Monthly Co-Pay Reduced to $15 for Most Patients with Health Insurance
PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 11, 2011 – URL Pharma today announced that it has enhanced the Colcrys® (colchicine, USP) Co-Pay Assistance Program, an initiative designed to help patients save money on their health insurance co-payment for Colcrys. The enhanced program is available to patients immediately.
Colcrys is the only single-ingredient colchicine product approved by the FDA, and is indicated for the prevention and treatment of gout flares and for the treatment of Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF).
The enhanced Co-Pay Assistance Program now enables most patients with health insurance to obtain Colcrys for $15 per month with a reusable coupon. Previously, the co-pay limit was $25 per month. Although the launch of the enhanced program is scheduled for March, patients do not have to wait until then to realize the new benefits. Effective immediately, URL Pharma will honor the currently-available $25 coupons at the new $15 co-pay amount.
The enhanced program has several other newly-added features:
- Patients will now be able to save a maximum of $75 on their Colcrys prescriptions, up from $65 under the previous program
- Patients may use co-pay coupons 12 times per calendar year
- The program runs through January 31, 2012
“We are committed to making Colcrys accessible to everyone who can benefit from it,” said Richard H. Roberts, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, URL Pharma. “In response to feedback from patients and healthcare providers, we enhanced our Co-Pay Program to facilitate access to Colcrys.”
The Colcrys Co-Pay Assistance Program works as follows:
- Patients may obtain a co-pay coupon directly from their doctor’s office or by downloading it at www.colcrys.com and present it to their pharmacist when filling a Colcrys prescription
- Alternatively, patients may have their COLCRYS prescriptions filled at any of more than 32,000 pharmacies nationwide that participate in the evoucherRx™ program from Relay Health. Patients may visit http://evoucherrx.relayhealth.com/storelookup for a listing of pharmacies participating in the evoucherRx program.
Patients can learn more about the Colcrys Co-Pay Assistance Program by calling 1-800-657-7613 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
The Colcrys Co-Pay Assistance Program is valid only for patients with primary health plan coverage. Patients are not eligible if prescriptions are paid for in part or in full by any state or federally funded program including, but not limited to, Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, VA, DOD, or TriCare, or where prohibited by law. The coupon is also not valid for cash-paying patients or rejected claims, and is void in the state of Massachusetts and where prohibited by law.
For patients who are uninsured or have Medicare Part D, URL Pharma offers Colcrys free of charge or at reduced cost to those who qualify through the company’s Patient Assistance Program. Patients may visit www.needymeds.org or call 1-888-811-8423 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday for more information about the Patient Assistance Program.
Important Safety Information
Colcrys (colchicine, USP) tablets are indicated for prophylaxis and the treatment of gout flares.
Colcrys is contraindicated in patients with renal or hepatic impairment who are concurrently prescribed P-gp inhibitors or strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 as life-threatening or fatal toxicity has been reported. Dose adjustments of Colcrys may be required when co- administered with P-gp or CYP3A4 inhibitors. The most common adverse events in clinical trials for the prophylaxis and treatment of gout were diarrhea and pharyngolaryngeal pain. Rarely, myelosuppression, thrombocytopenia, and leukopenia have been reported in patients taking colchicine. Rhabdomyolysis has been occasionally observed, especially when colchicine is prescribed in combination with other drugs known to cause this effect. Monitoring is recommended for patients with a history of blood dyscrasias or rhabdomyolysis.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1.800.FDA.1088.
You may also report negative side effects to the manufacturer of Colcrys by calling 1.888.351.3786. Please see www.colcrys.com for full prescribing information.
About URL Pharma
URL Pharma, Inc., headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company with fully integrated technology development, product development, manufacturing, and commercialization capabilities. After a long history of generic pharmaceutical research, development, and manufacturing, the Company has successfully transitioned to a technology-driven, specialty pharmaceutical business. The Company seeks to develop and commercialize scientifically and medically innovative products that address unmet medical needs for improvements in safety and efficacy. For additional information about the company, please visit www.urlpharma.com.
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