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Deletion of Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate) 20 mg/mL dose from PBS from 1 July 2019.

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5 February 2019

The 20 mg/mL dose of MS treatment Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate) will be deleted from listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 July 2019.

The request for this deletion was made by the sponsor, Teva Pharma Australia Pty Ltd. Teva have stated that, “since the launch of Copaxone® 40 mg three times a week in 2015, there has been a shift towards this formulation for MS patients in Australia.  Copaxone® 40 mg three times a week demonstrated comparable efficacy to Copaxone® 20 mg daily, with 60% fewer injections and a 50% reduction in injection-related adverse events. 1-3”

The 40 mg/mL dose is still available and listed on the PBS.

Teva offer all people being treated with Copaxone® access to a Care Xone patient support program by calling 1800 502 802 or emailing carexone@mysupportteam.net.au

Please discuss with your neurologist whether Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate) is the right treatment for you, and if the deletion of the 20 mg/mL dose has implications for your treatment plan.
 

For more information about Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate), please visit:

https://www.msaustralia.org.au/about-ms/medications-treatments

For details of the criteria you need to meet to obtain Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate) through the PBS, please visit the PBS web-site:

http://www.pbs.gov.au/medicine/item/10416F

To see the official advice on the PBS web-site regarding this deletion, please visit:

https://www.pbs.gov.au/browse/changes

 

References: 1. COPAXONE Approved Product Information, 15 May 2018. 2. Wolinsky JS, et al. Multi Scler Relat Disord 2015;4:370-6. 3. Comi G, et al. Ann Neurol 2011,69:75-82.