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Patient Assistance and Co-Pay Programs for HIV and Viral Hepatitis Drugs

January 2011

Over the past two years, the Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) has addressed patient health insurance co-payment (co-pay) programs and patient drug assistance programs (PAPs) for people living with HIV and/or viral hepatitis. The FPC has negotiated co-pay programs with virtually every major HIV drug manufacturer. The FPC is also working on expanding PAPs and making it easier for people to access them, especially for people who have been put on waiting lists for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). Following is a list of co-pay and patient assistance programs for HIV and hepatitis B and C, and contact information for these programs. This is a living document that will be updated as program changes are implemented.


Programs for HIV

Co-Pay Programs

These programs offer assistance to people with private health insurance for the co-payments required to obtain HIV drugs at the pharmacy. Some companies offer co-pay assistance for all of their drugs, including non-HIV drugs.

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ABBOTT
Drugs covered: Kaletra, Norvir
Contact Information: 800-222-6885, or go to the product websites (e.g. www.kaletra.com)
Program Details: The co-pay assistance covers the first $50 per Kaletra prescription per month, plus $50 per prescription per month for other drugs in the regimen -- up to $100 total for the other prescriptions. For the Norvir program, Abbott offers up to $50 of savings after you pay the first $25 of your co-payment. Abbott will cover the first $50 per Norvir prescription per month beginning February 14, 2011. Currently, a person must reapply for the program each year.

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM (BI)
Drugs covered: Viramune
Contact Information: The BI co-pay card is distributed by health care and service providers only.
Program Details: The co-pay assistance starts at the first dollar paid by the consumer. The program covers the first $50 per-month of your Viramune co-payment for all BI HIV products. The program does not cover Aptivus prescriptions. Currently, a person must reapply for the program each year.

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB (BMS)
Drugs covered: Atripla, Reyataz, Sustiva, Videx and Zerit
Contact Information: 888-281-8981 for Sustiva and Reyataz or 866-784-3431 for Atripla or go to the product websites (e.g. www.sustiva.com)
Program Details: The program covers the first $200 per-month of your co-payment for all BMS HIV products. Currently, a person must reapply for the program each year.

GENENTECH/ROCHE
HIV Drugs covered: None
Contact Information: None
Program Details: No program, might cover co-pays through their patient assistance program.

GILEAD SCIENCES
Drugs covered: Atripla, Emtriva, Truvada, Viread
Contact Information: 888-358-0398 for Emtriva, Viread or Truvada or 866-784-3431 for Atripla or go to product websites (e.g. www.truvada.com)
Program Details: The program covers the first $200 per-month of your co-payment for Gilead HIV products. Currently, a person must reapply for the program each year.

GLAXOSMITHKLINE See ViiV Healthcare

MERCK & CO
Drugs covered: Isentress
Contact Information: 866-350-9232 or www.isentress.com
Program Details: The program covers the first $400 per-month of your co-payment for Merck HIV products. Currently, a person must reapply for the program each year.

PFIZER See ViiV Healthcare

TIBOTEC
Drugs covered: Intelence, Prezista
Contact Information: 866-961-7169 or go to product websites (e.g. www.prezista.com)
Program Details: After paying the first $5 of your co-payment, you can save up to $100 monthly for up to one year. Currently, you must reapply for the program each year.

ViiV HEALTHCARE
Drugs covered: Combivir, Epivir, Epzicom, Lexiva, Rescriptor, Retrovir, Selzentry, Trizivir, Viracept and Ziagen.
Contact Information: Call 1-888-825-5249. Patients can use their current or new card for both Pfizer and GSK drugs, now under one umbrella at ViiV Healthcare. You can get the card from your provider or print out the card online at www.mysupportcard.com, or visit www.gskforyou.com.
Program Details: The program covers the first $100 per-month of your co-payment on each ViiV prescription. Currently, you must reapply for the program each year.

PAP and Welvista Programs for HIV

Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) offer free HIV drugs to people with low-incomes who do not qualify for any other insurance or assistance programs, such as Medicaid or AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). Different company programs have different eligibility criteria based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) designation. The 2010 FPL income for one individual is $10,830. It is adjusted based on family or household size. 200% FPL is $21,660 and 300% $32,490 for individuals. A complete table is at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/10poverty.shtml. Unless otherwise stated, companies ask for verification of income, usually in the form of a federal income tax return. Companies also generally consider household income, meaning that a married couple that files joint taxes would be judged on their combined income. People who file individual income tax returns would only have their individual income considered. Always apply for an exception if told you are not eligible.

