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LEMTRADA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of its risks, LEMTRADA is generally used in people who have tried 2 or more MS medicines that have not worked well enough. It is not known if LEMTRADA is safe and effective for use in children under 17 years of age.

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Meeting My Teammates —MS One to One® LEMTRADA patient blogger: Donnie By Donnie, Father, Husband, Project Leader, Former Athlete • December 15, 2016

LEMTRADA® patient: Donnie

LEMTRADA was approved on November 14, 2014, in the US. How do I know this date so well? Because I had been waiting for LEMTRADA’s approval since 2011. I knew I wanted to start the process of getting ready for LEMTRADA if and when it was approved by the FDA. It was game time.

I met with the nurse at my neurologist’s office to get the process started. Then I found out that I was going to be the first person in Kentucky to receive LEMTRADA, and that meant this was new to everyone, not just me. I have to admit, I was a little nervous, but also very excited! But I was even more excited when I found out about the strong team I was going to have behind me.

See, a part of getting ready for the infusions is being enrolled in the MS One to One program, and the nurse in my neurologist’s office took care of that for me. Shortly after I was enrolled, Marcia—a nurse from MS One to One—called me and explained what her role would be in my treatment with LEMTRADA.

It didn’t take long to realize that the MS One to One program is awesome. Marcia took all of my information, including my insurance information. She worked with my insurance company to get everything coordinated, so I could begin treatment without the extra stress of having to do it myself. She also explained the process of getting my monthly labs completed and made sure that I understood the importance of these blood and urine tests to check for some of the side effects LEMTRADA can cause months or even years after taking LEMTRADA.

Today, a lab technician travels to my house to complete my monthly labs. The technician usually calls me about 2 weeks ahead of time to schedule my appointments. I was really glad that Marcia told me about my options to monitor at home, at a lab, or at my doctor’s office.

Marcia calls me each month to make sure that I have my labs completed and to see if I need anything. It’s very comforting to know there’s someone who checks up on me, who I can call if I need support. She’s really looking out for me. As I always like to say, she’s in my corner!

I can’t believe what a difference Marcia and the MS One to One program have made for me during my treatment journey.

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