Proactive Prescription Tips for Multiple Sclerosis Therapy

  • by  Lift MS® Team
  •   January 27, 2020

Did you know it’s possible that you may be switched to a generic at the pharmacy without notice? It's important to be proactive and to adhere to your relapsing MS (RMS) therapy to ensure you reach your treatment goals.

You can help ensure your COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) prescription is not switched with a generic option at the pharmacy by following these tips.

    1. Talk to your doctor. Ask your doctor to include specific language such as “Dispense As Written (DAW),” “Brand Medically Necessary,” “Do Not Substitute,” or other state-regulated language on all new and refill prescriptions. This can help ensure a generic is not dispensed without your or your doctor’s permission. Whether you’re new to or currently taking COPAXONE®, be prepared for your next appointment by bringing up this topic with your doctor.
    2. Inform the pharmacy. Talk with your pharmacist to request Teva’s COPAXONE® by name when filling your prescription for the first time. Make sure this information is recorded for all future prescriptions and refills.
    3. Check the packaging. When you receive your therapy, check the packaging before leaving the pharmacy or when receiving your prescription by mail to ensure it’s Teva’s COPAXONE®. Look for the NDC number on the box. If you’re using daily COPAXONE® 20 mg, the NDC number is NDC 68546-317-30; for 3-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg, the NDC number is NDC 68546-325-12.

       

       

      Additionally, Teva's 3-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg can be identified by its blue plunger. If you didn’t receive your therapy as prescribed, call your doctor’s office to alert them of the substitution.
    4. Explore support from Teva's Shared Solutions®If you’re looking for affordable access to therapy, know that most people taking COPAXONE® 40 mg—more than 70%—pay less than $10 per month out of pocket. Medication costs vary for everyone based on insurance coverage, but to date, about 70% of healthcare plans cover Teva's COPAXONE®.1 Call Teva’s Shared Solutions® at 1-800-887-8100 for answers to your financial questions about COPAXONE® or to see if you may be eligible for COPAXONE Co-Pay Solutions®. Teva’s Shared Solutions® also offers a variety of educational materials to help you manage your RMS therapy.

After all, YOU are your biggest advocate, so tell us in the comments below how you’re being proactive with your RMS prescription. Or share your tips with the Lift MS® community on Facebook.

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Reference: 1. Decisions Resources Group Coverage by Tier, January 2019. Data proprietary to Decisions Resources Group.

COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.

Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.

See Important Safety Information below and full Prescribing Information for Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate Injection).

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