Acthar is a prescription medicine for flares or on a regular basis (maintenance) in people with systemic dermatomyositis or polymyositis (DM-PM).

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Mallinckrodt Is Committed to Helping You From Referral to Relief

If you and your doctor determine that Acthar is right for you, Mallinckrodt ARD, Inc., the distributor of Acthar, wants to make sure you have all the resources you need to get your prescription.

Once your doctor prescribes Acthar, you will automatically have access to the Acthar Support & Access Program (A.S.A.P.)—a service available at no cost to you. It's made up of a team of professionals who are ready to guide you every step of the way. A.S.A.P. professionals:

  • Coordinate with a Specialty Pharmacy to ensure delivery to your home as fast as possible
  • Handle tracking and delivery of Acthar to your home

We are committed to helping identify sources of financial assistance for people who have been prescribed Acthar. The Acthar Commercial Co-pay Program is only available to eligible patients with commercial or private insurance. The program provides:

  • $0 co-pay per dispense of Acthar for most eligible patients with commercial and private insurance*
  • Streamlined enrollment over the phone during the Acthar Welcome Call
  • Automatic processing by the Acthar Specialty Pharmacy with no attempt to collect a co-payment

People who sign up for the Acthar Commercial Co-pay Program should expect a welcome call from the Acthar Support & Access Program (A.S.A.P.) Team to discuss eligibility.

  • Patients can also call A.S.A.P. toll-free at 1-888-435-2284 after the start form has been submitted by their doctor to ensure they are enrolled in the program
  • Patients who do not qualify can still call A.S.A.P. for help obtaining financial assistance through third-party programs and resources

Co-pay assistance and access programs


  • Help with evaluating insurance benefits
  • Provide assistance to healthcare professionals with insurance prior authorization processes
  • Provide qualified uninsured and underinsured patients with Acthar at no cost
  • Patients who do not qualify can still call A.S.A.P. for help obtaining financial assistance through third-party programs and resources§

*The Acthar Commercial Co-pay Program provides drug co-pay assistance of up to $25,000 per calendar year for eligible patients. This program is not for patients receiving prescription reimbursement under any federal-, state-, or government-funded insurance programs or where prohibited by law. Please see additional Terms and Conditions below.

Programs are administered via third-party organization.

§Programs are administered via an independent charitable organization.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The Acthar Commercial Co-pay Program provides drug co-pay assistance of up to $25,000 per calendar year for eligible patients
  • This program is valid for eligible, privately and commercially insured patients. For more details about the eligibility criteria, see below
  • This program is not valid for prescriptions for which payment may be made in whole or in part under federal or state health programs, including but not limited to Medicare or Medicaid
  • This program is not valid for uninsured patients
  • Program offer is limited to one membership per person and is not transferrable
  • Patients should consult their insurance provider concerning any limitations that may apply to this program under their insurance policy
  • The program does not represent prescription drug coverage or insurance and is not intended to substitute for such coverage
  • Patients are responsible for any co-payment or coinsurance costs above and beyond the program’s annual maximum benefit
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • Not valid outside the United States
  • Mallinckrodt ARD, Inc. reserves the right to terminate or modify this program at any time without notice

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Approved indication
  • US permanent resident
  • Patient (or patient’s legal representative) must be 18 years of age or older to opt in to program
  • Commercially or privately insured
  • Not insured by a federal or state healthcare plan or where prohibited by law

Call A.S.A.P. at 1-888-435-2284 for questions about Acthar reimbursement or co-pay assistance

Monday–Friday between 8 AM and 8 PM ET.

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Acthar is a prescription medicine for flares or on a regular basis (maintenance) in people with systemic dermatomyositis or polymyositis (DM-PM).

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)
  • If you have been told that you have Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease

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-1088 or visit www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects by calling 1-800-778-7898.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection)

What is H.P. Acthar Gel?

Acthar is a prescription medicine for flares or on a regular basis (maintenance) in people with systemic dermatomyositis or polymyositis (DM-PM).

Acthar is injected beneath the skin or into the muscle.

Mallinckrodt, the “M” brand mark and the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals logo are trademarks of a Mallinckrodt company. Other brands are trademarks of a Mallinckrodt company or their respective owners.

© 2017 Mallinckrodt. By viewing this site you agree to our Terms of Use. The product information provided in this site is intended only for residents of the United States.

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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
  • 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)
  • If you have been told that you have Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease

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-1088 or visit www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects by calling 1-800-778-7898.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection)

What is H.P. Acthar Gel?

Acthar is a prescription medicine for flares or on a regular basis (maintenance) in people with systemic dermatomyositis or polymyositis (DM-PM).

Acthar is injected beneath the skin or into the muscle.

Mallinckrodt, the “M” brand mark and the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals logo are trademarks of a Mallinckrodt company. Other brands are trademarks of a Mallinckrodt company or their respective owners.

© 2017 Mallinckrodt. By viewing this site you agree to our Terms of Use. The product information provided in this site is intended only for residents of the United States.

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