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Support Services Important Component of Rilutek Launch

Magazine article Drug Topics

Support Services Important Component of Rilutek Launch

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When Rilutek (riluzole, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer) was launched last month, the drug came to market with a host of patient support services for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

"In addition to providing an effective new drug that will benefit patients, RPR is also committed to facilitating access to Rilutek and assisting people with ALS with comprehensive support services," Joe Scodari, senior v.p. of RPR, told the audience at a "virtual press conference" conducted over the phone lines and on the Internet. The following is a summary of the programs:

* RPR has established the Rilutek Continuity Program, a service administered by Quantum Health Resources that provides patients with information about patient programs and services and helps them sort through insurance and reimbursement questions. Through the Rilutek Continuity Program, patients have the option of filling their prescription at their local pharmacy or through Quantum Express, the mail-order component of Quantum Resources. The phone number for the Rilutek Continuity Program is 1-(800) 790-RTEC or

1-(800) 790-7832. …

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