AVONEX ecoSharps™ Program Update

AVONEX ecoSharps™ Program Update

We want to notify you that at this time, the AVONEX ecoSharps™ program is being discontinued.

Details

  • The program will be discontinued effective January 1st, 2015
  • Current sharps containers can be returned to Sharps Compliance, Inc for disposal
  • Sharps disposal containers can be purchased directly from Sharps Compliance, Inc:
    • - Order online here
    • - Or call Customer Support at 1-800-772-5657

Proper disposal of injection materials

As always, follow the disposal instructions included in the AVONEX PEN Instructions for Use, AVONEX Prefilled Syringe Instructions for Use, and AVONEX in Powdered Form Instructions for Use:

Throw away the used AVONEX® (interferon beta-1a) injection materials in a sharps container or some type of hard plastic or metal container with a screw cap such as a detergent bottle or coffee can. Check with your healthcare provider about the right way to throw away the container. There may be local or state laws about how to throw away used AVONEX PENS and needles. Do not throw away used AVONEX PENS and needles in household trash or recycling bins.

Remember, Biogen Idec continues to support you with the MS ActiveSource® patient services team. Call 1-800-456-2255, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM (ET) to speak with an MS ActiveSource® Coordinator.

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Important Safety Information and Indication

AVONEX can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below while taking AVONEX.

Indication

AVONEX (interferon beta-1a) is approved by FDA to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) to decrease the number of flare-ups and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS. AVONEX is approved for use in people who have experienced a first attack and have lesions consistent with MS on their MRI.

Important Safety Information

Before beginning treatment, you should discuss with your healthcare provider the potential benefits and risks associated with AVONEX.

AVONEX can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below while taking AVONEX.

AVONEX will not cure your MS but may decrease the number of flare-ups of the disease and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS. MS is a life-long disease that affects your nervous system by destroying the protective covering (myelin) that surrounds your nerve fibers.

The way AVONEX works in MS is not known. It is not known if AVONEX is safe and effective in children.

Do not take AVONEX if you are allergic to interferon beta, albumin (human), or any of the ingredients in AVONEX.

Before taking AVONEX, tell your healthcare provider if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

AVONEX can cause serious side effects including:

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of AVONEX include:

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for additional important safety information. This information is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare provider.

Indication

AVONEX (interferon beta-1a) is approved by FDA to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) to decrease the number of flare-ups and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS. AVONEX is approved for use in people who have experienced a first attack and have lesions consistent with MS on their MRI.