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Frequently Asked Questions
About Avastin Access Solutions
What is Avastin Access Solutions?
Avastin Access Solutions is a resource for people who take a
Genentech medicine. We connect you to the medicine you need.
I Am Concerned About Paying for Avastin
My co-pays for Avastin are too high. How can you help me?
There may be options to help you get the Genentech medicine your doctor has prescribed. Avastin Access Solutions can refer you to patient assistance options.
Getting My Medicine
How long will it take to get my medicine?
You might not be able to get your Genentech medicine right away. First, your doctor’s office or specialty pharmacy will have to check to make sure your health insurance plan covers your medicine. This is called a “benefits investigation.” They also might have to send some more information before your plan covers your medicine. This is called a “prior authorization.”
Enrolling in Avastin Access Solutions
How do I enroll in Avastin Access Solutions?
- You fill out a form called the PAN.
- Your doctor fills out a form called the SMN. You do not have to fill out anything on this form.
- Your doctor sends both of these forms to Avastin Access Solutions.
There are 2 ways to fill out the PAN form:
- You can fill out the form online
- You can download and print it to fill out a paper copy
Why do I need to sign the PAN form?
The PAN form lets us discuss your health information with your doctor
and your health insurance plan. We can’t work with you without a
I submitted the PAN online or gave the signed PAN to my doctor. Is there anything else I need to do to enroll?
You do not need to do anything else, but your doctor does. He or she needs to submit a form called the SMN. The SMN tells us your doctor wants to treat you with Avastin. Make sure your doctor has sent us the SMN so you get help from us.
You do not need to fill out anything on the SMN form.
My Health Plan Denied Coverage for Avastin
My health insurance plan will not cover Avastin. What do I do?
If your health insurance plan will not cover your Genentech medicine, you and your doctor’s office can file an appeal. Contact your doctor to ask if you should file an appeal.
We have resources to help you and your doctor file an appeal.
Does Avastin Access Solutions send the appeal to my health insurance plan?
We have resources to help you and your doctor file an appeal. You or
your doctor’s office has to file the appeal directly with your health
How long does an appeal take?
This depends on your health insurance plan. You should ask your plan directly about its process. Sometimes the appeals process is quick. However, it can take several months if you have to appeal several times.
My Insurance Might Change
I am enrolled in Avastin Access Solutions and my health insurance plan has changed. What do I do next?
If your insurance changes while you’re taking your Genentech
medicine, call us. We can help you understand your new coverage.
I no longer have a health insurance plan. What should I do?
GATCF helps people who don't have health insurance. It also helps
people who have health insurance but have trouble paying for their
Genentech medicine. If you qualify for GATCF, you could receive your
medicine for free.
It is your and your doctor's responsibility to complete and submit
all required paperwork to your health insurance plan. Genentech
cannot guarantee your plan will cover any treatments.
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
What it Treats
- Metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) for first- or second-line treatment in combination with intravenous 5-fluorouracil–based chemotherapy. It is also approved to treat mCRC for second-line treatment, when used with fluoropyrimidine-based (combined with irinotecan or oxaliplatin) chemotherapy, after cancer progresses following a first-line treatment that includes Avastin
- Avastin is not approved for use after the primary treatment of colon cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.
- Advanced nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, in people who have not received chemotherapy for their advanced disease.
- Metastatic kidney cancer (mRCC) when used with interferon alfa.
- Glioblastoma (GBM) in adult patients whose cancer has progressed after prior treatment (recurrent or rGBM).
- Advanced cervical cancer (CC) in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin or paclitaxel and topotecan, is approved to treat persistent, recurrent, or metastatic cancer of the cervix.
- Ovarian cancer (OC). Avastin, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, followed by Avastin alone, is used for the treatment of patients with advanced (Stage III or IV) epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer following initial surgery.
Avastin in combination with paclitaxel, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin or topotecan, is approved to treat platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer (prOC) in women who received no more than two prior chemotherapy treatments.
Avastin, either in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel or with carboplatin and gemcitabine, followed by Avastin alone, is approved for the treatment of patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer (psOC)
BOXED WARNINGS and Additional Important Safety Information
Possible serious side effects
Everyone reacts differently to Avastin therapy. So, it’s important to know what the side effects are. Although some people may have a life-threatening side effect, most do not. Your doctor will stop treatment if any serious side effects occur. Be sure to contact your health care team if there are any signs of these side effects.
Most serious side effects (not common, but sometimes fatal):
- GI perforation. A hole that develops in your stomach or intestine. Symptoms include pain in your abdomen, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or fever.
- Wounds that don’t heal. A cut made during surgery can be slow to heal or may not fully heal. Avastin should not be used for at least 28 days before or after surgery and until surgical wounds are fully healed.
- Serious bleeding. This includes vomiting or coughing up blood; bleeding in the stomach, brain, or spinal cord; nosebleeds; and vaginal bleeding. If you recently coughed up blood or had serious bleeding, be sure to tell your doctor.
Other possible serious side effects
- Abnormal passage in the body. This type of passage—known as a fistula—is an irregular connection from one part of the body to another and can sometimes be fatal.
- Severe high blood pressure. Blood pressure that severely spikes or shows signs of affecting the brain. Blood pressure should be monitored every 2 to 3 weeks while on Avastin and after stopping treatment.
- Kidney problems. These may be caused by too much protein in the urine and can sometimes be fatal.
- Infusion reactions. These were uncommon with the first dose (less than 3% of patients). 0.2% of patients had severe reactions. Infusion reactions include high blood pressure or severe high blood pressure that may lead to stroke, trouble breathing, decreased oxygen in red blood cells, a serious allergic reaction, chest pain, headache, tremors, and excessive sweating. Your doctor or nurse will monitor you for signs of infusion reactions.
- Severe stroke or heart problems. These may include blood clots, mini-stroke, heart attack, chest pain, and your heart may become too weak to pump blood to other parts of your body (congestive heart failure). These can sometimes be fatal.
- Nervous system and vision problems. Signs include headache, seizure, high blood pressure, sluggishness, confusion, and blindness.
Side effects seen most often
In clinical studies across different types of cancer, some patients experienced the following side effects:
- High blood pressure
- Too much protein in the urine
- Rectal bleeding
- Back pain
- Taste change
- Dry skin
- Inflammation of the skin
- Inflammation of the nose
- Watery eyes
Avastin is not for everyone
Talk to your doctor if you are:
- Undergoing surgery. Avastin should not be used for 28 days before or after surgery and until surgical wounds are fully healed.
- Pregnant or think you are pregnant. Data have shown that Avastin may harm your unborn baby. Use birth control while on Avastin. If you stop Avastin, you should keep using birth control for 6 months before trying to become pregnant.
- Planning to become pregnant. Taking Avastin could cause a woman’s ovaries to stop working and may impair her ability to have children.
- Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding while on Avastin may harm your baby and is therefore not recommended during and for 6 months after taking Avastin.
If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, talk to your doctor.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.
Please see full Product Information, including Serious Side Effects, for additional important safety information.