Last month we showcased the story of Joshua Marcus, who passed away of SUDEP. As you recall we reported that he was not able to get his medications from a pharmacy the night before he passed away. He dis not have the money to cover the cost of the medications and CVS would not accept a credit card from his father.
Mitch Marcus, his father, took issue with the policy of CVS. He contacted the headquarters company and spoke with the Vice President of Professional Services. CVS Caremark (formerly CVS), is the nation's #2 drugstore chain. It operates more than 7600 retail and
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As a result of Mitch’s persistence CVS is changing their policies and taking the following actions, as reported to us:
1) CVS will insure that partial dosages or “Bridges” as they call them are to be always offered and given to patients who cannot afford to pay for all their meds at once. It will be offered to new customers, not just established ones.
2). CVS will allow payment for prescriptions over the telephone by the use of debit or credit cards from third party individuals.
3) CVS will provide training to all members of the pharmacy staff and the policy will be enforced.
We all owe Mitch Marcus a debt for his work and follow his example. We must continue to fight for Epilepsy, to end the discrimination and help with the psychosocial side of the disease. Most doctors and medical agencies never consider the effects of this devastating, underfunded and misunderstood disease. We must stand up for those who need it most and sometimes cannot do it for themselves. Mitch did, and he was successful. Even though his son is gone, he stood up for the rights of those afflicted who remain. THANKS MITCH.
(Above) Patricia Bernard’s painting has activity, form and vivid colors that show the movement in her mind’s eye at that time of her experiences with seizures and migraines. Courtesy of "Sparks of Creativity: Art influenced by migraine and epilepsy. Josua also suffered from Migraines.