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Anyone had any luck getting assitance with Yervoy?

Forums General Melanoma Community Anyone had any luck getting assitance with Yervoy?

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    EricNJill
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    Eric's Oncologist told him he doesn't have 30 days to wait for the washout period to get into another clinical trial because his cancer is spreading fast.  He said that Eric needs to start Yervoy immediately, but Eric's insurance does not cover the cost of the drug.  We were told we could appeal but Eric's Oncologist said they aren't having any luck with getting the insurance companies to cover Yervoy.  He has had other patients running into this problem.  Has anyone here had any luck with assitance?

    JillNEric in OH

    Eric's Oncologist told him he doesn't have 30 days to wait for the washout period to get into another clinical trial because his cancer is spreading fast.  He said that Eric needs to start Yervoy immediately, but Eric's insurance does not cover the cost of the drug.  We were told we could appeal but Eric's Oncologist said they aren't having any luck with getting the insurance companies to cover Yervoy.  He has had other patients running into this problem.  Has anyone here had any luck with assitance?

    JillNEric in OH

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      Strickland
      Participant

      I asked that question at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa this past Monday and they told me they are still using it there but in a combination with other drugs. Ask if you can have it that way?

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        EricNJill
        Participant

        We did consider that but because they are Clincial Trials he'd have to wait the 30 days washout and Dr. Infante said he can't wait that long because the cancer is very aggressive.

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        EricNJill
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        We did consider that but because they are Clincial Trials he'd have to wait the 30 days washout and Dr. Infante said he can't wait that long because the cancer is very aggressive.

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      Strickland
      Participant

      I asked that question at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa this past Monday and they told me they are still using it there but in a combination with other drugs. Ask if you can have it that way?

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      lisa36
      Participant

      Below is a link about Yervoy…at the end of the article it specifically states patient assistance will be available for this drug.

      http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110325-711045.html

      I work for a pharmaceutical company and usually you can obtain assistance by going straight to them. I would contact BMS.  I found this on their website.

      800-736-0003
      http://www.bmspaf.org

      Here is the Yervoy co pay program link

      http://www.yervoy.com/patient/paying-for-yervoy.aspx

      Goo Luck!!!  Hugs and Prayers!!!

       

      Lisa

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      lisa36
      Participant

      Below is a link about Yervoy…at the end of the article it specifically states patient assistance will be available for this drug.

      http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110325-711045.html

      I work for a pharmaceutical company and usually you can obtain assistance by going straight to them. I would contact BMS.  I found this on their website.

      800-736-0003
      http://www.bmspaf.org

      Here is the Yervoy co pay program link

      http://www.yervoy.com/patient/paying-for-yervoy.aspx

      Goo Luck!!!  Hugs and Prayers!!!

       

      Lisa

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      MichaelFL
      Participant

      Contact Information
      Bristol-Myers Squibb Destination Access – IXEMPRA Patient Assistance Program
      6900 College Boulevard, Suite 1000
      Overland Park, KS 66211
      1-(800) 861-0048 (phone)
      1-(888) 776-2370 (fax)

      Good luck to you both,

      Michael

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      MichaelFL
      Participant

      Contact Information
      Bristol-Myers Squibb Destination Access – IXEMPRA Patient Assistance Program
      6900 College Boulevard, Suite 1000
      Overland Park, KS 66211
      1-(800) 861-0048 (phone)
      1-(888) 776-2370 (fax)

      Good luck to you both,

      Michael

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      EricNJill
      Participant

      I filled out an application this morning and the doctor has filled out his part so we will wait and see what they do.  Thank you.

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      EricNJill
      Participant

      I filled out an application this morning and the doctor has filled out his part so we will wait and see what they do.  Thank you.

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        Carol Taylor
        Participant

        Holding you and Eric & this process in prayer, Friend!

        All grace and peace to you,

        Carol

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        Carol Taylor
        Participant

        Holding you and Eric & this process in prayer, Friend!

        All grace and peace to you,

        Carol

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      Rydell
      Participant

      I saw this on AIM at Melanoma. Yervoy reimbursements – 800-861-0048, Mon-Fri. 8am-8pm ET

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      Rydell
      Participant

      I saw this on AIM at Melanoma. Yervoy reimbursements – 800-861-0048, Mon-Fri. 8am-8pm ET

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      FormerCaregiver
      Participant

      Just like to say that you, Eric, and your family are in my thoughts and
      prayers. Your situation reminds me very much of how I felt in October 2009.
      It was then that we realised that nothing was working, not even the latest
      clinical trial that had previously looked promising.

