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3 Steps to Access

Novo Nordisk has developed a 3-step process to help identify patients with Saxenda® coverage—and help those without coverage gain access

3 Steps to Access

Novo Nordisk has developed a 3-step process to help identify patients with Saxenda® coverage—and help those without coverage gain access

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3 Steps to Access

3 Steps to Access

Verify your patient’s coverage status, submit a prior authorization (PA), and direct your patients to savings and educational support from Novo Nordisk:

Verify your patient’s coverage status, submit a prior authorization (PA), and direct your patients to savings and educational support from Novo Nordisk:

Step 1:

Step 1:

Verify pharmacy benefits

Verify pharmacy benefits

Visit SaxendaCoverage.com to find out your patient’s coverage and estimated out-of-pocket costs. The website has been enhanced to streamline the benefits verification process, including fewer data inputs and the ability to see estimated out-of-pocket costs for some patients, even if a prior authorization is required.

Visit SaxendaCoverage.com to find out your patient’s coverage and estimated out-of-pocket costs. The website has been enhanced to streamline the benefits verification process, including fewer data inputs and the ability to see estimated out-of-pocket costs for some patients, even if a prior authorization is required.

Be sure to have your patient’s pharmacy prescription card information on hand.

Be sure to have your patient’s pharmacy prescription card information on hand.

Coverage requests

Coverage requests

If your patient is not covered for Saxenda®, DO NOT start the PA process. Instead, talk to your patient about contacting the benefits manager in his or her Human Resources (HR) department. Download this sample coverage request letter as a guide for what you may write to a patient’s HR benefits department.

If your patient is not covered for Saxenda®, DO NOT start the PA process. Instead, talk to your patient about contacting the benefits manager in his or her Human Resources (HR) department. Download this sample coverage request letter as a guide for what you may write to a patient’s HR benefits department.

Step 2:

Step 2:

Initiate the PA process in the office

Initiate the PA process in the office

Novo Nordisk partners with CoverMyMeds® to help you navigate the PA process for prescribed products and services.

Once a patient’s coverage is confirmed, it may be time to initiate a PA. Novo Nordisk partners with CoverMyMeds® to offer you a convenient way to navigate the PA process online.

Benefits of CoverMyMeds

Benefits of CoverMyMeds

  • Process requests for any medication and all plans
  • Receive faster PA determinations, often in real time
  • Create PA renewals from previously submitted requests
  • Available at no cost to providers and their staff
  • Integrates with 500+ electronic health records

For more information, please email info@covermymeds.com or call CoverMyMeds® directly at 1-866-452-5017.

A follow-up PA may be required at 16 weeks to verify that the patient has achieved at least 4% loss of baseline body weight.

For more information, please email info@covermymeds.com or call CoverMyMeds® directly at 1-866-452-5017.

A follow-up PA may be required at 16 weeks to verify that the patient has achieved at least 4% loss of baseline body weight.

Step 3:

Step 3:

Start appropriate patients on Saxenda®

Start appropriate patients on Saxenda®

Once you verify that your patient is covered and the PA is approved, you may:

Once you verify that your patient is covered and the PA is approved, you may:

  • Prescribe Saxenda® (and the NovoFine® 32G Tip needles, if necessary)
  • Give your patient a Saxenda® Sample Kit, which includes a Saxenda® Savings Card, and a Saxenda® Patient Brochure
    • Please contact your Novo Nordisk sales representative to receive a Patient Sample Kit
  • Direct your patient to visit Saxenda.com to obtain and/or activate a Saxenda® Savings Card prior to heading to the pharmacy
    • Patients may pay as little as $25 or save up to $200 per Saxenda®prescription. Maximum benefit of $200 per prescription, with 12 benefits annually. Eligibility and other restrictions apply. Novo Nordisk reserves the right to modify or cancel this program at any time
    • When your patient activates a Saxenda® Savings Card online at Saxenda.com, they will automatically be enrolled in SaxendaCare®
  • Prescribe Saxenda® (and the NovoFine® 32G Tip needles, if necessary)
  • Give your patient a Saxenda® Sample Kit, which includes a Saxenda® Savings Card, and a Saxenda® Patient Brochure
  • Direct your patient to visit Saxenda.com to obtain and/or activate a Saxenda® Savings Card prior to heading to the pharmacy
    • Patients may pay as little as $25 or save up to $200 per Saxenda® prescription. Maximum benefit of $200 per prescription, with 12 benefits annually. Eligibility and other restrictions apply. Novo Nordisk reserves the right to modify or cancel this program at any time
    • When your patient activates a Saxenda® Savings Card online at Saxenda.com, they will automatically be enrolled in SaxendaCare®

Step 1:

Step 1:

Verify pharmacy benefits

Verify pharmacy benefits

Visit SaxendaCoverage.com to find out your patient’s coverage and estimated out-of-pocket costs. The website has been enhanced to streamline the benefits verification process, including fewer data inputs and the ability to see estimated out-of-pocket costs for some patients, even if a prior authorization is required.

