Acthar Support

Mallinckrodt, the distributor of Acthar, provides support to help make sure that all eligible patients who need Acthar can get access to the medicine. This includes pursuing insurance approvals, identifying payment assistance, and providing in-home injection training. Support specialists from the Acthar Support & Access Program (A.S.A.P.) coordinate all of these services for you at no cost to you.

Steps to Getting Acthar

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    Your doctor sends your prescription to A.S.A.P. He or she will let you know when this is done.
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    The process has begun. You’ll be receiving a call from A.S.A.P. within hours or a few days. It is very important that you take these calls and provide full information when it’s required.
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    A.S.A.P. will work directly with your doctor’s office and your insurer to secure the best coverage for Acthar at the lowest possible co-pay.
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    Once the Acthar prescription is approved by your insurer, A.S.A.P. sends it through to the specialty pharmacy that distributes Acthar.
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    The specialty pharmacy will call you to confirm your co-pay and schedule delivery of Acthar.
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    When the refrigerated container of Acthar is delivered to you, your signature is required.
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    If your doctor requested Home Injection Training Services (HITS) for you, a licensed nurse will call you to set up a time to visit you and provide training.
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    Begin treatment according to your doctor’s prescribed directions.

$0 Co-Pay Program for Eligible Patients

During the support process, A.S.A.P. identifies people who may be eligible to receive Acthar with a $0 co-pay. These people are US permanent residents who are (or have a legal representative who is) at least 18 years old, have been prescribed Acthar for an approved indication, and are commercially or privately insured. The $0 co-pay program is not available to people insured by a federal or state healthcare plan or where prohibited by law.

A.S.A.P. will discuss other options for financial assistance with you if you are not eligible for this program and need help affording Acthar.

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Who should NOT take Acthar?

You should not take Acthar if you have:

  • A skin condition called scleroderma
  • Bone density loss or osteoporosis
  • Any infections, including fungal, bacterial, or viral
  • Eye problems, such as ocular herpes simplex
  • Had recent surgery
  • Stomach ulcers or a history of ulcers
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure that is not controlled
  • Allergies to pig-derived proteins
  • Been recently given a vaccine or are about to take one
  • Suspected congenital infections (in children under 2 years of age)
  • A condition where your adrenal glands produce either too much of certain hormones (as with Cushing’s syndrome), or not enough (adrenal insufficiency)

Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions or any other health problems. Also, share with your doctor what medicines you are taking. Don’t forget to mention nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

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

  • Never inject Acthar directly into a vein, and always take Acthar as prescribed by your doctor
  • Never stop treatment suddenly unless your doctor tells you to
  • Try not to miss any scheduled doctor’s appointments, as it is important for the doctor to monitor you while taking Acthar

Acthar can cause side effects similar to those with steroid treatments. While taking Acthar, tell your doctor right away if you have any of the symptoms listed here:

  • Increased risk of infections. You may be more likely to get new infections. Also, old infections may become active. Before and during treatment, 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
  • Adrenal gland changes. When taking Acthar long term, your adrenal gland may produce too much of a hormone called cortisol, which may cause symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome, such as upper body fat, rounded “moon” face, bruising easily, or muscle weakness. Sometimes when you stop taking Acthar long term, your body may not produce enough cortisol on its own. This is called “adrenal insufficiency.” Your doctor may prescribe a steroid medicine to protect you until the adrenal gland recovers
  • Increased blood pressure, body salt, and fluid levels. Your doctor may check your blood pressure while you are being treated with Acthar. He or she may recommend some changes to your diet, such as eating less salt and taking certain supplements
  • Unpredictable response to vaccines. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines are safe to use when you are taking Acthar
  • Masking other conditions. 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 put you at increased risk for bleeding from the stomach or getting 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
  • Changes in mood or behavior. Taking Acthar can make you feel irritable or depressed. You may also have mood swings or trouble sleeping
  • Worsening of other medical conditions. If you have other conditions, such as diabetes or muscle weakness, you may find they get worse
  • Eye problems. It’s possible that you may develop certain eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or optic nerve damage
  • Allergic reactions. Your body may develop antibodies or become sensitive when Acthar is used long term. Signs of allergic reaction in children are:
    • Skin rash
    • Swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat
    • Trouble breathing
  • Problems with growth and physical development. Using Acthar long term can affect growth and physical development in children. This can be reversed when Acthar is no longer needed
  • Bone density loss. Acthar may cause osteoporosis at any age
  • Potential harm to unborn baby. 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
  • Changes in blood sugar
  • Increased 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
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome
  • Cardiac hypertrophy (thickening of the heart muscle)
  • 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-1088 or visit You may also report side effects by calling 1-800-778-7898.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection) [H P AK-thar jel]

What is H.P. Acthar Gel?

H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection) is used for:

  • Treatment for flares or on a regular basis (maintenance) in people with systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Treatment of infantile spasms in infants and children under 2 years of age
  • Treatment for adults with acute relapses or flares of multiple sclerosis (MS). Studies have shown H.P. Acthar Gel to be effective in speeding recovery from an MS relapse. However, there is no evidence that Acthar affects the ultimate outcome or natural history of the disease
  • 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 is due to lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Treatment for flares or on a regular basis (maintenance) in people with dermatomyositis or polymyositis (DM-PM)
  • Treatment for people with symptoms of sarcoidosis
  • Short-term add-on therapy in the event of symptoms suddenly worsening (flare) for psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (in some cases, may require low-dose maintenance therapy), and ankylosing spondylitis (fusion of the spinal vertebrae)
  • Treatment of severe acute and chronic allergic and inflammatory conditions affecting different parts of the eye. This can include the front part of the eye such as the cornea and iris, or the back part of the eye such as the optic nerve and retina
  • Short-term add-on therapy in the event of symptoms suddenly worsening (flare) for psoriatic arthritis
  • Add-on treatment for recurring symptoms, or on a regular basis, in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Acthar is injected beneath the skin or into the muscle.

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