LUCENTIS Distribution

Authorized Distributors

Genentech has contracted with a network of authorized specialty distributors to service practices choosing to purchase LUCENTIS through the buy and bill model. Customers can purchase LUCENTIS through authorized specialty distributors and wholesalers that have made a commitment to product integrity. These partners have agreed to distribute only products purchased directly from Genentech and not to distribute LUCENTIS through secondary channels.

Distributor Telephone Fax Web Orders
AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation 844-222-2273 816-464-4140 www.amerisourcebergen.com/abc/
Cardinal Health Specialty Distribution
800-926-3161
270-219-6000 (KY)
501-707-2800 (AR)
N/A www.cardinal.com
CuraScript SD 877-599-7748 800-862-6208 www.curascriptsd.com
McKesson US Pharmaceutical 855-625-4677 N/A connect.mckesson.com

 

Distributor Telephone Fax Web Orders
Besse Medical 800-543-2111 800-543-8695 www.besse.com
Cardinal Health Specialty Distribution 866-300-3838 N/A specialtyonline.cardinalhealth.com/eps/mycah
CuraScript SD 877-599-7748 800-862-6208 www.curascriptsd.com
McKesson Specialty Health 800-482-6700 
855-477-9700 
(Non-Oncology Customers)
800-289-9285 mscs.mckesson.com

 

Distributor Telephone Fax Web Orders
Besse Medical 800-543-2111 800-543-8695 www.besse.com
CuraScript SD 877-599-7748 800-862-6208 www.curascriptsd.com
Genentech-Lucentis 800-963-1778 N/A www.LUCENTISDirect.com
McKesson Specialty Health 855-477-9800
(Non-Oncology Customers)
N/A mscs.mckesson.com
Metro Medical (A Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions Company) 800-768-2002 615-256-4194 http://www.metromedicalorder.com

 

Distributor Telephone Fax Web Orders
Besse Medical 800-543-2111 800-543-8695 www.besse.com
Cardinal Health Specialty Distribution 866-300-3838 N/A specialtyonline.cardinalhealth.com/eps/mycah
CuraScript SD 877-599-7748 800-862-6208 www.curascriptsd.com
McKesson Specialty Health 800-482-6700 
855-477-9700 
(Non-Oncology Customers)
800-289-9285 mscs.mckesson.com

 

Genentech does not influence or advocate the use of any one specialty distributor or specialty pharmacy. We make no representation or guarantee of service or coverage of any item.

About Buy and Bill

With buy and bill, the practice purchases the medication in advance, then bills the patient’s health insurance plan for reimbursement. The practice is responsible for storing and handling the drug as well as collecting the patient’s co-pay for both the drug and its administration. With buy and bill, practices can maintain a stock of the drug, giving them the flexibility to treat patients when clinically appropriate.

About Specialty Pharmacies

LUCENTIS Access Solutions works with specialty pharmacies (SPs) to help patients receive their medicines.

An SP may provide the following services:

  • Reimbursement resources
  • Clinical services to support patients throughout their treatment
  • The ability to manage the specialty handling and shipping needs linked with many specialty therapies

You can work with your preferred SP or contact LUCENTIS Access Solutions to learn which SP the patient’s health insurance plan requires.

Genentech does not influence or advocate the use of any one specialty distributor or specialty pharmacy. We make no representation or guarantee of service or coverage of any item.

Spoilage Replacement Program

The Genentech Spoilage Replacement Program provides for replacement of infused, injected and self-administered products, which are prescribed and prepared for a labeled indication, yet not administered due to unforeseen patient clinical circumstances, subject to certain limitations and conditions set forth by Genentech.

Please contact Genentech Customer Service at (800) 551-2231 to submit a request for replacement of spoiled product or to obtain additional information about the Program.

To request replacement product:

  • Contact Genentech Customer Service at (800) 551-2231 to obtain the Genentech Spoilage Replacement Program Form
  • Complete the Genentech Spoilage Replacement Program Form and fax it back to Genentech Customer Service at (877) 329-6737 within 30 days of the spoilage event
  • The request may take up to 3 business days to review. If approved by Genentech, further instructions for returning product or completing a Certificate of Destruction will be provided
  • The spoiled product or completed Certificate of Destruction must be received by Genentech within 60 days of approval of the spoilage request
    • Replacement product generally ships within 11 business days following receipt of the spoiled product or completed Certificate of Destruction 

Important guidelines:

  • Each instance of spoilage replacement requires completion of the Spoilage Replacement Program Form. Replacement is on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of Genentech; please retain all original product packaging for returns processing
  • Genentech does not ship replacement product if the spoiled product has been used for an off-label indication
  • Genentech does not ship replacement product if ANY portion of the product has been administered
  • Genentech will only ship replacement product to licensed facilities
  • All spoilage replacement requests are subject to review by Genentech; returned product is subject to analysis
  • Replacement is not available if any amount has been billed to a patient or an insurance claim has been remitted to a payer
  • Requests are subject to certain limitations and conditions. Genentech has the right to modify or discontinue the Spoilage Replacement Program at any time without notice

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

SMN=Statement of Medical Necessity.

