Accessing Specific Drugs

Below is information about the patient assistance programs offered by drug manufacturers for Temodal, Avastin, and Gliadel.

Temodal® (or Temozolomide)

Is there a patient assistance program for Temozolomide?

Yes, a patient support program is available, called The ACT Program. This program is designed to assist patients in obtaining reimbursement for medicine and treatments.

The ACT Program provides free reimbursement support services to help answer questions related to insurance coverage and reimbursement. The ACT Program also refers patients to patient assistance programs, which provide certain medicines free of charge to eligible individuals, primarily the uninsured, who without assistance could not afford Temodal. If you do not meet the prescription drug coverage criteria, your income meets the program criteria, and there are special circumstances of financial and medical hardship that apply to your situation, you can request that an exception be made for you. The ACT Program Specialists are available 8am to 8pm EST, Monday through Friday at 1-866-363-6379.

For more information about Temodal, please see this Information Sheet.

Avastin® (Bevacizumab)

Is there a patient assistance program for Avastin?

Yes there is a patient assistance program for Avastin for patients with recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). For reimbursement navigation and coordination, financial assistance and infusion support services, patients should work with his/her oncologist to enroll into RPAP or contact the program directly, toll-free, at 1-888-748-8926, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST or via their website.  This program is appropriate for patients who live in a province where public access has not / not yet been granted, has private insurance coverage, or is required to pay out of pocket.

Is there an exceptional access program for Avastin?

Where public access is not available, a patient should speak to his / her oncologist regarding writing a letter to the provincial cancer agency or provincial drug program to request funding for Avastin on exceptional access grounds.

What can I do to get Avastin covered by my province?

You can do many things: write a letter and/or visit your MPP and/or health minister, speak to local media about the importance of access to new treatments for brain cancer patients, etc.

For more information about Avastin, please see this Information Sheet.

Gliadel®

Is there a patient assistance program for Gliadel?

Please call Eisai Ltd. at 905-361-7130 or 1-888-551-0549 to inquire about Patient Assistance Programs

For more information about Gliadel, please see this Information Sheet.

Patient Voices for Drug Approval

You might be wondering how you can ensure your voice is heard when new medications to treat brain tumours are being approved for funding/coverage by provinces. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is registered with the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) and when a drug comes through this process, we will solicit feedback from all patients, survivors and families and will share it with pCODR. To ensure you are in the know about these opportunities, sign up to be an advocate and subscribe to the Advocacy enewsletter.

 

 

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