Forms and Documents

Herceptin Access Solutions Enrollment Forms

The Prescriber Service Form and PAN are required for enrollment in Herceptin Access Solutions. The Prescriber Service Form replaces the Statement of Medical Necessity (SMN).

 

Other Important Documents

Considerations for Composing a Letter of Medical Necessity

This guide provides tips to help you draft a letter of medical necessity. A sample letter is also included for your reference. Use the links below to find additional information to enclose in your letter.

FDA approval letter (Follow this link and search by the drug name)

Prescribing Information

Sample coding for Herceptin

 

Sample Appeal Letter – Herceptin 150 mg Vial

This sample appeal letter may be used if a patient's health insurance plan denies coverage of the Herceptin 150 mg vial.

 

Considerations for Composing a Sample Appeal Letter

This guide provides tips to help you draft an appeal letter. A sample letter is also included for your reference. Use the links below to find additional information to enclose in your letter.

FDA approval letter (Follow this link and search by the drug name)

Prescribing Information

Sample coding for Herceptin

 

Enrolling in the Genentech Patient Foundation

The Genentech Patient Foundation gives free medicine to people who don't have insurance coverage or who have financial concerns and to people who meet certain income criteria.

 

Fax Cover Letter

Use this cover sheet when faxing documents to Herceptin Access Solutions.

PAN=Patient Authorization and Notice of Request for Transmission of Health Information to Genentech Access Solutions and Genentech® Access to Care Foundation.

Important Safety Information & Indication

Indication

Breast Adjuvant indications Herceptin is indicated for adjuvant treatment of HER2-overexpressing node-positive or node-negative (ER/PR-negative or with one high-risk feature*) breast cancer:

  • As part of a treatment regimen containing doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and either paclitaxel or docetaxel
  • With docetaxel and carboplatin
  • As a single agent following multi-modality anthracycline-based therapy

* High-risk is defined as ER/PR positive with one of the following features: tumor size >2 cm, age

Breast Metastatic indications

Herceptin is indicated:

  • In combination with paclitaxel for the first line treatment of HER2-overexpressing metastatic breast cancer
  • As a single agent for treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer in patients who have received one or more chemotherapy regimens for metastatic disease

Gastric

Herceptin is indicated in combination with cisplatin and capecitabine or 5-fluorouracil, for the treatment of patients with HER2 overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma, who have not received prior treatment for metastatic disease.

Important Safety Information and BOXED WARNINGS

Boxed WARNINGS and Additional Important Safety Information

  • Herceptin administration can result in sub-clinical and clinical cardiac failure. The incidence and severity was highest in patients receiving Herceptin with anthracycline-containing chemotherapy regimens. In a pivotal adjuvant trial, one patient who developed CHF died of cardiomyopathy
  • Evaluate left ventricular function in all patients prior to and during treatment with Herceptin. Discontinue Herceptin treatment in patients receiving adjuvant therapy and withhold Herceptin in patients with metastatic disease for clinically significant decrease in left ventricular function
  • Herceptin administration can result in serious and fatal infusion reactions and pulmonary toxicity. Symptoms usually occur during or within 24 hours of Herceptin administration. Interrupt Herceptin infusion for dyspnea or clinically significant hypotension. Monitor patients until symptoms completely resolve. Discontinue Herceptin for anaphylaxis, angioedema, interstitial pneumonitis, or acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Exposure to Herceptin during pregnancy can result in oligohydramnios and oligohydramnios sequence manifesting as pulmonary hypoplasia, skeletal abnormalities, and neonatal death. Advise patients of these risks and the need for effective contraception
  • Exacerbation of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia has also occurred
  • Detection of HER2 protein overexpression is necessary for selection of patients appropriate for Herceptin therapy
  • The most common adverse reactions associated with Herceptin in breast cancer were fever, nausea, vomiting, infusion reactions, diarrhea, infections, increased cough, headache, fatigue, dyspnea, rash, neutropenia, anemia, and myalgia
  • The most common adverse reactions associated with Herceptin in metastatic gastric cancer were neutropenia, diarrhea, fatigue, anemia, stomatitis, weight loss, upper respiratory tract infections, fever, thrombocytopenia, mucosal inflammation, nasopharyngitis, and dysgeusia

You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.

Please see additional select Important Safety Information throughout, and the accompanying full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS.