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Where to Apply for MS Drug Copay Assistance

Each year, MS patients can apply for copay assistance from a number of resources. Although these programs are needs-based, the income cutoff is very generous. Patients whose income is as high as 400 percent above the Federal Poverty Level will qualify for assistance. See the Federal Poverty Level table below.

Chart os 2019 Poverty Guidelines
 

To calculate your eligibility: Take the income level on the chart that matches the size of your household and multiply it by 4.0. For example, if you live in a one-person household then you can make as much as $49,960 and still qualify for assistance.

Most drug companies offer a patient assistance program that will cover all or the majority of MS drugs’ high copays. With some exceptions, they will only consider patients with commercial insurance.

Below is contact information for the drug company copay assistance program that manufactures MS DMDs and symptom medications.

Disease-modifying drugs

Avonex, Plegridy, Tecfidera, and Tysabri:
Biogen
1-800-456-2255
www.abovems.com

Aubagio:
Genzyme
1-855-676-6326
www.MSOnetoOne.com

Betaseron:
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
1-800-788-1467
www.betaseron.com

Copaxone:
Teva Neuroscience
1-800-887-8100
www.sharedsolutions.com

Extavia:
Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.
1-866-925-2333
www.extavia.com

Gilenya:
1-800-GILENYA (1-800-445-3692)
www.gilenya.com/c/ms-pill/go-program

Glatiramer Acetate Injection:
Mylan
1-844-MylanMS (1-844-695-2667)

Glatopa (generic equivalent of Copaxone 20mg):
Sandoz
1-855-GLATOPA (1-855-452-8672)
www.glatopa.com/glatopa_care/financial_support.shtml

Lemtrada:
Genzyme
1-855-676-6326
www.msonetoone.com

Ocrevus:
Genentech
1-844-OCREVUS (1-844-627-3887)
or 1-866-4ACCESS (866-422-2377)
www.genentech-access.com

Rebif:
EMD Serono, Inc and Pfizer, Inc.
1-877-447-3243
www.mslifelines.com

Symptom medications

Dalfampridine (formerly Ampyra) — for walking faster:
Acorda Therapeutics
1-888-881-1918
www.ampyra.com/getting-started/financial-assistance

Botox — for bladder dysfunction and spasticity in upper/lower limbs
Allergan, Inc.
www.botox.com

H.P. Acthar (Repository Corticotropin) — for acute MS exacerbations:
Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
1-888-435-2284
www.actharmsrelapse.com

*If you don’t see your DMD or symptom medication listed, check contact info provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at: www.nationalmssociety.org/Treating-MS/Medications/Financial-Assistance-Programs

Several private charities cover copays for those that are insured and those who have only Medicare or Medicaid:

Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN):  1-866-316-7263 *Medicare only

The Assistance Fund: 1-877-245-4412

GoodDays:  877-968-7233

HealthWell Foundation:  800-675-8416  *Medicare only

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program: 866-512-3861   *Medicare, Medicaid, Military only

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  1. 2019 Federal Poverty Level Table, ASPE (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation). https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
  2. Financial Assistance Programs, National Multiple Sclerosis Society. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Treating-MS/Medications/Financial-Assistance-Programs

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