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How Eligard 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 Eligard?
Eligard is the brand name for the medication leuprolide acetate, given subcutaneously.
It is a prescription-only injectable medication that is used in the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Advanced prostate cancer refers to both locally advanced (stage 3) prostate cancer and metastatic (stage 4) prostate cancer. Eligard is administered into the subcutaneous tissue, which is located directly beneath the skin.
Since 2004, the FDA has approved Eligard for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Eligard is a global product that is marketed worldwide. It is manufactured and marketed by Tolmar Inc., its inventor and developer.
Benefits of Eligard Therapy
According to the FDA label, Eligard has shown over 95% effectiveness in clinical studies in reaching clinically important testosterone suppression (levels below 50 ng/ml) persistently over the expected duration of benefit. Only 1% – 3% of patients taking Eligard reported a concentration higher than the castrate threshold of 50 ng/ml .
Patients taking Eligard also showed a consistent reduction of 86% – 98% in the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in those studies. PSA is an indicator of prostate cell activity. Reduced PSA levels in prostate cancer indicate lower activity of prostate cancer cells.
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
Eligard Side Effects
Common side effects include:
- Injection site reactions such as transient burning, stinging, bruising, or swelling
- Weakness, numbness, unsteadiness
- Hot flashes, sweating
- Muscle pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Decreased libido, erectile dysfunction
Serious adverse effects include:
- Cardiovascular: chest pain, heart attack, arrhythmia, stroke
- Endocrine: diabetes and other metabolic disorders, pituitary gland dysfunction (rare), gynecomastia
- Neurological: seizure
- Psychiatric: mania, depression
- Skeletal: thinning of bones, fractures
- Genitourinary: infertility, testicular shrinkage
Eligard is available in 4 different doses: 7.5 mg, 22.5 mg, 30 mg, and 45 mg. These preparations release leuprolide acetate over 1, 3, 4, and 6 months, respectively . Therefore, an Eligard injection containing 7.5 mg of leuprolide acetate needs to be repeated monthly, while an injection that contains 45 mg needs to be given only once every 6 months. They deliver the same amount of medications in a given time frame, and the selection is dependent on the desired duration of treatment.
Eligard is administered subcutaneously, in the layer just underneath the skin. Each Eligard pack contains two syringes, and the contents need to be mixed immediately before the injection is administered.
For How Long Should You Take Eligard in Prostate Cancer?
Your doctor may prescribe Eligard for as long as there are benefits. Leuprolide acetate has been used continuously for up to 7 years in some long-term studies . Your doctor may prescribe Eligard in combination with other hormone therapy medications such as Xtandi , especially early in the therapy, to better manage testosterone levels.