In a letter to community advocates late last week, EMD Serono released details about their patient support, patient assistance, and drug co-pay programs for Egrifta (tesamorelin). Egrifta is an injectable medication used in the treatment of lipohypertrophy, or excess abdominal fat, in HIV and is the first ever FDA-approved drug for lipodystrophy.
Details of the various programs follow; for more information talk to your doctor or visit www.egrifta.com.
The AXIS Center offers dedicated reimbursement, teaching, and adherence support for patients on Egrifta. With a team of dedicated Reimbursement Case Managers, the AXIS Center assists patients throughout the process of getting access to and staying on Egrifta.View Full Article
Comment by: Barry
(Los Angeles, CA)
Wed., Mar. 30, 2011 at 1:22 am EDT
I have applied for the Egrifta patient assistance program (I meet their criteria). However, I was told by Axis that, though they were accepting applications, they were not doing anything about it. In essence, the patient assistance program is on hold indefinitely!
Comment by: Gene
Mon., Mar. 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm EDT
I am from the South and have axiously followed the progress of this drug since I first read about it in Montreal in mid-2010. Now that it is available in the US I checked with my Medicare D Prescription plan and found that it is covered after a 33% co-pay.
I read that the cost is approx. 24,000. a year. I am curious to know how many people can afford even the co-pay of the PAP. With all the other Medical costs of hospitalizations, other drug costs and just average living expenses. Is it worth the gamble of that kind of expense for a NEW drug that I would have to inject every single day of my life for an average of 18% loss of belly fat? AND is that an average of 18% in the 1st 6 months and another 18% every 6 months there after? I also read that if you stoped injecting it that you would gain the fat back! Curious, would you gain more than you had to start with? It concerns me because if you require added medical attention which which results in added extensive medical and hospital expenses then you may not can afford the high co-pay which would result in gaining your fat back. In essence all the expense of the drug would be a total waste. It just seems to be a lot of money to risk for those of us that do not have a lot of money to gamble with!
Desperate and Broke,
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