COVID-19 update for Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection)

Acthar Patient Support is by your side during these unpredictable times. Your care is of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to remain open and provide one-on-one support.

Your dedicated team is ready to help.
Please call Acthar Patient Support at 1-888-435-2284
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 9 pm ET
Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm ET


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Assistance Options

The Patient and Acthar Coaching Team Logo No matter what type of insurance you have, we can help you explore your coverage options. Your Case Manager will guide you through the options and programs that may be available to you and that you may qualify for. We want you to have access to your prescribed treatment.

If you have commercial insurance, assistance may be available through the Commercial Co-pay Program*. You can work with your Case Manager to enroll in the program if you’re eligible.

Many commercial insurance plans cover Acthar, but if your insurance company won’t cover it or if you’ve had a change in your insurance coverage, you may be eligible for assistance. Your Case Manager can better help you understand your options and connect you with the appropriate resources.

If you have government insurance, Acthar Patient Support will help you understand your options for financial assistance.

To learn more about potential financial assistance options, visit ActharPatientSupport.com

Here’s what happens when your doctor submits your prescription to Acthar Patient Support:

  • You receive a welcome call from Acthar Patient Support:
    • If you miss the call, please call back toll-free at 1-888-435-2284
  • Depending on the situation, your Nurse Navigator or your Case Manager will discuss the process for obtaining insurance coverage, your co-pay or coinsurance, and injection training with you
  • An Acthar Welcome Letter and Starter Kit arrive at your home
  • Your Case Manager works with your doctor and insurance company to determine coverage. If you hear from your insurance company, please let your Case Manager know
  • Your Specialty Pharmacy calls to schedule delivery
    • Required: You must confirm delivery timing with the Specialty Pharmacy to receive Acthar
  • Acthar is shipped to your home in a refrigerated container
    • A signature is required for delivery because someone must be available to place the Acthar vials in the refrigerator when they are received
  • Optional: A licensed nurse can provide free injection training in your home, online, or by phone to help you or your care partner learn to inject Acthar on your own. If you are interested in this service, which is offered at no cost to you, let your Case Manager or Nurse Navigator know and he or she will work with your doctor on the request

Please note, if your doctor prescribes Acthar directly through a Specialty Pharmacy, Acthar Patient Support will not receive your information. Please contact your doctor's office to let them know that you would like to receive the services and support of Acthar Patient Support. Alternatively, call 1-888-435-2284 Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 9 PM ET and Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM ET to speak to a Case Manager about receiving Acthar Patient Support services.

*The Acthar Commercial Co-pay Program provides drug co-pay assistance of up to $25,000 per calendar year for each eligible patient. This program is not for patients receiving prescription reimbursement under any federal-, state-, or government-funded insurance programs or where prohibited by law. Additional terms and conditions and eligibility criteria apply. Mallinckrodt ARD LLC reserves the right to terminate or modify this program at any time without notice.

Need support now? Acthar Patient Support is available at 1-888-435-22841-888-435-2284
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 9 pm ET and Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm ET

Acthar is a prescription medicine for the reduction of proteinuria in people with nephrotic syndrome of the idiopathic type (unknown origin) without uremia (accumulation of urea in the blood due to malfunctioning kidneys) or that due to lupus erythematosus (lupus).

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IMPORTANT SAFETY
INFORMATION

DO NOT take Acthar until you have talked to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A skin condition called scleroderma
  • Bone density loss or osteoporosis
  • Any infections, including fungal, bacterial, or viral
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What is Acthar® Gel?

Acthar is a prescription medicine for the reduction of proteinuria in people with nephrotic syndrome of the idiopathic type (unknown origin) without uremia (accumulation of urea in the blood due to malfunctioning kidneys) or that due to lupus erythematosus (lupus).

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

DO NOT take Acthar until you have talked to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A skin condition called scleroderma
  • Bone density loss or osteoporosis
  • Any infections, including fungal, bacterial, or viral
  • Eye infections, such as ocular herpes simplex
  • Had recent surgery
  • Stomach ulcers or a history of stomach ulcers
  • Heart failure
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Allergies to pig-derived proteins
  • Have been given or are about to receive a live or live attenuated vaccine
  • Suspected congenital infections (in children under 2 years of age)
  • Cushing's syndrome or Addison's disease

What is Acthar® Gel?

Acthar is a prescription medicine for the reduction of proteinuria in people with nephrotic syndrome of the idiopathic type (unknown origin) without uremia (accumulation of urea in the blood due to malfunctioning kidneys) or that due to lupus erythematosus (lupus).

Acthar is injected beneath the skin or into the muscle.

Tell your doctor about any other health problems that you have. Give your doctor a complete list of medicines you are taking. Include all nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements that you are taking.

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

  • Never inject Acthar directly into a vein
  • Always inject Acthar beneath the skin or into the muscle
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for injecting Acthar
  • Never stop treatment suddenly unless your doctor tells you to do so
  • Try not to miss any scheduled doctor's appointments. It is important for the doctor to monitor you while taking Acthar

Acthar and corticosteroids have similar side effects.

  • You may be more likely to get new infections. Also, old infections may become active. Tell your doctor if you see any signs of an infection. Contact your doctor at the first sign of an infection or fever. Signs of infection are fever, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea. Other signs may be flu or any open cuts or sores
  • When taking Acthar long term, your adrenal gland may produce too much of a hormone called cortisol. This can result in symptoms of Cushing's syndrome. This may cause increased upper body fat, a rounded "moon" face, bruising easily, or muscle weakness
  • Sometimes when you stop taking Acthar long term, your body may not produce enough natural cortisol. This is called "adrenal insufficiency." Your doctor may prescribe a steroid medicine to protect you until the adrenal gland recovers
  • You might develop high blood pressure, or retain too much fluid. As a result of this, your doctor may recommend some changes to your diet, such as eating less salt and taking certain supplements
  • Vaccines may not work well when you are on Acthar. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines are safe to use when you are taking Acthar
  • Acthar may hide symptoms of other diseases. This can make it more difficult for your doctor to make a diagnosis if something else is going on
  • Stomach or intestinal problems. Acthar may increase the risk of bleeding stomach ulcers. Tell your doctor if you have stomach pains, bloody vomit, bloody or black stools, excessive tiredness, increased thirst, difficulty breathing, or increased heart rate
  • Taking Acthar can make you feel irritable or depressed. You may also have mood swings or trouble sleeping
  • If you have other conditions, such as diabetes or muscle weakness, you may find they get worse
  • You might develop certain eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or optic nerve damage
  • Your body may develop allergies to Acthar. Signs of allergic reaction are:
    • Skin rash and itching
    • Swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat
    • Trouble breathing
  • Long-term Acthar use can affect growth and physical development in children. This can be reversed when Acthar is no longer needed
  • Acthar may cause osteoporosis (weak bones)
  • Acthar might harm an unborn baby. Therefore, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant

What are the most common side effects of Acthar?

The most common side effects of Acthar are similar to those of steroids. They include:

  • Fluid retention
  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • Behavior and mood changes
  • Changes in appetite and weight

Specific side effects in children under 2 years of age include:

  • Increased risk of infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome
  • Thickening of the heart muscle (cardiac hypertrophy)
  • Weight gain

The above side effects may also be seen in adults and children over 2 years of age.

These are not all of the possible side effects of Acthar.

Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you, or that does not go away. Call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA. Call 1-800-FDA-10881-800-FDA-1088 or visit www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects by calling 1-800-844-28301-800-844-2830.

Please see full Prescribing Information for additional Important Safety Information.