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    Generic for Tarceva
    25 tablets $52.5 USD
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Do you need a prescription for erlotinib?

Yes, erlotinib is only available with a valid physician Rx.

How much is erlotinib without Insurance in the US?

Our website gives two competitive savings options to US customers who wish to purchase erlotinib, as either a brand or generic, if available. The first is access to medications through our mail-order online pharmacy. The second is by using the Now Patient Rx Advantage Card, which can be used in over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. If you are insured, then in most cases, the cash price will be significantly cheaper than the copay.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for erlotinib in the US?

There are no out-of-pocket (OOP) costs because we are currently only offering a cash-based option to purchase medications.

Is Now Patient a erlotinib savings card?

Yes. Save up to 90% on your erlotinib with the FREE Now Patient Rx Advantage card*.
*Based on the difference between the U&C submitted by the pharmacy and the price the patients pay.

Can you handle Rx transfers for home delivery in the US?

Yes. If you use the mail-order online pharmacy option, then we can handle requests by you to have your prescription transferred to our pharmacy for home delivery. We can even help you manage your refills by giving you timely reminders, so you do not run out of your medication.

Is Now Patient a erlotinib coupon provider in the US?

No. Now Patient does not provide erlotinib coupons or FREE erlotinib samples.

Do you accept commercial, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for erlotinib in the US?

No. Currently, we only offer cash-based options for purchase, therefore we do not require your insurance benefit details. In the future, our plan is to be able to handle commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid including cases where you have multiple health plans that provide benefit coverage (e.g. Medicaid and Commercial). We also anticipate being able to handle more complex scenarios such as using primary insurance combined with a manufacturer copay assistance program.

Does Now Patient work with Medicare?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than Medicare copays. We do not bill Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug coverage). When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

Does Now Patient work with Commercial Insurance?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than commercial plan copays. We do not bill your commercial plan. When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

What should you do if you use too much erlotinib?


Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using erlotinib. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you’ve used too much erlotinib. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.


If you think it is an emergency, call 999 or find your nearest A&E
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Alternatively you can speak to one of our pharmacists or use the Now Patient app to make an appointment with your GP.

What should I do if I miss my dose?

There are occasions when people forget to take their medication at correct prescribed times. This may not only have an effect on potentially making the medication less effective but it may also inadvertently lead to taking doses too close together, thereby increasing the risks of side effects.

Click here to find out what to do if you forgot to take your medication

What is generic erlotinib?

Generic erlotinib refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.

FDA approval of erlotinib

Erlotinib is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of certain types of cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Active ingredient of erlotinib

The active ingredient of erlotinib is erlotinib hydrochloride.

US brand name of erlotinib and manufacturer

Erlotinib is FDA-approved in the US under the brand name Tarceva. It is manufactured by Genentech, Inc.

UK brand name of erlotinib and manufacturer

In the UK, erlotinib is available under the brand name Tarceva. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for erlotinib

A prescription (Rx) is required for erlotinib in both the US and the UK.

Availability of erlotinib in the UK with NHS prescription

Erlotinib is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by erlotinib

Erlotinib is an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) primarily used as first line treatment for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or (in combination with gemcitabine) metastatic pancreatic cancer. Erlotinib is effective in patients with or without EGFR mutations, but is more effective in patients with tumors showing EGFR mutations.

How does erlotinib work?

Erlotinib belongs to a class of medications known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the activity of a protein called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), which is involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells. By inhibiting EGFR, Erlotinib helps to slow down or stop the growth of cancer cells.

Forms of erlotinib available

Erlotinib is available in the form of oral tablets.

Dosage of erlotinib

The dose of erlotinib may vary depending on the individual’s condition, medical history, and response to the medication. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for erlotinib use

Erlotinib should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication is usually taken on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after a meal. Take antacids several hours before or after you take erlotinib. It is important to swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water and avoid crushing or chewing them. Continue taking erlotinib until disease progression or unacceptable levels of toxicity are reached.

Warnings and precautions for erlotinib

  • Interstitial lung disease – withhold erlotinib treatment for acute onset of new or progressive unexplained pulmonary symptoms
  • Renal failure – withhold treatment for severe renal toxicity
  • Hepatic impairment and hepatic failure
  • Gastrointestinal perforations)
  • Corneal perforation, ulceration or persistent severe keratitis
  • Hemorrhage in patients taking warfarin
  • Embryo-fetal toxicity
  • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking erlotinib

Use of erlotinib during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The use of erlotinib during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider. Erlotinib may harm the unborn baby and should not be used during pregnancy. It is also not recommended for use while breastfeeding.

Possible side effects of erlotinib

In clinical trials common side effects of erlotinib may include skin rash, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Serious side effects are possible but less common. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider. Get medical advice right away if you have a serious side effects such as an allergic reaction. Symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, worsening shortness of breath, sore throat, chest pain, swelling of the face, tongue or throat, skin rash, blisters, and serious skin reactions.

Interactions with other drugs

Erlotinib may interact with certain medications, including anticoagulants such as warfarin, certain antifungals such as itraconazole, and proton pump inhibitors such as esomeprazole. Erlotinib is mainly metabolized in the liver by the enzyme CYP3A4. Supplements that induce this enzyme such as St John’s wort reduce the effects of erlotinib. It is important to inform your healthcare professional about all the prescription drugs, over the counter nonprescription medications, salt substitutes, herbal products, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential adverse events and drug interactions.

Similar drugs to erlotinib

Other tyrosine kinase inhibitors used for the treatment of cancer include gefitinib, afatinib, and osimertinib.



Now Patient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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