of Life for Another Customer

What I like most about my job is hearing our customers stories of how Effer-K has changed their lives for the better. The customers who contact me always tell me how KCl has caused them a great deal of misery. In contrast to the dreadful stories I hear about KCl, after taking Effer-K, many customers tell me how much Effer-K has improved their quality of life.

Suzan is a customer who contacted me in search of an effervescent potassium supplement. She had taken the pills, powder, and liquid forms of potassium but found nothing that compared to effervescent potassium. Even though she encountered many obstacles along the way, she did not give up on her search. I admire how strong-willed Suzan is so I wanted to share her story.

“I was on an effervescent [potassium] for years for my potassium and it kept my potassium level normal. Then I started having troubles with my pharmacy in refilling my prescription. It was taking months to refill and my doctor was concerned for my health. I have Meds by Mail (MBM) with ChampVA, so the nurses at the clinic I go to had problems with choosing another potassium that MBM carried. We tried the liquid form and my numbers fell. I received one more supply of my effervescent and was later informed that MBM no longer carried that medication since it is not approved by the Federal Government.

For the next two years my doctor tried the pills and my numbers did not improve. We then tried the chloride powder. I stayed on that for a year and a half and I had stomach problems and I had no energy and I was losing weight. Knowing that we were running out of options, I started searching on the Web. I found out my original potassium was available in Canada, but there were those in my clinic who did not approve of me going there (my doctor did not know about this).

I kept at it for days and weeks searching. Then one day I found the website for Effer-K. I sent an email to my doctor and asked if he could get in contact with Nomax. The nurses said that they followed through, but told me that Nomax could not help them. I did not give up. I just had a feeling that Nomax had an effervescent that would work.

I went back to the website and saw Julie Farrell’s name and saw I could ask for samples of Effer-K. I hurried up, got a hold of my clinic and the nurses went to the Effer-K web address and ordered samples to be delivered to them. Julie sent me an email asking how I had heard of the product and I told her everything. She immediately threw herself into action. The three of us: Julie, Jan (my doctor’s nurse), and myself teamed up to get a free sample delivered to my doctors office.

Julie was also able to set things up so that I could get my prescription at a local pharmacy. Jan called in the prescription and when my samples came in, my son picked them up. After a week of being on Effer-K, my potassium went from a 2.95 to a 3.75. My doctor is happy, I am happy and Julie and I proved that two people can make things happen. Thank you Nomax for your potassium and thank you Julie Farrell for making things happen.

Sincerely, Suzan K.

Suzan’s testimonial makes it apparent that her life has changed for the better since she started taking Effer-K. I hope other people who are having difficulties taking KCl read her story and take the opportunity to try a free sample of Effer-K so they can see for themselves how much Effer-K can improve their quality of life.

Effer-K gives people a new outlook on taking their prescription potassium supplement

A few weeks ago I received a sample request from Joe, a customer who was unhappy with the prescription potassium supplement he was taking. This is not the first time I have been contacted by an individual who disliked their prescription potassium supplement and, even though each story is unique, these stories seem to have a few things in common. Many people tell me they have taken the tablet form of potassium as well as the liquid and powder forms. The complaints are all the same – the large tablet is too hard to swallow and the liquid and powder forms taste awful. While being hard to ingest seems to be a good enough reason to search for an alternative to these forms of potassium, people tell me it is not the worst part of their experience. They often tell me if they manage to get the large tablet or foul tasting liquid/powder to go down, it causes various intestinal troubles.

Like many others who have contacted me, Joe’s prescription potassium supplement caused him a great deal of suffering and he had little hope left for finding a potassium supplement that he could bear to ingest and his stomach could tolerate. This is what Joe had to say when he first contacted me:

“I am having a tough time finding a potassium that doesn’t ‘eat my guts’ & make me start with excuses to myself to NOT take it – I have tried all the pills & powders so I’m hoping this (Effer-K) ‘is the ticket’.”

I have found that people who have the chance to try Effer-K have a new outlook on taking their prescription potassium supplement. Therefore words cannot describe how thrilled I am to offer people like Joe the opportunity to try a free sample of Effer-K. With the help of Joe’s physician and pharmacist, he was able to try a sample. And after trying Effer-K, he was eager to tell me about his experience. This is what Joe told me:

“I was taking Klor-Con for a few years at about 7 meq (a 20 meq cut into thirds) every other day & kept my ‘readings’ at 3.5 to 3.8 with no seeming effect on my innards.  Last May I was in the hospital for A-Fib & the doctors felt my Potassium was low & put me on 20 meq Klor-Con per day, a 600% increase.  I started to have ‘problems’ & it took me a month to ‘figure out’ what was the problem (as they had started several other Rx).  I started to modulate the intake of Potassium with some improvement & tried 10 meq(uncut) & then powdered w/ water with NOT much improvement.  I was having sharp pains up to about a 7 almost all the time in my lower tract & got ‘referred’ to Effer-K, after almost 6 months of agony.  In the first week with Effer-K the pain went down to about a 2 and by 10 days was gone. 

I have been taking the Effer-K plain (20 meq) cut in half interspersed alternately with the Citrus (25 meq) also cut in half for almost a month now with vastly improved BMs & NO pain & my labs are keeping the doctors happy.  I love this stuff & only regret that my Medicare doesn’t cover the cost, but it’s worth paying the $14 – $25 for the intestinal relief.”

