Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease in which the immune system eats away the protective coating (myelin sheath) of the nerves, does not mean a patient is given all of the information they need to first navigate their way through the early stages of the disease.  Many patients report coming home confused and overwhelmed when first diagnosed.  Some state they are very frightened, because they do not know what to expect.

I recorded a three part series on my radio show MS & Me Interviews which focused on questions we received from newly diagnosed patients.  I hope the answers provided and additional information provided below begins to ease the fear of uncertainty.

Here is some additional information:

 

Medication Copay Assistance

Aubagio

$0 copay program and your own dedicated nurse with a direct extension.

1-855-676-6326

Avonex

$0 copay program with no income requirements and no enrollment time limit. Free drug program for eligible patients in need. 

1-800-456-2255

Betaseron

$0 copay program covers up to $14,500 in copay assistance each calendar year. Beta BRIDGE program covers the cost of medication while you are between insurance plans. 

1-800-788-1467

Copaxone

$0 copay program with no paperwork required.

1-800-887-8100

Extavia

Copay program covers up to $600 each month and $7,200 each year. Patient assistance program provides free medicine to low-income, uninsured patients.

1-866-398-2842

Gilenya

$0 copay program and assistance with the cost of medical tests before you start the treatment.

1-800-445-3692

Glatopa

$0 copay program covers up to $9,000 per year.

1-855-452-8672

Lemtrada

$0 copay program and reimbursement up to $100 per day for charges related to the administration of your infusion.

1-855-676-6326

Ocrevus

$5 co-pay up to $20,000 per 12-month period for medication. Copay for infusion administration costs is $5 per infusion, up to a $500 daily limit, in each 12-month period.

1-844-627-3887

Plegridy

$0 copay program with no income requirements and no enrollment time limit. Free drug program for eligible patients in need. 

1-800-456-2255

Rebif

$0 copay program if you have insurance or free medication program for one year if you are uninsured.1-877-447-3243

Tecfidera

$0 copay program with no income requirements and no enrollment time limit. Free drug program for eligible patients in need. 

1-800-456-2255

Tysabri

$0 copay program and infusion copay assistance up to $100 per infusion in certain states.

1-800-456-2255

 

Cooling Vests

MSAA – Cooling Distribution Program

https://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/cooling-products/

 

MS Foundation – Cooling Program

https://msfocus.org/Get-Help/MSF-Programs-Grants/Cooling-Program

 

Equipment & Assistance Grants

MS Foundation

https://msfocus.org/Get-Help

 

MSAA

https://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/assistive-equipment/

 

MS Society of Canada

https://mssociety.ca/support-services/programs-and-services/29/quality-of-life-grant-equipment-atl