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For Veterans

Learn how veterans with ALS can get started with RADICAVA® (edaravone) through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

RADICAVA® is on the VHA National Formulary1,a

Those who have served in the military are about twice as likely to develop ALS as those who have not served2,3

The VA/VHA*:
  • Recognizes ALS as a service-connected disease and provide medical and financial support to those with at least 90 continuous days of military service3,4,b
  • Provides resources, education, and support to caregivers of veterans5
  • Provides access to treatment, including RADICAVA®1
  • Offers some benefits to a veteran's spouse or children, even if the veteran has passed away due to ALS6
 

*Eligibility requirements may apply. Veterans should always contact their local VA for more information and any questions regarding their benefits coverage.

VA=Veterans Affairs; VHA=Veterans Health Administration.

aSubject to National Prior Authorization criteria.

bA service connection for ALS for any veteran who develops the disease at any time after separation from service.

Veterans Diagnosed With ALS

May be eligible for treatment with RADICAVA® and other benefits from the VAc

 

100%

disability compensation benefits7

Disability compensation benefits are based on disability rating and dependent family members.8


Eligibility requirements may apply. Veterans should always contact their local VA for more information and any questions regarding their benefits coverage.

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Actor portrayal.

 

Your patients may qualify for additional, nonmedical benefits.

They can check with their local VHA enrollment center or military treatment facility DEERS office for more information.6,7,9-11

DEERS=Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

cTo be eligible for treatment with RADICAVA®, veterans must be enrolled in the federal program.

RADICAVA® Benefit Accessd

Is your patient enrolled in the federal healthcare system (VHA or MTF/TRICARE)?

YES

My patient is already in the federal healthcare system:

  • The Veteran will need a referral to an ALS-experienced VHA physician12
  • Your patient may be able to make an appointment online or by contacting their local VA12
  • If your patient is a TRICARE holder, they can go to https://tricare.mil/ContactUs/CallUs for more information13,14

NO

My patient is not currently enrolled in the VHA healthcare system and they may still qualify for ALS treatment through the VHA.15

To get started with the VHA, they can apply15:

ONLINE
at VA.gov
BY CALLING
1-877-222-VETS (1-877-222-8387)
IN PERSON
at their local VA medical facility

Eligibility requirements may apply. Veterans should always contact their local VA for more information and any questions regarding their benefits coverage.

dFor illustrative purposes only.

MTF=Military Treatment Facility.


Retired veterans are eligible for TRICARE and may qualify for certain VA health benefits.

If the veteran is separating from service due to a service-connected illness, they may be eligible for VA healthcare benefits and certain TRICARE benefits.16

Please contact your Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America Manager of Patient Access or Federal Account Manager for more information.


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Information for Veterans With ALS

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    References:
  1. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Pharmacy benefits management services. https://www.pbm.va.gov/apps/VANationalFormulary/. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  2. Sagiraju HKR, Živković S, VanCott AC, et al. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis among veterans deployed in support of post-9/11 U.S. conflicts. Mil Med. 2020;185(3-4):e501-e509.
  3. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Quality of care: ALS disease awareness month. https://www.va.gov/QUALITYOFCARE/education/ALS_Disease_Awareness_Month.asp. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  4. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors. Washington, DC: US Department of Veterans Affairs; 2019. https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/2019_Federal_Benefits_for_Veterans_Dependents_and_survivors.pdf. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  5. US Department of Veterans Affairs. VA caregiver support. https://www.caregiver.va.gov/Care_Caregivers.asp. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  6. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Dependency and indemnity compensation. https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/survivors/dic.pdf. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  7. VA makes specially adaptive housing grant eligibility automatic for veterans and servicemembers living with ALS. [news release]. Washington, DC: US Department of Veterans Affairs; March 19, 2014. https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2530. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  8. US Department of Veterans Affairs. 2020 Veterans disability compensation rates. https://www.va.gov/disability/compensation-rates/veteran-rates/. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  9. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Special claims. https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/special-claims/. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  10. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Automobile and special adaptive equipment grants. https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/Auto.pdf. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  11. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Specially adapted housing program. https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/homeloans/SAHFactsheet.pdf. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  12. US Department of Veterans Affairs. VHA Handbook 1101.07: Amyotropic (sic) Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) System of Care Procedures. https://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=3014. Published July 7, 2014. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  13. TRICARE. Life events: retiring from active duty. https://www.tricare.mil/LifeEvents/InjuredonAD/TransitionVA/Retiring. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  14. TRICARE. Contact us. https://tricare.mil/ContactUs/CallUs. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  15. US Department of Veterans Affairs. How to apply for VA health care. https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/. Accessed October 12, 2020.
  16. US Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligibility for VA health care. https://www.va.gov/health-care/eligibility/. Accessed October 12, 2020.
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Important Safety Information

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Radicava® (edaravone) is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to edaravone or any of the inactive ingredients in Radicava®. Hypersensitivity reactions (redness, wheals, and erythema multiforme) and cases of anaphylaxis (urticaria, decreased blood pressure, and dyspnea) have been reported. Patients should be monitored carefully for hypersensitivity reactions, and if they occur, discontinue Radicava®, treat per standard of care, and monitor until the condition resolves.

Sulfite Allergic Reactions

Radicava® contains sodium bisulfite, and may cause allergic type reactions, including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown, but occurs more frequently in asthmatic people.

Most Common Adverse Reactions

Most common adverse reactions (at least 10% and greater than placebo) are contusion, gait disturbance, and headache.

Pregnancy

Based on animal data, Radicava® may cause fetal harm.

Geriatric Use

No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between patients 65 years of age and older and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

To report suspected adverse reactions or product complaints, contact Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc., at 1-888-292-0058. You may also report suspected adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Indication

Radicava® is indicated for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Please see full Prescribing Information.

For more information about RADICAVA®, call 1-888-292-0058.