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How Oxaliplatin 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 Oxaliplatin?
Oxaliplatin is also known by the brand name Eloxatin. It is an antineoplastic (anti-cancer) drug that belongs to a class called alkylating agent as a platinum analog.
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 Oxaliplatin Used?
Oxaliplatin has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat many different types of cancers, including gastric, esophageal, biliary tract, testicular, pancreatic, and ovarian cancer, among many others.
It can be prescribed alone or with other medications simultaneously.
Oxaliplatin is only available as a solution for intravenous infusion in the following dosages: 50 mg, 100 mg, or 200 mg. The concentration for all doses is 5 mg/ml.
This medicine needs to be administered on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, notify your physician, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic.
Storage time varies by product; refer to individual product labeling for details. Protect concentrated solution from light (store in original carton) and do not freeze. Solutions diluted in D5W for infusion are stable up to 6 hours at room temperature or up to 24 hours under refrigeration. Solutions diluted for infusion do not require protection from light. Special handling and preparation of this product are warranted.
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
Oxaliplatin Side Effects
Serious side effects include:
- Bone marrow suppression (BMS)
- Allergic reaction/hypersensitivity
- Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)
- Muscle pain/rhabdomyolysis
- Lung complications
- Cardiac complications
Other common side effects include:
- Hair loss
- Mouth sores
- Feeling tired/weak
- Back/joint pain
- Stomach pain/upset stomach
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in taste
Directions for Use
Oxaliplatin is typically administered as an IV infusion over 2 hours, which can be extended up to 6 hours for certain conditions. The infusion line should be flushed with dextrose 5% in water (D5W) prior to administration of any concomitant medication. Avoid the use of ice chips, exposure to cold temperatures, or consumption of cold food/beverages during or within hours after oxaliplatin infusion, as they may worsen neurological symptoms. Avoid using needles or administration sets containing aluminum. Also, do not use with any chloride-containing products.
Oxaliplatin dose varies depending on treatment type and severity. Verify the correct dose and frequency with your provider. The dose should not be more or less than what is prescribed. When used in combination with other medications, consult with your physician about which medication should be administered first.
Pregnancy and Oxaliplatin
Pregnancy status must be checked prior to starting oxaliplatin therapy in women of childbearing age, and effective contraception must be used during treatment and for 9 months after the last dose. Males with female partners of reproductive potential should also use effective contraceptive measures during therapy and for 6 months after the last oxaliplatin dose. Oxaliplatin may cause fetal harm and is therefore not recommended for women who are breastfeeding during therapy. Breastfeeding should be avoided for at least 3 months after the last dose.