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Visudyne Patient assistance program

Is your Visudyne 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 Visudyne medication with our help.

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    Convenient: We manage the whole process and we’re here to assist you
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    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 Visudyne cost savings if eligible

With our assistance, you could access the Visudyne patient assistance program and obtain your medication for free. We only charge a flat monthly fee of $49 per medication for our services.

Am I eligible for Visudyne patient assistance?

We review each Visudyne enrollment application individually to determine if you are eligible. Each assistance program has its own eligibility criteria and the 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 the Visudyne patient assistance program?

Our process makes it as easy as possible to apply for the Visudyne patient assistance program. Begin by completing the enrollment application form on our website. Tell us about any medications that you are taking, including Visudyne, your healthcare provider, your insurance plan, and your household income. This information is required by the pharmaceutical manufacturers who will supply the medication, so it is important to make sure this information is accurate and up to date.

We will review the information that you have provided to determine whether you are eligible for patient assistance. If we can pre-qualify you for assistance, NiceRx will handle the full enrollment process on your behalf. If you are approved by the pharmaceutical company, you will typically start receiving your medication in 6 – 8 weeks.

Is NiceRx a Visudyne coupon provider?

NiceRx is not a Visudyne coupon, Visudyne discount card, or Visudyne copay card provider. We do not offer Visudyne manufacturer coupons, Visudyne discounts, rebates, Visudyne savings cards, trial offers, or free Visudyne samples. We are a service provider that helps eligible individuals access their medication directly from the U.S. pharmaceutical company.

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

NiceRx may be able to help you if:

  • You have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility for Visudyne
  • Your insurance company will not pay for your Visudyne prescription
  • Your healthcare plan does not cover your medication
  • You do not have insurance

Please apply online to find out if we can help you.

How much does Visudyne cost without insurance?

Without insurance, Visudyne costs will vary depending on where you buy the medication, as prices will vary by retailer. As a guide, Visudyne intravenous powder for injection 15 mg will cost around $1,800 for 1 powder for injection.

How much does Visudyne cost with insurance?

The copay for Visudyne will depend on the terms of your healthcare plan. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist will be able to calculate your copay with your current insurance. Contact them to find out more.

What is Visudyne?

Visudyne (verteporfin for injection) is an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medication distributed by Bausch + Lomb. It is a light-activated drug used in photodynamic therapy (PDT).

Visudyne is a photosensitizer used with laser light to stop leakage from blood vessels in the eye in patients with classic subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) due to age-related macular degeneration, AMD, (a condition affecting the retina/macula of the eye which can impair vision) pathologic myopia (extreme nearsightedness), or ocular histoplasmosis (a fungus infection of the eye).

Wet AMD is a serious eye disease that, if left untreated, can quickly cause severe vision loss.

What doses of Visudyne are available?

Visudyne is available as an injection in lyophilized powder for solution form, in the following doses: 15 mg.

Reconstitute each vial with 7 mL of sterile water for injection. Protect the reconstituted injection from light and use it within 4 hours. Visudyne is for intravenous injection.

The light dose is 50 J/cm2 of neovascular lesion at an intensity of 600 mW/cm2. The wavelength of the laser light should be 689 nm. This light dose is given over 83 seconds, starting 15 minutes after the start of the Visudyne infusion. The recommended human dose is based on body surface area.

Care should be taken to avoid exposure of skin or eyes to direct sunlight or bright indoor light for 5 days. If you do go outdoors in daylight during the first 5 days after treatment, you should protect all parts of your skin and eyes by wearing protective clothing and dark sunglasses. UV sunscreens are not effective in protecting against photosensitivity because photoactivation of the drug in your skin can be caused by visible light. You should not stay in the dark, instead expose your skin to ambient indoor light, as it will help inactivate the drug in your skin through a process called photobleaching.

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

Visudyne active ingredients

The active ingredient of Visudyne is verteporfin. Once injected it is activated by a low-energy laser, which produces a reaction that damages and closes abnormal vessels. Multiple courses of treatment are required as abnormal blood vessels may not fully close off and leakage may recur. Therapy may be repeated at 3-month intervals if necessary.

Visudyne side effects

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

  • Injection site reactions
  • Visual disturbances, including vision impairment and flashes of light

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

  • Extravasation – protect the area from direct light until swelling and discoloration have faded to prevent local burns
  • Chest pain, fainting, sweating

Serious allergic reactions are rare. However, get medical help if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face, tongue, or throat), flushing, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

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

Visudyne drug interactions

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

Visudyne contraindications

You should not use Visudyne if you:

  • Have a known hypersensitivity to the active ingredient verteporfin
  • Have had an allergic reaction to any of the other ingredients in Visudyne
  • Have porphyria
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed – passes into breast milk

Talk to your doctor before using Visudyne if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Visudyne
  • Have liver disease
  • Have gallbladder disease
  • Are receiving radiation treatment
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant

Visudyne generic

Visudyne is the trademark brand name for verteporfin distributed by Bausch + Lomb. A generic version of verteporfin is not available. Generic drugs are generally cheaper than brand-name drugs, but you can still find Visudyne 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 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.