Help understanding how to get the medicine you need
Genentech Rheumatology Access Solutions® works with your healthcare provider and health insurance company (and specialty pharmacy, if needed) to help you get your medicine.
If you are eligible, options to help you pay for ACTEMRA may include*:
- ACTEMRA Co-pay Card
- Referrals to independent
co-pay assistance foundations
Genentech® Access to Care Foundation, or GATCF
*Patients must meet certain criteria.
The ACTEMRA Co-pay Card Program
The ACTEMRA Co-pay Card Program helps eligible commercially insured patients pay $5 per drug co-pay. The card is valid for up to $15,000 of co-pay assistance within a 12-month period. This program helps pay for costs described as "out of pocket," "co-pay," or "uncovered expenses" for ACTEMRA only. Office visit costs are not included.
To find out if you are eligible for any of our programs, please use
the tool below or call 1-855-RA-COPAY (1-855-722-6729) to talk
with a specialist.
You Might Qualify for a Referral to the ACTEMRA Co-pay Card Program
Genentech Rheumatology Access Solutions can refer you to the ACTEMRA Co-pay Card Program. It can help you with the out-of-pocket costs of your Genentech medicine, if you’re eligible.*
*In order to be eligible for the ACTEMRA Co-pay Card Program, the patient must have commercial insurance, must not have Medicare, Medicaid or other government insurance, and must meet other eligibility criteria. They also must agree to the rules set forth in the terms and conditions for the program. Please visit RACopay.com for the full list of terms and conditions.
You Might Qualify for a Referral to an Independent Co-pay Assistance Foundation
If you need help with your co-pay for your Genentech medicine, we can refer you to an independent co-pay assistance foundation.*
Note: If you were prescribed ACTEMRA Subcutaneous (SC) and have a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan, you may qualify for financial assistance with your Medicare prescription drug costs through the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), also known as Extra Help. Learn more or apply for Extra Help from Medicare at https://secure.ssa.gov/i1020/start.
*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.
You Might Qualify for a Referral to the Genentech Patient Foundation
The Genentech Patient Foundation provides free Genentech medicine to people who don't have insurance coverage or who have financial concerns and to people who meet certain income criteria.*
*If you have health insurance coverage for your medicine, you must have already tried other types of patient assistance to qualify for free Genentech medicine from the Genentech Patient Foundation. This includes the ACTEMRA Co-pay Card Program and support from independent co-pay assistance foundations. You must also meet financial criteria. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover your medicine, you must meet different financial criteria.
ACTEMRA Co-pay Card Program Terms and Conditions
By using the ACTEMRA Co-pay Card Program, the patient acknowledges and confirms that, at the time of usage, (s)he is currently eligible and meets the criteria set forth in the terms and conditions described.
This Co-pay Card is valid ONLY for patients with commercial (private or non-governmental) insurance who are taking the medication for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indication. Patients using Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, Veteran’s Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), TRICARE or any other government-funded program to pay for their medications are not eligible. Patients who start utilizing their government coverage during their enrollment period will no longer be eligible for the program.
This Co-pay Card Program is not health insurance or a benefit plan. Distribution or use of the Co-pay Card does not obligate use or continuing use of any specific product or provider. Patient or guardian is responsible for reporting the receipt of all Co-pay Card Program benefits or reimbursement received to any insurer, health plan, or other third party who pays for or reimburses any part of the prescription filled using the Co-pay Card Program, as may be required.
The Co-pay Card is not valid for medications the patient receives for free or that are eligible to be reimbursed by private insurance plans or other healthcare or pharmaceutical assistance programs (such as Genentech® Patient Foundation or any other charitable organization) that reimburse the patient in part or for the entire cost of his/her Genentech medication. Patient, guardian, pharmacist, prescriber, and any other person using the Co-pay Card agree not to seek reimbursement for all or any part of the benefit received by the recipient through this Co-pay Card Program.
The Co-pay Card may be accepted by participating pharmacies, physician offices, or hospitals. To qualify for the benefits of this Co-pay Card Program, the patient may be required to pay out-of-pocket expenses for each treatment. Once enrolled, this Co-pay Card Program will not honor claims with date of service or medication dispensing that precede program enrollment by more than 120 days. This Co-pay Card is only available with a valid prescription and cannot be combined with any other rebate, free trial, or similar offer for the specified prescription. Use of this Co-pay Card must be consistent with all relevant health insurance requirements and payer agreements. Participating patients, pharmacies, physician offices, and hospitals are obligated to inform third-party payers about the use of the Co-pay Card as provided for under the applicable insurance or as otherwise required by contract or law. The Co-pay Card may not be sold, purchased, traded, or offered for sale, purchase, or trade. The Co-pay Card is limited to 1 per person during this offer period and is not transferable. Program eligibility period is contingent upon patient’s ability to meet and maintain all requirements as set forth by the program. Genentech will periodically verify eligibility and will terminate patients without obligation to pay claims if change to status is detected. This program is not valid where prohibited by law, and shall follow state restrictions in relation to AB-rated generic equivalents where applicable (e.g. MA, CA).
