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Prescription switch: Are you getting what the doctor ordered?

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

Pill bottles on a pharmacy shelf.
Pill bottles on a pharmacy shelf.

It is common to be switched from a brand-name drug to its generic version. But now, some insurance companies may be engaging in a new kind of switch at the pharmacy. It is called therapeutic substitution and insurance companies say it is a safe and effective way to save money. Some pharmacists and doctors say they are concerned about the cost to a patient's health. 

Lynn Crisci suffered from migraine headaches after surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing. To stop the pain, Lynn's doctor prescribed the drug Sumatriptan.

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"I just hand it to the pharmacist and it's their job to put the right pills in the right bottle, whatever it is," said Crisci. "It just never occurred to me that this was not what my doctor prescribed."

The medication that the pharmacist filled was not Sumatriptan but a similar compound called Naratriptan. Lynn said she took the medication but her pain raged on. 

Prescription bottle with pills(Staff Writer)

"The switching, the saving money, that's business," said Crisci. "But, how are they not required by law to tell you that you got switched?"

Oakwood Pharmacist Kindy Ghussin said insurance companies can make the switch without telling you.

"There's not much you can do, " said Ghussin. "The insurance companies have so much power that the doctor and the pharmacist don't have much say," 

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However, a switch of medications led to complications for Dough Habecker. He developed a severe side effect, a skin condition called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and he said he's worried it could happen again. 

"I'm extremely careful. I research anything before I take it," Habecker said. 

He battled his insurance company when it tried to change the insulin he uses, Novolog, for a similar drug called Humalog. The insurance company finally agreed to cover Novolog but Dough said his co-pay went up $20. 

Pharmacist Kindy Ghussein said everyone needs to be an educated consumer. 

“I just want to tell the patients that we are not the monster here," Ghussein said. "You've tog to look you at the insurance company and see why are they making it harder for you to get your medication."

Lynn Crisci is finally back on her original prescription and her pain is gone.

"For someone who was begging, begging for someone to help her die, this is a miracle," Crisci said. 

Ghussein said it is important for consumers to check the labels on their medications to see if the pills are the same color and made by the same manufacturer. If they have concerns, they could call their doctor. 

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for tonight; possible morning slick spots from overnight freezing rain

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM

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  • Winter Weather Advisory for ALL from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Rain and freezing rain possible Tuesday morning
  • Snow accumulates Tuesday night to Wednesday

>> 5-Day Forecast


TUESDAY: Some snow showers have made their way up from the south with temperatures being at or below freezing for the morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Rain and freezing rain will mix for the next couple of hours with main roads staying above freezing after a mild and sunny day, but a light ice accumulation could develop on elevated surfaces, bridges, and overpasses before and around sunrise. Drivers should take their time if they are out before the sun comes up. Temperatures improve by climbing to the low 40s after sunrise with some dry time expected in the middle of the day. Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m. Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result. 

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WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. It’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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Winter storm: Freezing rain, sleet and snow taking aim at region

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

Spring may be about to arrive, but winter will not give up without a fight. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for all of the Miami Valley at 8pm Tuesday and continue through much of Wednesday. A wintry mix Tuesday will change to snow by evening and increase in coverage and intensity Tuesday night. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches will be likely, with isolated higher amounts.

Spring will officially arrive at 12:15 p.m. today, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region starting this morning.

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Precipitation is expected to develop early today across the far southern Miami Valley and spread northward toward I-70 by daybreak. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but as temperatures drop toward daybreak, a band of freezing rain is possible.

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The morning commute may not be too bad, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

"The last few days of mild temperatures has helped push road surface temperatures well above freezing. That means that main roads should just be wet early Tuesday," he said. "However, elevated surfaces like cars, bridges and decks could become slippery."

SEE: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

But the wintry weather won't be over yet. 

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. tonight and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A break in the precipitation is expected midday today before returning in the evening. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity tonight, Elwell said.

"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.

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This is something we'll have to watch closely as new model data comes in." 

Motorists should prepare for a slow morning commute Wednesday with improving conditions in the afternoon, he said.

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Nearly 1,200 without power in Preble County

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Nearly 1,200 DP&L customers are without power in Preble County.

According to the DP&L website, power is expected to be restored by 6 a.m. The outage was reported around 4:35 a.m.

>> Winter Weather Advisory issued for tonight; possible morning slick spots from overnight freezing rain

It’s unknown what led to the outage.

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Smoke, flames from Fairfield apartment building prompts crews to respond 

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.

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Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.

We will continue to update this story as additional details become available. 

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