Biogen is announcing plans to help patients in the U.S. currently on ADUHELM avoid any treatment interruptions following the final national coverage determination by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that could result in a loss of coverage for Medicare beneficiaries.
All U.S. patients who began treatment on or before April 7, 2022 are now eligible to receive ADUHELM at no cost for the duration of their treatment or for the duration of the program. The plan is effective immediately. In addition, patients who are already enrolled in Biogen’s Free Drug Program will automatically continue in the program and continue to receive the medicine at no cost. Biogen’s program does not cover diagnostics and other potential fees associated with treatment administration and monitoring.
“One of our immediate priorities following the NCD decision is to support patients on therapy who were uncertain whether they could receive their next infusion,” said Alisha Alaimo, President of Biogen’s U.S. Organization. “This program allows eligible patients continued access to ADUHELM and aims to help them avoid long-term interruptions in their care.”
On April 7, CMS issued a final national coverage determination that limited access to ADUHELM for Medicare beneficiaries to only those enrolled in FDA or National Institutes of Health (NIH) approved clinical trials. For those already on ADUHELM, this meant a potential halt in their treatment plans.
Patients who are currently taking ADUHELM and have questions can contact Biogen Support Services at 1-833-425-9360.
About ADUHELM® (aducanumab-avwa) 100 mg/mL injection for intravenous use
ADUHELM is indicated for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. ADUHELM should be started in patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia stage of disease, the population studied in clinical trials. There are no data on risks or benefits for patients in other stages of Alzheimer’s. ADUHELM is approved under accelerated approval based on reduction in amyloid plaques as seen in patients treated with ADUHELM. Continued approval of ADUHELM may require verification of clinical benefit in a confirmatory study.
ADUHELM is a monoclonal antibody directed against amyloid beta. The accumulation of amyloid beta plaques in the brain is a defining pathophysiological feature of Alzheimer’s disease. The accelerated approval of ADUHELM has been granted based on data from clinical trials showing the effect of ADUHELM on reducing amyloid beta plaques, a surrogate biomarker that is reasonably likely to predict clinical benefit, in this case a reduction in clinical decline.
ADUHELM can cause serious side effects including: Amyloid Related Imaging Abnormalities or “ARIA”. ARIA is a common side effect that does not usually cause any symptoms but can be serious. Although most people do not have symptoms, some people may have symptoms such as: headache, confusion, dizziness, vision changes and nausea. The patient’s healthcare provider will do magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans before and during treatment with ADUHELM to check for ARIA. ADUHELM can also cause serious allergic reactions. The most common side effects of ADUHELM include: swelling in areas of the brain, with or without small spots of bleeding in the brain or on the surface of the brain (ARIA); headache; and fall. Patients should call their healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
From 2017 to March 13, 2022, Biogen and Eisai jointly collaborated on the development, commercialization and manufacturing of ADUHELM. Effective March 14, 2022, Biogen has sole decision-making authority over the development, commercialization and manufacturing of ADUHELM. In 2022 the parties will continue in a global profit/loss sharing arrangement subject to a cap on Eisai’s expenses for 2022. Eisai will be entitled to a tiered royalty on net sales of ADUHELM as of January 1, 2023.
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