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The Above MS™ program from Biogen is here for patients with tips, tools, and information for their relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS)—and so much more.

Benefits of the Above MS™ program

There are many benefits to joining the Above MS program. As members, your patients will get extra help from those who understand relapsing MS, including:

  • Specially tailored information from people like them who are living with relapsing MS, but are also experts in areas such as financial planning, cooking, exercise, and many other areas
  • One-on-one relapsing MS support over the phone
  • A community of peers
  • Information about PLEGRIDY treatment and support services
  • Access to Nurse Educators
  • Financial and insurance support, if eligible

The Above MS program can be a great resource for your patients. However, your patients should always come to you with any questions related to their relapsing MS and their treatment.

SUPPORT COORDINATORS

As your patients continue on a relapsing MS therapy as prescribed by you, they may need extra support. For patients taking a Biogen relapsing MS treatment, our Support Coordinators can help them understand and access the resources they may need along their journey with relapsing MS.

The Support Coordinators from Biogen offer a broad range of services:

  • General relapsing MS information
  • One-on-one relapsing MS support over the phone
  • Tips to support living with relapsing MS
  • Additional injection training information
  • Insurance Benefit Investigation and researching financial assistance options
  • Recommendations for free educational events in their area that allow your patients to learn from experts and other people living with relapsing MS
  • Follow-up calls as necessary

To talk to one of our Support Coordinators, patients can call 1-800-456-2255. They can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 8 PM ET.

NURSE EDUCATORS

Whether your patients are just starting therapy or have been on therapy for a while, Nurse Educators are there to provide additional support for patients and their care partners with injection technique and to respond to questions they may have. Along with you, Nurse Educators can offer ongoing support throughout therapy.

The Above MS™ program from Biogen provides supplemental injection training with a nurse visit to their home for people taking an injectable Biogen treatment for relapsing MS, as needed.

Nurse Educators can be a great resource for your patients. However, your patients should always come to you with any questions related to their relapsing MS and their treatment.

Nurse Educators are available throughout the United States, as needed, to:

  • Provide additional injection and product education through one-to-one guidance—at no cost to your patients
  • Train your patients on the administration process and provide information on common side effects
  • Provide training in your patients’ homes or at another agreed-upon location
  • Follow-up with you about your patients’ injection experiences
  • Follow-up with your patients through future visits and calls to help further support them with proper injection technique
  • Provide additional support regarding your patients’ questions about relapsing MS, common symptoms, and side effects through phone counseling

Patients can call 1-800-456-2255 to connect with a Nurse Educator, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About Nurse Educators

Biogen wants patients to feel confident that the additional educational support they may choose to receive is from nurses who are knowledgeable and highly educated in multiple sclerosis (MS) and many are MS certified or working toward their MS certification. A Nurse Educator can help your patients and their care partners further their education on administering injectable relapsing MS therapy, and share information on the services and support available to them.

These nurses are available day or night. They are familiar with the challenges your patients may be facing with relapsing MS, as well as how to support them throughout their journey.

PEER COMMUNITY

People living with relapsing MS are not alone with support from the Peer Community from Biogen.

Relapsing MS may change the way your patients manage their lives, but it doesn’t have to change their outlook on life. Patients can search our Peer Community and find someone who knows what it’s like to live with relapsing MS. Call 1-800-456-2255.

FINANCIAL & INSURANCE SUPPORT

Get financial and insurance support for your patients’ relapsing MS treatment. The Above MS™ program from Biogen gives patients access to Support Coordinators who can help them understand their insurance coverage and try to identify the best financial assistance solution for them. Our goal is that no one has to forgo treatment based solely on financial limitations.

Financial and insurance services include:

  • Benefit Investigation to clarify your patients’ coverage options
  • Insurance counseling to help patients understand their coverage, along with help navigating changes due to the healthcare reform law
  • $0 Copay Program with no income requirements and no enrollment time limit for eligible patients.* Patients can call 1-800-456-2255 to see if they’re eligible
  • Free Drug Program for eligible patients in need
  • Support finding assistance through charitable organizations

To learn more about the financial services offered, patients can call one of our Support Coordinators at 1-800-456-2255, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 8 PM ET.

*Depending on patients’ income or, in some cases, if their medication is obtained from an out-of-network provider, there may be an annual cap that limits the amount of assistance that they can receive over one year. Federal and state laws and other factors may prevent or otherwise restrict eligibility. People covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the VA/DoD, or any other federal plans are not eligible to enroll. 

$0 COPAY PROGRAM

With the $0 Copay Program* from Biogen, your patients pay $0 a month for their relapsing MS medication if eligible.

The $0 Copay Program has:

  • No income requirements*—eligible patients can enroll in the $0 Copay Program regardless of income
  • No time limit—your patients can re-enroll every year for as long as they’re taking the medication
  • No waiting—your patients’ specialty pharmacies can enroll them immediately into the program so they can get their relapsing MS medication right away

*$0 Copay details and eligibility:
  • Please note that the $0 Copay Program provides a monthly supply of relapsing MS medication. Your patients are eligible to enroll in the $0 Copay Program for as long as they are treated with a Biogen relapsing MS medication
  • Federal and state laws may prevent eligibility. People covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the VA/DoD, or any other federal plans are not eligible to enroll. In addition, some insurance providers may prevent eligibility or restrict eligibility to people with demonstrated financial need. If your patients are not eligible or not sure of their eligibility, they should call 1-800-456-2255. There are charitable programs and even a free drug program sponsored by Biogen that may be able to help your patients with the cost
  • Depending on your patients’ income or, in some cases, if their medication is obtained from an out-of-network provider, there may be an annual cap that limits the amount of assistance that your patients can receive during a year

INSURANCE ASSISTANCE

PLEGRIDY® is available and preferred on many of the country's top insurance providers for your patients with relapsing MS with no step-therapy restrictions. It is therefore available for treatment-naive patients, as well as patients converting from another product.

