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Elaprase Patient assistance program

Is your Elaprase 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 Elaprase medication with our help.

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  • Convenient: We manage the whole process and we’re here to assist you
  • 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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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

Your monthly Elaprase cost savings if eligible

The Elaprase patient assistance program can provide your medication for free. We simply charge $49 per month for each medication to cover the cost of our services. With NiceRx, you will only pay $49 to obtain your Elaprase, regardless of the retail price.

Am I eligible for the Elaprase patient assistance program?

To find out if you are eligible for Elaprase assistance you can apply online using our enrollment application. Each pharmaceutical company sets its eligibility criteria, and we will review your application individually to determine if you may be eligible. The three main factors to consider 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 Elaprase patient assistance program?

Our application process aims to make it as easy as possible to apply for the Elaprase patient assistance program. The first step is to complete our online enrollment application. We will ask you for details about your healthcare provider, your insurance plan, and your household income as this information is required by the pharmaceutical companies. We may be able to help you apply for other patient assistance programs too, so be sure to tell us about any medications you are taking as well as Elaprase.

NiceRx will review your application and determine whether you may be eligible for Elaprase assistance. If so, we will handle the full enrollment process for you and prepare all required documents for your healthcare provider to sign. Once you are successfully enrolled in the Elaprase patient assistance program, we will help you manage your prescription refills by requesting refills on your behalf throughout your enrollment period. At the end of your enrollment period, we will contact you for updated information and seek to re-enroll you so you can continue to access affordable Elaprase.

Is NiceRx an Elaprase coupon provider?

NiceRx is a service provider that helps eligible individuals access the Elaprase patient assistance program. We do not offer trial offers or free Elaprase samples. When obtaining your medication through NiceRx, you will only pay $49 a month per medication. This will likely save you more money than if you were to use Elaprase coupons, discount cards, or Elaprase copay cards.

Can NiceRx help me get Elaprase cheaper if I have insurance?

NiceRx may be able to help you if your insurance company will not pay for your Elaprase medication. We may also be able to help if you have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility. Whether you have insurance or not, apply online using our enrollment application to find out more.

How much does Elaprase cost without insurance?

Elaprase prices without insurance will vary depending on how much you buy. Prices will also vary by retailer. As a guide, Elaprase intravenous solution (2 mg/mL) typically costs $3,300 for 3 milliliters.

How much does Elaprase cost with insurance?

The copay for Elaprase will vary by the terms of your healthcare plan. To find out what you might need to pay for Elaprase with insurance, your insurance provider or pharmacist will be able to help you calculate the copay costs with your current insurance.

What is Elaprase?

Elaprase is an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medication manufactured by Shire Human Genetics Therapies, Inc. It is a hydrolytic lysosomal glycosaminoglycan (GAG)-specific enzyme indicated for the treatment of Hunter syndrome (Mucopolysaccharidosis II, MPS II).

Hunter syndrome is a genetic condition where the body does not produce enough of the enzyme iduronate-2-sulfatase. This causes the buildup of substances called glycosaminoglycans (GAG) in cells and tissues.

Elaprase has been shown to improve walking capacity in patients 5 years of age and older. In patients 16 months to 5 years of age, no data are available to demonstrate improvement in disease-related symptoms or long-term clinical outcomes. Treatment however has reduced spleen volume similar to that of adults and children 5 years of age and older.

Life-threatening anaphylactic reactions, presenting as respiratory distress, hypoxia, hypotension, urticaria, and/or angioedema of the throat or tongue have occurred in some patients during and up to 24 hours after Elaprase infusions. Patients with reduced respiratory function or acute respiratory disease may be at risk of serious acute exacerbation of their respiratory symptoms due to hypersensitivity reactions and will require additional monitoring.

What doses of Elaprase are available?

Elaprase is available in injection form, in the following doses: 6 mg/3 mL (2 mg/mL) in single-use vials.

Administer 0.5 mg per kg of body weight once every week as an intravenous infusion.

Always speak with a healthcare professional about any changes to your dose so they can monitor and evaluate your condition.

Elaprase active ingredients

Elaprase contains idursulfase as the active ingredient. It belongs to the class of medications called enzyme replacement therapies.

Elaprase side effects

The most common side effects of Elaprase in clinical trials compared to placebo include:

  • Headache
  • Pyrexia
  • Pruritus
  • Flushing
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Urticaria
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Vomiting

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

  • Hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis – the risk of hypersensitivity, serious adverse reactions, and antibody development in Hunter Syndrome Patients with severe genetic mutations, Hunter syndrome patients aged 7 years and younger with complete gene deletion, large gene rearrangement, nonsense, frameshift or splice-site mutations have a higher incidence of hypersensitivity reactions, serious adverse reactions, and anti-idursulfase antibody development
  • Risk of acute respiratory complications – patients with compromised respiratory function or acute febrile or respiratory illness may be at higher risk of life-threatening complications from hypersensitivity reactions

Your doctor will assess the benefits of using Elaprase against your risk of side effects. Patients are encouraged to report negative side effects or adverse reactions of Elaprase to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Elaprase drug interactions

Other drugs may interact with Elaprase, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your health care provider about all of your medicines including any supplements you are taking.

Elaprase contraindications

You should not use Elaprase if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient idursulfase
  • Have had an allergic reaction to any of the other ingredients in Elaprase
  • Are less than 16 months of age

Talk to your doctor before using Elaprase if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Elaprase
  • Have asthma or any other lung problems
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed – It is not known whether idursulfase passes into breast milk

Elaprase generic

Elaprase is the trademark brand name for idursulfase manufactured by Shire Human Genetics Therapies, Inc. A generic version of idursulfase is not available. Generic drugs are generally cheaper than brand-name drugs, but you can still find Elaprase savings through NiceRx.

*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.