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Frequently Asked Questions
About Esbriet Access Solutions
What is Esbriet Access Solutions?
Esbriet 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 Esbriet
My co-pays for Esbriet are too high. How can you help me?
There may be options to help you get the Genentech medicine your doctor has prescribed. Esbriet 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 Esbriet.
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 Esbriet Access Solutions
How do I enroll in Esbriet 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 Esbriet 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 Esbriet. 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 Esbriet
My health insurance plan will not cover Esbriet. 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 Esbriet 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 Esbriet 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
Esbriet is a prescription medicine used to treat people with a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
It is not known if Esbriet is safe and effective in children.
Select Important Safety Information
Before you take Esbriet, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have liver problems.
- have kidney problems.
- are a smoker.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Esbriet will harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Esbriet passes into your breast milk.
You and your doctor should decide if you will take Esbriet or breastfeed.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What should I avoid while taking Esbriet?
- Sunlight. Esbriet can make your skin sensitive to the sun and the light from sunlamps and tanning beds. You could get a severe sunburn. Use sunscreen (SPF 50) and wear a hat and clothes that cover your skin if you have to be in sunlight. Talk to your doctor if you get sunburn or a rash.
- Taking Esbriet with other medicines that can make your skin sensitive to the sun, the light from sunlamps and tanning beds.
- Smoking. Smoking may affect how well Esbriet works.
What are the possible side effects of Esbriet?
Esbriet may cause serious side effects, including:
- liver problems. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained symptoms such as yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes (jaundice), dark or brown (tea-colored) urine, pain on the upper right side of your stomach area (abdomen), bleeding or bruising more easily than normal, or feeling tired. Your doctor will do blood tests to check how your liver is working during your treatment with Esbriet.
- sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity) and rash. See “What should I avoid while taking Esbriet?”
- stomach problems. Esbriet may cause stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn, and stomach pain. Tell your doctor right away if your stomach problems get worse or do not go away. Your doctor may need to change your dose of Esbriet.
The most common side effects of Esbriet include feeling tired, insomnia, upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, headache, dizziness, decreased weight and decreased or loss of appetite.
These are not all the possible side effects of Esbriet.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. 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.