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Schering-Plough assists patients in securing drug reimbursement as well as providing lifesaving drugs at no cost to people with low incomes through our patient assistance programs.
Informal patient assistance programs have been in place at Schering-Plough since the early 1980s. Today, patients can apply for assistance through two programs: Commitment to Care (1-800-521-7157), which covers our cancer and hepatitis drugs; and SP-Cares (1-800-656-9485), which includes our other prescription drugs. In 2005, these programs provided nearly 120,000 patients with more than $127 million worth of free Schering-Plough products.
Be In Charge is a free patient support program designed to provide education and support to people diagnosed with hepatitis B or C who are either not yet on therapy or who are receiving Schering-Plough's PEG-INTRON (peginterferon alfa-2b) Powder for Injection and INTRON A (interferon alfa-2b, recombinant) for Injection, or INTRON A therapy.
People enrolling in Be In Charge benefit by having access to specially trained nurses and educational materials to help them understand their condition and its therapy. If participants choose, a personal nurse counselor will be assigned to them who will call them periodically to answer their questions and encourage them throughout their therapy. Participants who wish will also receive educational materials with tips to help them remain on therapy. Be In Charge has helped thousands of people since its inception.
To find out more about Be In Charge, call toll free: 1-888-437-2608.
All of Schering-Plough's patient assistance and support programs are administered on behalf of the company by outside organizations. Patient eligibility for Commitment to Care and SP-Cares are determined case by case based on financial and insurance criteria. Schering-Plough reviews its patient assistance and support programs periodically to ensure that they are meeting the needs of both patients and the physicians who treat them.