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Iressa Patient assistance program

Is your Iressa 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 Iressa 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 Iressa cost savings if eligible

If you are eligible to receive your Iressa prescription through the patient assistance program, your medication will be free. We charge a flat monthly service fee of $49 per medication to cover the cost of our services.

Am I eligible for Iressa patient assistance?

To be eligible for the Iressa patient assistance program, you will need to meet specific eligibility criteria set by the pharmaceutical company. At NiceRx, we review each Iressa enrollment application individually. The main factors considered 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 Iressa patient assistance program?

Applying for the Iressa patient assistance program through NiceRx is simple. Begin by completing the enrollment application on our website. We will ask for details about your healthcare provider, your insurance plan, and your household income. This information is required by the pharmaceutical manufacturers that supply your medication. We may be able to help you access patient assistance for other medications as well as Iressa, so please tell us about any medications that you have been prescribed.

If we determine that you may be eligible for Iressa assistance, we will handle the full enrollment process on your behalf. We will work with your healthcare provider to prepare and submit all the documents required for you to enroll. If you are successfully enrolled in the Iressa patient assistance program, we will also request your Iressa medication refills on your behalf for up to 1 year. At the end of your enrollment period, we will contact you for updated details and seek to re-enroll you in the program.

Is NiceRx an Iressa coupons provider?

NiceRx does not provide Iressa coupons, discount cards, or copay cards. We do not offer printable Iressa manufacturer coupons, Iressa discounts, rebates, Iressa savings cards, trial offers, or free samples. We are a service provider that helps eligible individuals access patient assistance programs. Our service cost is $49 a month per medication, so you will likely save more on your Iressa medication with NiceRx.

Can NiceRx help me get Iressa if I have insurance?

NiceRx may be able to help you access Iressa patient assistance if:

  • You have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility for Iressa
  • Your insurance company will not pay for your Iressa prescription
  • You do not have insurance

Complete your enrollment application online to find out more.

How much does Iressa cost without insurance?

Iressa prices without insurance will vary by retailer. As a guide, Iressa oral tablets 250 mg will typically cost around $8,140 for a supply of 30 tablets.

How much does Iressa cost with insurance?

Your individual healthcare plan will determine the copay of Iressa with insurance. To find out what you will need to pay, contact your pharmacist or insurance provider. They will be able to calculate your copay with your current insurance.

What is Iressa?

Iressa is an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medication manufactured by AstraZeneca for cancer treatment.

Iressa is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor used for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (metastatic NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 substitution mutations as detected by an FDA-approved test. EGFR is overexpressed in the cells of certain types of human carcinomas – for example in lung and breast cancers.

The safety and efficacy of Iressa have not been established in patients whose tumors have EGFR mutations other than exon 19 deletions or exon 21 substitution mutations.

What doses of Iressa are available?

Iressa is available in tablet form, in the following doses: 250 mg.

The recommended dose is Iressa 250 mg tablet orally, once daily with or without food, until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check your liver function during your treatment with IRESSA.

If you miss a dose take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if your next dose is less than 12 hours away. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

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

Iressa active ingredients

Gefitinib reversibly blocks kinase enzyme activity of wild-type and certain activating mutations of EGFR, preventing autophosphorylation of tyrosine residues associated with the receptor. This inhibits further downstream signaling and blocks EGFR-dependent proliferation.

Iressa side effects

The most common adverse drug reactions of Iressa in clinical trials include:

  • Skin reactions – acne, dry skin, and pruritus
  • Diarrhea

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

  • Interstitial lung disease (ILD) – withhold treatment for worsening of respiratory symptoms, discontinue if ILD is confirmed
  • Hepatotoxicity – obtain regular liver function testing. Withhold treatment for Grade 2 or higher for ALT and/or AST elevations
  • Gastrointestinal perforation
  • Ocular disorders including keratitis

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice, they will assess the benefits of using Iressa against your risk of side effects. Patients are encouraged to report negative side effects or adverse reactions of Iressa to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Iressa drug interactions

Iressa can interact with other medications. These include:

  • Strong CYP3A4 Inducer
  • CYP3A4 Inhibitor
  • Drugs affecting gastric pH – avoid use with proton pump inhibitors, antacids, H2 blockers
  • Warfarin – monitor changes in prothrombin time or INR

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

Iressa contraindications

You should not use Iressa if you:

  •  Have had an allergic reaction to the active ingredient gefitinib
  • Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Iressa
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant – can cause fetal harm. Use effective contraception
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed – It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk

Before taking Iressa, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Iressa

Iressa generic

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

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.