Posted 05 January 2016 - 11:26 AM
GLEEVEC Co-Pay Assistance Program http://www.oncologya...377031731608905
I believe I had the same insurance last year, it was great insurance for the family, $6400 max out of pocket and the company contributes $800 so effectively making it a $5600 out of pocket.
Then I was diagnosed with CML; my medical insurance didn't cover biotech drugs so I was hit with nearly a $1900 bill the first month which maxed me out and then another $650 bill when my daughter was born (max went up for the year). I changed my insurance this year to a plan that also has medication coverage so my out of pocket max is now $1,000 and the monthly bill for my "biotech" is now $135.
I was reading the small print on that orange card (received mine with my December shipment) and it states that there is a $30,000 max for the year. From my understanding, once you hit that max (three months in all likelihood), you will be responsible once again for the max out of pocket and get hit with the big bill in four months. That money appears to all go to the insurance company and not to the individual (which would pay our out of pocket for the year) unless I am mistaken. Anyone used this card in the past and can verify this?
*Limitations apply. Patient pays first $10 co-pay on a 30-day supply, and the program will pay up to $9690 per 30-day supply up to an annual max of $30,000. This offer is not valid for cash-paying patients, Medicare, Medicaid, or any federal or state program. Please visit www.GLEEVEC.com, or call 1-866-GLEEVEC for the most up-to-date terms and conditions.
For the benefit of yourself and others please add your CML history into your Signature
02/2010 Gleevec 400mg
2011 Two weakly positives, PCRU, weakly positive
2012 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU
2013 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, weakly positive
2014 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU (12/07 began dose reduction w/each continuing PCRU)
2015 300, 250, 200, 150
2016 100, 50/100, 100, 10/17 TFR
2017 01/17 TFR, 04/18 TFR, 07/18 TFR 0.0012, 08/29 TFR 0.001, 10/17 TFR 0.000
2018 01/16 TFR 0.0004 ... next quarterly PCR 04/17
At the earliest opportunity, and whenever possible, lower your TKI dosage; TKIs are toxic drugs and the less we take longterm the better off we are going to be ... this is especially true for older adults.
In hindsight I should have started my dosage reduction two years earlier; it might have helped minimize some of the longterm cumulative toxic effects of TKIs that I am beset with.
longterm side-effects Peripheral Artery Disease - legs (it's a bitch); continuing shoulder problems, right elbow inflammation. GFR and creatinine vastly improved after stopping Gleevec.
Cumulative Gleevec dosage estimated at 830 grams
Taking Gleevec 400mg an hour after my largest meal of the day helped eliminate the nausea that Gleevec is notorious for.
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