Veterans and Radicava

Radicava is on the VA National Formulary

Radicava® (edaravone) is on the Veterans Affairs National Formulary (VANF), subject to National Prior Authorization criteria.

You and your neurologist can decide if Radicava® is right for you. To be eligible for treatment with Radicava®, veterans must be cared for by a VA neurologist or VA-purchased-care neurologist.


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Getting started with treatment at the VA

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If you’re already in the VA healthcare system:

  • See your primary care physician for a referral to your closest VA neurologist or VA-purchased-care neurologist
  • If you have a My HealtheVet Premium Account, make your appointment using the VA Appointments tool. Otherwise, contact your local VA location to make your appointment

If you’re not currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system, you may still qualify for ALS treatment through the VA. To get started, you can apply:


To learn more about ALS treatments, benefits for veterans, or to schedule an appointment, contact your local VA medical facility.


VA Benefits

The VA provides assistance and benefits for veterans with ALS, including access to treatment.

If you think you or your loved one has ALS, or you have been diagnosed with ALS, the first important step is to talk to your healthcare provider (HCP) and ask about your treatment options as soon as possible. You can also learn more about the assistance and benefits offered by the VA by visiting VA.gov


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Get the facts on ALS. Learn about the disease, how many people get ALS, the signs and symptoms, and treatment options.

Other Resources for Veterans

Transportation

Find details on transportation to the VA for things like doctor appointments, medical tests, treatment, and more.

Support dogs

Support dogs may help with the physical and emotional needs of veterans. Here are some organizations that offer resources on support dogs:

The information provided here is a general summary of benefits that may be available for veterans with ALS. Always check with your local VA facility for the most up-to-date information on VA benefits.


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The information and advice provided here are general in nature and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.

Important Safety Information

Before you receive Radicava® (edaravone), tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have asthma.
  • are allergic to other medicines.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Radicava® will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Radicava® passes into your breastmilk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will receive Radicava® or breastfeed.

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

What are the possible side effects of Radicava®?

  • Radicava® may cause serious side effects, including hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions and sulfite allergic reactions.
  • Hypersensitivity reactions have happened in people receiving Radicava® and can happen after your infusion is finished.
  • Radicava® contains sodium bisulfite, a sulfite that may cause a type of allergic reaction that can be serious and life-threatening. Sodium bisulfite can also cause less severe asthma episodes in certain people. Sulfite sensitivity can happen more often in people who have asthma than in people who do not have asthma.
  • Tell your healthcare provider right away or go to the nearest emergency room if you have any of the following symptoms: hives; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; fainting; breathing problems; wheezing; trouble swallowing; dizziness; itching; or an asthma attack (in people with asthma).
  • Your healthcare provider will monitor you during treatment to watch for signs and symptoms of all the serious side effects.

The most common side effects of Radicava® include bruising (contusion), problems walking (gait disturbance), and headache.

These are not all the possible side effects of Radicava®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc. at 1-888-292-0058 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Indication

Radicava® is indicated for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information.