ARELYS: VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
“This patient is sharing her story in partnership with Pfizer.”
“My name is Arelys. I’m 31 years old. I was born in Dominican Republic and came to Florida when I was younger. And I am a network engagement manager. And this is my very handsome husband, I would say.”
“I’m Andrew. I’m 38.”
“We met online.”
“We met online.”
“The rest is history."
What is OXBRYTA?
OXBRYTA is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of sickle cell disease in adults and children 4 years of age and older. It is not known if OXBRYTA is safe and effective in children with sickle cell disease below 4 years of age.
OXBRYTA is approved under accelerated approval based on an increase in hemoglobin. Continued approval may depend on verification of clinical benefits in ongoing trials.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not take OXBRYTA if you or your child have had an allergic reaction to voxelotor or any of the ingredients in OXBRYTA. See the end of the patient leaflet for a list of the ingredients in OXBRYTA.
Please listen to additional important safety information later in the video.”
“We’ve been married for three years, but we’ve been together for five.”
“We do have, I would say, a very great support system. My parents, his family, we have a very good close group of friends step in whenever we need help. So that definitely helps.”
“I was doing most of the household chores just to help out my wife so my wife could actually get the rest that she needed.”
“I know everybody’s not as lucky to have such an amazing village and group of people that can help out.”
“When my doctor told me about Oxbryta…she did also mention that Oxbryta would improve my red blood cells.”
“Just the thought that my hemoglobin, my baseline hemoglobin would be higher than what it normally was. I really thought it was too good to be true.”
“But for what stuck, because she repeated it so much, was the increase in hemoglobin.”
“My hemoglobin baseline was normally between six, seven, maybe eight on a good day. That was something that she was really wanting to help improve for me.”
“So, she would, on a monthly basis, run a CBC to check my retic count and my hemoglobin and my bilirubin and all of those levels and monitor it, and we slowly started to see that increase in my hemoglobin.”
“IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Before taking OXBRYTA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you or your child:
- have liver problems
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if OXBRYTA can harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if OXBRYTA can pass into your breastmilk and if it can harm your baby. Do not breastfeed during treatment with OXBRYTA and for at least 2 weeks after the last dose.”
“Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you or your child take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect how OXBRYTA works. OXBRYTA may also affect how other medicines work and may affect the results of certain blood tests. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider.”
“What should I avoid while taking OXBRYTA?
Do not take St. John’s wort during treatment with OXBRYTA.”
“What are the possible side effects of OXBRYTA?
OXBRYTA can cause serious side effects, including:
- Severe skin rash and serious allergic reactions. Treatment with OXBRYTA may cause severe skin reactions and serious allergic reactions. The organs in your body may also be affected, such as your liver, kidneys or lungs, and your blood cells.
- Stop taking OXBRYTA, and tell your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you develop any of the following signs or symptoms during treatment:
- high temperature (fever)
- swollen glands (lymph nodes)
- trouble swallowing
- shortness of breath (difficult breathing)
- swelling of your face, around your eyes, lips, or tongue
- lack of energy and tiredness (fatigue)
- muscle or joint aches”
“The most common side effects of OXBRYTA include:
- nausea or vomiting
- stomach-area (abdominal) pain
- rash or hives”
“These are not all the possible side effects of OXBRYTA.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Pfizer Inc. at 1-800-438-1985.
Keep OXBRYTA and all medicines out of the reach of children.”