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Change Of Medications

Change Of Medications

I have just received a letter from Cigna insurance advising me that they will no longer cover my Betaseron and are changing me to Extavia. Is anyone on Extavia? Looking for some patient reviews. Thanks.

edited, originally posted over 8 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

I was only diagnosed in March of this year. And I started Betaseron pretty much a week or 2 later. It was around June of this year that I was finally on the full dose. Besides the flu like symptoms, and the anxiety of the giving my shots I feel good. I do get tired. But that's nothing a good nap can't fix. 😊 I see my neurologist on Tuesday and I'm going to talk to him about my insurance change. I know my dr will help me if I have any issues in the future with Cigna not covering my medication. I tested positive for the JC virus, so my dr doesn't really want me to take anything else until there is more studies done to show what can happen to a patient with The virus. I guess in some clinical studies, people have passed away from it.

posted almost 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

@A MyMSTeam Member thanks for your response, I hear you loud and clear. Im doing well on Beta as well, i dont know many that are on Beta, with all the newer meds and of course the pill forms have become available. May I ask when you were diagnosed and how long o Beta? i think if any changes were to come down for you , they will send you written notification. and when they do be sure to act on it and talk to your dr asap. in the meantime take a look at the Cigna.com website and search for the drug formulary. You may be able to compare that with your current insurance. Suggested language that your doctor can use to support you staying on Beta is " medical necessity".

posted almost 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

My insurance is switching to Cigna January 2016. I've been doing really well with Betaseron. I would hate to fix something that isn't breaking. I really hope I don't have issues with them in the future. My current insurance is wonderful. I wish my job would just keep them

posted almost 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Yes, call Betaseron. They have programs in place so that you can obtain your medicine with little or no cost assistance. This goes for any of the drugs and their companies. If you need assistance, call the company.

posted over 8 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

I wonder if you contact the Betaseron support line, if they could work with you so that you can stay on their treatment? It's worth a try.

posted over 8 years ago
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