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Epogen Patient assistance program

Is your Epogen 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 Epogen medication with our help.

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

How it works

  • Enroll online

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

  • Pre-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.

  • Submit documents

    We will request documents to be submitted by you and your healthcare provider that are required by the pharmaceutical company to complete your enrollment.

  • Receive medication

    Once approved, the pharmaceutical company typically ships a 90-day supply of medication to your home or healthcare provider’s address.

Medically reviewed by  Jamie Winn, PharmD

Your monthly Epogen cost savings if eligible

The Epogen 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 Epogen, regardless of the retail price.

Am I eligible for the Epogen patient assistance program?

To find out if you are eligible for Epogen 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 Epogen patient assistance program?

Our application process aims to make it as easy as possible to apply for the Epogen 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 Epogen.

NiceRx will review your application and determine whether you may be eligible for Epogen 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 Epogen 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 Epogen.

Is NiceRx an Epogen coupons provider?

NiceRx is a service provider that helps eligible individuals access the Epogen patient assistance program. We do not offer trial offers or free Epogen 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 Epogen coupons, discount cards, or Epogen copay cards.

Can NiceRx help me get Epogen if I have insurance?

NiceRx may be able to help you if your insurance company will not pay for your Epogen 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 Epogen cost without insurance?

Epogen prices without insurance will vary depending on how much you buy. Prices will also vary by retailer. As a guide, Epogen injectable solution (2000 units/mL preservative-free) typically costs $355 for 10 milliliters.

How much does Epogen cost with insurance?

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

What is Epogen?

Epogen is an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medication manufactured by Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. Epogen is an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) indicated for:

  • Treatment of anemia due to – Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in patients on dialysis and not on dialysis, Zidovudine in patients with HIV infection
  • Reduction of allogeneic RBC transfusions in patients undergoing elective, noncardiac, nonvascular surgery

Epogen has not been shown to improve quality of life, fatigue, or patient well-being. Epogen is not indicated for use:

  • In patients with cancer receiving hormonal agents, biologic products, or radiotherapy, unless also receiving concomitant myelosuppressive chemotherapy
  • In patients with cancer receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy when the anticipated outcome is a cure
  • In patients with cancer receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy in whom the anemia can be managed by transfusion
  • In patients scheduled for surgery who are willing to donate autologous blood
  • In patients undergoing cardiac or vascular surgery
  • As a substitute for RBC transfusions in patients who require immediate correction of anemia

ESAs increase the risk of death, myocardial infarction, stroke, venous thromboembolism, thrombosis of vascular access, and tumor progression or recurrence. See the full prescribing information for a complete boxed warning.

Chronic Kidney Disease – in controlled trials, patients experienced greater risks for death, serious adverse cardiovascular reactions, and stroke when administered ESAs to target a hemoglobin level of greater than 11 g/dL. No trial has identified a hemoglobin target level, ESA dose, or dosing strategy that does not increase these risks. Use the lowest Epogen dose sufficient to reduce the need for red blood cell (RBC) transfusions.

Cancer – ESAs shortened overall survival and/or increased the risk of tumor progression or recurrence in clinical studies of patients with breast, non-small cell lung, head and neck, lymphoid, and cervical cancers. Use the lowest dose to avoid RBC transfusions. Use ESAs only for anemia from myelosuppressive chemotherapy. ESAs are not indicated for patients receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy when the anticipated outcome is cured. Discontinue following the completion of a chemotherapy course.

Perisurgery – due to the increased risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT), DVT prophylaxis is recommended.

What doses of Epogen are available?

Epogen is available in injection form, in the following doses: 2,000 Units/mL, 3,000 Units/mL, 4,000 Units/mL, and 10,000 Units/mL in single-dose vials, 20,000 Units/2 mL (10,000 Units/mL) and 20,000 Units/mL in multiple-dose vials containing benzyl alcohol.

Read the medication guide and patient information leaflet provided for the full patient safety information. Always speak with a healthcare professional about any changes to your dose so they can monitor and evaluate your condition.

Epogen active ingredients

Epogen contains epoetin alfa as the active ingredient.

Epogen side effects

The most common side effects of Epogen in clinical trials include:

  • Skin reactions
  • Hypertension
  • Arthralgia, myalgia, muscle spasm
  • Pyrexia, dizziness, medical device malfunction
  • Vascular occlusion
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Cough, rash, and injection site irritation
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Weight decrease
  • Leukopenia
  • Bone pain
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Insomnia, depression
  • Dysphagia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Thrombosis
  • Pruritus
  • Headache, chills

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

  • Increased mortality, myocardial infarction, stroke, and thromboembolism
  • Increased risk of tumor progression or recurrence in patients with cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Seizures
  • PRCA (pure red cell aplasia)
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Severe cutaneous reactions

Call your doctor at once if you have signs of a blood clot, such as sudden numbness or weakness, problems with vision or speech, chest pain, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, pain, or cold feeling in an arm or leg.

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

Epogen drug interactions

Epogen can interact with other medications. These include:

  • Benazepril, captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, perindopril, ramipril
  • Cyclosporine
  • Lenalidomide, pomalidomide, thalidomide

This list is not exhaustive and other prescription drugs may interact with Epogen. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Epogen contraindications

You should not use Epogen if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient epoetin alfa
  • Have had serious allergic reactions to any of the other ingredients in Epogen
  • Have uncontrolled hypertension
  • Have pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) that begins after treatment with darbepoetin alfa or other erythropoietin protein drugs

Talk to your doctor before using Epogen if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Epogen
  • Have heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Have had a heart attack, or blood clots
  • Suffer from seizures
  • Have phenylketonuria
  • Have kidney disease, or if you are on dialysis
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed

Epogen generic

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

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*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 the different programs and filling out all the required paperwork for each program. Subject to medication availability.

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.