In August, Allergan pharmaceuticals announced in a letter to healthcare professionals that it would be restructuring its sales force to align with the “evolving needs of our broad product and consumer portfolio.” Because of these changes, Allergan said that some of the sales professionals in clinics might be transitioning to other regions or product groups.
From the patient perspective, any possible shifts in my treatments or care team are alarming. Allergan’s Zenpep (pancrelipase) and pancreatic enzymes are critical pieces in the treatment plan for many of us with cystic fibrosis. Changing these definitely would send a ripple through the community.
I decided to write this post was because I saw online rumors about Allergan discontinuing or pulling out of Zenpep. When I saw this, I immediately started to go into disaster mode. Zenpep has provided me with incredible success, and switching medications is a long and potentially expensive process. Pancreatic enzymes aren’t always the right fit, and the process to figure that out can be unpleasant as pancreatic insufficiency isn’t always addressed correctly. This can lead to an upset stomach and frequent bowel movements.
Rest assured, Allergan promises its continued support of Zenpep. The letter concludes, “In the meantime, our commitment to patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis, their families and caregivers, and the healthcare professionals who have dedicated their lives to the management of this critical condition has not wavered. We will continue to fully support Zenpep as well as our patient support programs.”
It’s always important to stay on top of the news coming from pharmaceutical companies. While we with CF may think of our care team as the leads of our treatment, many of us with CF have seen changes in medications and technology over time. These changes often come from the companies themselves, and can lead to anxiety as changes in an already fragile community can have large consequences.
It also is important to do your own research. Social media is often riddled with exaggerated or false information. I’ve found this to be true especially in the CF community. Conspiracy theories and anecdotal conclusions can have serious impacts on others. So, please police these false discussions, and most importantly, do your own research before letting rumors spread.
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