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BANZEL® Reimbursement Information for Patients

Eisai is committed to supporting patients by providing information that will help you get access to BANZEL® (rufinamide).

COVERAGE INFORMATION

Information on insurance coverage for BANZEL®.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Resources to help patients cover out-of-pocket costs for BANZEL®.

PATIENT RESOURCES

Links to additional resources to assist you throughout your treatment.

Eisai cannot guarantee payment of any claim. Coding, coverage, and reimbursement may vary significantly by payor, plan, patient, and setting of care. Actual coverage and reimbursement decisions are made by individual payors following the receipt of claims. For additional information, customers should consult with their payors for all relevant coding, reimbursement, and coverage requirements. It is the sole responsibility of the provider to select the proper code and ensure the accuracy of all claims used in seeking reimbursement. All services must be medically appropriate and properly supported in the patient medical record

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Indication

BANZEL® (rufinamide) is a prescription medication approved for the adjunctive treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) in pediatric patients 1 year of age and older, and in adults

Important Safety Information

Patients with a history of Familial Short QT syndrome should not be treated with BANZEL®. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are unsure if this affects you or your loved one. BANZEL® has been shown to reduce the QT interval. Caution should be used when administering BANZEL® with other drugs that shorten the QT interval.

All medications to treat seizures, including BANZEL®, may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Call your healthcare provider right away if you or your loved one experiences new or worsening symptoms of depression, unusual changes in mood or behavior, thoughts or actions about suicide or self-harm, aggression, agitation, anger, anxiety, or irritability.

Use of BANZEL® has been associated with side effects such as sleepiness or feeling tired, difficulty with coordination, dizziness, and problems with walking or movement.

Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how BANZEL® affects you. BANZEL® can slow your thinking and motor skills.

— Alcohol, in combination with BANZEL®, may increase or worsen these side effects.

Call your healthcare provider if you or your loved one experiences a rash. This can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as multi-organ hypersensitivity reaction.

You or your loved one should take BANZEL® only as prescribed. Do not stop taking BANZEL® without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping BANZEL® suddenly can cause serious problems.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medications you or your loved one takes, including prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using BANZEL® with certain medications can affect each other, causing side effects.

In studies, the most commonly observed (≥10%) side effects with BANZEL® were headache, dizziness, feeling tired, sleepiness, and nausea.

Important Safety Information for Women

BANZEL® may make hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills) less effective. Additional non-hormonal forms of birth control are recommended when using BANZEL®.

Healthcare providers should be informed if patients are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.

Also, BANZEL® is likely to be passed through breast milk to the baby and could cause serious side effects in the baby. A decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Patients who are pregnant are encouraged to enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry. This can be done by calling the toll-free number 1-888-233-2334. Additional information about the registry can be found at www.aedpregnancyregistry.org.

BANZEL® Contact Information

For more information about BANZEL® please see Prescribing Information.

BANZEL® is available by prescription only.

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

The information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.

This site is intended for residents of the United States only. Any products discussed herein may have different product labeling in different countries. 

BANZEL® is a registered trademark used by Eisai under license from Eisai R & D Management Co., Ltd.

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