Safety Information
 

RITUXAN Access Solutions—Connecting You to the Medicine You Need

Regardless of your insurance status, we can help:

  • Find out if your health plan pays for your medicine
  • Guide you through the reimbursement process
  • Connect you with programs that may help you with out-of-pocket costs
  • Give you and your doctor’s office personal help from a member of our support team

Contact RITUXAN Access Solutions

The Genentech BioOncology Co-pay Card

At Genentech, we are committed to helping patients access the treatment they need. That's why we offer the Genentech BioOncology Co-pay Card. If you are eligible, this card can help lower the out-of-pocket costs like co-payments, co-insurance or deductibles for your Genentech cancer therapy.

  • Out-of-pocket costs are the part of your treatment that your healthcare plan requires you to pay. Check eligibility

Contact RITUXAN Access Solutions to learn more about the Genentech BioOncology Co-pay Card

Genentech® Access to Care Foundation

The Genentech Access to Care Foundation (GATCF) helps patients who do not have insurance coverage for a Genentech medicine. Qualified patients enrolled in GATCF receive their medicine free of charge.

  • We are committed to helping you get our medicines regardless of your ability to pay
  • If you have no insurance, or your health insurance plan denies you coverage for RITUXAN, you can work with your doctor’s office to apply to GATCF for free medicine

Contact RITUXAN Access Solutions to learn more about the Genentech Access to Care Foundation (GATCF)

This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Discuss with your doctor any questions you have about your medical condition or your treatment.

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INDICATIONS

RITUXAN® (Rituximab) is indicated for the treatment of:

  • CD20-positive chronic lymphocytic leukemia in combination with FC chemotherapy as an initial treatment or as a treatment after disease has recurred

People with serious infections should not receive RITUXAN.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about RITUXAN?

Tell your doctor right away about any side effect you experience. RITUXAN can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:

  • Infusion Reactions: may occur during or within 24 hours of your infusion. Your doctor should give you medicines before your treatment. Symptoms can include hives, rash, itching, facial or oral swelling, sudden cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, weakness, dizziness, feeling faint, racing heart, or chest pain
  • Severe Skin and Mouth Reactions: symptoms can include painful sores, ulcers, or blisters on your skin, lips or mouth; peeling skin; rash; or pustules
  • Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Reactivation: may cause serious liver problems including liver failure and death. If you have had hepatitis B or are a carrier of HBV, receiving RITUXAN could cause the virus to become an active infection again. You should not receive RITUXAN if you have active HBV liver disease. Your doctor will do blood tests to check for HBV infection prior to treatment and will monitor you during and for several months following your treatment
  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML): a rare, serious brain infection that can lead to severe disability and death and for which there is no known prevention, treatment, or cure. Symptoms can include difficulty thinking, loss of balance, changes in speech or walking, weakness on one side of your body, or blurred or lost vision

What are the additional possible serious side effects of RITUXAN?

Tell your doctor right away about any side effect you experience. RITUXAN can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:

  • Tumor Lysis Syndrome (TLS): may cause kidney failure and the need for dialysis treatment, abnormal heart rhythm, and can lead to death. Your doctor may give you medicines before your treatment to help prevent TLS
  • Serious Infections: can happen during and after treatment and can lead to death. These infections may be bacterial, fungal, or viral. Symptoms can include fever; cold or flu symptoms; earache or headache; pain during urination; white patches in the mouth or throat; cuts or scrapes that are red, warm, swollen, or painful
  • Heart Problems: symptoms can include chest pain and irregular heartbeats that may require treatment. Your doctor may need to stop your treatment
  • Kidney Problems: your doctor should do blood tests to check how well your kidneys are working
  • Stomach and Serious Bowel Problems: can include blockage or tears in the bowel that can lead to death. Stomach area pain during treatment can be a symptom
  • Low Blood Cell Counts: your blood cell counts may be monitored during treatment

The most common side effects of RITUXAN are infusion reactions, chills, infections, body aches, tiredness, and low white blood cells.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. It is not known if RITUXAN may harm your unborn baby or pass into your breast milk. Women should use birth control while using RITUXAN and for 12 months after treatment.

Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all of the possible side effects of RITUXAN. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Please see the RITUXAN full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, for additional important safety information at www.RITUXAN.com.

You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.