Important Safety Information & Indication

Indication

LUCENTIS® (ranibizumab injection) is indicated for the treatment of patients with:

  • Neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (wAMD)
  • Macular edema following retinal vein occlusion (RVO)
  • Diabetic macular edema (DME)
  • Diabetic retinopathy (Non Proliferative DR (NPDR) and Proliferative DR (PDR)) with diabetic macular edema (DME)
  • Myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV)

Important Safety Information

CONTRAINDICATIONS

LUCENTIS is contraindicated in patients with ocular or periocular infections or known hypersensitivity to ranibizumab or any of the excipients in LUCENTIS.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Intravitreal injections, including those with LUCENTIS, have been associated with endophthalmitis and retinal detachment. Proper aseptic injection technique should always be utilized when administering LUCENTIS. Patients should be monitored following the injection to permit early treatment, should an infection occur.

Increases in intraocular pressure (IOP) have been noted both pre-injection and post-injection (at 60 minutes) with LUCENTIS. Monitor intraocular pressure prior to and following intravitreal injection with LUCENTIS and manage appropriately.

Although there was a low rate of arterial thromboembolic events (ATEs) observed in the LUCENTIS clinical trials, there is a potential risk of ATEs following intravitreal use of VEGF inhibitors. ATEs are defined as nonfatal stroke, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or vascular death (including deaths of unknown cause).

Neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration

The ATE rate in the 3 controlled neovascular AMD studies during the first year was 1.9% (17 of 874) in the combined group of patients treated with 0.3 mg or 0.5 mg LUCENTIS compared with 1.1% (5 of 441) in patients from the control arms. In the second year of Studies AMD-1 and AMD-2, the ATE rate was 2.6% (19 of 721) in the combined group of LUCENTIS-treated patients compared with 2.9% (10 of 344) in patients from the control arms. In Study AMD-4, the ATE rates observed in the study during the first year were similar to rates observed in Studies AMD-1, AMD-2, and AMD-3.

In a pooled analysis of 2-year controlled studies (AMD-1, AMD-2, and a study of LUCENTIS used adjunctively with verteporfin photodynamic therapy), the stroke rate (including both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke) was 2.7% (13 of 484) in patients treated with 0.5 mg LUCENTIS compared to 1.1% (5 of 435) in patients in the control arms (odds ratio 2.2 [95% confidence interval (0.8-7.1)]).

Macular edema following retinal vein occlusion

The ATE rate in the 2 controlled RVO studies during the first 6 months was 0.8% in both the LUCENTIS and control arms of the studies (4 of 525 in the combined group of patients treated with 0.3 mg or 0.5 mg LUCENTIS and 2 of 260 in the control arms). The stroke rate was 0.2% (1 of 525) in the combined group of LUCENTIS-treated patients compared to 0.4% (1 of 260) in the control arms.

Diabetic macular edema and Diabetic Retinopathy

In a pooled analysis of Studies DME-1 and DME-2, the ATE rate at 2 years was 7.2% (18 of 250) with 0.5 mg LUCENTIS, 5.6% (14 of 250) with 0.3 mg LUCENTIS, and 5.2% (13 of 250) with control. The stroke rate at 2 years was 3.2% (8 of 250) with 0.5 mg LUCENTIS, 1.2% (3 of 250) with 0.3 mg LUCENTIS, and 1.6% (4 of 250) with control. At 3 years, the ATE rate was 10.4% (26 of 249) with 0.5 mg LUCENTIS and 10.8% (27 of 250) with 0.3 mg LUCENTIS; the stroke rate was 4.8% (12 of 249) with 0.5 mg LUCENTIS and 2.0% (5 of 250) with 0.3 mg LUCENTIS.

Fatal events occurred more frequently in patients with DME and DR at baseline treated monthly with LUCENTIS compared with control. A pooled analysis of Studies D-1 and D-2, showed that fatalities in the first 2 years occurred in 4.4% (11 of 250) of patients treated with 0.5 mg LUCENTIS, in 2.8% (7 of 250) of patients treated with 0.3 mg LUCENTIS, and in 1.2% (3 of 250) of control patients. Over 3 years, fatalities occurred in 6.4% (16 of 249) of patients treated with 0.5 mg LUCENTIS and in 4.4% (11 of 250) of patients treated with 0.3 mg LUCENTIS. Although the rate of fatal events was low and included causes of death typical of patients with advanced diabetic complications, a potential relationship between these events and intravitreal use of VEGF inhibitors cannot be excluded.

ADVERSE EVENTS

Serious adverse events related to the injection procedure that occurred in <'0.1% of intravitreal injections included endophthalmitis, rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, and iatrogenic traumatic cataract.

In the LUCENTIS Phase III clinical trials, the most common ocular side effects included conjunctival hemorrhage, eye pain, vitreous floaters, and increased intraocular pressure. The most common non-ocular side effects included nasopharyngitis, anemia, nausea, and cough.

As with all therapeutic proteins, there is the potential for an immune response in patients treated with LUCENTIS. The clinical significance of immunoreactivity to LUCENTIS is unclear at this time.

For additional safety information, please see LUCENTIS full prescribing information.