If your patients have any questions or want to learn more, they can call 1-800-456-2255 Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 8 PM ET, or visit AboveMS.com.

Important Safety Information

  • PLEGRIDY is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to natural or recombinant interferon beta or peginterferon, or any other component of the formulation.
  • Severe hepatic injury, including hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, and rare cases of severe hepatic failure, have been reported with interferon beta. Asymptomatic elevation of hepatic transaminases has also been reported, and in some patients has recurred upon rechallenge with interferon beta. Elevations in hepatic enzymes and hepatic injury have been observed with PLEGRIDY in clinical studies. The incidence of elevations of ALT and AST above 5 times the upper limit of normal was 2% in PLEGRIDY-treated patients (1% placebo) and was <1% in PLEGRIDY-treated patients (<1% placebo), respectively. Monitor liver function tests and patients for signs of hepatic injury. Consider discontinuation of PLEGRIDY if hepatic injury occurs.
  • Depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide occur more frequently in patients receiving interferon beta than in patients receiving placebo. The overall incidence of adverse events related to depression and suicidal ideation was 8% in both the PLEGRIDY and placebo groups. The incidence of serious events was similar and less than 1% in both groups. Advise patients to report immediately any symptom of depression or suicidal ideation. If a patient develops depression or other severe psychiatric symptoms, consider stopping treatment with PLEGRIDY.
  • Seizures are associated with the use of interferon beta. The incidence of seizures in clinical studies was less than 1% in patients receiving PLEGRIDY and placebo. Exercise caution when administering PLEGRIDY to patients with a seizure disorder.
  • Anaphylaxis and other serious allergic reactions are rare complications of treatment with interferon beta. Less than 1% of PLEGRIDY-treated patients experienced a serious allergic reaction such as angioedema or urticaria. Discontinue PLEGRIDY if a serious allergic reaction occurs.
  • Injection site reactions, including injection site necrosis, can occur with the use of subcutaneous interferon beta. The incidence of injection site reactions (e.g., injection site erythema, pain, pruritus, or edema) was 66% in the PLEGRIDY group (3% were severe) and 11% in the placebo group (0% were severe). One patient out of 1468 patients who received PLEGRIDY experienced injection site necrosis. Decisions to discontinue therapy following necrosis at a single injection site should be based on the extent of the necrosis. If therapy is continued, avoid administration of PLEGRIDY near the affected area until it is fully healed. If multiple lesions occur, discontinue PLEGRIDY until healing occurs.
  • Congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and cardiomyopathy with congestive heart failure occur in patients receiving interferon beta. The incidence of cardiovascular events was 7% in both PLEGRIDY and placebo treatment groups. Monitor patients with significant cardiac disease for worsening of their cardiac condition during initiation and continuation of treatment with PLEGRIDY.
  • Interferon beta can cause decreased peripheral blood counts in all cell lines, including rare instances of pancytopenia and severe thrombocytopenia. Decreases in white blood cell counts below 3.0 x 109/L occurred in 7% of patients receiving PLEGRIDY and in 1% receiving placebo. The incidence of clinically significant decreases in lymphocyte counts (below 0.5 x 109/L), neutrophil counts (below 1.0 x 109/L), and platelet counts (below 100 x 109/L) were all less than 1% and similar in both placebo and PLEGRIDY groups. Monitor patients for infections, bleeding, and symptoms of anemia. Monitor complete blood cell counts, differential white blood cell counts, and platelet counts during treatment with PLEGRIDY. Patients with myelosuppression may require more intensive monitoring of blood cell counts.
  • Cases of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and hemolytic uremic syndrome, some fatal, have been reported several weeks to years after starting interferon beta products. Discontinue PLEGRIDY if clinical symptoms and laboratory findings consistent with TMA occur, and manage as clinically indicated.
  • Autoimmune disorders of multiple target organs including idiopathic thrombocytopenia, hyper- and hypothyroidism, and autoimmune hepatitis have been reported with interferon beta. The incidence of autoimmune disorders was less than 1% in both PLEGRIDY and placebo treatment groups. If patients develop a new autoimmune disorder, consider stopping PLEGRIDY.
  • The most common adverse reactions (incidence greater than 10% and at least 2% more than placebo) associated with PLEGRIDY treatment are injection site erythema, influenza-like illness, pyrexia, headache, myalgia, chills, injection site pain, asthenia, injection site pruritus, and arthralgia. 
  • Encourage patients who become pregnant while taking PLEGRIDY to enroll in the PLEGRIDY pregnancy registry by calling 1-866-810-1462 or visiting https://www.plegridypregnancyregistry.com/.
Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for additional important safety information.

Indication

PLEGRIDY® (peginterferon beta-1a) is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.