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Get answers here about starting and taking COSENTYX®. If there's anything you're looking for that you don't see, please give us a call at 1-844-COSENTYX.

GETTING STARTED

HOW DO I GET STARTED ON COSENTYX?

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You and your doctor must complete and sign the Service Request Form (SRF), which is necessary to start taking COSENTYX and enroll you in the COSENTYX Connect Personal Support Program.

HOW DO I RECEIVE MY MEDICATION THROUGH A SPECIALTY PHARMACY?

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The specialty pharmacy that carries your prescription will contact you to coordinate pickup or delivery of your prescription.

I MISSED MY SHIPMENT. WHAT DO I DO?

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Call your Patient Services Liaison or Specialty Pharmacy to help you reschedule your shipment.

COSENTYX CONNECT PERSONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE COSENTYX CONNECT PERSONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM?

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COSENTYX Connect is a personal support program designed to complement your treatment experience from the start.

When your Service Request Form (SRF) is completed, signed by you and your physician, and submitted, you will then be enrolled into the program.

Once enrolled, you'll have access to a team of support specialists, including your Patient Services Liaison, who can help you coordinate treatment, schedule supplemental injection training if recommended by your healthcare provider, and investigate insurance coverage and financial assistance. Someone on the team will always be available 24/7.

IS COSENTYX CONNECT FREE?

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Yes. The support program is completely free.

CAN ANYONE JOIN?

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Anyone who is taking COSENTYX can take advantage of COSENTYX Connect. Both you and your doctor will complete and sign a Service Request Form (SRF), and then you will be enrolled.

WHAT ARE THE SERVICES COSENTYX CONNECT OFFERS?

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COSENTYX Connect is a support program designed to support your treatment experience from the start.

Once enrolled, you'll have access to a team of support specialists, including your Patient Services Liaison, who can help you coordinate treatment, schedule supplemental injection training, and investigate insurance coverage and/or financial assistance. Your team is available 24/7. The support program is completely free to you and is our way of showing our commitment to supporting you along your treatment journey.

24/7 Support: You'll be paired with a Patient Services Liaison as your dedicated point of contact, who will be contacting you and getting to know you, and to whom you can personally reach out with questions. If your Patient Services Liaison isn't available, you will be connected to another member of the support team. Your Patient Services Liaison and other team members will do the following:

  • Work with your insurance company to investigate insurance coverage, as allowed by the insurance company
  • Contact and welcome you within 1 to 2 business days of you and your physician completing and signing the SRF
  • Check in with you at specific touchpoints
  • Send you recaps and next steps
  • Provide guidance and direct you to the appropriate contact for help with investigating alternative financial assistance

Supplemental Injection Training: Following the initial training instructions from your healthcare professional, there are additional resources available to support you:

  • LIVE: If your healthcare professional chooses supplemental in-person injection training for you, your Patient Services Liaison will help to schedule it at a time that's convenient for you.
  • ONLINE: Following your initial training, you can also watch a helpful step-by-step injection demonstration video here.

Co-pay Assistance: You may be eligible for our $0 co-pay* program if you're commercially insured. Your Patient Services Liaison and support team at the COSENTYX Connect Personal Support Program will help you coordinate this benefit and ensure that it's in place once your medication is available at a specialty pharmacy.

*Limitations apply. See Program Terms and Conditions. For those commercially insured. Up to a $16,000 annual cap. This offer is not valid under Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state program. Novartis reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this program without notice.

IF I DIDN'T COMPLETE AN SRF, CAN I STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PROGRAM SERVICES?

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You have to be enrolled in the program through a completed and signed (by both you and your physician) SRF. Please reach out to your healthcare professional to discuss if COSENTYX is right for you.

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT ALL THE SERVICES OF THE PROGRAM?

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You can choose the level of support and materials provided through COSENTYX Connect through discussion with your Patient Services Liaison.

WHO ARE THE COSENTYX CONNECT PATIENT SERVICES LIAISONS?

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All of the Patient Services Liaisons are registered nurses by training with an expertise in dermatology and/or psoriasis. However, their role is different in this context and they are not in a position to make clinical recommendations, give medical advice, or render nursing care.

There is a team of support specialists in place for after-hours support—so you'll always have someone there when you need them.

WHAT IS THE COSENTYX CONNECT WELCOME KIT?

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The welcome kit includes your Patient Services Liaison's contact information, answers to questions about COSENTYX, instructions on how to use your medication, helpful injection demonstration videos, and a recruitment card.

WHO IS NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION?

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We are a company in the Novartis Group of Companies and are based in the United States. If you would like more information on Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, you may contact us at:

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

One Health Plaza

East Hanover, NJ 07936-1080

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT THE NOVARTIS PRIVACY POLICY?

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Your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal medical information is very important to us. View our complete privacy policy here.

HOW CAN I STOP RECEIVING COMMUNICATIONS FROM NOVARTIS?

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We can change your preferences for being reached any time you want. Please be aware though, if you opt out of certain communications from Novartis, it may interfere with the delivery of your free trial medication, or other program services like co-pay assistance. There may be instances when we need to contact you for medication-specific issues such as shipment dates, etc.

