TREMFYA™ and Medicare

TREMFYA™ and Medicare

Overview of Medicare

Medicare is a federal program that provides health insurance coverage to the following types of people:

  • Individuals over age 65 with a work history
  • Individuals with certain disabilities who have been disabled for at least 2 years
  • Individuals diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

While Medicare covers many healthcare needs, it may not cover all of the patient's healthcare costs. The patient may have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare and then pay a coinsurance and a deductible for many services.

The 4 Parts of Medicare

Medicare is divided into 4 parts: A, B, C, and D. Part A covers facility care such as hospitals, and Part B covers physician and other outpatient services. Part C, which is known as the Medicare Advantage program, allows private managed care plans to administer a patient's Medicare benefits.

Medicare Part D offers prescription drug coverage to anyone enrolled in Medicare Parts A or B. Table 1 provides additional detail regarding the 4 parts of the Medicare program.

Table 1.The 4 Parts of Medicare

Part A

Typically known as the hospital benefit, Part A provides coverage for services such as hospitalizations, hospice care, skilled nursing facility stays, and home health services.

Part B

Part B benefits provide reimbursement for physician services, clinical laboratory services, hospital outpatient services, prescription drugs administered "incident to" a physician's services, durable medical equipment, and some home health services.

Part C

Also known as Medicare Advantage, this benefit provides Medicare Part A, B, and often Part D coverage through managed care plans.

Part D

Prescription drug coverage for medicines that are usually self-administered or taken orally.

To learn more about the different parts of Medicare, you can call the Medicare program at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit Medicare.gov

Our Medicare Resource Guide provides important information for your patients to consider as they are selecting their insurance coverage.

Indication

TREMFYA™ is indicated for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

TREMFYA™ is administered as a 100 mg subcutaneous injection once every 8 weeks, after starter doses at weeks 0 and 4. TREMFYA™ is intended for use under the guidance and supervision of a physician. Patients may self-inject with TREMFYA™ after physician approval and proper training.

Important Safety Information For TREMFYA

Important Safety Information

Infections
TREMFYA™ may increase the risk of infection. Treatment with TREMFYA™ should not be initiated in patients with a clinically important active infection until the infection resolves or is adequately treated.

Consider the risks and benefits of treatment prior to prescribing TREMFYA™ in patients with a chronic infection or a history of recurrent infection. Instruct patients receiving TREMFYA™ to seek medical help if signs or symptoms of clinically important chronic or acute infection occur. If a patient develops a clinically important or serious infection, or is not responding to standard therapy, closely monitor and discontinue TREMFYA™ until the infection resolves.

Pre-Treatment Evaluation for Tuberculosis (TB)
Evaluate patients for TB infection prior to initiating treatment with TREMFYA™. Initiate treatment of latent TB prior to administering TREMFYA™. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of active TB during and after TREMFYA™ treatment. Do not administer TREMFYA™ to patients with active TB infection.

Immunizations
Prior to initiating TREMFYA™, consider completion of all age-appropriate immunizations according to current immunization guidelines. Avoid use of live vaccines in patients treated with TREMFYA™.

Adverse Reactions
Most common (≥1%) adverse reactions associated with TREMFYA™ include upper respiratory infections, headache, injection site reactions, arthralgia, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, tinea infections, and herpes simplex infections.

Please read the full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for TREMFYA™.  Provide the Medication Guide to your patients and encourage discussion.

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