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Iluvien Patient assistance program

Is your Iluvien 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 Iluvien 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 Iluvien cost savings if eligible

If you are eligible for the Iluvien patient assistance program you can receive your medication for free. Our monthly service fee 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 Iluvien through NiceRx, you will only pay $49 a month regardless of the retail price of your medication.

Am I eligible for the Iluvien patient assistance program?

You could receive your Iluvien without paying the full retail price if you meet the eligibility criteria for assistance. The eligibility requirements are 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 Iluvien patient assistance?

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 will 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 also 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 Iluvien.

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 Iluvien 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 will also request your Iluvien medication refills on your behalf for up to 1 year once you are enrolled in the program.

Is NiceRx an Iluvien coupons provider?

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

Can NiceRx help me get Iluvien if I have insurance?

We may be able to help you if you have insurance, including if your insurance company will not pay for your Iluvien medication, or you have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility. We may even be able to assist if you do not have insurance. Please fill in our enrollment application to find out more.

How much does Iluvien cost without insurance?

Iluvien costs without insurance will vary depending on how many you buy and the retailer you buy it from. As a guide, Iluvien intravitreal implant 0.19 mg will typically cost around $9,200 for 1 implant. If you obtain your medication through NiceRx, you will pay a flat monthly rate of $49 per medication regardless of its retail price.

How much does Iluvien cost with insurance?

The copay of Iluvien 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.

What is Iluvien?

Iluvien is an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medication manufactured for Alimera Sciences, Inc. Iluvien contains a corticosteroid (steroid) and is indicated for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) in patients who have been previously treated with a course of corticosteroids and did not have a clinically significant rise in intraocular pressure (30 mm Hg). Iluvien is an injectable intravitreal micro implant providing sustained-release, low-dose fluocinolone acetonide.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a common complication of diabetic retinopathy and may lead to severe visual loss. DME is a condition characterized by the breakdown of the blood-retina barrier causing an increase in vascular permeability. Patients who have failed anti-VEGF therapy but did well with shorter-acting intravitreal corticosteroid injections like triamcinolone acetonide or dexamethasone are the best candidates for Iluvien.

Laser photocoagulation has been the standard of care for DME for many years. More recently, intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF agents such as ranibizumab and bevacizumab have become more common, as well as corticosteroids. Ranibizumab is an anti-VEGF antibody that is effective in reducing central macular thickness (CMT) and improving best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in DME over a 12- to 36-month follow-up period.

The efficacy and safety of Iluvien have been examined in controlled trials, called the FAME studies. A total of 956 patients were randomized 2:2:1 to receive 0.2 μg/day fluocinolone acetonide, 0.5 μg/day fluocinolone acetonide, or sham injection. The endpoint was the percentage of patients with improvement from baseline in BCVA of 15 letters or more. Follow-up continued after the 2-year primary endpoint, and the 3-year results have been published.

At month 36, the percentage of patients showing an improvement of 15 letters or more was 28.7% in the low-dose group and 27.8% in the high-dose group, and 18.9% in the sham group. At month 36, almost all phakic patients in the fluocinolone acetonide implant groups developed cataracts, but their visual benefit after cataract surgery was similar to that in pseudophakic patients. The incidence of incisional glaucoma surgery at month 36 was 4.8% in the low-dose group, 8.1% in the high-dose group, and 0.5% in the sham group.

The median duration of DME at baseline was 3 years. Therefore, based on a preplanned subgroup analysis, outcomes were assessed in patients having DME for less than 3 years and for 3 years or more at baseline. Based on the evidence reported in the FAME studies, particularly in patients with chronic DME, Iluvien has been approved in the European Union for the treatment of visual impairment due to chronic macular edema considered insufficiently responsive to available therapies.

What doses of Iluvien are available?

Iluvien is available as a non-bioerodable intravitreal implant, in the following doses: 0.19 mg fluocinolone acetonide in a drug delivery system.

The intravitreal injection procedure should be carried out by a healthcare provider who will place the Iluvien implant in your eye under aseptic conditions. Patients should be monitored for elevation in intraocular pressure and for endophthalmitis. Iluvien is preloaded into a single-use applicator for injection of the implant directly into the vitreous.

Your doctor may prescribe other medications to help control the pressure inside your eyes. Increased pressure inside the eye (ocular hypertension) can damage the optic nerve and lead to permanent blindness. You may need to continue using these other medications for several weeks.

Iluvien active ingredients

Iluvien contains fluocinolone acetonide as the active ingredient.

Iluvien side effects

The most common adverse events of Iluvien in clinical trials include:

  • Cataract development requiring cataract surgery
  • Increases in intraocular pressure (IOP)

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

  • Endophthalmitis
  • Visual acuity and field defects
  • Eye inflammation
  • Increased intraocular pressure
  • Retinal detachments
  • Glaucoma
  • Secondary ocular infections due to bacteria, fungi, or viruses
  • The implant may migrate into the anterior chamber if the posterior lens capsule is not intact
  • Carcinogenesis, mutagenesis
  • Impairment Of Fertility

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

Iluvien drug interactions

There is currently no data for Iluvien interactions with other medications. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Iluvien contraindications

You should not use Iluvien if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient fluocinolone acetonide (FAC)
  • Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Iluvien
  • Have ocular or periocular infections
  • Have glaucoma

Talk to your doctor before using Iluvien if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Iluvien
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed

Iluvien generic

Iluvien is the trademark brand name for the fluocinolone acetonide implant, manufactured for Alimera Sciences, Inc. A generic version of fluocinolone acetonide is not available. Generic drugs are generally cheaper than brand-name drugs, but you can still find Iluvien 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.