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Knowing what to expect can make all the difference. We can help you
through each step of getting VENCLEXTA.
Frequently Asked Questions
About VENCLEXTA Access Solutions
What is VENCLEXTA Access Solutions?
VENCLEXTA Access Solutions is a resource for people who take
VENCLEXTA. We connect you to the medicine you need.
I Am Concerned About Paying for VENCLEXTA
My co-pays for VENCLEXTA are too high. How can you help me?
There may be options to help you get the VENCLEXTA your doctor has prescribed. VENCLEXTA Access Solutions can refer you to patient assistance options.
Getting My Medicine
Can I pick up my medicine from my local pharmacy?
You can’t get VENCLEXTA 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 VENCLEXTA.
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 VENCLEXTA 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 VENCLEXTA Access Solutions
How do I enroll in VENCLEXTA 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 VENCLEXTA 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 VENCLEXTA. 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 VENCLEXTA
My health insurance plan will not cover VENCLEXTA. What do I do?
If your health insurance plan will not cover VENCLEXTA, 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 VENCLEXTA 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 VENCLEXTA Access Solutions and my health insurance plan has changed. What do I do next?
If your insurance changes while you’re taking VENCLEXTA, 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
VENCLEXTA. If you qualify for GATCF, you could receive your medicine
It is your and your doctor's responsibility to complete and submit
all required paperwork to your health insurance plan. VENCLEXTA
Access Solutions 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
Use and Important Safety Information
What is VENCLEXTA® (venetoclax tablets)?
VENCLEXTA is a prescription medicine used to treat people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), with or without 17p deletion, who have received at least one prior treatment.
It is not known if VENCLEXTA is safe and effective in children.
Important Safety Information
What is the most important information I should know about VENCLEXTA?
VENCLEXTA can cause serious side effects, including:
Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS). TLS is caused by the fast breakdown of cancer cells. TLS can cause kidney failure, the need for dialysis treatment, and may lead to death. Your healthcare provider will do tests for TLS. It is important to keep your appointments for blood tests. You will receive other medicines before starting and during treatment with VENCLEXTA to help reduce your risk of TLS. You may also need to receive intravenous (IV) fluids into your vein. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of TLS during treatment with VENCLEXTA, including fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, confusion, shortness of breath, seizures, irregular heartbeat, dark or cloudy urine, unusual tiredness, or muscle or joint pain.
Drink plenty of water when taking VENCLEXTA to help reduce your risk of getting TLS.
Drink 6 to 8 glasses (about 56 ounces total) of water each day, starting 2 days before your first dose,
on the day of your first dose of VENCLEXTA, and each time your dose is increased.
Who should not take VENCLEXTA?
Certain medicines must not be taken when you first start taking VENCLEXTA and while your dose is being slowly increased because of the risk of increased tumor lysis syndrome.
- Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. VENCLEXTA and other medicines may affect each other, causing serious side effects.
- Do not start new medicines during treatment with VENCLEXTA without first talking with your healthcare provider.
Before taking VENCLEXTA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have kidney or liver problems.
- Have problems with your body salts or electrolytes, such as potassium, phosphorus, or calcium.
- Have a history of high uric acid levels in your blood or gout.
- Are scheduled to receive a vaccine. You should not receive a “live vaccine” before, during, or after treatment with VENCLEXTA until your healthcare provider tells you it is okay. If you are not sure about the type of immunization or vaccine, ask your healthcare provider. These vaccines may not be safe or may not work as well during treatment with VENCLEXTA.
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. VENCLEXTA may harm your unborn baby. If you are able to become pregnant, your healthcare provider should do a pregnancy test before you start treatment with VENCLEXTA, and you should use effective birth control during treatment and for 30 days after the last dose of VENCLEXTA.
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if VENCLEXTA passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with VENCLEXTA.
What should I avoid while taking VENCLEXTA?
You should not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit, Seville oranges (often used in marmalades),
or starfruit while you are taking VENCLEXTA. These products may increase the amount of VENCLEXTA in your blood.
What are the possible side effects of VENCLEXTA?
VENCLEXTA can cause serious side effects, including:
- Low white blood cell count (neutropenia). Low white blood cell counts are common with VENCLEXTA but can also be severe. Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check your blood counts during treatment with VENCLEXTA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have a fever or any signs of an infection.
The most common side effects of VENCLEXTA when used in combination with rituximab include low white blood cell count, diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infection, cough, tiredness, and nausea.
The most common side effects of VENCLEXTA when used alone include low white blood cell count, diarrhea, nausea, upper respiratory tract infection, low red blood cell count, tiredness, low platelet count, muscle and joint pain, swelling of your arms, legs, hands, and feet, and cough.
VENCLEXTA may cause fertility problems in males. This may affect your ability to father a child. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about fertility.
These are not all the possible side effects of VENCLEXTA. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.