Visit SaxendaCoverage.com to find out your patient’s coverage and estimated out-of-pocket costs. The website has been enhanced to streamline the benefits verification process, including fewer data inputs and the ability to see estimated out-of-pocket costs for some patients, even if a prior authorization is required.

Be sure to have your patient’s pharmacy prescription card information on hand.

Be sure to have your patient’s pharmacy prescription card information on hand.

Coverage requests

Coverage requests

If your patient is not covered for Saxenda®, DO NOT start the PA process. Instead, talk to your patient about contacting the benefits manager in his or her Human Resources (HR) department. Download this sample coverage request letter as a guide for what you may write to a patient’s HR benefits department.

If your patient is not covered for Saxenda®, DO NOT start the PA process. Instead, talk to your patient about contacting the benefits manager in his or her Human Resources (HR) department. Download this sample coverage request letter as a guide for what you may write to a patient’s HR benefits department.

Step 2:

Step 2:

Initiate the PA process in the office

Initiate the PA process in the office

Once a patient’s coverage is confirmed, it may be time to initiate a PA. Novo Nordisk partners with CoverMyMeds® to offer you a convenient way to navigate the PA process online.

Novo Nordisk partners with CoverMyMeds® to help you navigate the PA process for prescribed products and services.

Benefits of CoverMyMeds

Benefits of CoverMyMeds

  • Process requests for any medication and all plans
  • Receive faster PA determinations, often in real time
  • Create PA renewals from previously submitted requests
  • Available at no cost to providers and their staff
  • Integrates with 500+ electronic health records

For more information, please email info@covermymeds.com or call CoverMyMeds® directly at 1-866-452-5017.

A follow-up PA may be required at 16 weeks to verify that the patient has achieved at least 4% loss of baseline body weight.

For more information, please email info@covermymeds.com or call CoverMyMeds® directly at 1-866-452-5017.

A follow-up PA may be required at 16 weeks to verify that the patient has achieved at least 4% loss of baseline body weight.

Step 3:

Step 3:

Start appropriate patients on Saxenda®

Start appropriate patients on Saxenda®

Once you verify that your patient is covered and the PA is approved, you may:

Once you verify that your patient is covered and the PA is approved, you may:

  • Prescribe Saxenda® (and the NovoFine® 32G Tip needles, if necessary)
  • Give your patient a Saxenda® Sample Kit, which includes a Saxenda® Savings Card, and a Saxenda® Patient Brochure
  • Direct your patient to visit Saxenda.com to obtain and/or activate a Saxenda® Savings Card prior to heading to the pharmacy

o   Patients may pay as little as $25 or save up to $200 per Saxenda® prescription. Maximum benefit of $200 per prescription, with 12 benefits annually. Eligibility and other restrictions apply. Novo Nordisk reserves the right to modify or cancel this program at any time

o   When your patient activates a Saxenda® Savings Card online at Saxenda.com, they will automatically be enrolled in SaxendaCare®

  • Prescribe Saxenda® (and the NovoFine® 32G Tip needles, if necessary)
  • Give your patient a Saxenda® Sample Kit, which includes a Saxenda® Savings Card, and a Saxenda® Patient Brochure
    • Please contact your Novo Nordisk sales representative to receive a Patient Sample Kit
  • Direct your patient to visit Saxenda.com to obtain and/or activate a Saxenda® Savings Card prior to heading to the pharmacy
    • Patients may pay as little as $25 or save up to $200 per Saxenda® prescription. Maximum benefit of $200 per prescription, with 12 benefits annually. Eligibility and other restrictions apply. Novo Nordisk reserves the right to modify or cancel this program at any time
    • When your patient activates a Saxenda® Savings Card online at Saxenda.com, they will automatically be enrolled in SaxendaCare®

See How You Can Help Patients Gain Access to Saxenda®

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Selected Important Safety Information

WARNING: RISK OF THYROID C-CELL TUMORS
Liraglutide causes dose-dependent and treatment-duration-dependent thyroid C-cell tumors at clinically relevant exposures in both genders of rats and mice. It is unknown whether Saxenda® causes thyroid C-cell tumors, including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), in humans, as the human relevance of liraglutide-induced rodent thyroid C-cell tumors has not been determined. Saxenda® is contraindicated in patients with a personal or family history of MTC and in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). Counsel patients regarding the potential risk of MTC with use of Saxenda® and inform them of symptoms of thyroid tumors (eg, a mass in the neck, dysphagia, dyspnea, persistent hoarseness). Routine monitoring of serum calcitonin or using thyroid ultrasound is of uncertain value for early detection of MTC in patients treated with Saxenda®.

