I received this letter in the mail yesterday. It looks like Avonex is now offered in a new and exciting format — a pen!! Take a look at the current auto injector that is available for use with Avonex in Canada.
There’s no news yet regarding the price of this new Avonex treatment option.
…and here’s the text of the letter for those who may have difficulty reading the image:
Biogen Idec and the MS Alliance (MSA) are proud to announce Health Canada’s approval of the NEW once-a-week autoinjector, AVONEX PEN. Health Care Practitioners (HCP) will be made aware as soon as product becomes available nationwide. To receive AVONEX PEN, you will need a new prescription from your HCP. The MSA will provide immediate access to reimbursement and ensure that you are trained by a Registered Nurse on the use of AVONEX PEN.
94% of patients would use AVONEX PEN over AVONEX PS.
Based ona recent patient study, new AVONEX PEN helps to minimize anciety felt by patients when injecting. AVONEX PEN reduced preparation time and simplifies self-injection. In addition to less anxiety, after only 3 injections, patients using AVONEX PEN reported > 50% less pain versus AVONEX PS.
MSA wants to be the first to make you aware of new developments with AVONEX and MS treatments. Our goal is to be a full support program providing education and assistance from the beginning of your treatment and throughout its course. We are here to train on self-injection techniques, provide services at our clinics, and assist with reimbursement options.
We want to help you live your life, uninterrupted!
Since its approval, more patients have chosen AVONEX than any other MS therapy in the world. AVONEX PS / AVONEX PEN is the only once-a-week multiple sclerosis treatment.