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AFINITOR Co-Pay Card*

The AFINITOR Co-Pay Card limits a co-pay for eligible patients

  • If eligible, most patients' co-pay for AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets will be no more than $25 per 28-day prescription
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation pays the remaining co-pay for AFINITOR, up to $6350 per month
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To save on your AFINITOR prescriptions, complete the following steps:

  1. Print out your AFINITOR Co-Pay Card*

  2. Present your card to your pharmacist when picking up your AFINITOR prescription

 

*Terms & Conditions: Limitations apply. Offer not valid under Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state program, or where plan reimburses you for entire cost of your prescription drug. Offer is not valid where prohibited by law. Valid only in the US and Puerto Rico. This program is not health insurance. Offer may not be combined with any other rebate, coupon, or offer. This card is the property of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and must be returned upon request. Novartis reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend the program without notice. Patient certifies responsibility for complying with applicable limitations, if any, of any commercial insurance and reporting receipt of program rewards, if necessary, to any commercial insurer. This offer expires on 12/31/2015.

Patient Instructions: Present this offer and your insurance card along with a valid prescription for AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets at any participating pharmacy or through mail order. If eligible, most patients will pay no more than $25 out of pocket. Novartis will pay the remaining balance up to $6350 per month. If this cap is reached, patient will be responsible for the difference. Offer expires 12/31/2015.

Patient questions should be directed to: 1-855-888-7208. When you use this offer, you are certifying that you understand the program rules, regulations, and terms and conditions, and that you will disclose and report the use of this offer as may be required by your insurer. You are not eligible if prescriptions are paid by any federal or state program, or where prohibited by law; and you will otherwise comply with the terms and conditions above.

Pharmacist Instructions: The AFINITOR $25 Co-Pay Card may be used for savings on AFINITOR. This card must be accompanied by a prescription for AFINITOR. For patients with insurance, please submit the co-pay authorized by the patient's primary insurance as a secondary transaction to OPUS Health. For cash-paying patients, submit the claim at U&C. You will receive a professional fee from OPUS Health with your next remittance. This card can be used by the patient once per month. This program cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts, or programs.

Pharmacist questions should be directed to OPUS Health: 1-800-364-4767. When you use this offer, you are certifying that you have not submitted and will not submit a claim for reimbursement under any federal, state, or other governmental programs for this prescription. Pharmacist will comply with his/her obligations when processing the prescription for payment. By using this card, you agree to the terms and conditions of this program.

Important Safety Information

Patients should not take AFINITOR if they are allergic to AFINITOR or to any of its ingredients. Patients should tell their health care provider before taking AFINITOR if they are allergic to sirolimus (Rapamune®) or temsirolimus (Torisel®).

Please see additional Important Safety Information at the bottom of this page.

Please see full Prescribing Information for AFINITOR, including Patient Information.

 

Important Safety Information

AFINITOR® (everolimus) Tablets can cause serious side effects, including lung or breathing problems, infections, and kidney failure, which can lead to death. Patients who take an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medicine during treatment with AFINITOR are at a possible increased risk for a type of allergic reaction called angioedema. AFINITOR can cause incisions to heal slowly or not heal well. Mouth ulcers and mouth sores are common side effects, occurring in up to 86% of patients taking AFINITOR. AFINITOR can affect blood cell counts, kidney and liver function, and blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Regular blood tests should be performed before starting AFINITOR and as needed during treatment to check blood cell count, kidney and liver function, and blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Please see additional

Important Safety Information.

 
 

Important Safety Information

Patients should not take AFINITOR if they are allergic to AFINITOR or to any of its ingredients. Patients should tell their health care provider before taking AFINITOR if they are allergic to sirolimus (Rapamune®) or temsirolimus (Torisel®).

AFINITOR can cause serious side effects that can even lead to death. If patients experience these side effects, they may need to stop taking AFINITOR for a while or use a lower dose. Patients should follow their health care provider's instructions. Serious side effects include:

Lung or Breathing Problems: In some patients, lung or breathing problems may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients should tell their health care provider right away if they have any of these symptoms: new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or wheezing.

Infections: AFINITOR may make patients more likely to develop an infection, such as pneumonia, or a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. Viral infections may include reactivation of hepatitis B in people who have had hepatitis B in the past. In some people these infections may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients may need to be treated as soon as possible. Patients should tell their health care provider right away if they have a temperature of 100.5˚F or above, have chills, or do not feel well. Symptoms of hepatitis B or infection may include the following: fever, chills, skin rash, joint pain and inflammation, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, pale stools or dark urine, yellowing of the skin, or pain in the upper right side of the stomach.

Angioedema: Patients who take an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medicine during treatment with AFINITOR are at a possible increased risk for a type of allergic reaction called angioedema. Talk with your health care provider before taking AFINITOR if you are not sure if you take an ACE inhibitor medicine. Get medical help right away if you have trouble breathing or develop swelling of your tongue, mouth, or throat during treatment with AFINITOR.

Kidney Failure: Patients taking AFINITOR may develop kidney failure. In some people this may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients should have tests to check their kidney function before and during their treatment with AFINITOR.

Delayed Wound Healing: AFINITOR can cause incisions to heal slowly or not heal well. Call your health care provider right away if your incision is red, warm, or painful; if you have blood, fluid, or pus in your incision; if your incision opens up; or if your incision swells.

Before taking AFINITOR, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

Tell your health care provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using AFINITOR with certain other medicines can cause serious side effects. Keep a list of medicines you take and show it to your health care provider when you get a new medicine. Especially tell your health care provider if you take St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), medicines that weaken your immune system (your body’s ability to fight infections and other problems), or medicines for:

  • Fungal infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Tuberculosis
  • Seizures
  • HIV-AIDS
  • Heart conditions or high blood pressure
 

If you are taking any medicines for the conditions listed above, your health care provider might need to prescribe a different medicine or your dose of AFINITOR may need to be changed. Tell your health care provider before you start taking any new medicine.

Common Side Effects: Common side effects include mouth ulcers. AFINITOR can cause mouth ulcers and sores. Tell your health care provider if you have pain, discomfort, or open sores in your mouth. Your health care provider may tell you to use a special mouthwash or gel that does not contain alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or thyme.

Other common side effects include:

  • Infections
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Cough, shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Rash, dry skin, and itching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss
  • Swelling of arms, hands, feet, ankles, face or other parts of the body
  • Abnormal taste
  • Dry mouth
  • Inflammation of the lining of the digestive system
  • Headache
  • Nose bleeds
  • Pain in arms and legs, mouth and throat, back or joints
  • High blood glucose
  • High blood pressure
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle spasms
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nail disorders
 

Tell your health care provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of AFINITOR. For more information, ask your health care provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the full Prescribing Information for AFINITOR, including Patient Information.

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Indication

Advanced Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (PNET)

AFINITOR is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a type of pancreatic cancer known as pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) that has progressed and cannot be treated with surgery. AFINITOR is not for use in people with carcinoid tumors that actively produce hormones.