There are requirements for Thalomid (thalidomide)that need to be fulfilled each month in order to get a prescription filled, and I neglected one of the steps. Each month I have to have a pregnancy test, and it has to be negative in order for Celgene to allow my prescription to be filled. UNC has been running a test along with my regular labs when I have blood drawn, and this month I had my blood work done in Pinehurst. It just slipped my mind. This put a hold on my Rx. If you’re a woman of childbearing age, you have to remember the following (I think it holds true for everyone else, except for the pregnancy test):
1. Monthly (negative) pregnancy test.
2. Monthly telephone survey.
3. 7 Days from the time the rx is authorized until it’s filled. After that, you have to go through the authorization process again.
When you call in for the telephone survey, there are several questions to answer. It used to be a live person, but it’s all automated now. You’re asked if you’ve shared your Thalomid with anyone else, if you’ve donated blood (we’re not allowed to), if you’re post-menopausal for more than 2 years, if you’ve had sex with a male partner in the last 4 weeks, if you used at least 2 of the recommended forms of contraception and if you’ve had a hysterectomy.
So… tomorrow I have to get a pregnancy test! It’s the last day I have to get the rx filled. Luckily, I have an appointment with my oncologist in Pinehurst at 10 am.