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Frequently Asked Questions
About Genentech BioOncology® Access Solutions
What is Genentech BioOncology Access Solutions?
Genentech BioOncology Access Solutions is a resource for people who
take a Genentech medicine. We connect you to the medicine you
I Am Concerned About Paying for COTELLIC and ZELBORAF
My co-pays for COTELLIC and ZELBORAF are too high. How can you help me?
There may be options to help you get the Genentech medicine your
doctor has prescribed. Genentech BioOncology Access Solutions can
refer you to patient assistance options.
Getting My Medicine
Can I pick up my Genentech medicine from my local pharmacy?
You can’t get your Genentech medicine from your local pharmacy. Instead, it will come to you from a specialty pharmacy.
Your specialty pharmacy is different from your regular mail-order pharmacy. It handles drugs like COTELLIC and ZELBORAF.
When we check your coverage, we also refer you to a specialty pharmacy your health insurance plan will cover.
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 Genentech BioOncology Access Solutions
How do I enroll in Genentech BioOncology 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 Genentech BioOncology 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 COTELLIC and ZELBORAF. 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 COTELLIC and ZELBORAF
My health insurance plan will not cover COTELLIC and ZELBORAF. 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 Genentech BioOncology 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 Genentech BioOncology 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
If your healthcare provider prescribes ZELBORAF (vemurafenib), also read the Medication Guide that comes with ZELBORAF.
What is COTELLIC?
COTELLIC is a prescription medicine that is used with the medicine ZELBORAF, to treat a type of skin cancer called melanoma that has spread to other parts of the body or cannot be removed by surgery, and that has a certain type of abnormal “BRAF” gene.
Your healthcare provider will perform a test to make sure that COTELLIC is right for you.
It is not known if COTELLIC is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
Important Safety Information
- Avoid sunlight during treatment with COTELLIC. COTELLIC can make your skin sensitive to sunlight. You may burn more easily and get severe sunburns. When you go outside, wear clothes that protect your skin, including your head, face, hands, arms, and legs. Use lip balm and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
- COTELLIC may cause serious side effects, including risk of new skin cancers, bleeding problems, heart problems, severe rash, eye problems, liver problems, muscle problems (rhabdomyolysis), and skin sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity)
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, as COTELLIC can harm your unborn baby. Patients who take COTELLIC should use effective methods of birth control during treatment, and for 2 weeks after the final dose of COTELLIC
- Do not breastfeed during treatment with COTELLIC and for 2 weeks after the final dose
- Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take. Certain medicines may affect the blood levels of COTELLIC
- Common side effects of COTELLIC include diarrhea, sunburn or sun sensitivity, nausea, fever, and vomiting. COTELLIC can also cause changes in blood test results
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of COTELLIC.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.
Please see Full COTELLIC Prescribing Information and Patient Information for additional Important Safety Information.