FLINT, Mich. — May 25, 2017 — The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy has been selected as a preferred pharmacy for the drug KEVZARA® (sarilumab) for rheumatoid arthritis.

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), is now filling prescriptions for KEVZARA® (sarilumab), recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

KEVZARA is approved to treat adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs).

KEVZARA is an interleukin-6 receptor antagonist. It may be used as monotherapy or in combination with methotrexate or other conventional DMARDs. The recommended dosage of KEVZARA is 200 mg once every two weeks, administered as a subcutaneous injection.

To learn more about Diplomat’s rheumatology program, visit diplomat.is/areas-of-excellence/rheumatology.

“Sarilumab offers RA patients a new therapeutic choice to assist in the management of their condition,” said Paul Urick, Diplomat president. “We are excited to offer a new treatment option for our patients.”

RA is a systemic inflammatory disease that manifests itself in multiple joints in the body. Inflammation from RA can affect joint lining and other organs, leading to cartilage and bone erosion and sometimes joint deformity. Pain, swelling, and redness are common joint symptoms.

The Arthritis Foundation reports that nearly 1.5 million people in the United States have RA. The incidence of RA is typically 2–3 times higher in women than in men, and its onset is most common among people between the ages of 30 and 60. Most do not develop symptoms until they reach their 60s.

KEVZARA is codeveloped by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Sanofi. For full prescribing information, click here.

 

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Diplomat (NYSE: DPLO) is the nation’s largest independent provider of specialty pharmacy services—helping patients and providers in all 50 states. The company offers medication management programs for people with complex chronic diseases and delivers unique solutions for manufacturers, hospitals, payors, providers, and more. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy with one essential tenet: “Take good care of patients and the rest falls into place.” Today, that tradition continues—always focused on improving patient care and clinical adherence. For more information, visit diplomat.is.

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