Senior Medical Assistant
How will I get my medications?
The medications are generally e-scripted into one of our two national pharmacies that cover your state. One is Pharmacy Solutions in Arlington, TX (), and the other is Care First Specialty Pharmacy (856-267-0528) in New Jersey. These pharmacies compound and provide the best prices on various repurposed drugs and send them to you quickly by airmail.
How long does it take for the medications to arrive?
Generally, patients get their medications two to four days after their Virtual Consult.
Why can’t I process my medications through my insurance plan or local pharmacy?
One of the more common repurposed drugs is mebendazole, which is prohibitively expensive at these standard pharmacies; therefore, compounding is necessary to make it affordable for daily use. They incorporate the traditional repurposed drugs in the same mailing package for convenience and organization for the patient to determine the proper way to take the medications. Using individual insurance plans and pharmacies directed by health insurance frequently leads to a detailed pre-approval analysis of repurposed drugs and off-label use. MMC strives to provide the lowest cost service, and we do not have staff to attempt to process through standard pharmacies and insurance plans, which are highly time-consuming.
How often do I need a Virtual Consult with MMC for continued care?
For safe prescribing, we need to meet at least every three months and decide at each meeting whether it needs to be shorter than that at one-month or two-month intervals. The patient’s needs and resources to cover the cost of frequent meetings determine the virtual visit intervals. MMC sees patients frequently early on, and we lengthen to three-month intervals when the medications get into a steady state without frequent changes.
What do I do if I have a problem with my metabolic protocol?
Many resources are available through the MMC website, the “How to Start Your Medications” link on the summary email, and the pharmacy team at the specific pharmacy. Additionally, for those working with HealNavigator.com, nursing support should be readily available. After reviewing these options, emailing support@MeakinMetabolicCare.com for other necessary questions is an option. Once again, MMC is to support your metabolic program and not a replacement for your general local medical care or oncology care.
How do I reschedule with MMC for my next visit?
If working directly with HealNavigator.com, one can go to their website and reenlist at the proper interval (MMC/Heal Navigators – Start a conversation). If one is only working with MMC, go to the Service Page, initiate a Follow-up path, and schedule yourself when convenient.
What are the critical laboratory values when on some standard repurposed drug protocols?
Generally, the main issues to review are liver function stability by looking at the ALT and AST. Other general measures of liver health include the albumin level, alkaline phosphatase, and more, but these former ones are our main measures. Within the complete metabolic panel (CMP), one can also review the renal function stability by looking at the BUN and creatinine. We also ask patients to get a general complete blood count (CBC) to ensure their public bone marrow function is safe to proceed, especially if they’re at risk from recent chemotherapy. This precaution is extra, as our repurposed drugs generally do not impact bone marrow function.
Can I get laboratory work done through MMC?
For primarily the safety labs, we suggest avoiding additional costs and encourage the patients to use their standard monthly labs with their local care program. We have more extensive programs such as MD Predict Panel, C-MOP, and MOP that have comprehensive laboratory reviews done through Quest laboratory drawing centers closest to your home. These programs incorporate the cost of the labs in the program cost to save the patient’s expensive walk-in retail rates for laboratory testing. We can add low-cost labs for existing patients in these services, such as tumor markers, food sensitivity programs, age calculators, insulin sensitivity testing, and more. These laboratory prices are much lower than any walk-in rate you can find and will incorporate the medical review at your next MMC visit. To view a comprehensive list of available labs, please visit our Individual Labs page.
Does MMC have a program to reduce chronic medical conditions or prevent cancer?
MMC has the MOP program designed to identify predictors of common chronic medical conditions and offer lifestyle, supplement, and preemptive pharmaceutical interventions to reset and correct concerns. MMC uses predictive calculators commonly not considered in the standard of care practices with a low-cost physician virtual meeting, the Quest Laboratory system, and a risk calculator to bring reproducible metrics to support your health journey easier. To explore our different Service Plans and identify the one that best suits your needs, visit our Services page.
My recommended follow-up with my MMC physician is in two to three months, but I have some new issues that need discussion; what do I do?
If you are working with HealNavigator.com, this would be a situation to work through your nurse’s support to find the best quick and low-cost solution. Conversely, if you are working directly with MMC, then it may be time to immediately Schedule A Follow-Up Appointment now through the service page on the website.
I am on board with metabolic support to impact my cancer outcome; I am unsure how my local oncologist will respond. How do you suggest I proceed?
We always advocate transparency to share your medical interventions with all providers. Ultimately it is your decision how to navigate this, and we understand not all physicians think the same way or understand the nuances of metabolic support and treatment. This transparency is relevant, however, especially when looking at drug-to-drug interactions. Most patients are on some medications that have a known interaction – given that the liver commonly processes all supplements and medicines to some degree, and kidneys excrete all byproducts of supplement and medication metabolism. Many patients take some of our repurposed drugs for general conditions, which does not raise a concern with the oncology teams.
I am an MMC patient but need more oncology nursing support; what are my options?
This scenario is exactly why we partner with HealNavigator, which has a remarkable team of veteran oncology-trained nurses and can offer tailored supportive care virtually. If you are interested in connecting with the team at HealNavigator, or are triyng to decide whether doing so is the right decision for you, Schedule a 15 Minute Obligation-Free Call with a Heal Navigator Patient Advocate.
I like the Metabolic Optimization Protocol for chronic disease prevention and delay, but I don’t want to be on this program for the rest of my life. What are my options?
Most people do approximately six months in a row to optimize and then consider repeating it once a year to make sure they’re still on track. If interval prescriptions are needed, one can navigate that if safety labs are correctly monitored.
Why can’t I order and get labs through my insurance plan or a local doctor rather than prepay on the MMC programs that incorporate blood testing?
Using your current labs is an option if you can upload the needed labs and prefer to go this route. Generally, paying directly out of pocket will be 5 to 10 times more expensive than what we offer, and sometimes general physicians may want to order something less than the 12 tubes/labs that the Predict Panel incorporates.
What are my options if I live in one of the five states not covered by MMC or outside the country?
This problem comes up often, and for those that live in New Mexico, Alaska, Rhode Island, Delaware, or Hawaii, we suggest they try to set up their Virtual Consult in a family member or friend’s location in one of the 45 states we cover. For those in other countries, we set up coaching calls to discuss metabolic support for their cancer, knowing there is no option for prescribing pharmaceuticals or laboratory tests in their country. Once a good discussion occurs and we generate an action plan, they can take the information to their local physician and have a reasonable chance of initiating the proper prescriptions. One should still schedule through the MMC website as a Quick Consultation.