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Your monthly Aranesp cost savings if eligible

If you are eligible for the Aranesp patient assistance program, the cost of your medication will be free. We only charge $49 per month for each medication, to cover our service fees. You could receive your Aranesp prescription for just $49 a month, regardless of the retail price of your medication.

Am I eligible for the Aranesp patient assistance program?

We will review your application to determine whether you are eligible for the Aranesp patient assistance program. Each program has its own eligibility criteria which are set by the pharmaceutical companies, however, the factors considered by most programs are:

  • I am a permanent, legal resident of the United States or Puerto Rico
  • I am uninsured or my insurance doesn’t cover my medication
  • I meet certain income eligibility requirements

How do I apply for the Aranesp patient assistance program?

We make it as easy as possible to apply for the Aranesp patient assistance program. The first step is to complete our enrollment application. Tell us about any medications you are taking, including Aranesp. We will also ask for details about your healthcare provider, insurance, and your household income. This information is required by the pharmaceutical manufacturers who ship your medication.

If we determine that you may be eligible for Aranesp assistance, we will handle the application process for you. We will work directly with your healthcare provider to prepare your application documents. Once we have received the signed application and supporting documents, we will submit them to the patient assistance program on your behalf. Our service continues once you are enrolled in the Aranesp patient assistance program, and we will automatically request your Aranesp medication refills for up to 1 year.

Is NiceRx an Aranesp coupons provider?

We are a service provider that helps eligible individuals access the Aranesp patient

assistance program. That means that we do not offer printable Aranesp manufacturer coupons, Aranesp discounts, or free Aranesp samples. We are not an Aranesp coupon provider or Aranesp discount card. Our service extends to assisting eligible individuals to access the medications they need through patient assistance programs.

Can NiceRx help me get Aranesp if I have insurance?

We may be able to help you to access Aranesp patient assistance in a variety of circumstances. This includes when your insurance company will not pay for your Aranesp medication or if you have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility. We may also be able to help you if you do not have insurance. Please apply online to find out more.

How much does Aranesp cost without insurance?

Aranesp cost without insurance will vary depending on where you buy it. As a guide, Aranesp injectable solution (25 mcg/mL) usually costs $820 for 4 milliliters. With NiceRx you will pay a flat monthly fee of $49, regardless of the retail price of your medication.

How much does Aranesp cost with insurance?

The copay for Aranesp with insurance depends on the terms of your healthcare plan. To find out how much this is, your healthcare provider or pharmacist will be able to calculate your copay with your current insurance.

What is Aranesp?

Aranesp is an FDA-approved medication manufactured by Amgen. Aranesp contains the prescription medicine darbepoetin alfa, a man-made erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA).
Hemoglobin is the substance that contains iron in red blood cells. It delivers oxygen throughout the body. Normal hemoglobin levels are 12 to 18 g/dl but can vary depending on age and gender. Anemia (a lack of red blood cells) can be caused by conditions such as chronic kidney disease, as well as receiving chemotherapy treatment. Aranesp is prescribed to treat anemia when this happens.

Aranesp should not be used for the treatment of anemia if you have cancer but you will not be having chemotherapy that may cause anemia for at least 2 more months, if you have cancer that has a good chance of being cured, if your anemia is caused by chemotherapy treatment can be managed by RBC transfusion, or in place of emergency treatment for anemia (red blood cell transfusions).

Aranesp active ingredients

Aranesp works by sending signals to the bone marrow in your body to make more red blood cells and in doing so helps to reduce the need for blood transfusions. Darbepoetin alfa is very similar to the natural substance in your body (erythropoietin) that does this normally and works in the same way that erythropoietin does.

Aranesp is injected under the skin (subcutaneous), or given as an infusion directly into a vein. The intravenous route is recommended for patients on hemodialysis. A healthcare professional will give your first dose and show you how to use the medication yourself.

Store the injection in the refrigerator, do not freeze. Throw the medicine away if it has frozen and always protect it from light. Each vial or prefilled syringe is for one use only. Throw it away after one use, even if there is still medicine left inside.

Aranesp side effects

The most common side effects and adverse reactions caused by Aranesp include:

  • Low blood pressure during kidney dialysis
  • In cancer patients, the most common side effects are hypersensitivity and edema (swelling in your arms and legs)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Stomach or abdominal pain

In rare instances, Aranesp can cause more serious side effects. These can include:

  • Serious allergic reactions – skin rash, itching, shortness of breath, wheezing, dizziness, and fainting due to a drop in blood pressure, swelling around your mouth or eyes, fast pulse, or sweating
  • Symptoms of stroke – slurred speech, numb or weak especially down one side of your body, confusion, balance, and vision problems
  • Symptoms of a heart attack – chest pain spreading to neck and jaw, shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating
  • Increase in blood pressure (hypertension) – headaches, blurred vision, nosebleeds, anxiety, heart pounding in your ears. To reduce these risks, as well as the risk of serious cardiovascular reactions, use the lowest dose needed to avoid RBC transfusions (red blood cell transfusions)
  • Feeling light-headed or faint
  • Increased risk of seizures in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Swelling
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • This medication may suddenly stop working well because your body may make antibodies to it. Very serious anemia can result. Tell your doctor right away if this happens

Your doctor will assess the benefits of using Aranesp against your risk of side effects. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects, or you may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Aranesp drug interactions

Aranesp can interact with other medications. These include:

  • Treatments for cancer – carfilzomib, lenalidomide, pomalidomide, and thalidomide
  • ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors, used to treat high blood pressure – benazepril, captopril, enalapril, quinapril, and trandolapril
  • Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease

This list is not exhaustive and other drugs may interact with Aranesp.

Aranesp warning and precautions

You should not use Aranesp if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient darbepoetin alfa
  • Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Aranesp
  • Have untreated or high blood pressure that is not under control
  • Have ever had pure red cell aplasia (PRCA, a type of anemia) caused by using Aranesp or epoetin alfa

Talk to your doctor before using Aranesp if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Aranesp
  • Have any type of cancer – darbepoetin alfa may shorten survival time in certain people with breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, head and neck cancer, cervical cancer, or lymphoid cancer
  • Have any heart problems
  • Have high blood pressure, heart disease, or congestive heart failure
  • Have had a stroke, heart attack, or a blood clot
  • Have kidney disease
  • Suffer from seizures or fits
  • Have a latex allergy
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed

Aranesp generic

Aranesp is the trademark brand name for darbepoetin alfa manufactured by Amgen. A generic version of darbepoetin alfa is not available. Generic drugs are generally cheaper than brand-name drugs, but you can still find Aranesp savings through NiceRx.

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The content on this website is intended for information purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice. The information on this website should not be relied upon and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always speak to your doctor regarding the risks and benefits of any treatment.