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Your monthly Velcade cost savings if eligible

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

Am I eligible for the Velcade patient assistance program?

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

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

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

Is NiceRx a Velcade coupons provider?

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

Can NiceRx help me get Velcade if I have insurance?

NiceRx may be able to help you if your insurance company will not pay for your Velcade 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 is Velcade with insurance?

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

How much does Velcade cost without insurance?

Velcade prices without insurance will vary by retailer. As a guide, a 3.5 mg vial of Velcade solution for injection typically costs around $1,700.

What is Velcade?

Velcade is a cancer medication prescribed to adults with:

  1. Multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells)
  2. Mantle cell lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes)

Velcade is a medication that can kill cancerous cells in your blood by triggering cell termination, helping to limit the damage caused by multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. It’s often used alongside other cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and stem cell transplants.

The medication is given to you by a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional as an injection given into a vein (intravenous injection) or under your skin (subcutaneous injection). Your doctor will decide what dose and how often you’ll need to have Velcade injections based on your condition and medical history.

Velcade active ingredients

The active ingredient in Velcade is called bortezomib. It’s a type of medication called a proteasome inhibitor. When Velcade is injected into you, the bortezomib it contains is absorbed into your cancerous cells. The bortezomib then gets to work by blocking a substance in your cancerous cells called proteasome. 

Proteasome helps your cells to get rid of unwanted proteins to make sure they stay healthy and work properly. But if proteasome is blocked in your cancerous cells, unwanted proteins can build up. This is thought to trigger cell death, killing the cancerous cells.

Velcade side effects

As with all medications, Velcade can cause side effects. The most common side effects caused by Velcade include:

  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Being sick (vomiting) 
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Skin rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Low levels of red blood cells (anemia)
  • Low levels of leukocyte white blood cells (leukopenia)
  • Low levels of lymphocyte white blood cells (lymphopenia)
  • Burning, stabbing, and often severe nerve pain (neuralgia)

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

  • A heart problem called cardiac toxicity that can damage your heart and can cause heart failure
  • A lung problem called pulmonary toxicity that can reduce lung function and can be fatal in serious cases
  • A condition that causes brain swelling called posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome that can cause seizures, vision changes, and losses of consciousness
  • A liver problem called hepatic toxicity that can reduce liver function and can cause liver failure 
  • Stomach and intestinal problems (gastrointestinal toxicity) that can cause severe pain, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting 
  • Nerve problems that cause weakness, numbness, and pain in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) that can increase your risk of bleeding and not being able to stop the bleeding
  • Low levels of neutrophil white blood cells (neutropenia) that can make it harder for your body to fight infections
  • Hematological disease, a condition that causes small blood clots to form in blood vessels that can cause kidney damage and increase your risk of bleeding
  • Tumor lysis syndrome, a chemical imbalance in the blood that can lead to kidney and heart problems
  • Severe allergic reactions to the medication that can cause anaphylaxis 
  • Very low blood pressure (hypotension)

Velcade drug interactions

Velcade can interact with other medications. When this happens, it can change how Velcade and the other medications work. It can even make some side effects more likely. You should tell your prescribing doctor about all drugs you’re taking. This includes vitamins, and herbal and dietary supplements, particularly:

  • Any diabetes medications or other medications that affect your blood sugar levels
  • Any medications you take to treat a heart rhythm problem
  • Any medications you take to treat a mental health condition like depression or anxiety, such as an antidepressant 
  • Any antiviral medications taken to treat an HIV infection, including ritonavir, atazanavir, indinavir, saquinavir, or nelfinavir
  • Any antiviral medications take to treat a hepatitis C infection, including boceprevir or telaprevir
  • Any other antiviral medications taken to treat another viral infection 
  • Any antibiotics taken to treat a bacterial infection, including rifampicin, clarithromycin, or telithromycin
  • Any antifungal medications taken to treat a fungal infection, including ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • Any medications taken to lower cholesterol levels, including atorvastatin or rosuvastatin
  • Any anticonvulsant medications taken to reduce the chances of you having seizures, like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, or phenytoin
  • An herbal supplement called St John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Velcade warning and precautions

Velcade can harm an unborn baby. 

  • Talk to your doctor about taking Velcade if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • Talk to your doctor about effective contraception if you want to take Velcade and you’re a woman who can become pregnant.
  • Men should use effective contraception while taking Velcade and for up to four months after their treatment has ended

Velcade can cause side effects that can impair your ability to operate machinery, drive, or perform other dangerous tasks. Avoid these activities when being treated with Velcade until you’re sure it doesn’t affect your ability to do them safely.

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

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient bortezomib
  • Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Velcade 
  • Are allergic to boron
  • Are allergic to mannitol
  • Are under 18 years of age
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant (women should avoid becoming pregnant for up to seven months after they stop their Velcade treatment)
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed (women should not breastfeed for up to two months after they stop their Velcade treatment)

Talk to your doctor before taking Velcade if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Velcade 
  • Have kidney disease or are on dialysis 
  • Have liver disease

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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.