Move to London from US

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Move to London from US

Postby soup » Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:16 am

I have the opportunity to relocate as an expat to London for 2 years. I am currently taking avonex here in the US and want to make sure that should I accept the offer to relocate that avonex will be available and affordable within the UK when I am not a citizen of the country.

Any information regarding the cost and availability of avonex for expats in London would be greatly appreciated. My international health insurance would be under BUPA.
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Postby Bewitched » Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:56 pm

Are you a US Citizen?
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Postby soup » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:14 am

Yes. US Citizen.
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Postby Bewitched » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:44 am

Speak to someone at Biogen and explain to them your plans. They will be able to help you since they know what the rules and regulations and requirements are for having their product abroad. They can also work with your insurance company and your doctor in setting you up for your treatment while you're in Europe.
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Postby soup » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:47 pm

Thanks passing along a good suggestion. I did end up contacting the Biogen UK office and all they could tell me is that it is available and it just depends whether or not the NHS will cover me or not. They said it was a 50/50 chance. When I inquired deeper into what it would cost me to get avonex over there, there wasn't much information given other than "it depends."

So with that - has anyone had experience with receiving avonex in the UK...cost? NHS? availability to expats?

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