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WHAT IS COSENTYX?

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COSENTYX is a different kind of medication to treat psoriatic arthritis. It's the first FDA-approved medication that specifically targets IL-17A and the only medication in this class to be approved for psoriatic arthritis.

WHAT'S THE DOSING?

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If you have psoriatic arthritis with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis:

To start, your doctor will prescribe 5 weekly doses followed by one dose a month.* The recommended dose is 300 mg, which is taken as two (2) 150-mg injections under the skin.

If you have psoriatic arthritis with mild or no plaque psoriasis:

To start, your doctor will either prescribe 5 weekly doses or just one dose once a month based on what's right for you. After that, you only need to take COSENTYX once a month.* The recommended dose is 150 mg, which is taken as one injection under the skin. If you continue to have PsA symptoms after you start, your doctor may increase your dose to 300 mg.

*Monthly dose equals 1 dose every 4 weeks.

HOW WELL WILL IT WORK?

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Results may vary for each person. In clinical trials, 60% of people saw at least a 20% improvement in PsA symptoms at 16 weeks. Learn more here.

WHEN WILL IT START WORKING?

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Results may vary for each person. In clinical trials, about 60% of people taking COSENTYX experienced at least a 20% improvement in PsA symptoms at 16 weeks. Learn more here.

DO I TAKE IT WITH OTHER DRUGS, LIKE METHOTREXATE?

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You can take COSENTYX with or without methotrexate. COSENTYX works similarly whether you take methotrexate or not.

HOW DO I INJECT?

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COSENTYX is available in 2 different injection devices—the unique Sensoready® Pen and a prefilled syringe. Make sure to talk to your doctor to find out which one may be a better option for you. After your healthcare provider has shown you the proper way to inject, you can watch a supplemental demonstration video for additional step-by-step training.

WHAT IF I CAN'T AFFORD IT?

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There are additional assistance programs available, including our $0 co-pay* offer. Please call 1-844-COSENTYX for more information. Or, for information about Patient Assistance Now, an easy-to-use, comprehensive resource that allows you to access programs that may help you pay for your Novartis medicines, visit www.patientassistancenow.com or call 1-800-245-5356.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER IT?

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Please contact your personal health insurance carrier to determine your coverage.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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COSENTYX specifically targets IL-17A.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS?

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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.

WHAT IS THE COSENTYX CONNECT PERSONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM?

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COSENTYX Connect is a personal ongoing support program designed to complement your treatment experience from the start. Once enrolled, you'll have individualized attention from a dedicated team of support specialists. They can answer questions about your medication, injecting, or insurance.

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 a dedicated team of support specialists at COSENTYX Connect who will get to know you, reach out during your treatment journey, and answer questions whenever they come up. Your team of support specialists is available to help coordinate treatment, schedule supplemental injection training, and investigate insurance coverage and/or financial assistance.

Ongoing Support: Your dedicated team of support specialists at COSENTYX Connect will be with you from the start, ready to assist and to answer questions that come up.

To get started, you will be contacted by a Patient Services Liaison or another member of the dedicated support team. The Patient Services Liaison and other team members are responsible for the following:

  • Investigating insurance coverage, as allowed by insurance company
  • Checking in via phone call or e-mail at specific touchpoints
  • Providing guidance and appropriate contacts for answers to questions

Supplemental Injection Training: Following the initial training instructions from your healthcare professional, there are additional resources available at no cost to you:

  • LIVE: If your healthcare professional chooses additional in-person injection training for you, your team at COSENTYX Connect 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

If you have commercial insurance and are experiencing a delay in getting access to COSENTYX, or your insurance plan does not cover COSENTYX, the Covered Until You're Covered Program can support you with free COSENTYX for up to 2 years.*

*Covered Until You're Covered Program: Eligible patients must have commercial insurance, a completed Service Request Form for COSENTYX, and be experiencing a delay in obtaining coverage. Program provides initial 5 weekly doses (if prescribed) and monthly doses for free to patients for two years or until they receive insurance coverage approval. Enrolled patients awaiting coverage for COSENTYX after two years may be eligible for a limited Program extension subject to approval by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Program is not available to patients whose medications are reimbursed in whole or in part by Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, or any other federal or state program. No purchase necessary. Participation is not a guarantee of insurance coverage. Once coverage is approved, patients will no longer be eligible. Limitations may apply. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this Program without notice. Enrollment expires 12/31/17.

Co-pay Assistance: You may be eligible for our $0 co-pay program if you're commercially insured. The team at the COSENTYX Connect Personal Support Program or your specialty pharmacy will help you coordinate this benefit.

Limitations apply. See Program Terms and Conditions. For those commercially insured and 18 years or older. Up to a $16,000 annual cap. You will be responsible for any co-pay once limit is reached in a calendar year. This offer is not valid under Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state program. Not valid for cash-paying patients. Novartis reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this program without notice. Enrollment expires 12/31/17.

WHAT IS THE COSENTYX CONNECT WELCOME KIT?

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The Welcome Kit includes tools to help you get started, including answers to questions about COSENTYX (secukinumab), instructions on how to use your medication, injection demonstration videos, a travel kit so you can take your medication with you, injection reminder tools like a dosing card and timer, and more.

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 and what your out-of-pocket costs might be. This service usually begins within 4 hours of receiving the completed and signed (by both you and your doctor) Service Request Form, and may take up to 10 days for the initial investigation to be complete. As soon as you get your prescription for COSENTYX, you'll either be contacted by a Patient Services Liaison—one of the members of your dedicated team at COSENTYX Connect—to help investigate your insurance and answer questions, or you'll work with the specialty pharmacy that is filling your prescription, to make sure your insurance is in place.

CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IF I CANNOT AFFORD COSENTYX AND DON'T HAVE INSURANCE?

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If you do not have insurance, someone on the team at COSENTYX Connect will be able to provide you with information about other options, including the Novartis Patient Assistance Program. If that is an option you are eligible for and are interested in, then your support team can help get you the application.

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.