Posted 06 January 2018 - 04:26 PM
The Novartis co-pay card does work, but you have to have commercial health insurance to use it. It reimburses up to $15,000 per year of your copays. I am currently on UnitedHealthcare and got a letter about 2 months ago that said they knew I was using the Novartis co-pay program and starting in 2018 they would adjust my deductible and out of pocket categories $ for $ for any reimbursement I receive from Novartis. Guess they have a way to track this. Do not know if other health insurance companies have figured this out yet or not. You have nothing to lose to try it and see.
I start on Medicare on 4/1/2018, so no copay program is allowed anyway. I know my out of pocket costs for Tasigna will go up due to donut hole and copays even in catastrophic for specialty drugs. I am blessed that I can afford it and even more blessed that I am only on 150 mg per day right now which is a retail about $3000 per month versus $12,000 when I was on 600 mg.
Good luck and glad you're doing so well on Tasigna. It beat the crap out of me for the first 9 months or so, but much better on low dose.
Dx 9/26/16 WBC 28800; platelets 749; FISH 97% PCR 43%
Tasigna 600MG per day
October 2016 PCR 22% IS
November 2016 PCR 5.8% IS
December 2016 PCR 0.1% IS MMR!!
March 10, 2017 PCR 0.006% IS MR 4.22
Tasigna 450MG per day
April 5, 2017 PCR <.003% IS
June 5, 2017 PCR <.003% IS (dose reduction validated!!!)
Tasigna 300MG per day starting June 15, 2017
6-day drug break starting June 20, 2017 due to multiple AE's
July 24, 2017 PCR <.003% IS
September 18, 2017 Negative, AKA PCRU
Tasigna 150mg per day starting 9/18/17
October 30, 2017 Negative
December 11, 2017 Negative