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How Polivy 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 Polivy?
Polivy (generic name: polatuzumab vedotoin-piiq) is a drug created and approved to treat diffuse large B-Cell Lymphoma in adult patients. DLBCL affects the white blood cells in the body and reduces the ability of the body’s immune system to fight off infections.
Polivy can only be used to treat DLBCL after two other medications and therapy options have failed to improve the condition. This means you can only treat DLBCL with Polivy if the condition has relapsed or is resistant to other treatment options. Two other cancer treatments known as rituximab and bendamustine are used in combination with Polivy in treating DLBCL.
How Polivy Works
The active ingredient in Polivy is known as polatuzumab vedotin-piiq. This agent is an antibody-drug conjugate, which attaches to the antibody known as the CD76b protein. The attachment of Polivy to the CD76b protein makes it easy for the active ingredient to target B-cells in the body, including malignant cells.
The drug locates the desired B-cells and then releases its active ingredient, destroying the white blood B-cells. The drug also targets and destroys cancerous B-cell lymphocytes. After the initial dose, the medication begins to take effect. However, the doctor may need to run some tests in order to ensure the medication’s efficacy.
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
Polivy Side Effects
The side effects associated with Polivy usually range from mild to serious. Some of the side effects you may experience include:
Mild Side Effects
- Mild allergic reaction
- Weight loss
- Low levels of potassium, albumin, and calcium in the blood
- Reduced appetite
- Upper respiratory infections like the common cold
Possible Adverse Side Effects
These adverse reactions are not common and rarely occur. However, if you experience any of them, you should immediately reach out to your healthcare facility. These side effects include:
- Peripheral neuropathy, which is a form of nerve damage characterized by tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and twitching
- Tumor lysis syndrome, which occurs when cancerous cells break down and release certain substances into your bloodstream
- Serious infections like pneumonia, leading to sepsis
- Infusion reactions that occur about 24 hours after an infusion
- Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
- Increased levels of liver enzymes
- Low level of platelets
- Severe allergic reaction
- Low levels of specific white blood cells
Note that the FDA is still tracking some of the side effects that come with the use of Polivy.
The appropriate dose of Polivy used to treat DLBCL depends on many factors. The main factors are weight and side effects that may develop. Your doctor will consider some of these factors in determining the right Polivy dosage for you.
The medication usually comes as a liquid in a vial that is mixed with sterile water.
Polivy comes in two possible drug strengths: 30 mg and 140 mg per vial. The dosage to treat DLBCL with Polivy is 1.8 mg per kg. Thus, your weight will determine the right dosage for you. For instance, a person weighing 77 kg would need one 140 mg vial for one infusion.
If you miss an infusion appointment, call the healthcare facility where you receive the infusions and reschedule as soon as possible. You should also inform the doctor about the missed appointment, which may affect your treatment schedule.