Today is Friday, 6 14 2013, before my clinic starts. From monday through thursday this week I gave prescriptions of Belviq to 19 patients, which is over 4 patients per day. I have handed out a number of Vouchers for the free 15 day supply of Belviq, which is accompanied by a prescription for the 15 day supply of Belviq. I am also giving the patient a monthly prescription of Belviq, which can be refilled 5 times. Both prescriptions are printed on our blue tamper proof paper. I am giving each patient a handout on diet tips, and a second handout about Belviq. I have filled out some prior authorization forms and faxed them to the insurances. A couple of patients who were on medicare and did not have insurance coverage of Belviq were going to use the Voucher, followed by cash payment for Belviq using the Savings Card from the Belviq web site. Cash price of Belviq at CVS across the street is about 209 dollars per month, and the Savings Card will decrease this by 75 dollars per month to 134 dollars per month, and can be used monthly for up to 12 months. I sent a group email to our Carondelet doctors here in Tucson about Belviq. I also send an email to a doctor at Arizona Community Physicians, another large group here in Tucson, and the doctor offered to send the email to those doctors. My patients are excited about trying Belviq for weight loss. I have given Belviq prescriptions to a total of 178 patients so far over the last few weeks.
Steven Vig md internal medicine tucson arizona friday 6 14 2013
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Gee, I'm a doctor, I own stock in the company who developed this drug and I'm writing you a prescricption for it as fast as I can.....no conflict there!
Not quite the same as the crooked doctor in the move the Fugitive but kinda reminds me of it.
How can you give them 5 refills when they have to get off the drug after 12 weeks (approx 3 months) if they haven't lost 5%. Sounds like you are just prescribing for your own personal potential gain than what's good for your patients. Your clinic will be in the news for fraud I'm sure within a few months.
Dr Vig, according to Arena published studies, statistically 3 out of every 4 of the patients that you have written prescriptions for will be non-responders. What is your plan of action for all those non-responders? What other types of treatment do you recommend to your patients? Will you consider recommending Qsymia? What type of excercise and diet program do you establish for you patients? How many shares do you, your family, friends and/or associates own?
Two of our family friends (a husband and a wife) from Tuscon Arizona just visited with their families in Massachusetts. Last night we had a date with them in a Chinese Restaurant. Obviously I was bragging about my new medication Belviq throughout the whole dinner conversation. At the end they were convinced and they both could loose some weight. Bottom line, I mentioned your name last night and I said if they ever have a problem getting a prescription from their Doctors in Arizona. I will give them your accurate contact name (so they can search for it on the internet) for a visit. If I hear from them that they are having problems getting a prescription from their Doctors, I might have to ask you for more information for your contact. Is Steven Vig MD the un-abbreviated name they should search for? Thanks...
Thank you for sharing Dr. V, I’m sure you patients will benefit greatly with the help of Belviq.
Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong the total number of Physicians with an active licence to practice medicine in the United States is in the region of 850,000. if each issued 1 prescription a month that’s a lot of scripts.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Thank you! I am curious if you know how many of your patients actually filled the rxs. Once you see them again down the road, please update us. My concerns in the past with new drugs are the actual fill rate once a patient gets hit with copay at the pharmacy.
Yes, Medicare & Medicaid patients can use coupons and co-pay cards for Belviq because Medicare. & Medicaid do not yet pay for Belviq so they are automatically "cash-paying patients" for this particular drug only.
Sentiment: Strong Buy