ASSIST for TYVASO (treprostinil)

Coverage & Reimbursement

If you decide that Tyvaso is right for your patient, support is available at initiation of treatment and as needed throughout the patient journey. ASSIST is a centralized referral hub for Tyvaso that facilitates the referral process for patients.

For any questions about the forms, the status of referrals, or available financial support programs for patients, please contact your ASSIST Associate.

Benefit investigations

ASSIST can conduct a benefit investigation to help research and verify whether your patient’s prescribed medication is covered, their estimated co-payments, if prior authorization is required, and which Specialty Pharmacy the health plan prefers.

Prior Authorization (PA)

  • PAH medications typically require prior authorization
  • Prior Authorization requirements will vary by health plan or PBM

The downloadable PA Checklist is a resource that provides a list of general information typically requested by a health plan or a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) to render a decision on medications used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Please verify the specific health plan or PBM coverage criteria and policies for your patient’s prescribed medication. Coverage criteria and patient’s out-of-pocket cost varies.

 These codes are not all-inclusive; appropriate codes can vary by patient, setting of care, and payer. Correct coding is the responsibility of the provider submitting the claim for the item or service. Please check with the payer to verify codes and special billing requirements. United Therapeutics does not make any representation or guarantee concerning reimbursement or coverage for any service or item.

Many payers will not accept unspecified codes. If you use an unspecified code, please check with your payer.

Denial and appeal resources

If your patient’s prior authorization is denied, you may be able to appeal the determination with the insurance company. An ASSIST Associate can help you coordinate an appeal with the insurer by providing insurer-specific forms, contact information, and sample letters for reference.

You may call ASSIST at 1-877-864-8437, and select the prompt for Tyvaso Prescribers.

INDICATION

Tyvaso (treprostinil) is a prostacyclin vasodilator indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (WHO Group 1) to improve exercise ability. Studies establishing effectiveness included predominately patients with NYHA Functional Class III symptoms and etiologies of idiopathic or heritable PAH (56%) or PAH associated with connective tissue diseases (33%).

The effects diminish over the minimum recommended dosing interval of 4 hours; treatment timing can be adjusted for planned activities.

While there are long-term data on use of treprostinil by other routes of administration, nearly all controlled clinical experience with inhaled treprostinil has been on a background of bosentan (an endothelin receptor antagonist) or sildenafil (a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor). The controlled clinical experience was limited to 12 weeks in duration.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
  • The efficacy of Tyvaso has not been established in patients with significant underlying lung disease (such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Patients with acute pulmonary infections should be carefully monitored to detect any worsening of lung disease and loss of drug effect
  • Tyvaso is a pulmonary and systemic vasodilator. In patients with low systemic arterial pressure, Tyvaso may cause symptomatic hypotension
  • Titrate slowly in patients with hepatic or renal insufficiency, as exposure to treprostinil may be increased in these patients
  • Tyvaso inhibits platelet aggregation and increases the risk of bleeding
  • Co-administration of the cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2C8 enzyme inhibitor gemfibrozil may increase exposure to treprostinil. Co-administration of the CYP2C8 enzyme inducer rifampin may decrease exposure to treprostinil. Increased exposure is likely to increase adverse events, whereas decreased exposure is likely to reduce clinical effectiveness
DRUG INTERACTIONS / SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
  • The concomitant use of Tyvaso with diuretics, antihypertensives, or other vasodilators may increase the risk of symptomatic hypotension
  • Co-administration of the CYP2C8 enzyme inhibitor gemfibrozil increases exposure to oral treprostinil. Co-administration of the CYP2C8 enzyme inducer rifampin decreases exposure to oral treprostinil. It is unclear if the safety and efficacy of treprostinil by the inhalation route are altered by inhibitors or inducers of CYP2C8
  • Limited case reports of treprostinil use in pregnant women are insufficient to inform a drug-associated risk of adverse developmental outcomes. However, pulmonary arterial hypertension is associated with an increased risk of maternal and fetal mortality. There are no data on the presence of treprostinil in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production
  • Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established
ADVERSE REACTIONS
  • The most common adverse reactions seen with Tyvaso in ≥4% of PAH patients and more than 3% greater than placebo in the placebo-controlled clinical study were cough (54% vs 29%), headache (41% vs 23%), throat irritation/ pharyngolaryngeal pain (25% vs 14%), nausea (19% vs 11%), flushing (15% vs <1%), and syncope (6% vs <1%). In addition, adverse reactions occurring in ≥10% of patients were dizziness and diarrhea

For additional information please see Full Prescribing Information or call Customer Service at 1-877-UNITHER (1-877-864-8437)