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Canasa Patient assistance program

Is your Canasa medication too expensive? Start receiving your medication for only $49 per month.*

Complete a free online enrollment application to find out if you’re eligible to pay only $49 per month for your Canasa medication with our help.

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  • Ongoing refills: We request your medication refills on your behalf
  • Secure: Your personal and medical information is safe with us
  • Convenient: We manage the whole process and we’re here to assist you
  • Ongoing refills: We request your medication refills on your behalf

NiceRx works with your healthcare provider to help you access affordable medications directly from U.S. pharmaceutical companies.

An introduction to NiceRx

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  • An introduction to NiceRx
  • Next steps after qualifying
  • Uploading documents and billing
  • SSN & billing information
  • Medication delivery time

How it works

  • Apply Online

    Get started by filling out the online enrollment application to find out if you are eligible.

  • Qualification

    NiceRx verifies your eligibility for medication assistance and notifies you if you are qualified. The pharmaceutical company provides your medication for free and you only pay our service fee.

  • Upload Documents

    You may be required to submit further information and documents required by the pharmaceutical company which can be securely uploaded online.

  • Application Created

    Your application is created and sent to your doctor for signature. At this stage, you will be billed $49 and will not be billed again until you receive your first medication delivery.

  • Receive Medication

    Your application is sent to the pharmaceutical company. You will be billed again once you receive your medication. We handle the entire ordering process including requesting ongoing refills.

Medically reviewed by  Jamie Winn, PharmD

The Canasa patient assistance program is available to individuals who may struggle to pay for their Canasa medication. Applying for patient assistance can be a lengthy and difficult task, so we can help you by applying on your behalf. NiceRx will work directly with your healthcare provider to prepare all the required paperwork for you to sign.  With our assistance, you could get your Canasa medication for just $49 per month.* If successfully enrolled in the Canasa patient assistance program, we will also request prescription refills on your behalf for up to 1 year.

Your monthly Canasa cost savings if eligible

If you are eligible for the Canasa patient assistance program you can get your medication for free. Our monthly flat rate of $49 per medication covers the cost of our services in applying for the program and requesting your ongoing refills on your behalf. If you obtain your Canasa through NiceRx, you’ll only pay $49 a month regardless of the retail price of your medication.

Am I eligible for the Canasa patient assistance program?

You could receive your Canasa without paying the full retail price if you meet the eligibility criteria for assistance. This criteria is set by the pharmaceutical companies that are providing assistance programs. At NiceRx we review each application individually, although the main 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 Canasa patient assistance program?

Our application process couldn’t be easier. We do everything that we can to take the hassle and stress out of applying for patient assistance programs. Simply start by filling in our enrollment application. We’ll ask for details about your healthcare provider, your insurance, and your household income. This information is required by the pharmaceutical companies you are applying to for assistance. We may be able to help you access patient assistance for other medications that you have been prescribed, so be sure to tell us about any medications you are taking as well as Canasa.

NiceRx will review the information you have provided, and if we determine that you may be eligible for assistance, we will seek to enroll you in the Canasa patient assistance program. We will handle the enrollment process for you by working with your healthcare provider and preparing all the required paperwork for your doctor to sign. We’ll also request your Canasa medication refills on your behalf for up to 1 year once you are enrolled in the program.

Is NiceRx a Canasa coupons provider?

At NiceRx, we help eligible individuals access the Canasa patient assistance program. This means that we are not a Canasa coupon, a Canasa discount card, or a Canasa copay card provider. We don’t offer any medication trial offers, or free Canasa samples.

Can NiceRx help me get Canasa if I have insurance?

We may be able to help you if you have insurance, including if your insurance company won’t pay for your Canasa medication, or you have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility. We may even be able to assist if you don’t have insurance. Please fill in our enrollment application to find out more.

How much is Canasa with insurance?

The cost of Canasa will vary in line with the specific terms of your healthcare plan. For further details about what you may need to pay, your insurance provider or pharmacist will be able to calculate the copay costs with your current insurance.

How much does Canasa cost without insurance?

