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iPLEDGE The new isotretinoin registry. iPledge timelines. September: initial mailing to all prescribers October: Registration by pre-populated form Mid-October: Receive patient kits November: iPLEDGE goes live, doctors activate in system New pts start on iPLEDGE

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ipledge timelines
iPledge timelines
  • September: initial mailing to all prescribers
  • October: Registration by pre-populated form
  • Mid-October: Receive patient kits
  • November:
    • iPLEDGE goes live, doctors activate in system
    • New pts start on iPLEDGE
  • November/December: transition old pts from SMART to iPLEDGE or finish course by 12/31
  • Jan 1, 2006: Not registered=no drug
ipledge background
iPLEDGE Background
  • iPLEDGE is an mandatory FDA initiative
  • All manufacturers of isotretinoin under one plan:
    • Ranbaxy - Sotret
    • Barr - Claravis
    • Genpharm (Bertek) - Amnesteem
    • Roche - Accutane
  • Covance selected as vendor to design, build, implement and operate the enhanced iPLEDGE program
one central clearinghouse one program
One Central Clearinghouse…One Program

Physician Data Entry

iPLEDGE Clearinghouse

registration education and activation process
Registration, Education and Activation Process

All interested parties have responsibilities:

  • Manufacturers
  • Wholesalers
  • Pharmacies
  • Prescribers
  • Patients
  • Manufacturers can only ship isotretinoin to registered wholesalers
  • Wholesalers can only ship isotretinoin to registered pharmacies
  • Registered pharmacies can only dispense isotretinoin when they receive iPLEDGE clearinghouse approval
prescriber education materials
Prescriber Education Materials
  • Registered Prescriber receives
    • Cover letter
    • User name and password
    • Prescriber educational materials
    • Office staff designee(s) registration form and instructions
    • Activation instructions sheet
designee clarification
Designee Clarification
  • Office staff designee--can enter information as an extension of an individual prescriber
  • Office delegate
    • Doctors within a practice can designate each other to ensure continuum of care
    • No need to change doctor’s name on registry
    • There is no limit on designation(s) allowed
    • Resident clinics

- Designees and delegates have their own numbers

patient registration by prescriber
Patient Registration by Prescriber
  • Logs onto system and enters:
    • usual demographic data
    • patient risk category (Male, WCBP, WNCBP)
    • Confirmation of consent form(s) and HIPAA completion
  • Provide patient with iPLEDGE card
  • Provides and documents patient with counseling and educational materials
patient registration all groups
Patient Registration (all groups)
  • Registers with the iPLEDGE system
  • Attests that they have:
    • signed Informed consent form(s)
    • received education and counseling on isotretinoin & iPLEDGE requirements
patient registration wcbp only
Patient Registration (WCBP only)
  • Additional informed consent
  • Attest that they understand:
    • they should not become pregnant
    • they must use 2 forms of contraception for 30 days prior to, during and 30 days post-treatment
    • they must have monthly laboratory pregnancy testing
    • they must interact monthly with iPLEDGE system
ipledge program walk through
iPLEDGE Program Walk-through
  • Women of child bearing potential (WCBP)
  • Women not of child bearing potential (WNCBP) and Males
wcbp pre treatment
WCBP Pre-Treatment
  • Screening pregnancy test in prescriber’s office
  • Prescriber documents in system
    • Patient registration
    • Informed consent form(s) completed
    • Patient education and counseling
    • Contraceptive methods discussed with patient
    • Date of negative screening pregnancy test (only time office test is okay)
  • Initiate or continue appropriate contraception
wcbp monthly
WCBP monthly
  • Laboratory-conducted pregnancy test
    • Results forwarded to prescriber
    • Lab must be CLIA certified
  • Prescriber documents in system
    • Patient education & counseling
    • Contraceptive methods (must match patient input)
    • Pregnancy test results
  • Prescriber provides prescription (paper, phone, fax, e-mail)
  • Patient interacts with iPLEDGE system
    • Answers monthly educational questions
    • Lists contraceptive methods (must match prescriber input)
wcbp completion of therapy
WCBP – Completion of therapy
  • Laboratory-conducted pregnancy test immediately upon treatment discontinuation
  • Appropriate contraception continued for 30 days after last dose of isotretinoin
  • Final laboratory-conducted pregnancy test 30 days post treatment discontinuation
  • Pregnancy test results documented in system
pre treatment wncbps and men
Pre-Treatment (WNCBPs and Men)
  • Prescriber enters into the system
    • Patient registration…men included
    • Informed consent form(s) completed
    • Patient education and counseling
  • Prescriber provides prescription (paper, phone, fax, e-mail)
each treatment month wncbps and males
Each Treatment Month (WNCBPs and Males)
  • Prescriber documents in system
    • Patient education & counseling
  • Prescriber provides prescription (paper, phone, fax, e-mail)
  • WNCBP and men do not need to interact monthly with system
every month for wcbp

Counsels pt, confirms contraception

Logs onto system to:

Enter 2 forms of contraception patient has agreed to use

Enter negative pregnancy test result

Confirm pt counselled 


Has office visit and counselling

Has pregnancy test

Logs onto system and answers questions

Enters her 2 forms of BC

Every month for WCBP:
what is counselling
For everyone

Risks of birth defects

Don’t share drug

Don’t donate blood

Additional for WCBP

Don’t get pregnant

Use two forms of BC

What is counselling?
prescriber notice
Prescriber Notice
  • All pregnancies should be reported directly to Covance through the iPLEDGE program
    • www.ipledgeprogram.comor call 1-866-495-0654
dispensing isotretinoin all patients
Dispensing Isotretinoin(All Patients)
  • Patient presents prescription to pharmacy within 7 days of the office visit
    • Can be paper, phone, fax, e-mail
    • No “yellow stickers” in iPLEDGE
  • Pharmacist accesses iPLEDGE for prescription authorization
  • If prescription authorized, isotretinoin dispensed at the pharmacy
  • Pharmacy sticker prohibits sale after 7 days
transition plan cont november 1 to december 31 2005
Transition Plan (cont.)November 1 to December 31, 2005
  • Explanatory leaflet for prescribers and pharmacists to distribute to patients
    • Announces the launch of iPLEDGE
    • Encourages patients to talk to their physician
    • Provides information about iPLEDGE

If you have not received your iPLEDGE registration kit…log onto—www.ipledgeprogram.comor call 1-866-495-0654

how will we cope with ipledge
How will we cope with iPLEDGE?
  • Kubler Ross stages of grieving
  • Denial
    • I’m going to put this off as long as possible
  • Anger
    • Threaten to stop prescribing
  • Reality
    • Remember how important isotretinoin is
  • Acceptance
    • Realize that the system is really easy once you get used to it