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How Docetaxel Copay Assistance Works
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 immune globulin shipping. Next-day and overnight cold-chain deliveries are coordinated around your schedule.
What Is Docetaxel?
Docetaxel (pronounced [dos se TAKS el]) is also known by the brand name Taxotere. It is an antineoplastic (anti-cancer) drug that belongs to a class called antimicrotubular or taxane derivatives.
It is a type of chemotherapy that prevents cancer cells from multiplying and restricts their growth.
What Is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment in which certain drugs are used to kill cancerous cells. These drugs are usually cytotoxic chemical substances that are toxic to the cells, restrict their growth, prevent their division, and ultimately kill the cells.
How Is Docetaxel Used?
Docetaxel has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for males to treat many different types of cancers including breast, head/neck, lung, cervical, prostate, bladder, ovarian cancer, and many more. It can be prescribed alone or with other medications simultaneously.
Docetaxel is only available as a solution for intravenous injection. It is available in different concentrations including 10 mg/ml and 20 mg/ml, and some formulations may contain alcohol. The solution for injection may be available in a one-vial or two-vial formulation.
- 10 mg/ml (2 ml, 8 ml, or 16 ml)
- 20 mg/ml (1 ml or 4 ml)
Alcohol-free solution for injection:
- 20 mg/ml
- 80 mg/4 ml
- 160 mg/8 ml
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
Docetaxel Side Effects
Serious side effects include:
- Bone marrow suppression (BMS)
- Skin rash
- Fluid retention
- Allergic reaction/hypersensitivity
- Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS)
- Secondary malignancies
- Visual impairment
- Neurosensory symptoms
Other common side effects include:
- Mouth sores
- Hair loss
- Nail changes
- Changes in taste
- Weight loss
- Eye redness
- Joint/muscle pain
Directions for Use
The dose of docetaxel is determined using patient weight, height, body surface area (BSA), cancer type, general health, and other medical conditions. It should be infused over 1 hour using nonsorbing polyethylene-lined (non-DHP like glass, polypropylene, polyolefin) tubing. Gently rotate and invert manually to mix the solution thoroughly before administration. Avoid vigorous agitation of solutions. Dilute docetaxel with 250 to 500 ml of normal saline (NS) or dextrose 5% in water (D5W) to a final concentration of 0.3 to 0.74 mg/ml.
If intact vials were refrigerated, allow them to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes prior to dilution. Inspect vials as the solution is supersaturated and may crystalize over time. Do not use if crystalized. IV filters are not recommended for use with docetaxel. Assure proper needle or catheter position before administration.
What To Avoid While Taking Docetaxel
While taking docetaxel 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 docetaxel. Avoid grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and any foods or supplements containing grapefruit or grapefruit juice throughout therapy as they may interact with the medication as well.