PAYING FOR COSENTYX

HOW CAN I FIND OUT THE COST OF COSENTYX?

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Please consult with your respective specialty pharmacy.

IS COSENTYX COVERED BY INSURANCE?

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You should contact your personal health insurance carrier to determine coverage for COSENTYX.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY INSURANCE COMPANY COVERS COSENTYX?

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Our team of support specialists will conduct a benefits investigation and determine whether your insurance covers COSENTYX. This service usually begins within 4 hours of receiving the completed and signed (by both you and your doctor) Service Request Form.

If you do not have insurance coverage, your Patient Services Liaison will be able to provide you with information on the Novartis Patient Assistance Program. If that is an option you are eligible for and are interested in, then your Patient Services Liaison can help get the application and enrollment process started.

HOW DO I GET PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FOR COSENTYX?

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If prior authorization is a requirement from your insurance company, we will help your healthcare provider navigate the prior authorization process.

HOW CAN I LOWER MY OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR COSENTYX?

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Novartis offers co-pay assistance programs. You may be eligible for our $0 co-pay* program if you're commercially insured. Your Patient Services Liaison and support team at the COSENTYX Connect Personal Support Program will help you coordinate this benefit and ensure that it's in place once your medication is available at a specialty pharmacy.

* Limitations apply. See Program Terms and Conditions. For those commercially insured. Up to a $16,000 annual cap. This offer is not valid under Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state program. Novartis reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this program without notice.

WHAT IS PATIENT ASSISTANCE NOW (PAN)?

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Patient Assistance Now is an easy-to-use resource to help patients find programs that may help pay for their medicines, learn about healthcare reform and potential coverage available within their state, and access information to help manage their health.

WHAT IS THE NOVARTIS PATIENT ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION, INC?

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The Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc provides assistance to patients experiencing financial hardship who have no third-party insurance coverage for their medicines.

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY INSURANCE COMPANY DENIED COSENTYX?

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We can support your doctor with navigating the appeals process that is required by your plan if they choose to pursue it. If you are uninsured or underinsured, we'll provide guidance and direct you to Novartis Patient Assistance Now (PAN) to investigate additional financial assistance.

SUPPLEMENTAL INJECTION TRAINING

WHAT IS IN-HOME INJECTION TRAINING?

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If your doctor chooses additional injection training, in-home training is available at no cost to you—your Patient Services Liaison will help to schedule it at a time that's convenient for you.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY SUPPLEMENTAL INJECTION TRAINING?

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Your Patient Services Liaison will help to schedule it at a time that's convenient for you.

WHO WILL BE CONDUCTING THE SUPPLEMENTAL INJECTION TRAINING?

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Our injection support team consists of registered nurses who have been trained to assist you and make sure you are comfortable continuing on your own.

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT THE TRAINING MY DOCTOR REQUESTED, OR WANT TRAINING, BUT MY DOCTOR HAS NOT INDICATED IT ON THE SRF?

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Your Patient Services Liaison will reach out to your doctor to discuss their preferred course of action.

HOW DO I SAFELY DISPOSE OF MY NEEDLES AND SYRINGES?

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You should dispose of your injection materials in a sharps container. As part of our free sharps mail-back program, you'll be mailed a recyclable sharps container to easily dispose of your injection materials and return them. Just send your full sharps container back using the pre-paid return label, and you'll be sent a new container.

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT THE SHARPS CONTAINER?

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Let your Patient Services Liaison know, or contact COSENTYX Connect at 1-844-COSENTYX, and they will opt you out of the program.

HOW DO I GET A NEW SHARPS CONTAINER?

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Just send your full sharps container back using the pre-paid return label, and you'll be sent a new container.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

FOR WHAT IS COSENTYX INDICATED?

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COSENTYX is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas or many areas of the body, and who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet or UV light, alone or with systemic therapy).

WHEN WAS COSENTYX APPROVED BY THE FDA?

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COSENTYX was approved by the FDA on January 21, 2015.

WHAT TYPE OF MEDICATION IS COSENTYX?

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COSENTYX is an injectable medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas or many areas of the body, and who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet or UV light, alone or with systemic therapy).

WHAT DOES COSENTYX LOOK LIKE?

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COSENTYX solution is colorless to slightly yellow in appearance and is delivered through a single-use prefilled syringe or Sensoready® Pen.

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF COSENTYX?

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The active ingredient of COSENTYX is secukinumab. For the single-use prefilled syringe and the single-use prefilled Sensoready® Pen, the inactive ingredients are: L-histidine/histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, L-methionine, polysorbate 80, trehalose dehydrate, and sterile water for injection.

WHAT IS A BIOLOGIC?

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Biologic drugs are protein-based prescription medications designed to target the immune system and are taken by injection or infusion.

HOW DO I GET COSENTYX?

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COSENTYX is available by prescription through your healthcare provider. There is a limited network of specialty pharmacies that supply COSENTYX. Please check with your healthcare provider for more information.

