Supporting patients taking Zypitamag during the COVID-19 pandemic

Supporting patients taking ZYPITAMAG during the COVID-19 pandemic

To Our Customers -

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed and is continuing to change our world. We recognize that this has been a very difficult and stressful year, especially if you are managing a serious illness.

In order to keep our staff and their families safe, and to reduce the number of people exposed to this virus, all of our field staff are working from their home office and providing remote support for patients and healthcare providers.

We want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to improve access to ZYPITAMAG (pitavastatin) tablets and make it accessible to as many patients as possible.

If you need any support accessing ZYPITAMAG please call us at 1-800-509-0544 or fill out the contact us form on our website.

We have implemented:

  • Contactless Home Delivery: Medicure launched a new Online Pharmacy Program in June of this year which allows you to fill your ZYPITAMAG prescription through our Online Pharmacy partner, Blink Pharmacy Plus U.S. ALL patients will be provided free home delivery with no added pharmacy fees. You may also be eligible for additional savings through this program if you are a:
    • Commercially Insured Patient: Eligible commercially insured patients will receive the first month of ZYPITAMAG free, and subsequently, the co-pay will be bought down to $10/month. Click here for eligibility criteria.
    • Cash-Paying Patient: Eligible cash paying patient, will receive the first month free, followed by a cash price of only $29/month on a 90-day prescription. This offer is not available to patients who are eligible for government coverage. Click here for full eligibility criteria.

We are still offering:

  • The ZYPITAMAG Dual Savings Card Program: This program is still available for:
    • Commercially Insured Patients: Eligible commercially insured patients will receive the first month free and thereafter, reduce their co-pay by up to $85/month, bringing it down to as little as $10/month. Click here for eligibility criteria.
    • Cash-Paying Patients: Eligible patients can use our Dual Savings Card at their pharmacy of choice to simply pay cash. These patients will receive their first month free, and then $183 off per month thereafter. Click here for eligibility criteria.

We have an unwavering focus on delivering safe, efficacious and cost-effective medicines that benefit patients and healthcare providers. We are continuing to assess and adapt as new information becomes available.

Please be safe during these difficult times

Kindly,

Neil Owens
President and Chief Operating Officer
Medicure Inc.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for ZYPITAMAG® (pitavastatin) tablets

Who should NOT take ZYPITAMAG?

ZYPITAMAG is not right for everyone. Do not take ZYPITAMAG if:

  • You have a known allergy to ZYPITAMAG or any of its ingredients.
  • You have active liver problems, including some abnormal liver test results.
  • You are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant, as it may harm the baby.
  • You are currently taking cyclosporine or gemfibrozil.

What is the most important information I should know and talk to my doctor about?

  • Call your healthcare provider or get help right away if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, or hives.
  • Muscle problems may be an early sign of rare, serious conditions. Tell your doctor right away if you have any unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever, or if these muscle signs or symptoms persist after discontinuing ZYPITAMAG.
  • Serious liver problems have been reported rarely in patients taking statins, including pitavastatin. Your doctor should do liver tests before you start, and if you have symptoms of liver problems while you are taking ZYPITAMAG. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you feel more tired than usual, have a loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark-colored urine, or yellowing of the skin or eyes.
  • Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications you take including nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.
  • Increases in blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including pitavastatin.
  • Tell your doctor about your alcohol use.
  • Tell your healthcare provider of a known or suspected pregnancy.

What are the most common side effects of ZYPITAMAG?

The most common side effects of ZYPITAMAG in clinical studies were:

  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain in the legs or arms

This is not a complete list of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of all drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store and take ZYPITAMAG?

  • Store ZYPITAMAG tablets at room temperature, in a dry place, and out of the reach of children.
  • Take ZYPITAMAG orally once daily with or without food at the same time each day.
  • Swallow the tablet whole. Do not split, crush, dissolve, or chew.
  • The maximum recommended dosage is ZYPITAMAG 4 mg once daily.
  • If you take too much ZYPITAMAG or you or someone else takes an overdose, call your doctor and/or local Poison Control Center.

Other important information I should know about ZYPITAMAG.

  • ZYPITAMAG has not been studied to evaluate its effect on reducing heart-related disease or death.
  • ZYPITAMAG is available by prescription only.

For additional information, please see the full Prescribing Information.

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