Drug Access Program for cancer patients in partnership with Novartis
Indiabulls CSR Initiative - Drug Access Program for cancer patients in partnership with Novartis
As part of our deep commitment to social causes, Indiabulls has taken up this noble project named “Novartis Oncology Access” in partnership with Novartis (manufacturer of drugs) & Max foundation (NGO). We as the financial partner are helping them assess actual income of patient & family & based on assessed income; recommend the drugs donation slab as per approved guidelines & SOP.
Novartis are the developers & makers of Glivec (Imatinib) - a medication for the treatment of Ph+ chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase, accelerated phase and blast crisis for both pediatric and adult patients. This drug is also indicated for adult patients with adjuvant, unresectable and/or metastatic c-kit / cd-117 gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). Tasigna (nilotinib) a drug recently launched by Novartis is used as medication for the treatment of Ph+ chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase, accelerated phase and blast crisis for only adult patients.
The NOA program is a drug access program for to help patients who have been prescribed Glivec and Tasigna but cannot afford to pay for the entire treatment cost. This program is run by Novartis along with it’s partner Physicians- enrolls patient under this program after diagnosis, The MAX Foundation- independent NGO – Assist patient throughout the program in completing formalities & procurement of medicines, Indiabulls Housing Finance - independent body for financial evaluation of patient, collection & safekeeping the submitted documents with confidentiality and C&F outlets – Independent pharmacist, dispenses drugs to patients & manage drug inventory.
Indiabulls Housing Finance : As a NOA partner we are performing task of the local credit evaluation agency which works as an independent and unbiased body for the financial analysis and assessment of the patient and family members’ earning capacity to afford medical expenses on critical disease. The analysis bases on income levels assessment by way of financial evaluation ,field verification, living standard, personal discussion with patient/ care taker & guidelines as per standard operating procedure (SOP) which is prepared by Novartis based on the WHO guidelines for drug donation programs using Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) cost of living index, a well-established international guide often used as eligibility criteria for determining access to drug assistance programs. Based on the family composite Income a suitable donation decision is given.
Indiabulls has designated a dedicated Help-Line Number: 022 30491720 that will receive patient calls during office hours (9:00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.) so it may handle in-bound calls in response only to queries regarding the submission of requirements for the NOA. For any medical or clinical queries, Indiabulls Housing Finance refer patients to their treating physician.