Glossary

Help understanding how to get the medicine you need

ACTEMRA 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
  • The Genentech Patient Foundation

*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.

The final amount owed by patients may be as little as $5, but may vary based on health insurance plan policies regarding manufacturer co-pay assistance programs.

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.

  • Do you have health insurance?

  • Does your health insurance cover your Genentech medicine?

  • Do you have commercial health insurance?

    What does this mean?
  • Are you already getting financial assistance to help pay for your medicine?

    What does this mean?
  • Are you taking ACTEMRA for an FDA-approved use?

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.*

 

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*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.* 

 

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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.*

 

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*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

This ACTEMRA Co-pay Program is valid ONLY for patients with commercial insurance who have a valid prescription for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indication of a Genentech medication. Patients using Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state government program to pay for their medications are not eligible.

Under the program, the patient will pay a co-pay. After reaching the maximum program benefit, the patient will be responsible for all out-of-pocket costs.

All participants are responsible for reporting the receipt of all program benefits as required by any insurer or by law. No party may seek reimbursement for all or any part of the benefit received through this program. This program is void where prohibited by law. Genentech reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend the program without notice at any time. Additional eligibility criteria apply. See full terms and conditions at https://racopay.com/actemra/terms-and-conditions.

SAFETY FIRST

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.

ACTEMRA is:

  • 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

Serious infections

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
    • Cough
    • 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.

Stomach tears

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:

  • Fever
  • 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
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Dark urine
  • Skin or eyes look yellow
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Skin rash
  • Little or no appetite
  • Fevers
  • 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)

Headache

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.

For more Important Safety Information, please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide, including Serious Side Effects.