Acthar is a prescription medicine for people with symptomatic sarcoidosis.

Acthar is a prescription medicine for people with symptomatic sarcoidosis.

Mallinckrodt Is Committed to Helping You Throughout Your Treatment

ASAP logo

We know that working with your insurance company and paying for medication can sometimes be difficult. That’s why we created the Acthar Support & Access Program (A.S.A.P.). A.S.A.P. works directly with your healthcare provider and insurance company. It is a service offered to help try to secure the best coverage with the lowest possible co-pay.

A.S.A.P. was created by Mallinckrodt, the distributor of Acthar, in an effort to help ensure that all eligible patients who need Acthar can get it.

A.S.A.P. is a no-cost resource provided by the distributor of Acthar that:

  • Works directly with your healthcare provider to help with insurance coverage
  • Contacts your insurance company to help try to secure the best insurance at the lowest possible co-pay
  • Helps ensure that Acthar is sent directly to your home as fast as possible

A.S.A.P. also helps make Acthar affordable for patients by identifying sources of financial assistance, including:

  • $0 co-pay for eligible patients with commercial or private insurance*
  • Offering Acthar at no cost for eligible uninsured and underinsured patients
  • Other sources of financial assistance for qualified patients in need

Call 1-888-435-2284 with questions about Acthar reimbursement or co-pay assistance, Monday-Friday between 8 am and 8 pm ET.

Here's what happens when you are prescribed Acthar:

  1. You receive a welcome call from A.S.A.P.
    • You discuss cost, coverage, and injection training
    • A Welcome Kit arrives at your home
    • If you miss the call, please call A.S.A.P. toll-free at 1-888-435-2284
  2. The Specialty Pharmacy calls to schedule delivery.
    • Required: You must confirm delivery with the Specialty Pharmacy to receive Acthar
  3. Acthar is shipped to your home.
    • Your Acthar prescription arrives in a refrigerated container
    • A signature is required for delivery
  4. A nurse coach is there to help you.
    • Sign up for ongoing support with ActharPACT at
    • Call the nurse hotline 24/7 at 1-877-546-PACT (7228) with any questions as they come up

*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.

Program administered via a third-party organization.

Program administered via an independent charitable organization.

Download the Acthar Patient Brochure

Get more information on sarcoidosis, its symptoms, and treatment with Acthar. Go >

Learn About Our Educational Resources

Find resources to help you learn more about your condition and treatment options. Learn more >

Important Safety Information

DO NOT take Acthar until you have talked to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:


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

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.