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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation stands behind medication adherence activities and reaffirms commitment to patient safety
Date:1/8/2014

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Patient safety and well-being are the highest priority at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC). NPC is dedicated to improving patient health and supports patient medication adherence programs integral to this goal. These include outreach by pharmacies aimed at helping patients appropriately take their medicines as prescribed by their physician.

Specialty pharmacies play an important and accepted role in patient medication adherence. NPC expects that the specialty pharmacies it works with conduct vital patient outreach in a manner wholly consistent with NPC's commitment to patient care. To that end, NPC worked with BioScrip to ensure it had the information needed to reach out to patients. BioScrip reached out to patients using its own protocols to provide education, counseling and information about proper administration of the medicine and to fulfill prescriptions that have been prescribed by a patient's treating physician.

"At NPC, patients are the focus of all that we do. We want to support the best possible outcome for a patient taking a Novartis medication prescribed by their physician," said André Wyss, President, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and President, Novartis Corporation. "We believe that adherence efforts help patients manage their disease and that specialty pharmacies play a key role in these patient medication adherence efforts and in ultimately improving outcomes."

These efforts help patients manage serious diseases. Exjade® (deferasirox), which is complex to administer, is an important treatment option for patients with serious blood disorders who have chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions. Chronic iron overload is potentially life-threatening, and does not always have symptoms that are recognizable until serious complications occur. For that reason, adherence is
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