A special program which is overseen by the Heinz Family Philanthropies, and managed by Welvista, a non-profit mail-order pharmacy based in South Carolina, has been initiated to make it easier for people on ADAP waiting lists to access their HIV medications from one location rather than having to access multiple industry PAPs to obtain their medications for different manufacturers. Thus far, Welvista is working with six HIV drug companies to provide HIV drugs for free to individuals on ADAP waiting lists.

The FPC has listed information on the major HIV drug company PAPs below. Please note:

  • Some companies are using Welvista for ADAP waiting list patients.
  • Some companies are covering waiting list patients through their own PAPs.
  • Some companies are also covering ADAP disenrolled clients through their own PAP programs and some are not.
  • If an ADAP patient has been disenrolled because the state has lowered FPL eligibility, the drug company or Welvista FPL may also be too low to cover them. Check the individual company PAP criteria; and always apply for an exception if you are told you are not eligible.

Companies participating in the Welvista program are indicated below.

ABBOTT
Drugs covered: Kaletra, Norvir
Contact Information: 800-222-6885
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels (FPL). Abbott's program covers people with incomes up to 500 percent of the FPL. Abbott does not request income verification and they only consider the income of the individual. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down. People initially denied coverage through the PAP should apply a second time and ask for a relevant exception. Abbott currently participates in the Welvista program.

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM (BI)
Drugs covered: Aptivus, Viramune
Contact Information: 800-556-8317 or www.rxhope.com or www.pparx.org
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels. BI's program covers people with incomes up to 300 percent of the FPL. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down. People initially denied coverage through the PAP should apply a second time and ask for a relevant exception. BI does not currently participate in the Welvista program.

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB (BMS)
Drugs covered: Atripla, Reyataz, Sustiva, Videx and Zerit
Contact Information: 888-477-2669 or www.pparx.org or go to product websites (e.g. www.sustiva.com). The Atripla PAP is handled separately at 866-290-4767
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels. BMS's program covers people with incomes up to 300 to 500 percent of the FPL, depending on the FPL criteria for each state's ADAP program. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down. People initially denied coverage through the PAP should apply a second time and ask for a relevant exception. BMS currently participates in the Welvista program.

GENENTECH/ROCHE
Drugs covered: Fuzeon
Contact Information: 877-757-6243
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels (FPL). Genentech's program covers people with incomes up to 950 percent of the FPL. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down. People initially denied coverage through the PAP should apply a second time and ask for a relevant exception. Genentech does not currently participate in the Welvista program.

GILEAD SCIENCES
Drugs covered: Atripla, Emtriva, Truvada, Viread
Contact Information: 800-226-2056 or go to product websites (e.g. www.truvada.com). The Atripla PAP is handled separately at 866-290-4767
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels (FPL). Gilead's program covers people with incomes up to 500 percent of FPL. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down. People initially denied coverage through the PAP should apply a second time and ask for a relevant exception. Gilead currently participates in the Welvista program.

GLAXOSMITHKLINE See ViiV Healthcare

MERCK & CO
Drugs covered: Crixivan, Isentress
Contact Information: 800-850-3430 or www.isentress.com
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels (FPL). Merck's program covers people with incomes up to 500 percent of the FPL. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down. People initially denied coverage through the PAP should apply a second time and ask for a relevant exception. Merck currently participates in the Welvista program.

PFIZER See ViiV Healthcare

TIBOTEC
Drugs covered: Intelence, Prezista
Contact Information: 800-652-6227 or product-specific website (e.g. www.prezista.com)
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels (FPL). Tibotec's program covers people with incomes up to 200 percent of the FPL. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down. People initially denied coverage through the PAP should apply a second time and ask for a relevant exception. Tibotec currently participates in the Welvista program.

ViiV HEALTHCARE
Drugs covered: Combivir, Epivir, Epzicom, Lexiva, Retrovir, Selzentry, Trizivir, Viracept and Ziagen.
Contact Information: 866-475-3678 or www.gskforyou.com
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels (FPL). ViiV's program covers people with incomes up to 500 percent of the FPL. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down. People initially denied coverage through the PAP should apply a second time and ask for a relevant exception. ViiV currently participates in the Welvista program.


