Teva Launches It’s Not OK – It’s TD National Television Advertising Campaign to Increase Awareness of Tardive Dyskinesia and AUSTEDO® (deutetrabenazine) tablets
Campaign kicks off during Mental Health Awareness Month and on the heels of Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) Week
TEL AVIV, Israel & PARSIPPANY, N.J, May 17, 2021 – Teva Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA), today announced the launch of It’s Not OK – It’s TD, a new national television advertising campaign, which aims to inspire patients with tardive dyskinesia (TD) symptoms to speak up and share the impact of TD with their healthcare provider, start working together to manage their symptoms rather than coping, and ask about how treatment with AUSTEDO® (deutetrabenazine) tablets may help. Encouraging patients to say, ‘It’s not OK,” the ad drives awareness of AUSTEDO, a prescription medicine that may help manage TD while patients continue their mental health medication(s) like antipsychotics or antidepressants.
Tardive dyskinesia is associated with certain prescription medicines used to treat mental health or gastrointestinal conditions.1,2 One in four people who take certain mental health treatments may develop the uncontrollable movements of TD, including mild-to-severe twitching, shaking or jerking of hands, feet, face or torso, and more. Whether symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe, the impact of TD can be significant, causing physical changes that may lead to functional and emotional changes.1,2,3
“As we navigate through a global pandemic, we know there is an increase in individuals reporting symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder,” said Brendan O’Grady, Executive Vice President and Head of North America Commercial at Teva. “Now more than ever, it is important to elevate our efforts to support individuals with TD and mental health conditions. We developed the ‘It’s Not OK – It’s TD’ campaign based on valuable insights from patients with TD, allowing us to put a much needed and authentic spotlight on the disorder and how it can truly impact well-being, while driving education about AUSTEDO as a treatment that may help manage their TD symptoms.”
People living with mental health conditions often feel stigmatized and delay seeking treatment.4 For some patients, finding the right combination of mental health medications can take several years, and some living with TD would rather cope with their movements than alter their existing treatment regimen and risk relapse.5,6,7
“TD is already under-diagnosed and under-treated, and with increasing telemedicine visits, it is more challenging to visually identify TD movements, leaving patients to continue coping with the physical and emotional impact of their symptoms,” said Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Midland. “For patients with mental health conditions, it's critical that we initiate open discussions about their experience with TD and in managing it, we don't take away from their progress and related treatment plan. I'm pleased AUSTEDO can help patients manage their TD symptoms without affecting their mental health treatment regimens."
In one clinical study, AUSTEDO significantly reduced the involuntary movements of TD after 12 weeks of treatment vs. placebo, with improvement beginning to be seen as early as 2 weeks. Additionally, in an open label extension study - the longest TD study to date - symptom control was sustained through 145 weeks, and no new adverse events were observed compared to those in pivotal trials. The most common side effects of AUSTEDO include inflammation of the nose and throat (nasopharyngitis) and problems sleeping (insomnia).8,9,10
Several informational resources are available on AUSTEDO.com to help individuals throughout the entire process—from learning more about TD to starting and staying on course with treatment:
- TD doctor discussion guide and symptom questionnaire for in-person or telemedicine visits
- AUSTEDO patient brochure
- Daily treatment and activity log to better guide patient discussions with their healthcare provider
- AUSTEDO treatment tracking guide to help establish a dosing routine and taking medication as prescribed by the provider
Additionally, Teva’s Shared Solutions® program is committed to partnering with patients throughout their treatment with AUSTEDO. This includes financial assistance programs where a dedicated team of benefits specialists can help eligible patients gain access to AUSTEDO as soon as possible through:
- AUSTEDO® Copay Program, where eligible commercially insured patients may receive the treatment for as little as $0 copay per month
- Assistance with navigating through Medicare Part D
- Additional financial assistance programs that may exist depending on insurance coverage and meeting eligibility requirements
The program’s nurse phone support also allows patients to connect with trained nurses to discuss their treatment.
To view the new commercial, please visit YouTube and visit Austedo.com/tardive-dyskinesia for more information on TD and the campaign.
About Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is associated with certain prescription medications used to treat mental health or gastrointestinal conditions.1,2 One in four people who are taking certain mental health medications may develop uncontrollable movements of TD. Long-term use of some medications to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and some other conditions can lead to TD.2,3
TD can appear as mild-to-severe twitching, shaking or jerking in the hands, feet, face, or torso, involuntary blinking, tongue movements, and other unintentional movements. The severity of TD symptoms can vary from person to person, but even mild symptoms can be bothersome. The unintentional, uncontrollable movements of TD can impact a person both physically and functionally, making activities like walking, writing, eating, speaking, or swallowing difficult.1,2,3
About AUSTEDO® (deutetrabenazine)
AUSTEDO® is a vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) inhibitor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia in adults and for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington’s disease. Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.