      Frank from Australia

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      FormerCaregiver
      Participant

      Just like to say that you, Eric, and your family are in my thoughts and
      prayers. Your situation reminds me very much of how I felt in October 2009.
      It was then that we realised that nothing was working, not even the latest
      clinical trial that had previously looked promising.

      Frank from Australia

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      morasacks
      Participant

      My husband also has aggressive Melanoma and we don't know if we have 30 days for the wash out period.  We are working with the insurance coordinator in our practice, however she said they are having trouble getting the drug from the distributor or Vendor.  We feel so helpless in trying to get answers as to how things could be sped up.  I called the hotline below from Bristol Myer and they said to have our doctor call them.  It would be helpful to know who to call in these situations.  Best of luck to you and your husband in getting on Yervoy.

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        EricNJill
        Participant

        The Financial Assitance Counselor at Eric's Oncologist office called the hotline and that's when things started to move.  I would urge you to have someone from the Oncologist Office call their Destination Access department for Yervoy.  We got an answer within a day of applying for assitance.  The called Eric's insurance directly and got the drug covered.

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        Carol Taylor
        Participant

        Jill, How is Eric? And how's he responding?

        Holding you both in prayer!

        Grace and peace and hope!
        Carol

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        EricNJill
        Participant

        He just had his first dose today.  I'm sure we won't know anything for a while.  Thank you for asking though.

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        Jerry from Cape Cod
        Participant

        Jill,

        I've been thinking about you and Eric and keeping up with your posts.  You, Eric and your family are in my prayers.

        Jerry from Cape Cod

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        Jerry from Cape Cod
        Participant

        Jill,

        I've been thinking about you and Eric and keeping up with your posts.  You, Eric and your family are in my prayers.

        Jerry from Cape Cod

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        EricNJill
        Participant

        He just had his first dose today.  I'm sure we won't know anything for a while.  Thank you for asking though.

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        Carol Taylor
        Participant

        Jill, How is Eric? And how's he responding?

        Holding you both in prayer!

        Grace and peace and hope!
        Carol

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        EricNJill
        Participant

        The Financial Assitance Counselor at Eric's Oncologist office called the hotline and that's when things started to move.  I would urge you to have someone from the Oncologist Office call their Destination Access department for Yervoy.  We got an answer within a day of applying for assitance.  The called Eric's insurance directly and got the drug covered.

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      morasacks
      Participant

      My husband also has aggressive Melanoma and we don't know if we have 30 days for the wash out period.  We are working with the insurance coordinator in our practice, however she said they are having trouble getting the drug from the distributor or Vendor.  We feel so helpless in trying to get answers as to how things could be sped up.  I called the hotline below from Bristol Myer and they said to have our doctor call them.  It would be helpful to know who to call in these situations.  Best of luck to you and your husband in getting on Yervoy.

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      morasacks
      Participant

      Dear Jill:

      I just read your husband's history and it is very similar to ours.  We also have two daughters, named Samantha and Madeline.  My husbands right leg is also massive with tumors and his cancer is so aggressive we are in panic mode trying to figure out what to do next.  We are waiting for approval from Insurance for Yervoy, but also heard of the BRAF/MEK trial.  Jerry was on PLX4032 and it did wonders, but it ceased working last February.  We were told the combination therapy may work.  We also were given the option of doing IPI/Chemo combo.  Has anyone had experience with the BRAF/MEK trial that was on BRAF PLX4032 that stopped working?  If we do go with Yervoy, we hope Jerry is strong enough to handle it.  I'm praying we come up with an answer and do something soon.  Our prayers are with your family from another family that is going through the same experience.

      Mora

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      morasacks
      Participant

      Dear Jill:

      I just read your husband's history and it is very similar to ours.  We also have two daughters, named Samantha and Madeline.  My husbands right leg is also massive with tumors and his cancer is so aggressive we are in panic mode trying to figure out what to do next.  We are waiting for approval from Insurance for Yervoy, but also heard of the BRAF/MEK trial.  Jerry was on PLX4032 and it did wonders, but it ceased working last February.  We were told the combination therapy may work.  We also were given the option of doing IPI/Chemo combo.  Has anyone had experience with the BRAF/MEK trial that was on BRAF PLX4032 that stopped working?  If we do go with Yervoy, we hope Jerry is strong enough to handle it.  I'm praying we come up with an answer and do something soon.  Our prayers are with your family from another family that is going through the same experience.

      Mora

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