Canasa costs without insurance will vary depending on the retailer you buy it from. As a guide, a pack of 30, 1,000mg Canasa rectal suppositories will typically cost around $1,400As a guide. If you obtain your medication through NiceRx, you’ll pay a flat monthly rate of $49 per medication regardless of its retail price.

What is Canasa?

Canasa is a prescription medication given to adults to treat an inflammatory rectal condition called ulcerative proctitis.

Ulcerative proctitis is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that causes inflammation in your rectum (the final part of your large intestine, also called your bowel). It is a type of ulcerative colitis, but whereas ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory condition that affects your entire gastrointestinal tract, ulcerative proctitis only affects your rectum. Ulcerative proctitis is caused by your immune system mistakenly targeting the healthy tissue lining your rectum.

If you have ulcerative proctitis, your doctor may have prescribed Canasa to you. Canasa is a medication that can reduce the amount of inflammation your immune system causes in your rectum, giving you relief from your symptoms. You take Canasa as a rectal suppository that you insert into your rectum through your anus. You usually take it once a day in the evening, for between three to six weeks. The doctor that prescribes your Canasa to you will tell you how often and for how long to take it.

Canasa active ingredients

The active ingredient in Canasa is called mesalazine. It’s a type of drug that can reduce the inflammation that ulcerative proctitis causes. When you take Canasa, mesalazine is released into your rectum. It blocks enzymes that are used by your immune system to trigger inflammation. This reduces how much inflammation occurs in your rectum, limiting the damage ulcerative proctitis can cause, reducing your symptoms.

Canasa side effects & Canasa drug interactions

As with all medications, Canasa can cause side effects. Only some people get side effects, however, and these side effects can vary by person. The most common side effects caused by Canasa include:

  • Dizziness
  • Acne
  • Skin rashes
  • Fever
  • Rectal pain
  • Inflammation of the large intestine (colitis)

Canasa can also cause more serious side effects. These are rarer but they can include:

  • Severe allergic reactions to the medication can cause inflammation around your heart and other organs, leading to heart, liver, kidney, and lung problems
  • Liver problems that can reduce your liver function
  • Kidney problems that can reduce your kidney function and increase your risk of kidney stones
  • Increased sensitivity of your skin to sunlight can make your skin burn more easily, particularly if you have atopic dermatitis and atopic eczema

Canasa can also interact with other medications, particularly:

  • Any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Any medications that contain azathioprine, like Azasan or Imuran, usually taken to treat autoimmune diseases, including ulcerative colitis
  • Any medications that contain 6-mercaptopurine, like Purinethol or Purixan, usually taken to treat certain cancers and autoimmune diseases, including ulcerative colitis

If you’re unsure if you’re taking any of these, take the packaging of all your medications and supplements to your doctor or pharmacist.

Canasa warnings & precautions

Canasa isn’t suitable for everyone. Don’t take Canasa if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient mesalazine
  • Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Canasa
  • Are allergic to any medicines that contain salicylates, including aspirin
  • Are under 18 years of age

Talk to your doctor before taking Canasa if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Canasa
  • Have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine called sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)
  • Have or have ever had inflammation of the sac around your heart (pericarditis)
  • Have any kidney problems
  • Have any liver problems
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed

Related medications

*Qualifying persons may obtain medications directly from patient assistance programs without any out-of-pocket cost (or for less than $49 per medication). However, our monthly flat rate of just $49 per medication spares you the hassle of tracking down the different programs and filling out all the required paperwork for each program.

Enrollees enjoy a full-service solution, as NiceRx assists them and their physicians with the entire process. We prepare all required documents for the physician to sign, help enrollees manage all prescription refills, monitor eligibility criteria, and maintain enrollment.

**If you do not receive medications because you were determined to be ineligible for the prescription assistance by the applicable pharmaceutical companies and you have a letter of denial, we will refund any fees you paid toward medications for which you did not qualify to receive prescription assistance (“Refund”).

To receive a refund, you must send the letter of denial to us by fax to 888-517-7444, or by e-mail to [email protected] within 30 days of your receipt of such letter. The Refund is your sole and exclusive remedy for any fees you may wish to dispute.

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.