for SYMPTOMATIC SARCOIDOSIS

Acthar is a prescription medicine for people with symptomatic sarcoidosis.

Acthar is a prescription medicine for people with symptomatic sarcoidosis.

Receive Injection Training

You can have a licensed nurse visit you at home to provide Home Injection Training Services (HITS). This service is provided at no cost and is made available by Mallinckrodt, the distributor of Acthar. If you have any questions about taking Acthar, the nurse is there to answer them.

To find out more about HITS, you or your caregiver can call the Acthar Support & Access Program at 1-888-435-2284.

No-Cost Training in Your Home

Once your healthcare provider requests HITS, the injection-training nurse will:

  • Contact you to schedule your injection training (typically within 48 hours after you receive Acthar from the Specialty Pharmacy). Remember, you must receive Acthar before the nurse can visit
  • Review injection materials and supplies (needles, syringes, alcohol wipes, etc) with you or your care partner
  • Prepare the medication and supplies for your Acthar injection
  • Demonstrate to you or your care partner how and where to inject. (You or your care partner will actually perform the injection)
  • Review how to dispose of used needles and syringes
  • Review how to store Acthar
  • Answer any questions about your injection

Care Partners Can Also Receive Injection Training

Whether you need someone to help you with your Acthar injection or you provide care to someone who takes Acthar, home injection training is a valuable service to both of you.

If you or your care partner have any questions about HITS, please call the Acthar Support & Access Program at 1-888-435-2284.

Step-by-Step Training Instructions

Our Home Injection Training Services (HITS) offer a range of training materials to help you. And you can also find helpful resources right here:

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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:

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

Please see full Prescribing Information.