Nomax Exhibits Effer-K at the AAFP FMX in New Orleans

The Effer-K team has made it home after exhibiting at the AAFP FMX conference in New Orleans!  AAFP is always a busy show for us and this year was no exception. We gave out 123 Effer-K voucher booklets (that allow patients to receive 1 box of free Effer-K at any pharmacy). Many physicians stopped by our booth, as they do every year, to tell us how much they love Effer-K. We are always happy to talk to these loyal fans.

In addition to the Effer-K-loving practitioners, we met several physicians who had never even heard of Effer-K. These physicians are always skeptical when we explain that it is a palatable potassium supplement, so we offer samples of Effer-K at our booth for doubters. The skeptics often become instant fans after trying the shot.

Once practitioners taste Effer-K they often follow up with questions about what types of drinks it can be dissolved in. Since Nomax makes an Unflavored Effer-K, we tell them it is virtually undetectable when dissolved in any ingestible liquid. One physician suggested (in jest) that it could even be dissolved in the popular New Orleans Hurricane drink. How’s that for a physician recommendation? 

We acquired several new Effer-K fans at this show. We even met some medical directors of nursing homes who decided they wanted to add Effer-K to their formulary. This show was definitely a huge success for us and we plan on returning next year! We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s AAFP FMX which will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA – September 25th thru Sept. 27th.

New Effer-K Distributors - Morris & Dickson and North Carolina Mutual Wholesale Drug Company

As many hospitals and physicians have chosen Effer-K as a preferred prescription potassium supplement, we continue to work to ensure that Effer-K is available at every pharmaceutical distributor. We are pleased to welcome two new Effer-K distributors – Morris & Dickson and North Carolina Mutual Wholesale Drug Company!

Morris & Dickson is a fifth generation, family owned company headquartered in Shreveport, LA. According to the company website, Morris & Dickson is one of the oldest and most successful pharmaceutical wholesaler organizations in the country. If you are a Morris & Dickson customer and you would like to order Effer-K please see our ordering information page for more information on how you can order.

North Carolina Mutual Wholesale Drug Company is the sixth largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in the United States. The company serves over 500 pharmacies in North Carolina. As the company website states, the Board of Directors is made up of pharmacy owners. The company is unique because it is owned and operated by its members. If you are a member and would like ordering information, please see our ordering information page.

We are excited to be working with Morris & Dickson and North Carolina Mutual Wholesaler Drug Company!

 

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.

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 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.

Gluten-free Effer-K

A short time ago I was contacted by a customer who wanted to know if Effer-K contains gluten. Obviously, a person on a gluten-free diet, needs to know if the medication she is taking contains gluten. And because there is a growing number of people choosing or requiring a gluten-free diet1, I wanted to let our customers know if Effer-K contains gluten.

There is a great deal of debate as to whether gluten should be avoided by all people or just those with gluten intolerance. While certain people may choose a gluten-free diet because they believe it is unhealthy for them, a person with gluten intolerance must follow this diet to avoid an adverse reaction. There are varying degrees of sensitivity to gluten in people who suffer from gluten intolerance. The most severe form of gluten intolerance is celiac disease. People with celiac disease will need to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet, including the avoidance of gluten in their medications.2

While the Celiac Disease Foundation states there is an extremely small chance of getting a medication that contains gluten, they recommend you evaluate the ingredients of all medications to eliminate any risk. Since Effer-K does not contain gluten, it is safe to take if you have gluten intolerance.


1) http://national.deseretnews.com/article/2724/the-growing-popularity-of-gluten-free-food-will-it-last.html
2) https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/treating-celiac-disease/

Need help getting Effer-K at your pharmacy?

Did your pharmacy tell you they are unable to order Effer-K? Or maybe your pharmacy even told you Effer-K is on backorder. If you encounter this problem, contact us and we can help your pharmacy get Effer-K.

Occasionally we hear from customers like this who have difficulty getting Effer-K. While this is a rare occurrence, we wanted to address the issue so our customers know we are here to help you if you experience any trouble getting Effer-K.

Effer-K is NOT on backorder. Effer-K is available in every flavor and strength (mEq) and in most cases we can have an order shipped to your pharmacy within one day of your request. So – if you have any trouble getting Effer-K please contact us.

 

Effer-K is now listed in Epocrates!

effer-k-epocratesIt has only taken two years, countless emails and a few face-to-face meetings – but we are now happy to announce that Effer-K is listed in Epocrates!  (We get it – they are busy…)

Epocrates is “the #1 medical reference app” used by more than “one million health care providers.”  Almost any information pertaining to a prescription drug is available in the Epocrates database, including indications, dosing protocol and dangerous interactions.  It’s popularity became increasingly apparent to us as we were frequently asked when meeting physicians, “why can’t I find you in Epocrates….”  Well – now you can.

Thank you to the team at Epocrates who helped to get us listed.

Effer-K exhibits at AAFP – American Academy of Family Physicians in San Diego

20130930-104525.jpgAt the end of September, Effer-K made an appearance at the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) show in San Diego, CA. This is a huge event with a few thousand physicians in attendance, which presented a great opportunity to introduce our product to family physicians who had never heard about Effer-K.

While we were there, we met Dr. Frank Domino, a Massachusetts-based family physician affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, who made a presentation at the conference about the benefit of potassium in lowering patients’ blood pressure and risk for stroke. He suggested that the addition of potassium to a patient’s to a patient’s diet might be more effective than reducing salt.

After his talk, several physicians who had been in attendance stopped by and requested samples of Effer-K for their practices – citing the talk as inspiration. Then, Dr. Domino, himself stopped into our booth and ordered samples for his office. Dr. Domino later shared all of the references for his talk with us (see below).

Now that we have had a chance to recover and get all our samples out to our requesting physicians, we are gearing up for AAFP next year (in Washington, D.C.!) Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth.

  • Treatment of Mild HTN does not improve M&M; Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Aug 15;8:CD006742
  • HCTZ vs Chlorthalidone: no difference in M&M; but fewer electrolyte disturbances with HCTZ; Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 19; 158:447
  • Salt Restriction in HTN lowers Systolic BP by -5.39 mm Hg & Diastolic BP by -2.82 mm Hg but raises renin, aldosterone, noradrenaline. ? Outcomes. BMJ 2013;346:f1325
  • IOM says Salt Restriction does NOT reduces the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, or death; JAMA. 2013;309(24):2535-2536
  • Potassium lowers BP and risk of Stroke in HTN patients; (90-120 mmol/day) BMJ. 2013 Apr 3;346:f1378

Effer-K exhibits at the New Jersey Academy of Family Practice Physicians

Effer-K exhibits at the NJAFP in Atlantic City, NJ The Effer-K sales reps really got around this summer.  We exhibited in all corners of the United States – from California to Boston to Dallas.  One of the other stops we made was in Atlantic City, NJ at the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians‘ meeting.

Once again, it was exciting to hear from so many family doctors who are already prescribing Effer-K and meet new ones who wanted to learn more.  We also held a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card and are pleased to announce that Tricia Kroth was the lucky recipient!

Thanks to all the New Jersey docs who stopped by our both.

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