You’ve been prescribed Esbriet. What’s next?

Knowing what to expect can make all the difference

Esbriet® (pirfenidone) may be different from other medicines you’ve taken in the past because it is considered a specialty medicine. This means that the medicine gets delivered to your home by a specialty pharmacy. Before that happens, there are a few steps you should complete.

Our team is here to help you get started and support you every step of the way.

3 steps for starting your Esbriet treatment

Learn about Esbriet and sign up for support services

Confirm your insurance coverage and learn about your financial assistance options

Schedule your Esbriet delivery

Learn more about Esbriet and sign up for support services

As you start treatment with Esbriet, you may have questions. The Esbriet​® Inspiration Program™ is a free resource designed to help you as you start and continue on your treatment journey.

When you enroll, you will receive: 
  • Information about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and treatment
  • Encouragement from other people taking Esbriet
  • Free one-on-one educational sessions about IPF and Esbriet*

*Genentech’s educators do not provide medical advice. If you have questions about your health or treatment, you are encouraged to contact your healthcare provider.

Confirm your coverage and learn about assistance options

You are not alone. Many people have concerns about treatment costs. Rest assured that Esbriet is covered by most health insurance plans.1 However, it is important you understand your specific health insurance benefits and plan restrictions.

Even with health insurance, you might feel concerned about the cost of your treatment. If you are eligible, there may be ways to help you pay for your Esbriet: 
  • Independent co-pay assistance foundations
  • Extra Help program from Medicare
  • The Esbriet $5 Co-pay Program
  • The Genentech® Access to Care Foundation (GATCF)§
Esbriet Access Solutions is a program that helps people who are taking Esbriet. It can find out: 
  • If your health insurance covers your Esbriet 
  • How much your co-pay will be 
  • Which patient assistance option may be right for you

Reference: 1. Zitter Health Insights. Policy & Access Tracking Tool for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Published September 2017.

Schedule your Esbriet delivery

Esbriet might be a little different from other medicines you’ve taken. You won’t pick your prescription up from your local drugstore—instead, a specialty pharmacy delivers Esbriet to your home.
  • Be sure to answer or return calls from your specialty pharmacy 
  • Your specialty pharmacy will call up to 3 times to schedule the shipment for a time when you will be home 

Independent co-pay assistance foundations have their own rules for eligibility. We cannot guarantee a foundation will help you. We only can refer you to a foundation that supports your disease state. We do not endorse or show financial preference for any particular foundation. The foundations we refer you to are not the only ones that might be able to help you.
The Esbriet $5 Co-pay Program is available only for commercially insured patients. Patients using Medicare, Medicaid or any other government-funded program to pay for their medications are not eligible. It requires a valid, on-label prescription and cannot be combined with any other rebate/coupon, free trial or similar offer for the specified prescription. It is available only for a patient (or their guardian) who is 18 years or older. It is not valid for medications the patient receives for free or that are eligible to be reimbursed by private insurance plans or other health care or pharmaceutical assistance programs that reimburse the patient in whole or in part for the medication. It is valid only for Genentech products in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Esbriet $5 Co-pay Program is not health insurance or a benefit plan. Please see full terms and conditions at
§If you have health insurance, you must have already tried other types of patient assistance to qualify for free Genentech medicine from GATCF. This includes Genentech co-pay cards and support from independent co-pay assistance foundations. You must also meet financial criteria. If you do not have insurance, you must meet different financial criteria.