Tarceva

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Tarceva Reimbursement

by Moms_Son on Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:00 AM

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My Mom has Stage IV NSCLC and started on Tarceva - which has worked well to date. She was rejected by Genetech's Access to Care Foundation for reimbursement - but we found another program - The Medicare Replacement Drug Demonstration. My mom has been accepted for Level 1 Benefits from this program. The following web-site provides information regarding the program and coverage. It is a limited enrollment program and provides significant coverage: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/researchers/demos/drugcoveragedemo.asp Hope this helps and best wishes for success in your battle.

Tarceva Side Effects

by Lynns_Mom on Wed Sep 07, 2005 12:00 AM

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My 84 yr. old Mom also has stage IIIB NSCLC-this is her 3rd year of chemo. She was started on Tarceva recently for her lung and liver met. I am interested to hear that your Mom has had good results from the med. My Mom had to cut back to 100 mg every other day because of bad diarrhea and rash on face, neck and scalp which was painful. The rash has improved with a steroid cream. The diarrhea is not pleasant. She's having bad abdominal cramps right now. She's taking lomotil which helps. Does anyone have info on how long the diarrhea lasts and any food suggestions to diminish it? Thanks. This is the best web site I have found so far. I am an RN and care for pts. where side effects of meds differ. All the drug sites in the world give you some info but it's only statistics and not real stories. Every person reacts to medication differently. I look forward to learning from all of you.

RE: Tarceva

by Emmared on Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi my mother in law has been diagnosed with advanced lung  cancer Jan 2007, I am based in Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Britain, I was she hasn’t had chemotherapy as they said it was very advanced.  Since diagnosis she hasn’t been out of bed as she is unable to breath with out an inebuliser and would just like her to have a little bit of quality of life before the inevitable happens, I seen Tarceva on the news and was wondering if anyone knew how i could go about getting further information. PLEASE

RE: Tarceva

by py_Fung on Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:00 AM

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My father has stage IV non-small cell lung cancer metastasized to the liver. He just started on Tarceva about 10 days ago. His doctor told me it is a second-line treatment, usually given when patients have already had some chemo; however, since my dad is too weak for chemo, there's no reason why they won't let him try Tarceva. You can discuss it with your mother-in-law's doctor and see if this is an option for her since it is supposed to treat certain types of cancer only. This drug has been approved in the U.S. for a couple of years now, but I'm not sure if it is the case in other countries as well. For instance, it has just been approved in HongKong, where my father resides, for a few months only.  

RE: Tarceva

by Alisonsalska on Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:00 AM

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Have you had any luck?  We are also in the UK and awaiting options from the consultant.

Good luck and god bless

RE: Tarceva

by Tallahatchie_Lassie on Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 4/18/2005 Drmort wrote:

My wife will be starting on Tarceva. Medicare doesn't seem to pay for it as it had for her previous chemo drugs. Has anyone had experience with getting Tarceva at a reduced cost?

 

RE: Tarceva

by Tallahatchie_Lassie on Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 4/18/2005 Drmort wrote:

My wife will be starting on Tarceva. Medicare doesn't seem to pay for it as it had for her previous chemo drugs. Has anyone had experience with getting Tarceva at a reduced cost?

I just picked up my 85 year old mother's first prescription.  Her oncologist told her that it would cost around $3,000.  Price was $345.50.  Besides Meicare, she has United American insurance.

RE: Tarceva

by Wanttohelp on Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi to u too:

Contact:  GENENTECH  INC                               1 DNA WAY                                          SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO                   CA   94080-4990

                  Phone:  650-225-1000                         Fax:  650-225-6000             They make and distribute Tarceva.  I've had lung cancer for 10 yrs. and am still here.  I've been on Tarceva for 3 months now.  Too soon to tell if it's  working but I should know in a few weeks.  I hope this info helps and I'll put mom in my prayers.  IT DOES HELP.  Hang in, there is help.

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RE: Tarceva

by Jackie1956 on Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 4/21/2005 Dzimm wrote:

You can call the Tarceva Company at 888-530-3083 and they have a foundation that will help with the cost. They totally covered the cost for my mother. I wish you the best.

How did they help you? My mom is 70 years has lung cancer which has spread to her bones,other organs.Her Dr put her on tarceva in January 2007.She has now went into remission and the cancer has stopped growing,her blood count is finally going up and she is out of her Tarceva,her insurance is all used up just in two paying periods.She has a $6000.00 a year cap.She lives on 1100.00 a month SS and has other bills to pay and after that leaves her with about 150.00 a month for groceries.She has no way of paying for her meds,we have made several calls to various organizations for help and everyone says "Sorry" so my mom is left out to just Suffer and Die.We lost my dad to lung cancer seven years ago as well as all my grandparents,aunts and uncles.Dosn't look to bright for my spouses and I ?? If indeed cancer is hereditary.I would appreciate any inpute or resourses we could use.Mom took her last Tarceva on Friday she is not out.

RE: Tarceva

by Jackie1956 on Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 4/21/2007 Jackie1956 wrote:

 

On 4/21/2005 Dzimm wrote:

You can call the Tarceva Company at 888-530-3083 and they have a foundation that will help with the cost. They totally covered the cost for my mother. I wish you the best.

How did they help you? My mom is 70 years has lung cancer which has spread to her bones,other organs.Her Dr put her on tarceva in January 2007.She has now went into remission and the cancer has stopped growing,her blood count is finally going up and she is out of her Tarceva,her insurance is all used up just in two paying periods.She has a $6000.00 a year cap.She lives on 1100.00 a month SS and has other bills to pay and after that leaves her with about 150.00 a month for groceries.She has no way of paying for her meds,we have made several calls to various organizations for help and everyone says "Sorry" so my mom is left out to just Suffer and Die.We lost my dad to lung cancer seven years ago as well as all my grandparents,aunts and uncles.Dosn't look to bright for my spouses and I ?? If indeed cancer is hereditary.I would appreciate any inpute or resourses we could use.Mom took her last Tarceva on Friday she is now out.


 

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