First-of-its-kind money-back program instituted

August 20, 2007

Under the plan, individuals with a detectable viral load following treatment with telbivudine for six months will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs.

Adults with chronic hepatitis B who have been treated with telbivudine (Tyzeka, Novartis) tablets for six months may be eligible to participate in Novartis' Six-Month Money-Back Commitment Program. Under the plan, individuals with a detectable viral load following treatment with telbivudine for six months will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs. One study has shown that telbivudine reduced hepatitis B virus to undetectable levels at six months in 44% of hepatitis B e-antigen positive patients and 80% of e-antigen negative patients. Participants can enroll by completing the Patient Support Enrollment Card, which is part of the Tyzeka Patient Starter Kit. Telbivudine is indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults with evidence of viral replication and either evidence of persistent elevations in serum aminotransferases or histologically active disease.

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