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There are several options that may help you afford your Genentech medicine. Answer a few simple questions to find out which one might be right for you.
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.
Important Safety Information & Indication
What it Treats
What does ACTEMRA treat?
ACTEMRA is a prescription medicine used to treat:
- Adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after at least one other medicine called a disease modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) has been used and did not work well
- Adults with giant cell arteritis (GCA)
- Patients with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA) 2 years of age and older
- Patients with active systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) 2 years of age and older
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.
Important Safety Information
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. Your healthcare provider should test you for TB before starting and during treatment with ACTEMRA.
Do not take ACTEMRA if you are allergic to tocilizumab, or any of the ingredients in ACTEMRA.
ACTEMRA can cause other serious side effects. These include:
Tears (perforation) of the Stomach or Intestines
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).
Changes in Blood Test Results
Your healthcare provider should do blood tests before you start receiving ACTEMRA. 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.
ACTEMRA may increase your risk of certain cancers by changing the way your immune system works.
Hepatitis B Infection
If you have or are a carrier of the hepatitis B virus (a virus that affects the liver), the virus may become active while you use ACTEMRA. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests before you start treatment with ACTEMRA and while you are using ACTEMRA.
Serious Allergic Reactions
Serious allergic reactions, including death, can happen with ACTEMRA. These reactions can happen with any infusion or injection of ACTEMRA, even if they did not occur with an earlier infusion or injection.
Nervous System Problems
While rare, Multiple Sclerosis has been diagnosed in people who take ACTEMRA.
The most common side effects of ACTEMRA include:
- upper respiratory tract infections (common cold, sinus infections)
- increased blood pressure (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. If you are pregnant and taking ACTEMRA, join the pregnancy registry. To learn more, call 1-877-311-8972 or talk to your healthcare provider to register.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.