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How Firazyr 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 Firazyr?
Firazyr is an immunomodulator prescription medication also known by its generic name icatibant. It is indicated for the treatment of acute attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in adults aged 18 and older.
What Is Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)?
Hereditary angioedema is a disorder that causes recurrent episodes of severe swelling, known as angioedema. Rapid tissue swelling happens due to fluid accumulation outside of the blood vessels, which blocks the normal flow of bodily fluids such as blood or other lymphatic fluids. The common areas of the body where swelling tends to develop include the skin, face, airways, limbs, and gastrointestinal tract.
HAE is a rare hereditary disorder characterized by unpredictable swelling and is estimated to affect anywhere between 1 in 10,000 and 1 in 150,000 individuals worldwide. The disease can be potentially life-threatening.
How Is Firazyr Used?
Firazyr is injected subcutaneously into the abdominal area, about 2 to 4 inches below the belly button, over a period of at least 30 seconds. Patients may self-administer the medication after receiving training from a healthcare professional.
Firazyr may be taken with or without food. As the drug is administered subcutaneously, food and drinks do not affect the action of this medicine.
It is not known if Firazyr is present in breast milk. Talk to your physician if you are breastfeeding while taking Firazyr.
Information related to the use of icatibant in pregnancy is limited. Therefore, it is important to talk to your physician if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant while taking Firazyr.
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
Firazyr Side Effects
Common side effects of Firazyr include:
- Injection site reactions
- Increase in the liver enzyme ALT
- Antibody development
These side effects are usually minor and go away on their own within a few days as the body gets used to the drug. But if they become severe or persistent, consult your doctor to switch the medication.
Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform activities that require alertness, as dizziness and drowsiness are reported from the use of Firazyr.
Serious side effects include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe dizziness
- Swelling in the lips, face, throat, or tongue
These are severe side effects requiring immediate assistance from a medical professional as they may indicate an allergic reaction to Firazyr, which can be serious.
Firazyr Storage and Administration
- Firazyr doesn’t need to be refrigerated. It should be stored in its original container at a temperature between 36°F to 77°F until the time of administration.
- The solution should be clear and colorless.
- Prior to administration, inspect Firazyr visually for any particulate matter or discoloration. If present, do not administer and discard the Firazyr injection.
- Before administration, disinfect the injection site and inject over at least 30 seconds by subcutaneous injection.
- A 25 gauge needle should be attached to the syringe hub and screwed on securely.
- If patients wish to self-administer the medication, they should first receive proper training under the guidance of a healthcare professional prior to administration.
How Long Does It Take for Firazyr To Work?
As Firazyr is administered subcutaneously (injected under the skin), it can relieve a lot of angioedema symptoms, like swelling and pain in the skin or stomach. Relief should start about 2 hours after injection, but it may take up to 8 hours for the patient to feel completely better. If the symptoms remain or recur, the Firazyr dose may be repeated every 6 hours (maximum of 3 doses per 24 hours).