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Drug Assistance Programs

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Patient assistance programs to help pay for drugs are offered by some pharmaceutical manufacturers. To learn whether a specific drug might be available at reduced cost through such a program, talk with a physician or a medical social worker. Physicians only may request the Directory of Prescription Drug Indigent Programs from the

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association,
Address: 1100 Fifteenth St. NW, Washington DC 20005
Phone: 1 (800)-762-4636.

Amgen Inc.: Amgen Reimbursement Hotline. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., EST; 800-272-9376. In Washington D.C. metropolitan area, call 202-637-6698. Provides those who use or administer NEUPOGEN (Filgrastim or granulocyte colony stimulating factor) insurance billing guidance and information about Amgen's Safety Net Program designed to provide NEUPOGEN free of charge to medically needy patients.

Baxter Hyland Division: Gammagard Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) Reimbursement Hotline. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., EST; 800-548-IGIV. In Washington D.C. metropolitan area call 202-637-6696.

Bristol-Myers Oncology Division: Reimbursement Assistance Program (RAP). Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., EST; 800-872-8718. Reimbursement specialists offer information and assistance to providers and their staffs. Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Access Program Eligible patients can become part of the Patient Access Program through their physicians. Physicians can call 800-272-4878 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST for additional information. The program will provide Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology products free of charge to patients who are not insured or eligible for government assistance and who lack the ability to pay.

Burroughs Wellcome Co.: Wellcome Oncology Reimbursement Hotline Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., EST; 800-423-6869. The Hotline is available to answer questions related to coverage and reimbursement of all Wellcome Oncology products. Reimbursement specialists assist callers with claims submissions, appeals and prior authorization for the following products: Navelbine (vinorelbine tartrate), Alkeran (melphalan), Leukeran (chrolorambucil), Myleran (busulfan), Purinethol (mercaptopurine), Tabliod (thioguanine), and Wellcovorin (leucovorine calcium). The Hotline serves clinicians, office staff and patients. Patient Assistance Program for Oncology Products Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., EST; 800-722-9294. Designed to provide financially disadvantaged individuals rapid access to any Burroughs Wellcome prescription medicine at no cost.

Cerenex Pharmaceuticals: A Division of Glaxo Pharmaceuticals. Zofran (ondansetron) Reimbursement Hotline. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., EST; 800-745-2967. Assists providers with insurance coverage and problem claims.

Novartis/Chiron Therapeutics: Aredia (pamidronate) Reimbursement Hotline. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., EST. Leave message after hours at 800-939-4242. In Washington D.C., call 202-942-2453. Provides assistance to physicians and their staff on insurance reimbursement for Aredia, including assistance with claims submissions and appeals.

Ortho Biotech Inc.: Reimbursement Hotline for PROCRIT (Epoetin alfa), for oncology patients on chemotherapy, in the treatment of anemia in patients with non-myeloid malignancies where anemia is due to the effect of concomitantly administered chemotherapy, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., EST; 800-553-3851. Reimbursement expertise and direct contact made with third party payers to clarify reimbursement policies and claims denials. PROCRIT Financial Assistance Program (FAP) Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., EST; 800-553-3851. The program ensures that PROCRIT is made available free of charge to all persons who meet specific medical criteria and lack the financial resources and third-party insurance necessary to obtain treatment. Cost Sharing Program -- PROCRIT (Epoetin alfa) Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., EST; 800-553-3851. The program sets a limit on the annual cost of therapy.

Roche Laboratories: (Roche) Cost Assistance Program Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., EST; 800-443-6676. Program will reimburse patients and third-party payers for costs in excess of $9,800 for Roferon-A (Interferon Alpha-2a). Documentation required.

Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., CST; 800-887-2467. U.S. Bioscience offers reimbursement assistance and will provide NeuTrexin, an intravenous therapy for Pneumocistis Carinii Pneumonia in immunocompromised patients, free of charge for medically needy patients who don't have insurance or other means to pay for the drug. is also covered by this service.

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