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The Assistance Fund Opens New Program for Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder


Copay Assistance from The Assistance Fund Now Available for Eligible People Living with Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder

ORLANDO, Fla., July 31, 2019 —The Assistance Fund, an independent charitable patient assistance foundation that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs, today announced the launch of a new financial assistance program for people living with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. The program is designed to help eligible individuals pay for their out-of-pocket medical expenses resulting from the condition.

Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, also known as Devic’s disease, is a central nervous system disorder that primarily affects the eye nerves and the spinal cord. The disorder can cause blindness in one or both eyes, weakness or paralysis in the legs or arms, painful spasms, loss of sensation, uncontrollable vomiting and hiccups, and bladder or bowel dysfunction from spinal cord damage.¹

“People living with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder experience significant discomfort and pain related to their condition,” said Mark P. McGreevy, President and CEO, The Assistance Fund. “With the launch of our Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder Financial Assistance Program, we are able to help people living with this condition to receive the treatment they need to alleviate their symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.”

To learn more or determine eligibility for financial support, individuals should visit or call (855) 803-6515 to speak with a patient advocate.

A list of all the programs available at The Assistance Fund can be found on the website

About The Assistance Fund

The Assistance Fund is an independent charitable patient assistance foundation that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for their copayments, coinsurance, deductibles and other health-related expenses. The Assistance Fund currently manages more than 60 programs – each of which covers the FDA-approved medications that treat a specific disease. Since its founding in 2009, The Assistance Fund has helped more than 78,000 adults and children access the medicines they need to stay healthy or manage a chronic condition. To learn more about The Assistance Fund, or for information on how to donate, please visit

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¹ “Neuromyelitis optica – Symptoms and Causes.” The Mayo Clinic. (July 19, 2019). Retrieved from:

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