Octapharma USA announced on January 27, 2015 information about a new financial support program for the bleeding disorders community. The Octapharma Co- Pay Assistance Program is available to von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD) patients who are currently receiving wilate® [von Willebrand Factor/Coagulation Factor VIII Complex (Human)] or have a prescription to begin therapy.
The new program offers eligible patients a maximum of $6,000 annually for co-pay, co- insurance and deductible expenses associated with their treatment without regard for their ability to pay. Patients must have third-party commercial insurance to participate in the program.
“We realize that patient out-of-pocket expenses associated with healthcare can sometimes be daunting, therefore, Octapharma has committed to support a program specifically designed to supplement these costs,” said Octapharma USA President Flemming Nielsen. “Octapharma is focused on creating support programs that adapt to meet patient needs and ensure continued access to therapies recommended by their medical providers. Coupled with ongoing educational programs, these efforts emphasize our strong belief that patient needs must always come first.”
To enroll in the Octapharma Co-Pay Assistance Program, eligible patients should contact the Octapharma Support Center at (800) 554-4440. The program is not available to patients who are covered under Medicaid, Medicare, MediGap, VA, DOD, TRICARE or any other state or federal medical or pharmaceutical benefit program or pharmaceutical assistance program. Participants must be residents of the United States.
Important Risk Information
wilate® is a plasma-derived, highly purified concentrate of freeze-dried human von Willebrand factor (VWF) and coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). Two well-established virus inactivation steps are incorporated into the manufacturing process of wilate®, specifically a solvent/detergent (S/D) and terminal dry-heat (TDH) treatment.
wilate® is contraindicated for patients who have known anaphylactic or severe systemic reaction to plasma-derived products, any ingredient in the formulation, or components of the container. Thromboembolic events have been reported in VWD patients receiving coagulation factor replacement therapies. FVIII activity should be monitored to avoid sustained excessive FVIII levels. wilate® is made from human plasma. The risk of infectious agents, including viruses and, theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease agent, cannot be completely eliminated. The most common adverse reactions to treatment with wilate® in patients with VWD have been uticaria and dizziness. The most serious adverse reactions to treatment with wilate® have been hypersensitivity reactions.
For more information and full prescribing information on wilate®, please visit www.wilateusa.com.