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How Everolimus 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 Everolimus?
Everolimus is also known by the brand names Afinitor and Zortress. It is an antineoplastic (anti-cancer) drug that belongs to a class called mTOR kinase inhibitors.
Everolimus 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 Everolimus Used?
Everolimus has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat many different types of cancers, kidney cysts, and seizure control. It is also used to prevent organ transplant rejection.
Everolimus can be prescribed alone or with other anti-cancer medications.
Everolimus is only available as an oral tablet and as a tablet for oral suspension by the name Afinitor Disperz. It is available in several different dosage strengths.
This medicine needs to be administered on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, contact your physician for further instructions immediately. You may take a missed dose up to 6 hours after the regularly scheduled dose. If it has been more than 6 hours since the last scheduled dose, resume at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not administer double doses to make up for a missed dose.
Store tablets in their original containers in a cool, dry place at room temperature and ensure the bottle is tightly closed. Discard oral suspensions if not administered within 60 minutes.
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
Everolimus Side Effects
Serious side effects include:
- Bone marrow suppression (BMS)
- Risk of infection
- Fluid retention
- Graft rejection
- Allergic reaction/hypersensitivity
- Metabolic effects
- Mucositis or stomatitis
- Kidney complications
- Lung complications
- Impaired wound healing
Other common side effects include:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Change in taste
- Dry mouth and skin
- Hair loss
- Joint, muscle, or back pain
- Nose or throat irritation
- Trouble sleeping
Directions for Use
Everolimus can be dosed either once or twice a day with varying doses depending on the condition treated. For once-a-day dosing, administer at the same time each day. If taking everolimus for organ transplantation, administer twice a day consistently (about 12 hours apart) and administer at the same time as cyclosporine or tacrolimus. Verify the correct dose and frequency with your provider. The dose should not be more or less than what is prescribed.
Tablets: Swallow tablets whole with a glass of water; do not break, crush, chew, or allow them to dissolve in your mouth. If tablets are accidentally broken or damaged, avoid inhalation or contact with the skin or mucous membranes.
Tablets for oral suspension: Due to their hazardous nature, it is important to wear gloves when preparing the everolimus suspension. Do not break or crush tablets. Suspension should be prepared in water only and should be administered immediately; discard if not administered within 60 minutes after preparation. The maximum dose is 10 mg per syringe and 10 mg per small glass. Use an additional syringe or small glass for doses greater than 10 mg. The oral suspension can be prepared in an oral syringe or in a small glass, as follows:
- Preparation in an oral syringe: Place dose into 10 ml oral syringe. Draw about 5 ml of water and about 4 ml of air into the syringe; allow it to sit (with the tip up) in a container until tablets are in suspension (usually 3 minutes). Gently invert syringe five times immediately prior to administration. Administer suspension then add about 5 ml water and about 4 ml of air into the same syringe, swirl to suspend remaining particles, and administer again.
- Preparation in a small glass: Place dose into a small glass (≤100 ml) containing about 25 ml of water and allow it to sit until tablets are in suspension (usually 3 minutes). Stir gently with a spoon immediately prior to administration. Administer suspension, then add about another 25 ml of water to the same glass, swirl with the same spoon to catch any residue left, and administer again.