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How Siliq 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 Siliq?
Siliq is a prescription medication that treats moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults. Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by raised, red scaly patches. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis. These plaques are commonly found on the scalp, elbow, knees, and back and have a white or silvery surface. Symptoms include itchiness, pain, and skin cracking.
Siliq is the brand name for brodalumab, an injectable monoclonal antibody plaque psoriasis treatment. Antibodies are proteins that bind to foreign substances in the bloodstream, thus aiding the removal of pathogens and toxins that cause inflammation.
Natural antibodies originate from the bone marrow. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-created proteins that mimic the mechanism of their natural counterparts.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Siliq only for adults. Due to the medication’s side effects, doctors typically prescribe Siliq when other treatments have failed.
Who Should Avoid Siliq?
Persons with Crohn’s disease should not use Siliq. Patients who develop Crohn’s while taking the medication should discontinue the medication.
Siliq’s warning label advises physicians to screen patients for tuberculosis (TB) and avoid prescribing the medication before the treatment of TB. Patients on Siliq should avoid live vaccinations such as the rotavirus; smallpox; chickenpox; and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) injections.
How Does Siliq Work?
Siliq inhibits the actions of four interleukin-17 cytokines. Researchers have found that all four of these proteins are involved in the production of plaque psoriasis. Siliq works by blocking the cellular pathway these cytokines use to trigger excessive skin growth.
With plaque psoriasis, even small patches can impair sleep and the overall quality of life. Because of this discomfort, many patients pursue total clearance of their plaques.
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
Siliq Side Effects
Siliq carries an FDA black box warning for suicidal behavior. Patients taking this medication have reported suicidal thoughts and behavior. With some patients, the onset of these self-destructive thoughts may be sudden. The warning advises physicians to evaluate patients for signs of depression or suicidal thoughts before prescribing Siliq.
Because of documented suicides, the FDA requires patients who receive this medication to enroll in the Siliq Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy program (REMS). The REMS enrollment form requires patients to certify that they understand the risks of using Siliq. Enrollees receive a wallet card reminding them to seek immediate medical help at the onset of suicidal thoughts.
Common Side Effects
From clinical trial data, the most common side effects of Siliq are:
- Joint pain
- Sore throat
- Muscle ache
Using Siliq also increases the risk of acquiring viral and fungal infections.
What Is the Dosage for Siliq?
Siliq syringes contain 210 mg of the medicine in 1.5 ml of fluid. Patients typically begin with one injection per week for three weeks. After this initial phase, patients inject the medication once every two weeks. Siliq patients should avoid inserting the needle into a skin area with an active plaque.
In partnership with their physicians, patients may continue to use Siliq for as long as the medication proves effective and side effects remain under control.
In clinical trials, 87% of patients had improvement in symptoms, and more than half of their plaques cleared in the first month of treatment. With continued treatment, 69% of patients experienced clear skin and symptom relief.