IN WHAT STRENGTHS IS COSENTYX AVAILABLE?

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COSENTYX is available in 150 mg in the prefilled syringe and Sensoready® Pen. The recommended dose of COSENTYX is 300 mg, taken as two (2) 150-mg injections under the skin. For some people, a dose of 150 mg may be acceptable. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the dose of COSENTYX that is right for you.

HOW DO I TAKE COSENTYX?

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Take COSENTYX exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections of COSENTYX at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject COSENTYX. Do not try to inject COSENTYX yourself, until you or your caregiver has been shown how to inject COSENTYX by your healthcare provider.

COSENTYX comes in a Sensoready® Pen or prefilled syringe that you or your caregiver may use at home to give injections. Your healthcare provider will decide which type of COSENTYX is best for you to use at home. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the dose of COSENTYX that is right for you.

COSENTYX is given as an injection under your skin (subcutaneous injection), in your upper legs (thighs) or stomach-area (abdomen) by you or a caregiver. A caregiver may also give you an injection of COSENTYX in your upper outer arm.

If you inject more COSENTYX than prescribed, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

WHEN AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD COSENTYX BE TAKEN?

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Take COSENTYX exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed. The recommended dose is 300 mg by subcutaneous injection at weeks 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 followed by 300 mg every 4 weeks. Each 300-mg dose is given as two (2) injections of 150 mg under the skin. For some people, a dose of 150 mg may be acceptable.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I MISS A DOSE?

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Please contact your healthcare provider if you missed a dose.

CAN I STOP TAKING COSENTYX IF I FEEL BETTER?

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You should not change your dosing regimen without consulting your healthcare provider. If you have any questions about continuing your treatment, please contact your healthcare provider.

HOW SOON CAN I EXPECT TO SEE IMPROVEMENT?

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Results will vary for each patient. Please contact your healthcare provider to discuss your treatment.

HOW SHOULD COSENTYX BE STORED?

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COSENTYX Sensoready® Pens, prefilled syringes, and vials must be refrigerated at 2℃ to 8℃ (36℉ to 46℉). Keep the product in the original carton to protect from light until the time of use. Do not freeze. To avoid foaming, do not shake. COSENTYX does not contain a preservative; discard any unused portion.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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Do not use COSENTYX if you have had a severe allergic reaction to secukinumab or any of the other ingredients in COSENTYX. See the Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients.

COSENTYX is a medicine that affects your immune system. COSENTYX may increase your risk of having serious side effects such as:

Infections

COSENTYX may lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections.

  • Your doctor should check you for tuberculosis (TB) before starting treatment with COSENTYX.
  • If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated with medicine for TB before you begin treatment with COSENTYX and during treatment with COSENTYX.
  • Your doctor should watch you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with COSENTYX. Do not take COSENTYX if you have an active TB infection.

Before starting COSENTYX, tell your doctor if you:

  • are being treated for an infection
  • have an infection that does not go away or that keeps coming back
  • have TB or have been in close contact with someone with TB
  • think you have an infection or have symptoms of an infection such as:
  • fevers, sweats, or chills
  • muscle aches
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • blood in your phlegm
  • weight loss
  • warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body
  • diarrhea or stomach pain
  • burning when you urinate or urinate more often than normal

After starting COSENTYX, call your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection listed above. Do not use COSENTYX if you have any signs of infection unless you are instructed to by your doctor.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

New cases of inflammatory bowel disease or "flare-ups" can happen with COSENTYX, and can sometimes be serious. If you have inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease), tell your doctor if you have worsening disease symptoms during treatment with COSENTYX or develop new symptoms of stomach pain or diarrhea.

Serious Allergic Reactions

Serious allergic reactions can occur. Get emergency medical help right away if you get any of the following symptoms: feeling faint; swelling of your face, eyelids, lips, mouth, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing or throat tightness; chest tightness; or skin rash. If you have a severe allergic reaction, do not give another injection of COSENTYX.

Before starting COSENTYX, tell your doctor if you:

  • have any of the conditions or symptoms listed above for infections
  • have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
  • are allergic to latex. The needle caps contain latex.
  • have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine). People who take COSENTYX should not receive live vaccines.
  • have any other medical conditions
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if COSENTYX can harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will use COSENTYX.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if COSENTYX passes into your breast milk.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I use COSENTYX?

See the detailed Instructions for Use that comes with your COSENTYX for information on how to prepare and inject a dose of COSENTYX, and how to properly throw away (dispose of) used COSENTYX Sensoready® pens and prefilled syringes.

  • Use COSENTYX exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  • If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections of COSENTYX at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject COSENTYX. Do not try to inject COSENTYX yourself, until you or your caregiver has been shown how to inject COSENTYX by your doctor or nurse.
  • The most common side effects of COSENTYX include: cold symptoms, diarrhea, and upper respiratory infections. These are not all of the possible side effects of COSENTYX. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

    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.

INDICATION

COSENTYX® (secukinumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas or many areas of the body, and who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet or UV light, alone or with systemic therapy).

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide.