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Ipsen is pleased to announce that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new device to deliver Somatuline® Depot for patients with acromegaly. The enhanced device with Safe’n’Sound® syringe technology will continue to offer a streamlined injection process with its prefilled, low-volume syringe that supports full-dose delivery with no reconstitution requirements.

The syringe is available in 60-mg, 90-mg, and 120-mg doses and will offer several benefits:

The updated design has been available in the European Union since January 2012 and will be available in the US beginning January 2015.

This new device incorporating Safe’n’Sound® syringe technology should be administered by a healthcare professional.

Ipsen is continually looking for ways to improve delivery of the medications that are critical to your patients' care. The enhanced device is one example of this commitment.

Click here for Important Safety Information about Somatuline Depot.

About Somatuline® Depot

Somatuline® Depot Injection is a somatostatin analog indicated for the long-term treatment of patients with acromegaly who have had an inadequate response to or cannot be treated with surgery and/or radiotherapy.

The active substance in Somatuline® Depot is lanreotide acetate, a somatostatin analog that inhibits the secretion of several endocrine, exocrine, and paracrine amines and peptides.

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a comprehensive service and support program

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The IPSEN CARES staff is fully dedicated to providing information and support for the interactions between your office, the patient, and the insurance company.

Personalized support for office staff:

  • Reimbursement support
    • Verification of coverage, restrictions (if applicable), and copayment/coinsurance amounts
    • Determination of eligibility for coverage
    • Information to help support prior authorizations and appeals
    • Recommendations for next steps based on payer policy
    • Assistance with billing and coding
  • Processes injection training requests

Patients receive support from our Patient Access Specialists who can help:

  • Provide copay assistance to eligible patients*
  • Navigate the insurance coverage process and determine out-of-pocket costs for treatment
  • Provide free medication to eligible patients through the Patient Assistance Program (PAP)
  • Avoid delays or interruptions to therapy
  • Coordinate delivery through specialty pharmacies
  • Provide referrals to specialty pharmacy networks

IPSEN CARES provides all services on your patients’ behalf when they authorize the program in writing to use their protected health information (PHI).

Your patients can call (866) 435-5677 Monday through Friday (8 am–8 pm ET) to speak with an IPSEN CARES representative and begin the enrollment process, or you can submit an Enrollment Form and an IPSEN CARES representative will get in touch with your patients to complete their enrollment.

100 percent benefits verifications were completed within 1 business day

helping your eligible patients with the co

With the Somatuline Depot copay savings program, eligible patients can now save up to $800 per dose, which means most patients will pay no more than $5 per dose in out-of-pocket costs for Somatuline Depot.

95 percent of eligible commercial patients paid no more than 5 dollars out of pocket for their Somatuline Depot prescription when using the Somatuline Depot copay savings card

*Patient Eligibility: Patients are not eligible if prescriptions are paid in part or full by any state or federally funded programs, including, but not limited to, Medicare or Medicaid, Medigap, VA, DOD, or TRICARE. Only patients who reside in the 50 US states or Puerto Rico can participate. Patients receiving free starter therapy through the IPSEN CARES program are not eligible for the copay savings program while they are waiting for insurance prescription coverage to begin. Ipsen reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend these offers without notice at any time. Ipsen and/or TrialCard, Incorporated are not responsible for any transactions processed under this program where Medicaid, Medicare, or Medigap payment in part or full has been applied. Cash-paying patients are eligible to participate. Offer expires December 31, 2015.

Data on file. IPSEN CARES statistics – 1/2014-2/2015, Basking Ridge, NJ: Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc; 2014.

Patients with copays, co-insurance, or out-of-pocket costs greater than $805 will pay more than $5.

INDICATION

Somatuline® Depot (lanreotide) Injection is a somatostatin analog (SSA) indicated for the long-term treatment of patients with acromegaly who had an inadequate response to or cannot be treated with surgery and/or radiotherapy.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Somatuline is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to lanreotide. Allergic reactions (including angioedema and anaphylaxis) have been reported following administration of lanreotide.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Cholelithiasis and Gallbladder Sludge: Somatuline may reduce gallbladder motility and lead to gallstone formation. Periodic monitoring may be needed
  • Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia: Pharmacological studies show that Somatuline, like somatostatin and other somatostatin analogs, inhibits the secretion of insulin and glucagon. Blood glucose levels should be monitored when Somatuline treatment is initiated, or when the dose is altered, and antidiabetic treatment should be adjusted accordingly
  • Thyroid Function: Slight decreases in thyroid function have been seen in acromegalic patients during treatment, though clinical hypothyroidism is rare (<1%). Thyroid function tests are recommended where clinically indicated
  • Cardiac Abnormalities: Somatuline may decrease heart rate. In cardiac studies with acromegalic patients, the most common cardiac adverse reactions were sinus bradycardia, bradycardia, and hypertension. In patients without underlying cardiac disease, Somatuline may lead to a decrease in heart rate without necessarily reaching the threshold of bradycardia. In patients suffering from cardiac disorders prior to treatment, sinus bradycardia may occur. Care should be taken when initiating treatment in patients with bradycardia
  • Drug Interactions: The pharmacological gastrointestinal effects of Somatuline may reduce the intestinal absorption of concomitant drugs. Concomitant administration of Somatuline may decrease the relative bioavailability of cyclosporine and may necessitate the adjustment of cyclosporine dose to maintain therapeutic levels

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common adverse reactions (incidence >5%) were diarrhea (37%), cholelithiasis (20%), abdominal pain (19%), nausea (11%), injection-site reactions (9%), constipation (8%), flatulence (7%), headache (7%), arthralgia (7%), vomiting (7%), and loose stools (6%).

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Patients with moderate and severe renal impairment or moderate and severe hepatic impairment: Initial dose is 60 mg every 4 weeks.

You may report suspected adverse reactions to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or to
Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-888-980-2889.

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