How Assistance Works

Streamlining our patient’s specialty pharmacy experience with unmatched full-service convenience

  • 1. Check Your Coverage/Benefits Verification

    Our team of expert billers finds the best avenues of coverage that minimize out-of-pocket costs.

  • 2. Transfer Prescription to AmeriPharma™

    We process your prescription by working with your previous pharmacy or prescriber, making the transition quick and easy.

  • 3. Prior Authorization

    Our team of specialists obtains approval from your insurance companies within 24 to 72 hours.

  • 4. Copay Assistance & Financial Aid

    We secure financial aid and decrease copays, out-of-pocket expenses, and high deductibles. To date, AmeriPharma™ Specialty Care has secured $55 million in financial assistance for our patients.

  • 5. Nursing Care Coordination

    AmeriPharma™ puts your schedule and home environment first when scheduling and coordinating one of our specialized nurses for your in-home infusions.

  • 6. Delivery Coordination

    Medications are always delivered in strict compliance with the specific requirements for shipping. Next-day and overnight cold-chain deliveries are coordinated around your schedule.

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What Is Avastin?

Bevacizumab is also known by the brand name, Avastin. Bevacizumab is currently only available as the brand Avastin, and there is no generic available. It also has two approved biosimilars called Zirabev and Mvasi. Bevacizumab is an antineoplastic (anti-cancer) drug that belongs to a class called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors, also known as an “anti-androgen treatment.” It is a type of chemotherapy and it is used to treat many different types of cancers, including colorectal, brain, cervical, hepatocellular, lung, and ovarian cancer.

Avastin slows down the rate of growth of cancer cells by reducing their blood supply, which in turn diminishes the nutrition and oxygen supply of the cancer cells, therefore killing them.

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How Is Avastin Used?

Avastin has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat different types of cancers. It can be prescribed in combination with other chemotherapy agents, depending on the severity and type of cancer.

Available Formulations

Avastin is only available in the form of a solution for intravenous injection. In certain cases, this may be prescribed for intravitreal administration. Avastin solution contains polysorbate 80 and is available as single-use vials in two different strengths: 100 mg/4 ml or 400 mg/16 ml.

What To Avoid While Taking Avastin

While taking Avastin therapy, you must follow some precautions. Always tell your physician about any medications you are already taking. Do not take any drug or medicine (even herbals, vitamins, or over-the-counter medications) without prior consent from your physician or pharmacist. They may have some significant interactions with Avastin.

Copay and Financial Assistance

AmeriPharma™ Specialty Care alleviates financial burdens for patients and their families

  • Advanced software locates funding sources to match you with top-dollar foundation programs

  • One of our copay assistance specialists will assist with the application process

  • Automatic updates will be sent to you and your physician on the status of the funding

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Directions for Use

Avastin should be diluted in 100 ml of normal saline prior to infusion. Do not use and discard if the solution in the vial appears cloudy, discolored, or contains particulate matter. Do not administer or mix with dextrose-containing solutions. Avastin is typically administered once every 2 or 3 weeks, depending on the reason for use.

The initial dose of the intravenous injection should be infused over 90 minutes, and the second infusion can be administered over 60 minutes if the initial dose is well tolerated. The third and any subsequent infusions may be administered over 30 minutes if the 60-minute infusion is well tolerated. Infusion time should not be less than 30 minutes. If Avastin is administered with other medications, consult with your provider on which medication should be administered first. In some cases, premedication may be required to prevent a side effect from happening.

Missed Dose

If a dose is missed, contact your physician immediately to reschedule.

Storage

Store intact vials in their original cartons in the refrigerator. Do not freeze or shake, and protect from light. Discard any unused portion of the vial after administration.

Avastin Side Effects

Serious side effects include:
  • Cardiac complications
  • Hemorrhage (bleeding) or GI effects
  • Kidney complications
  • Vision complications
  • Injection site pain
  • Dizziness. fatigue. or headache
  • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)
  • Bone, joint, back, and muscle pain
  • Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ)
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Infertility
Other common side effects include:
  • Abdominal pain or diarrhea
  • Vomiting or upset stomach
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Change in taste, voice, or nails
  • Insomnia
  • Mouth irritation or mouth sores
  • Dry skin
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Teary eyes

Insurances Accepted

We accept Medicare, multi-state Medicaid, Medi-Cal, Blue Shield, and most private insurances. Call us to find out more about your coverage.

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How Much Can You Save?

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(877) 778-0318