Being Alive 1997 Apr 5: 3
Since March, 1996, Merck's potent protease inhibitor Crixivan
has been available almost exclusively through a managed
distribution program at Stadtlanders, a mail-order pharmacy in
Pittsburgh. People wishing to take Crixivan have been required
to have their doctors send prescriptions to Stadtlanders. Merck
has stated that they made Crixivan available six months before
their new manufacturing facilities were completed, and this
exclusive distribution system through Stadtlanders was
necessary to maximize the use of a limited drug supply.
Merck recently announced that starting in May, Crixivan will be
available through participating pharmacies across the country.
"Counting the number of patients taking Crixivan is still
needed," states Merck, "to ensure uninterrupted therapy, due to
increasing use of the medication worldwide."
To accomplish this, local pharmacies will track the number of
people receiving Crixivan by transmitting limited data to PAID
Prescriptions, a manager of retail pharmacy networks (and a
subsidiary of Merck-Medco Managed Care). While some
patient-identifying information will be transmitted, PAID will
not provide that information to Merck or any other third
People already receiving Crixivan through Stadtlanders will
have the option of continuing with Stadtlanders or switching to
a participating pharmacy of their choice. To use a local
pharmacy, call to ask if that particular pharmacy is going to
be part of the distribution program.