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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 is a great product for the self-dispensing physician.

Are you a self-dispensing physician? If so – consider dispensing Effer-K® 10, 20 and 25 mEq effervescent potassium citrate directly from your office.

Self-dispensing offers tremendous benefits for both your practice and your patients.

Having Effer-K® available in the office ensures that patients get the medication they need, avoiding delays or an additional trip to a pharmacy which improves overall patient satisfaction.

Self-dispensing also improves patient compliance. When patients are able to get their medications at their physicians’ offices, “the compliance rate…[improves] by more than 60%.”1

Self-dispensing medication also increases office productivity and revenue, as pharmacy collaboration is not required.  Offices will earn revenue from retailing Effer-K® while still offering patients a better price than what they would pay at the pharmacy.

Self-dispensing Effer-K® does not require stocking large quantities of product. Each dosage of Effer-K® is packaged with 12 cartons per case that include 30 individually wrapped, foil tablets per carton. Case prices range from $75 – $144.  All products are manufactured and distributed in St. Louis, Missouri and will be shipped via UPS.   For any questions about Effer-K® including issues regarding self-dispensing, please contact us.

Patient calls Effer-K her “miracle potassium”

We just received a new sample request from a physician in Memphis, TN. We had sent samples to her office in the past.  But a recent interaction with a patient prompted her to seek more.

The physician described the patient as someone who “can’t take anything,” and had been previously non-compliant in taking her potassium.  As a last-ditch effort – she gave her samples of Effer-K and she absolutely loved them.  She calls her Effer-K the “miracle potassium!”

We are so happy to hear that!

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