Simplefill is committed to helping Americans who are struggling to pay for the prescription medications they need to manage or prevent medical conditions like shingles. Continue reading to learn about our Shingrix patient assistance program, and apply today.
What Is Shingrix?
Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine) is a vaccine intended to prevent shingles in adults 50 years of age and over. Only people who have had chickenpox can develop shingles. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
Shingrix is administered by a healthcare professional in two intramuscular injections given two to six months apart.
What Does Simplefill Provide?
Most people who had chicken pox as children recover from the infection and remain blissfully unaware that the virus is hiding out in them, suppressed by their immune system. However, those whose immune system begins to weaken due to age or illness and develop shingles may feel its effects for years to come. The initial painful blistered rash often is followed by postherpetic nerve pain, or neuralgia, that can linger for and become a chronic condition. The Shingrix vaccine can prevent shingles and its painful complications, but only for those who can afford it.
It’s not common knowledge that there are patient assistance programs that can help with the cost of Shingrix and the costly medications often needed to manage chronic diseases. Simplefill has tackled that challenge by raising public awareness about patient assistance. And we’re proud of the role we play in connecting people that need patient assistance with the programs and organizations that can help them.
How Does Shingrix Work?
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which remains dormant in the body for years after a chickenpox infection. The virus is kept at bay by the body’s immune system but can reactivate if the immune system can no longer mount a strong enough defense. Shingrix contains parts of the non-live virus—a single protein found in the outer shell of the herpes zoster virus—and an adjuvant that helps strengthen and lengthen the immune response.
How to Get Shingrix Prescription Assistance
Life is complicated enough without dealing with a lot of paperwork to get the prescription assistance you need. So we’ve made our process as simple as possible, without a single form for you to complete. In fact, all you have to do to get started is:
- Apply for Simplefill membership, either online or by phone at 1(877)386-0206.
- Answer a few questions during a brief telephone intake interview with one of our patient advocates.
We’ll take care of everything else. Specifically, we’ll:
- Develop your Simplefill member profile using the information you provided during your intake interview.
- Use your profile to identify the most appropriate patient assistance programs for your particular circumstances
- Create and submit applications on your behalf
- Get you enrolled once your application has been approved
Before long, you’ll receive patient assistance, and we’ll stay on top of things to ensure you continue to do so—not only for Shingrix, but for any new medications you may be prescribed in the future. That’s why it’s so important for you to keep us informed of changes in your medical status, income, and insurance coverage. As soon as you notify us of any such changes, we’ll update your member profile and get to work to find you patient assistance for any new medications you may need.
Enroll with Simplefill today, and you’ll soon be paying much less for your Shingrix vaccine.