The patient or their guardian must be 18 years or older to receive Co-pay Card Program assistance. This Co-pay Card Program is (1) void if the card is reproduced; (2) void where prohibited by law; (3) only valid in the United States and U.S. Territories; and (4) only valid for Genentech products. Healthcare providers may not advertise or otherwise use the program as a means of promoting their services or Genentech’s products to patients. Genentech reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend the program without notice at any time.
Before reading more, please see the Important Side Effect Information for ACTEMRA
This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
Important Side Effect Information
After reading about ACTEMRA, please talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions.
- Available by medical prescription only
- For adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have used one or more disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), such as methotrexate, that did not provide enough relief
- For adults with giant cell arteritis (GCA)
- For people with active PJIA ages 2 and above
- For people with active SJIA ages 2 and above
It is not known if ACTEMRA is safe and effective in children with PJIA or SJIA under 2 years of age or in children with conditions other than PJIA or SJIA.
ACTEMRA can cause serious side effects
ACTEMRA changes the way your immune system works. This can make you more likely to get infections or make any current infection worse. Some people have died from these infections.
Before taking ACTEMRA, tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- An infection, think you may have an infection, are being treated for an infection, or get a lot of infections that return. Infection signs, with or without a fever, include:
- Sweating or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Warm, red or painful skin or sores on your body
- Feel very tired
- Muscle aches
- Blood in phlegm
- Diarrhea or stomach pain
- Weight loss
- Burning when you urinate or urinating more often than normal
- Any of the following conditions that may give you a higher chance of getting infections. These include: diabetes, HIV, or a weak immune system
- Tuberculosis (TB) or have been in close contact with someone who has TB. Your healthcare provider should test you for TB before starting ACTEMRA and during treatment with ACTEMRA
- Lived in or currently live in parts of the United States known for fungal infections. These parts include the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys and the Southwest
- Hepatitis B or have had hepatitis B
Be sure to contact your healthcare provider or nurse if you see any signs of these side effects.
If you have diverticulitis (inflammation in parts of the large intestine), talk to your healthcare provider before taking ACTEMRA.
Some people taking ACTEMRA may develop a hole in the wall of their stomach or intestines (also known as a perforation). This happens most often in people who also take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or methotrexate.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you see any of these side effects:
- Stomach-area pain that does not go away
- Change in your bowel habits
Changes in blood test results
Your healthcare provider should do blood tests before you start receiving ACTEMRA. If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or giant cell arteritis (GCA) your healthcare provider should do blood tests 4 to 8 weeks after you start receiving ACTEMRA and then every 3 months after that. If you have polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA) you will have blood tests done every 4 to 8 weeks during treatment. If you have systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) you will have blood tests done every 2 to 4 weeks during treatment. These blood tests are to check for the following side effects of ACTEMRA:
Low neutrophil count: neutrophils are white blood cells that help the body fight infection
Low platelet count: platelets are blood cells that help with clotting, which stops bleeding
Increase in liver function test levels
Increase in blood cholesterol levels
You should not receive ACTEMRA if your neutrophil and platelet counts are too low or your liver function test levels are too high. These may cause your healthcare provider to stop your ACTEMRA treatment for a time or change your dose. Your cholesterol levels should be checked 4 to 8 weeks after the start of your treatment, and then every 6 months after that.
Increased risk of cancer
ACTEMRA may increase your risk of certain cancers by changing the way your immune system works.
Hepatitis B infection
If you have hepatitis B, a virus that affects the liver, or are a carrier of the virus, ACTEMRA can cause the virus to become active. Your healthcare provider should test you for hepatitis B before starting treatment. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you see any signs of these symptoms:
- Feeling very tired
- Dark urine
- Skin or eyes look yellow
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Stomach discomfort
- Skin rash
- Little or no appetite
- Muscle aches
Serious allergic reactions
Serious allergic reactions, including death, can happen with ACTEMRA infusions or injections, even if they did not occur with an earlier infusion or injection. If you had hives, a rash, or experienced flushing after injecting, you should tell your healthcare provider or nurse before your next injection.
Contact 911 immediately, as well as your healthcare provider or nurse, if you experience any of these reactions:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Swelling of lips, tongue, or face
- Chest pain
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Moderate or severe abdominal pain or vomiting
Nervous system problems
While rare, multiple sclerosis has been diagnosed in some people taking ACTEMRA.
Most common side effects
Tell your healthcare provider if you have these or any other side effect that bothers you or does not go away:
Upper respiratory tract infections (like common cold and sinus infections)
Increased blood pressure (also called hypertension)
Injection site reactions
ACTEMRA & pregnancy
Tell your healthcare provider if you are planning to become pregnant, are pregnant, plan to breast-feed, or are breast-feeding. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take ACTEMRA or breast-feed. You should not do both. If you are pregnant and taking ACTEMRA, join the pregnancy registry. The purpose of this registry is to check the health of the pregnant mother and her baby. To learn more, call 1-877-311-8972 or talk to your healthcare provider to register.
Reporting side effects
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are experiencing any side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.FDA.gov/medwatch. You may also call Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.