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    • #32768
      John Eames
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      Any suggestions on paying for OFEV? Diagnosed in Feb. 2022 with IPF, Insurance wants $3000.08/Mth copay for OFEV. Have applied to the BI Cares program and was rejected. Have looked at offshore suppliers and found 1800Rx with a price of $1300/Mth. Does anyone have any experiance with 1800Rx or other offshore suppliers i.e. Canada. Thanks

    • #32770
      Ray Townsend
      Participant

      Hi John – sorry to hear about your diagnosis.  I’m a year ahead of you as I was diagnosed in Feb 2021.

      I live in the UK and here OFEV is free so I don’t have your difficult affordability problems.  However in the UK this medication is supplied by our health service with ‘strings attached’.  I won’t bore you with the details but this prompted me to do a bit of research into what I would do if my access to OFEV here was ever withdrawn.

      The first thing to say is that depending on where in the world you are looking, you often find this med under its ingredient name – Nintedanib so get used to using both names in any Google searches you do.

      The cheapest place to get OFEV/Nintedanib seems to be India where it is massively cheaper than the US but of course the problem is how do you know if the product you receive is genuine – particularly as the med only slows down the progression of IPF so you are unlikely to be able to accurately judge efficacy.

      If I ever need it, this is what I have decided to do (this is only my opinion):

      1. Get a prescription for OFEV.

      2. Find a reputable  Indian supplier.  Here is a POSSIBLE one to look at:  https://www.gnhindia.com/products/canada-drug-din/ofev-boehringer-ingelheim-canada-ltd-ltee-92761/ but do your own research.

      3. If the price is good and the process looks genuine, order a month’s supply.

      4. Pay to have the OFEV analysed in the US. (It will be generic Nitedanib but the composition should be the same).

      5.  If all is well then you have a way to get OFEV without selling your house!

      If you get any luck with this then please post your experiences back to the forum as it might help others.

      Good luck and best regards,

      Ray T

      Ps. I’ve been on OFEV for over a year now and thankfully I do not have any of the nasty side effects and my IPF appears to be stable.  I live in hope that one of the new meds in stage 2 & 3 trials will give us all more hope for the future.

    • #32775
      Millie
      Participant

      My pulmonologist handled the RX for me. I had to provide him with a copy of my latest Federal tax return and he included that with a RX for OFIV. I was approved to get it free. I was very surprised because my income is quite high, I think. I would ask my pulmonologist to do this if I were you.

      • #32778
        John Eames
        Participant

        Hi Ray

        Thanks for the great information. I will follow up with the India lead and see what happens.

        It is unconscionable to charge $3000/month for a life saving drug.

        Will let you know the progress.

        Thans Again

        John

    • #32806
      Rosemary
      Participant

      I would encourage you to check out the assistance provided by Healthwell Foundation. They offer grants in a variety of categories and their staff is very helpful.

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