Celgene launches patient support program for myeloma

April 23, 2007

Support Coordinators are oncology nurses and other trained professionals available by phone to help patients work their way through the complexities of drug access and reimbursement.

Celgene has established a new Patient Support Coordinator program for myeloma patients. Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is a cancer of the bone marrow that affects the production of red cells, white cells, and stem cells. Patient Support Coordinators are oncology nurses and other trained professionals available by phone to help patients work their way through the complexities of drug access and reimbursement. The program was applauded by the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), which raised patient concerns about access to cancer drugs, reimbursement by Medicare and private insurance, co-pay assistance from foundations, and free access to drugs for the uninsured. The program was recently unveiled at IMF's meeting in Phoenix. IMF is the oldest and largest myeloma organization.

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