- PAH Pathways(TM) Program offers Patient Support and Financial Assistance
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Actelion
Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. today announced results of a recent Harris
Interactive(R) survey, showing that an overwhelming majority of Tracleer
patients enrolled in Sure Steps find the patient support program valuable,
and feel that their knowledge of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and
Tracleer have improved due to the program. The Sure Steps program, part of
Actelion's PAH Pathways(TM) service and support program, is a support and
education program available to all PAH patients on Actelion's PAH products,
Tracleer and Ventavis(R) (iloprost) Inhalation Solution.
Key findings from the survey of patients enrolled in Sure Steps show that:
-- Nine in ten (89 percent) enrolled patients are satisfied with the
-- Almost all (97 percent) would recommend the program to other PAH
patients on Tracleer;
-- Six out of seven (85 percent) enrolled patients are more comfortable
discussing their PAH therapy with their physicians because of the
-- 92 percent feel better informed about Tracleer as a result of
information provided in the program.
The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Actelion between August 7 and August 21, 2007. It included more than 600 patients currently enrolled in Sure Steps, 256 of whom who had been on Tracleer for less than one year, and 354 patients who had been on Tracleer for more than a year. All patients were 18 year of age or older, diagnosed with PAH, currently taking Tracleer, and had been enrolled in the Sure Steps program for at least two months.
"When patients are first diagnosed with PAH and begin treatment, they are often overwhelmed by their diagnosis and have many questions about treatment," said Craig Hopkinson, MD, Vice President of U.S. Medical Affairs at Actelion. "Sure Steps is a unique program that provides meaningful assistance to these patients and resources to learn more about their condition beginning immediately after they start their treatment."
About PAH Pathways and Sure Steps
PAH Pathways(TM) is Actelion's service and support program for physicians and their patients currently on either of Actelion's PAH medications, including Tracleer and Ventavis. The program is designed to provide access to therapy, ensuring patients receive therapy as quickly as possible, and comprehensive financial and reimbursement support to eligible patients. In addition, PAH Pathways recently introduced a program that offers eligible patients starting on Tracleer with their first month of therapy at no cost to the patient.
Sure Steps, an important part of the PAH Pathways offering, is a support and education program for patients with PAH who are taking one of Actelion's PAH medications. The program provides ongoing information and personal assistance to help these patients manage their condition. Patients enrolled in Sure Steps receive direct access to a nurse counselor who can help answer questions regarding PAH or Tracleer, ongoing informational newsletters, and important tools to help them cope with PAH. Over 3,500 patients have enrolled in Sure Steps to date. Eligible patients can enroll by calling 1-866-682-7873. Sure Steps is also available to patients who are taking Ventavis for the treatment PAH.
About Tracleer(R) in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
Tracleer(R) (bosentan), the first oral dual endothelin receptor antagonist, is approved for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) World Health Organization (WHO) Functional Class III or IV and made available by Actelion Ltd. subsidiaries in the United States, the European Union, Japan, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and other markets worldwide.
Tracleer requires attention to two significant safety concerns: potential for serious liver injury (including rare cases of liver failure and unexplained hepatic cirrhosis in a setting of close monitoring) and high potential for major birth defects. Liver monitoring of all patients is essential prior to initiation of treatment and monthly thereafter. Pregnancy must be excluded and prevented by two forms of birth control; monthly pregnancy tests should be obtained. Because of these risks, Tracleer is only supplied through a controlled distribution system, the Tracleer Access Program (T.A.P.(R))
Ventavis(R) (iloprost) is an inhaled formulation of iloprost, a synthetic compound that is structurally similar to prostacyclins -- naturally occurring molecules that cause blood vessels to dilate. Ventavis is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (WHO Group I) in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Class III or IV. In controlled trials, Ventavis improved a composite endpoint consisting of exercise tolerance, symptoms (NYHA Class), and lack of deterioration.
In clinical studies, common adverse reactions due to Ventavis included vasodilation (flushing), cough, headache, trismus, and insomnia. Serious adverse events reported at a rate of less than 3% included congestive heart failure, chest pain, supraventricular tachycardia, dyspnea, peripheral edema, and kidney failure. Vital signs should be monitored while initiating Ventavis. Ventavis should not be initiated in patients with systolic blood pressure less than 85 mm Hg. Stop Ventavis immediately if signs of pulmonary edema occur; this may be a sign of pulmonary venous hypertension.
About Actelion Pharmaceuticals
Actelion Pharmaceuticals has pioneered research and development in the pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) disease area. More than 40,000 PAH patients have been prescribed Actelion's product Tracleer, an orally available dual endothelin receptor antagonist for patients with PAH with World Health Organization (WHO) Functional Class III or IV in the U.S., and Functional Class III in Europe. Tracleer was approved in 2001 as the first oral treatment for PAH, and is currently approved in the U.S., the European Union, and other markets worldwide. In January 2007, Actelion acquired CoTherix, Inc., whose product Ventavis is approved and marketed in the United States for the treatment of PAH patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Class III or IV.
|SOURCE Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.|
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