SYMBICORT
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Source: Fingertip Formulary® Database. Apr 29, 2018.

Tier 1 = lowest copay; Tier 2 = middle-level copay (preferred); Tier 3-7 = higher-level copay (non-preferred); For Medicare Part D plans, 'Preferred - Tier 3' refers to the lowest copay level for branded products; NC = not covered; NA = data not available; PA = prior authorization; QL = quantity limits; ST = step therapy; OR = other restrictions

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SYMBICORT is covered without restrictions* for 3 out of 4 patients nationwide1

Product comparisons do not imply comparable efficacy, safety, or FDA-approved indications.

*"Without Restrictions" means Tiers 1‐7 and the $0 Co‐pay Tier without prior authorizations or step therapy. Quantity limits may apply.

"Patients" means covered lives on (Commercial, Commercial [BCBS], Employer, Fed Program, FEHBP, Municipal Plan, PBM, Union, EGWP, Medicare MA, Medicare PDP, Medicare SN, Medi-Medi, PACE) at Tiers 1-7 and the $0 Co-pay tier, in the region, as calculated by Fingertip Formulary® as of March 24, 2017.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Use of long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists (LABA) as monotherapy (without inhaled corticosteroids [ICS]) for asthma is associated with an increased risk of asthma-related death. Available data from controlled clinical trials also suggest that use of LABA as monotherapy increases the risk of asthma-related hospitalization in pediatric and adolescent patients. These findings are considered a class effect of LABA. When LABA are used in fixed dose combination with ICS, data from large clinical trials do not show a significant increase in the risk of serious asthma-related events (hospitalizations, intubations, death) compared to ICS alone
  • SYMBICORT is NOT a rescue medication and does NOT replace fast-acting inhalers to treat acute symptoms
  • SYMBICORT should not be initiated in patients during rapidly deteriorating episodes of asthma or COPD
  • Patients who are receiving SYMBICORT should not use additional formoterol or other LABA for any reason
  • Localized infections of the mouth and pharynx with Candida albicans has occurred in patients treated with SYMBICORT. Patients should rinse the mouth after inhalation of SYMBICORT
  • Lower respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, have been reported following the administration of ICS
  • Due to possible immunosuppression, potential worsening of infections could occur. A more serious or even fatal course of chickenpox or measles can occur in susceptible patients
  • It is possible that systemic corticosteroid effects such as hypercorticism and adrenal suppression may occur, particularly at higher doses. Particular care is needed for patients who are transferred from systemically active corticosteroids to ICS. Deaths due to adrenal insufficiency have occurred in asthmatic patients during and after transfer from systemic corticosteroids to less systemically available ICS
  • Caution should be exercised when considering administration of SYMBICORT in patients on long-term ketoconazole and other known potent CYP3A4 inhibitors
  • As with other inhaled medications, paradoxical bronchospasm may occur with SYMBICORT
  • Immediate hypersensitivity reactions may occur, as demonstrated by cases of urticaria, angioedema, rash, and bronchospasm
  • Excessive beta-adrenergic stimulation has been associated with central nervous system and cardiovascular effects. SYMBICORT should be used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disorders, especially coronary insufficiency, cardiac arrhythmias, and hypertension
  • Long-term use of ICS may result in a decrease in bone mineral density (BMD). Since patients with COPD often have multiple risk factors for reduced BMD, assessment of BMD is recommended prior to initiating SYMBICORT and periodically thereafter
  • ICS may result in a reduction in growth velocity when administered to pediatric patients
  • Glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, and cataracts have been reported following the administration of ICS, including budesonide, a component of SYMBICORT. Close monitoring is warranted in patients with a change in vision or history of increased intraocular pressure, glaucoma, or cataracts
  • In rare cases, patients on ICS may present with systemic eosinophilic conditions
  • SYMBICORT should be used with caution in patients with convulsive disorders, thyrotoxicosis, diabetes mellitus, ketoacidosis, and in patients who are unusually responsive to sympathomimetic amines
  • Beta-adrenergic agonist medications may produce hypokalemia and hyperglycemia in some patients
  • The most common adverse reactions ≥3% reported in asthma clinical trials included nasopharyngitis, headache, upper respiratory tract infection, pharyngolaryngeal pain, sinusitis, pharyngitis, rhinitis, influenza, back pain, nasal congestion, stomach discomfort, vomiting, and oral candidiasis
  • The most common adverse reactions ≥3% reported in COPD clinical trials included nasopharyngitis, oral candidiasis, bronchitis, sinusitis, and upper respiratory tract infection
  • SYMBICORT should be administered with caution to patients being treated with MAO inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants, or within 2 weeks of discontinuation of such agents
  • Beta-blockers may not only block the pulmonary effect of beta-agonists, such as formoterol, but may produce severe bronchospasm in patients with asthma
  • ECG changes and/or hypokalemia associated with nonpotassium-sparing diuretics may worsen with concomitant beta-agonists. Use caution with the coadministration of SYMBICORT

INDICATIONS

  • SYMBICORT is indicated for the treatment of asthma in patients 6 years and older not adequately controlled on a long-term asthma-control medication such as an ICS or whose disease warrants initiation of treatment with both an ICS and LABA (also see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).
  • SYMBICORT 160/4.5 is indicated for the maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, and to reduce COPD exacerbations.
  • SYMBICORT is NOT indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm.

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