Indications and Usage

  • Saxenda® (liraglutide) injection 3 mg is indicated as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adult patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obesity) or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition (eg, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or dyslipidemia)

Limitations of Use

  • Saxenda® is not indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes 
  • Saxenda® and Victoza® both contain the same active ingredient, liraglutide, and therefore should not be used together. Saxenda® should not be used in combination with any other GLP-1 receptor agonist 
  • Saxenda® has not been studied in patients taking insulin. Saxenda® and insulin should not be used together 
  • The safety and efficacy of Saxenda® in combination with other products for weight loss, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal preparations, have not been established

Important Safety Information

Contraindications

Saxenda® is contraindicated in:

  • Patients with a personal or family history of MTC or MEN 2 
  • Patients with a prior serious hypersensitivity reaction to liraglutide or to any of the product components 
  • Pregnancy

Warnings and Precautions

  • Risk of Thyroid C-cell Tumors: If serum calcitonin is measured and found to be elevated, the patient should be further evaluated. Patients with thyroid nodules noted on physical examination or neck imaging should also be further evaluated 
  • Acute Pancreatitis: Acute pancreatitis, including fatal and non-fatal hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis, has been observed in patients treated with liraglutide postmarketing. Observe patients carefully for signs and symptoms of pancreatitis (persistent severe abdominal pain, sometimes radiating to the back with or without vomiting). If pancreatitis is suspected, discontinue Saxenda® promptly and if pancreatitis is confirmed, do not restart 
  • Acute Gallbladder Disease: Substantial or rapid weight loss can increase the risk of cholelithiasis; however, the incidence of acute gallbladder disease was greater in patients treated with Saxenda® than with placebo even after accounting for the degree of weight loss. If cholelithiasis is suspected, gallbladder studies and appropriate clinical follow-up are indicated 
  • Risk of Hypoglycemia with Concomitant Use of Anti-Diabetic Therapy: When Saxenda® is used with an insulin secretagogue (eg, a sulfonylurea) serious hypoglycemia can occur. Consider lowering the dose of the insulin secretagogue to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia. Monitor blood glucose parameters prior to starting Saxenda® and during treatment and adjust anti-diabetic drugs as needed 
  • Heart Rate Increase: Mean increases in resting heart rate of 2 to 3 beats per minute (bpm) were observed in patients treated with Saxenda®. Monitor heart rate at regular intervals and inform patients to report palpitations or feelings of a racing heartbeat while at rest during treatment with Saxenda®. Discontinue Saxenda® in patients who experience a sustained increase in resting heart rate 
  • Renal Impairment: Acute renal failure and worsening of chronic renal failure, which may sometimes require hemodialysis, have been reported, usually in association with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration. Use caution when initiating or escalating doses of Saxenda® in patients with renal impairment 
  • Hypersensitivity Reactions: Serious hypersensitivity reactions (eg, anaphylaxis and angioedema) have been reported in patients treated with liraglutide. If a hypersensitivity reaction occurs, patients should stop taking Saxenda® and promptly seek medical advice 
  • Suicidal Behavior and Ideation: In clinical trials, 9 (0.3%) of 3,384 patients treated with Saxenda® and 2 (0.1%) of the 1,941 treated with placebo reported suicidal ideation; one of the patients treated with Saxenda® attempted suicide. Monitor patients on Saxenda® for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and/or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. Discontinue treatment if patients experience suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Avoid Saxenda® in patients with a history of suicidal attempts or active suicidal ideation

Adverse Events

  • The most common adverse reactions, reported in ≥5% are: nausea, hypoglycemia, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, headache, decreased appetite, dyspepsia, fatigue, dizziness, abdominal pain, and increased lipase

Drug Interactions

  • Saxenda® causes a delay of gastric emptying, and has the potential to impact the absorption of concomitantly administered oral medications. Monitor for potential consequences of delayed absorption of oral medications concomitantly administered with Saxenda®

Use in Specific Populations

  • There are no data on the presence of liraglutide in human breast milk; liraglutide was present in the milk of lactating rats 
  • Saxenda® has not been studied in patients below 18 years of age and is not recommended for use in pediatric patients 
  • Saxenda® slows gastric emptying. Saxenda® has not been studied in patients with preexisting gastroparesis

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