AUSTEDO® Indications and Usage
AUSTEDO® is indicated for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington’s disease and for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia in adults.
Important Safety Information About AUSTEDO®
Depression and Suicidality in Patients with Huntington’s Disease: AUSTEDO® can increase the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts and behavior (suicidality) in patients with Huntington’s disease. Balance the risks of depression and suicidality with the clinical need for treatment of chorea. Closely monitor patients for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Inform patients, their caregivers, and families of the risk of depression and suicidality and instruct them to report behaviors of concern promptly to the treating physician. Exercise caution when treating patients with a history of depression or prior suicide attempts or ideation. AUSTEDO® is contraindicated in patients who are suicidal, and in patients with untreated or inadequately treated depression.
Contraindications: AUSTEDO® is contraindicated in patients with Huntington’s disease who are suicidal, or have untreated or inadequately treated depression. AUSTEDO® is also contraindicated in: patients with hepatic impairment; patients taking reserpine or within 20 days of discontinuing reserpine; patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), or within 14 days of discontinuing MAOI therapy; and patients taking tetrabenazine (Xenazine®) or valbenazine (Ingrezza®).
Clinical Worsening and Adverse Events in Patients with Huntington’s Disease: AUSTEDO® may cause a worsening in mood, cognition, rigidity, and functional capacity. Prescribers should periodically re-evaluate the need for AUSTEDO® in their patients by assessing the effect on chorea and possible adverse effects.
QTc Prolongation: AUSTEDO® may prolong the QT interval, but the degree of QT prolongation is not clinically significant when AUSTEDO® is administered within the recommended dosage range. AUSTEDO should be avoided in patients with congenital long QT syndrome and in patients with a history of cardiac arrhythmias.
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS), a potentially fatal symptom complex reported in association with drugs that reduce dopaminergic transmission, has been observed in patients receiving tetrabenazine. The risk may be increased by concomitant use of dopamine antagonists or antipsychotics. The management of NMS should include immediate discontinuation of AUSTEDO®; intensive symptomatic treatment and medical monitoring; and treatment of any concomitant serious medical problems.
Akathisia, Agitation, and Restlessness: AUSTEDO® may increase the risk of akathisia, agitation, and restlessness. The risk of akathisia may be increased by concomitant use of dopamine antagonists or antipsychotics. If a patient develops akathisia, the AUSTEDO® dose should be reduced; some patients may require discontinuation of therapy.
Parkinsonism: AUSTEDO® may cause parkinsonism in patients with Huntington’s disease or tardive dyskinesia. Parkinsonism has also been observed with other VMAT2 inhibitors. The risk of parkinsonism may be increased by concomitant use of dopamine antagonists or antipsychotics. If a patient develops parkinsonism, the AUSTEDO® dose should be reduced; some patients may require discontinuation of therapy.
Sedation and Somnolence: Sedation is a common dose-limiting adverse reaction of AUSTEDO®. Patients should not perform activities requiring mental alertness, such as operating a motor vehicle or hazardous machinery, until they are on a maintenance dose of AUSTEDO® and know how the drug affects them. Concomitant use of alcohol or other sedating drugs may have additive effects and worsen sedation and somnolence.
Hyperprolactinemia: Tetrabenazine elevates serum prolactin concentrations in humans. If there is a clinical suspicion of symptomatic hyperprolactinemia, appropriate laboratory testing should be done and consideration should be given to discontinuation of AUSTEDO®.
Binding to Melanin-Containing Tissues: Deutetrabenazine or its metabolites bind to melanin-containing tissues and could accumulate in these tissues over time. Prescribers should be aware of the possibility of long-term ophthalmologic effects.
Common Adverse Reactions: The most common adverse reactions for AUSTEDO® (>8% and greater than placebo) in a controlled clinical study in patients with Huntington’s disease were somnolence, diarrhea, dry mouth, and fatigue. The most common adverse reactions for AUSTEDO® (4% and greater than placebo) in controlled clinical studies in patients with tardive dyskinesia were nasopharyngitis and insomnia.
Please see accompanying full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning.
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- the commercial success of AUSTEDO;
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