Programs for Viral Hepatitis

Co-Pay Programs for Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

These programs offer assistance to people with private insurance for the co-payments required to obtain HBV drugs at the pharmacy. Some companies offer co-pay assistance for all of their drugs, including non-HBV drugs. Different company programs have different eligibility criteria based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The 2010 FPL income for an individual is $10,830 annual income. It is adjusted based on family or household. 200% FPL is $21,660 annual income for an individual and 300% is $32,490 annual income for an individual. A complete FPL table is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/10poverty.shtml. Always apply for an exception if told you are not eligible.

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
Drugs covered: Baraclude
Contact Information: 866-715-9050. Ask the operator to speak to someone about the Baraclude Co-pay Benefits Program and ask for a card to be mailed to you.
Program Details: The co-pay assistance starts after the first $20 of a co-pay has been paid by the consumer. The co-pay assistance then covers up to $100 dollars per prescription per month. Currently the program runs for six months.

GILEAD SCIENCES
Drugs covered: Hepsera, Viread
Contact Information: 888-358-0398
Program Details: The co-pay assistance starts after the first $50 of a co-pay has been paid by the consumer. The co-pay assistance then covers up to $200 dollars per prescription per month. There is also a program for people who pay for their prescription in full that covers the first $200 per month.

GLAXOSMITHKLINE
Drugs covered: Epivir
Contact Information: 888-825-5249 or www.mysupportcard.com
Program Details: The co-pay assistance starts at the first dollar paid by the consumer. The co-pay assistance then covers up to $100 dollars per prescription per month and includes non-HBV drugs.

Co-Pay Programs for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

There are currently no co-pay assistance programs for HCV drugs.

PAP Programs for Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

These programs offer free HBV drugs to people with low-incomes who do not qualify for any other insurance or assistance programs, such as Medicaid or Medicare. Different company programs have different eligibility criteria based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The 2010 FPL income for an individual is $10,830 annual income. It is adjusted based on family or household size. 200% FPL is $21,660 annual income for an individual and 300% is $32,490 annual income. A complete table is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/10poverty.shtml. Unless otherwise stated, companies ask for verification of income, usually in the form of a federal income tax return. Companies also generally consider household income, meaning that a married couple that files joint taxes would be judged on their combined income. People who file individual income tax returns would only have their individual income considered. Always apply for an exception if told you are not eligible.

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
Drugs covered: Baraclude
Contact Information: 800-736-0003 or visit www.bmspaf.org.
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established FPL percentages. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down.

GILEAD SCIENCES
Drugs covered: Hepsera, Viread
Contact Information: 800-226-2056 or visit www.hepsera.com
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established FPL percentages. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down.

GlaxoSmithKline
Drugs covered: Epivir
Contact Information: 866-475-3678 or www.gskforyou.com
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established FPL percentages. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down.

PAP Programs for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

These programs offer free HCV drugs to low-income people who do not qualify for any other insurance or assistance programs, such as Medicaid or Medicare. Different company programs have different eligibility criteria based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) designation. The 2010 FPL income for one person is $10,830. It is somewhat higher for multi-person households. An eligibility of 200% FPL would be twice that ($21,660), 300% would be 3-times ($32,490) and so forth. A complete table is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/10poverty.shtml. Unless otherwise stated, companies ask for verification of income, usually in the form of a federal income tax return. Companies also generally consider household income, meaning that a married couple that files joint taxes would be judged on their combined income. People who file individual income tax returns would only have their individual income considered. None of the programs currently offer assistance with obtaining an HCV viral load test, however, which is a critical part of HCV treatment.

Always apply for an exception if told you are not eligible.

AMGEN
Drugs covered: Epogen*
Contact Information: 800-272-9376
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down.

*Note: Epogen is not a treatment for HCV, but it is a treatment for anemia, which is a side effect commonly caused by HCV treatment.

GENENTECH/ROCHE
Drugs covered: Pegasys and Copegus
Contact Information: 888-941-3331
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down.

MERCK & CO
Drugs covered: Pegintron and Rebetol
Contact Information: 866-363-6379
Program Details: The PAP is for people who do not qualify for other assistance or health insurance programs and is limited by income. Most programs have limits based on the total household income compared to established federal poverty levels. Generally, programs will accept appeals for special circumstances if a person does not initially qualify and is turned down.



  
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