After receiving Joe’s testimonial with his only regret being the cost of Effer-K, I realized in my excitement to help him get a free sample, I had forgotten to tell him about the various discount prescription drug websites that can help people save money on the cost of prescription drugs that are not covered by insurance. I was able to find Effer-K for between $9 – 19 (qty 30) on www.discountdrugnetwork.com.

Joe has finally found a prescription potassium supplement that is easy to swallow, does not taste awful, and does not upset his stomach. And, after I sent the coupon to him, he is happy with the cost as well.

Effer-K exhibits at ASHP 2016 in Las Vegas and gains a few more fans

ashp3rd year pharmacy students at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy in Las Vegas, Nevada Anum Rizvi, May Yared and Katrina Segobnik

The Effer-K team was thrilled to exhibit at the American Society of Health Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition in Las Vegas this month. This was our first time exhibiting at the ASHP and we were excited to have the opportunity to introduce Effer-K to professionals in the pharmaceutical industry.

As many people in the pharmaceutical industry know, the price of liquid KCl has risen considerably recently. The rising cost of liquid KCl has motivated many people to seek an alternative product. These efforts to find an affordable alternative to liquid KCl have led many people in the pharmaceutical industry directly to Effer-K.

While informing attendees about Effer-K as a low cost alternative to liquid KCl was our main purpose in exhibiting at the ASHP, we also like to allow attendees to taste Effer-K to demonstrate another remarkable reason to switch to Effer-K. People are often skeptical when we tell them Effer-K has a palatable taste. Therefore, we enjoy hearing the reactions we get from people who try Effer-K for the first time. Like many other people who have tried Effer-K, these pharmacy students were instant fans and could not contain their enthusiasm for Effer-K. Judging by their reaction, we believe exhibiting at the ASHP 2016 was a huge success!

Nomax, Inc. Wins Cardinal Health Supply Chain Excellence Award for 2016

sce awardNomax, Inc. is excited to have received a Cardinal Health Supply Chain Excellence Award for 2016. Cardinal Health is a wholesale distributor for Effer-K with an extensive distribution network ensuring Effer-K is available to customers throughout the country. Cardinal Health uses ten metrics to measure a manufacturer’s performance throughout the year and presents manufacturers who earn 124 out of the total 155 points possible with a Supply Chain Excellence Award. We are honored to have received the Supply Chain Excellence Award which demonstrates our dedication to outstanding customer service and customer satisfaction.

 

Effer-K Meets Medscape at FMX

We had great success exhibiting Effer-K at the AAFP FMX (Family Medicine Experience) in Orlando, FL last month. Not only did we have the opportunity to discuss the significant benefits of prescribing Effer-K with the many physicians in attendance, we also had the pleasure of meeting the exhibitors for Medscape. According to the Medscape website, Medscape is the leading online global destination for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide. They offer the latest medical news, expert perspectives, essential point-of-care drug and disease information, relevant professional education, and CME.1

medscapeSince Medscape was exhibiting at a nearby booth, we saw this as a great opportunity to discuss the mutual benefit of listing Effer-K in their database. Fortunately, Medscape agreed that their members should have access to information about Effer-K, and they wasted no time in adding Effer-K to their prescription drug list. (We learned Effer-K had been added to the potassium bicarbonate/potassium citrate monograph soon after we returned from Orlando.) Because we are confident Medscape members will find huge value in the addition of Effer-K to the database, we are excited Medscape recognized the value and chose to add Effer-K.

We are thrilled to be listed on Medscape!

1) http://www.medscape.com/public/about

A father determined to help his daughter get Effer-K

I am always happy to help our customers when they experience difficulty getting Effer-K at their pharmacy.  Now that we have built a solid distribution channel – it doesn’t happen often, but occasionally these situations do arise.  Not long ago I was contacted by the father of a customer who was having this problem. I wanted to share this story because I was touched by this father’s determination to help his daughter.

Marie is an Effer-K customer who was born with an intestinal birth defect which requires her to take potassium daily. Marie has taken Effer-K with great success but her pharmacist recently informed her he could no longer get Effer-K from the pharmacy’s supplier. This was devastating news for Marie because she had taken other products in the past and they had caused her severe pain. Effer-K was the only product she was able to take without pain. But what choice did she have? She could no longer get Effer-K, so she was forced to take another product. She feared she was doomed to spend the rest of her life in pain.

Lucky for Marie, her father, Nick, was not willing to accept that his daughter would spend the rest of her life suffering because she could not get Effer-K. Nick did a little research and found my phone number. Nick called Marie with the good news. He had found the manufacturer of Effer-K! While Marie was appreciative of her father’s help, she did not think anything would come of his discovery. She had a picture in her head of a huge “Pharma-Giant bureaucracy” and she did not think Nick would actually be able to talk to a human being. Nick, however, was not deterred by this.

Nick decided to call the number he had found and find out why the pharmacy could no longer get Effer-K from the supplier. When Nick reached me, he explained that the pharmacy told him that Effer-K was on backorder.  I assured him that this was definitely not the case and that I could ship an order that day if needed. After talking to Nick, I contacted the supplier for the pharmacy and they agreed to place an order.

It was that easy. I requested an order, and the supplier placed an order. To me, I was just doing my job, but to Nick who has watched Marie suffer her whole life until she found Effer-K, this was a blessing. Hearing Nick’s excitement upon finding out his daughter would be able to get the medicine she needed made me realize what a considerable impact Effer-K has on the quality of life for so many people. I am grateful for the opportunity to help people like Nick and Marie.

Please read the testimonials submitted by Nick and Marie.

If you need help getting Effer-K at your pharmacy please don’t hesitate to call or email me.

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