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How Glatiramer Copay Assistance Works
1 – Check Your Coverage/Benefits Verification
Our team of expert billers finds the best avenues of coverage that minimize out-of-pocket costs.
2 – Transfer Prescription to AmeriPharma
We process your prescription by working with your previous pharmacy or prescriber, making the transition quick and easy.
3 – Prior Authorization
Our team of specialists obtains approval from your insurance companies within 24 to 72 hours.
4 – Copay Assistance & Financial Aid
We secure financial aid and decrease copays, out-of-pocket expenses, and high deductibles. To date, AmeriPharma Specialty Care has secured $55 million in financial assistance for our patients.
5 – Nursing Care Coordination
AmeriPharma puts your schedule and home environment first when scheduling and coordinating one of our specialized nurses for your in-home infusions.
6 – Delivery Coordination
Medications are always delivered in strict compliance with the specific requirements for immune globulin shipping. Next-day and overnight cold-chain deliveries are coordinated around your schedule.
What Is Glatiramer?
Glatiramer acetate, known by its brand name Copaxone and Glatopa, is a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and its other relapsing forms. It is an immunomodulator and works by suppressing the body’s immune system.
The drug is a synthetic polypeptide made up of four amino acids. These amino acids are also present in myelin, the insulating material covering our nerve cells. It is given as a once-daily injection.
Glatiramer is a well-tolerated medication. It is used to reduce the frequency of MS relapses and slow the progression of the disability. The drug doesn’t completely treat MS, but it decreases its development.
Patients allergic to glatiramer or its components should not take the medication. The drug should be used with caution in pregnancy and breastfeeding. It should only be used after consulting a doctor.
Similarly, patients with an active infection should seek expert medical help before taking glatiramer.
What Is Glatiramer Used For?
Glatiramer is an FDA-approved drug used for treating relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), clinically isolated syndrome, and secondary MS.
The drug reduces the frequency and severity of multiple sclerosis relapses and slows the progression of the disease. In some cases, it may improve physical functioning and quality of life.
How Is Glatiramer Used?
Glatiramer is usually administered as an injection, typically once a day or once every other day. The injection is commonly given into the fatty tissue below the skin. The administration site should be switched between different body areas, such as the upper arm, thigh, or abdomen.
The dose of glatiramer is determined by the doctor, depending on the patient’s age, weight, medical history, and response to the drug.
Patients should follow the doctor’s instructions for taking glatiramer.
Copay and Financial Assistance
AmeriPharma Specialty Care alleviates financial burdens for patients and their families
Advanced software locates funding sources to match you with top-dollar foundation programs
One of our copay assistance specialists will assist with the application process
Automatic updates will be sent to you and your physician on the status of the funding
Glatiramer Side Effects
Like any medication, there are side effects associated with the use of glatiramer. These side effects can be classified into mild, moderate, and severe.
There are also some common side effects of the drug. They generally go away with time as your body gets used to the drug. These include:
- Joint pain
- Skin rash
- Mild pain
Mild Side Effects
The mild side effects of glatiramer may include:
- Injection site reactions
- Mild pain
Moderate Side Effects
These side effects may occur more often and can be more severe. They include:
- Chest pain
Severe Side Effects
The severe side effects are the most serious and should be reported immediately to a healthcare provider. They include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face and throat
- Severe chest pain
- Irregular heart rate
Rare side effects are:
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty moving
- Loss of appetite
- Burning of the skin
It is important to note that only some people who take glatiramer experience side effects. However, if any unusual, persistent, or intolerable side effects occur, you should report them to your healthcare provider immediately. They can help determine the best course of action and relieve the symptoms.
Dose of Glatiramer
Usually, the dose of glatiramer is defined by the patient’s weight, age, and other factors. However, below is the recommended usual dose of glatiramer.
Adult Dose For Multiple Sclerosis
In adult patients with MS, the 20 mg dose of glatiramer is given once a day. In contrast, a 40 mg dose is given three times a week.
The drug is available in vials and prefilled syringes and should be given only via a subcutaneous route. The FDA has not approved this drug for patients under the age of 18 years.
Strength of Glatiramer
Glatiramer is available in two types of dosing strengths:
- 20 mg/ml
- 40 mg/ml
Both of these doses are given subcutaneously. Glatiramer 20 mg/ml and 40 mg/ml formulations are not interchangeable.