Co-pay help with Tarceva and other drugs

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March 4, 2013 at 1:34 am  #1254449    


I wanted to let others who may need help paying for expensive cancer drugs that I received next day confirmation assistants with co-pay of Tarceva. Herbie and I had Medicare Prescription D (drug) coverage and the Tarceva co-pay was about $290/month. Chronic Disease Fund ( paid $280 and I paid $10/month. I faxed our tax forms one afternoon and received the answer next day.

They are located in Plano, TX —telephone # (877) 968-7233. Help is based on income/number of house hold members, etc. Help can be given for travel, fuel and lodging also. Assistants is given for cancer and other diseases too. This is a great charitable group—look at their site if you need help.Of course they need confirmation from your doctor too.

Moderators—I am not sure where this should be posted—please move to correct area. Also is it ok to post this info?

March 4, 2013 at 8:26 am  #1254455    
catdander forum moderator
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Thank you Anne! This is invaluable information. I think it should go to the accessing care forum. What do you think? Maybe we can have it sticky too but we’ll need to get permission for that.
D had help with copays also. I forget how much it would have been but if I remember correctly individual blue prescription (he has medicare now) topped out after the first month or two. Tarceva manufacturer may have put me in touch with the same group as you. You’ve gone a giant step further and shared with at least Grace’s US community. I wonder if they are able to help people out of the country, I’d guess not since they are so wide ranging in distributions.


My husband, 8/09 53 @ dx stage III squam nsclc R. pancoast tumor
Destruction of 3 ribs, touching brachial plexus.
6/09-8/09 2 core and 1 VATS undx biopsies. Open thoracotomy for 1 positive biopsy (unresectable)
9/09 Chemo/rads curative intent
11/09 MRI by pancoast specialist surgeon spine met found undiagnosed Rad to spine, Chemo continued thru 6 cycles
Tarceva maintenance 2/10
11/10 3cm tumor L lung, undx core bx w/collapsed lung. Gemzar, 12/10 through 7/12
NED 3/12, stop tx 7/12. Remains NED as of 9/16
Unanswerable question. Was it ever metastatic?

March 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm  #1254471    
Dr West
Dr West

Sure, happy to make it sticky and easy to find for people who need it. Thanks for the info! It takes a village…

March 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm  #1254482    


Catdander—move this where ever you think is best. I hope someone can benefit from this source. Maybe others can list where they received help.
I noticed on Chronic Disease site they help with air line travel and help those that have no insurance. Thought that may help if someone is accepted on a clinical trial away from home. The social worker at our oncology office filled out the info pertaining to diagnosis/Dr., etc.

I still have a few Tarceva pills 150mg and 100mg I wish I knew someone personally on Tarceva that I could give them to since I know how expensive they are.

March 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm  #1254500    


forherbie, is it just for certain area’s I live in Ohio. With the cost of Xalkori upto 12,000. Now and I’m not sure how much AARP Medicare Complete pays. When I first went on it my CoPay was $2,750.00 and not sure what it is right now. I was told I was out of my allotted amount. I will now have to reapply. I’m sure it has more to do with just issuing a recent financial so they are sure you still qualify. But it is always nice to have backup. I get so freaked out at the thought my CoPay will stop. I mean really freaked! So thanks for the information!

March 6, 2013 at 12:01 am  #1254503    


aunttootsie001—-I am in Florida—don’t know if help is limited to certain areas. Why not call them for information—-they were always very helpful the few times I called. They even notified me asking why I hadn’t filled the prescription for the month. My reason was Herbie was hospitalized and using Tarceva from the hospital pharmacy. Hope they can help you if your co-pay runs out.

June 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm  #1256952    


Thanks, I was desperate a couple of months ago for payment before my dad because resistance to Tarceva.


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