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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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5 Things to Ask an MS One to One Nurse About Choosing LEMTRADA MS One to One By MS One to One • March 8, 2018

Common questions when beginning treatment with LEMTRADA® (alemtuzumab)

Hi there—Brenda from MS One to One here!

So you’ve heard about LEMTRADA, and you’re interested, but where do you go from here? MS One to One Nurses are available 24 hours a day to get you the information you need about relapsing MS and LEMTRADA—so give us a call! And to help you start the conversation, here are a few things you may want to ask:

Q. How can I get LEMTRADA?
A.
For your safety, LEMTRADA can only be prescribed by a LEMTRADA-certified healthcare provider and can only be given at a LEMTRADA-certified infusion site. By making sure the healthcare teams prescribing and giving LEMTRADA infusions are trained, we can make sure LEMTRADA is administered safely and that you’re being properly monitored for any side effects  that may occur.

You can find LEMTRADA-certified healthcare providers and treatment centers here, or ask an MS One to One Nurse to help you find one near you.

Q. What’s the LEMTRADA dosing schedule like?
A.
LEMTRADA has a very specific dosing schedule. In addition to two rounds of treatment over two years, you’ll also be required to complete monthly monitoring  for possible side effects after your first treatment until four years or longer after your last round of treatment. An MS One to One Nurse can tell you more about the LEMTRADA treatment schedule, potential side effects, and monitoring options available to you.

Q. How will I know how much LEMTRADA will cost me?
A.
MS One to One Nurses can assist you with understanding your insurance coverage related to LEMTRADA, as well as the LEMTRADA Co-Pay Program. We can speak directly to your insurance company and get all the details and approvals and then call you back. We can also talk to you about other resources to help offset your out-of-pocket and treatment-related costs, so make sure to ask your Nurse about financial assistance options. 

Q. How does LEMTRADA work?
A.
Like most MS medications, it’s not known exactly how LEMTRADA works in relapsing MS, but we do know that LEMTRADA is thought to work by recognizing certain types of immune cells, including those that are believed to cause MS, and removing many of those cells from the body. After treatment, your immune system begins to replace many of the cells that were removed with new cells. For some people, certain cell types remained below normal levels when they were measured 1 year after treatment. An MS One to One Nurse can tell you more about it on your call!

Q. How can my MS One to One Nurse help me prepare for treatment?
A.
Once you’re prescribed LEMTRADA, your MS One to One Nurse will help you schedule your treatment. But before you start, they’ll give you some tips on what to wear, what to bring, and how to handle logistics, like getting to and from treatment or planning for childcare if necessary. They’ll also tell you about any over-the-counter medicines you may want to pick up before treatment, in case you need them before or afterwards. They’ll also suggest that you call your infusion center to find out their policies so you can get a better idea of who and what to bring with you on your treatment days.

In addition to our conversations, we’re happy to send you information about RMS and LEMTRADA. There are also patient education programs that you can attend, either in person or online. We can help you sign up or you can sign up online. And there are plenty of online resources as well, like Lemtrada.com
msonetoone.com, and Certified LEMTRADA Prescriber and Healthcare Facility Locator, where you can find a bunch of tools, including symptom trackers and information from patients who have received LEMTRADA.

I hope these tips help empower you to explore treatment options like LEMTRADA and find the information you need. Remember, anyone can call MS One to One with questions. We hope to hear from you soon!

And for those of you who have spoken with an MS One to One Nurse, what information have you found most helpful? Share it in the comment section below, so others can keep these types of questions in mind.

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