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Adult Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): ORENCIA® (abatacept) is a prescription medicine that reduces signs and symptoms in adults with moderate to severe RA, including those who have not been helped enough by other medicines for RA. ORENCIA may prevent further damage to your bones and joints and may help your ability to perform daily activities. In adults, ORENCIA may be used alone or with other RA treatments other than Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors or biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs), such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists.

The concomitant use of ORENCIA with other potent immunosuppressants [e.g., bDMARDs, JAK inhibitors] is not recommended.

Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (pJIA): ORENCIA® (abatacept) reduces signs and symptoms in patients 2 years of age and older with moderate to severe polyarticular JIA. ORENCIA may be used alone or with methotrexate (MTX).

The concomitant use of ORENCIA with other potent immunosuppressants [e.g., bDMARDs, JAK inhibitors] is not recommended.

Adult Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA): ORENCIA® (abatacept) is a prescription medicine that reduces signs and symptoms in adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA). In adults, ORENCIA may be used alone or with other PsA treatments.

The concomitant use of ORENCIA with other potent immunosuppressants [e.g., bDMARDs, JAK inhibitors] is not recommended.

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Terms and Conditions for the ORENCIA® (abatacept) Co-pay Program for Self-injection

  • Patients must have commercial insurance that pays for ORENCIA but does not cover the full cost; that is, you must have a co-pay obligation. Co-pay assistance is not available if your out-of-pocket expenses are $5 or less.
  • Patients who have prescription insurance coverage through a state or federal healthcare program, including Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Tricare, Veterans Affairs (VA), or Department of Defense (DoD) programs are not eligible for this program; patients who move from commercial to federal health insurance will no longer be eligible.
  • Patients who purchased their prescription drug insurance through a Health Insurance Exchange (also known as a Health Insurance Marketplace or Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace) are currently eligible.
  • Patients or their guardian must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The ORENCIA Co-pay Assistance Card must be presented at the pharmacy, along with a valid prescription for ORENCIA, at the time of purchase.
  • For eligible commercially insured patients, the patient pays $5 out-of-pocket drug cost per one-month supply and the program covers a maximum of $15,000 in co-pays per calendar year (excluding certain dispensing costs).
  • The Co-pay Assistance Card benefit includes 13 uses per calendar year, up to a maximum benefit of $15,000.
  • The Co-pay Card must be activated before use and expires at the end of the calendar year following activation. Upon expiration, eligible patients may re-enroll in the Co-pay Card Program using the same card.
  • Program payments are for the benefit of the patient only.
  • Patients, guardians, pharmacists, and healthcare prescribers cannot seek reimbursement from health insurance or any third party for any part of the benefit received by the patient through
    this offer.
  • Your acceptance of this offer confirms that this offer is consistent with your insurance and that you will report the value received as may be required by your insurance provider.
  • Offer valid only in the United States and Puerto Rico; void where prohibited by law, taxed
    or restricted.
  • The Co-pay Card is not transferable and is limited to 1 per patient. This offer may not be combined with any other rebate/coupon, free trial or similar offer.
  • The Co-pay Card may not be sold, purchased, traded or counterfeited. Reproductions of the
    Co-pay Card are void.
  • No membership fees.
  • This offer is not conditioned on any past, present or future purchase, including refills.
  • The ORENCIA Co-pay Assistance Card is not insurance.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer at any time without notice.

Important Facts About
ORENCIA® (abatacept)

This is a summary of important information that you need to know in order to take ORENCIA safely. Work with the rheumatologist to make the treatment suitable and safe for you or your loved one. Keep this information, so you can refer to it before and during your treatment.

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What is ORENCIA?

ORENCIA (abatacept) is a prescription biologic medicine for:

Adult Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

ORENCIA is used to reduce signs and symptoms of moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis in adults 18 years and older. Taking ORENCIA may prevent further damage to your bones and joints, and may help your ability to perform daily activities. ORENCIA may help those who are not getting the results they need with other medicines for RA.

In adults, ORENCIA may be used alone or with other RA treatments other than Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors or biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs), such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists.

Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (pJIA)

ORENCIA is used to reduce signs and symptoms of moderate to severe polyarticular JIA in patients 2 years of age and older. ORENCIA may be used alone or with methotrexate (MTX).

Adult Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

ORENCIA is used to reduce signs and symptoms of active Psoriatic Arthritis in adults 18 years and older. In adults, ORENCIA may be used alone or with other PsA treatments.

ORENCIA should not be used with other strong medicines that affect the immune system, such as bDMARDs and JAK inhibitors.

  • ORENCIA is for adults 18 years and older with moderate to severe RA.
  • ORENCIA is for patients 2 years of age and older with moderate to severe pJIA.
  • ORENCIA is for adults 18 years and older with active PsA.
  • ORENCIA should not be used with bDMARDs and JAK inhibitors.
  • ORENCIA has not been studied in children under 2 years of age.
  • ORENCIA has not been studied in children for uses other than pJIA.

ORENCIA is available in two forms:

ORENCIA intravenous (IV) infusion is given by your healthcare provider through a vein in your arm.

  • ORENCIA IV is approved for patients 6 years and older.
  • ORENCIA IV has not been studied in children under the age of 6.
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ORENCIA subcutaneous (SC) injection is a shot that is given just under your skin. It is available as a prefilled syringe or a ClickJect™ Autoinjector.

  • ORENCIA SC prefilled syringe is available for patients 2 years and older.
  • PJIA patients may self-inject with ORENCIA or the patient’s caregiver may administer ORENCIA if both the healthcare practitioner and the parent/legal guardian determines it is appropriate.
  • The ability of pediatric patients to self-inject with the autoinjector has not been tested.
  • Talk to your rheumatologist about the best way for you or your child to receive ORENCIA.
 

What should I discuss with my rheumatologist before starting ORENCIA?

  • Talk to your rheumatologist about all of your medical conditions, including if:
    • You have any kind of infection, as you may have a higher chance of getting serious side effects from an infection while taking ORENCIA. Infections include:
      • Small infections (such as an open cut or sore) to whole body infections (such as the flu).
      • Any infection that will not go away or a history of infections that keep coming back.
      • Viral hepatitis, a viral infection that affects the liver. Tell your rheumatologist if you have or have ever had viral hepatitis. Before starting ORENCIA, your rheumatologist may examine you for hepatitis.
      • Tuberculosis (TB), a type of lung infection. Tell your rheumatologist if you have ever had TB or a positive skin test for TB, or have recently been in close contact with someone who has ever had TB. Before starting ORENCIA, your rheumatologist may check you for TB or do a skin test. Call your rheumatologist if you notice any symptoms of TB, including: a cough that does not go away, weight loss, fever, or night sweats.
    • You have allergies to the ingredients of ORENCIA. For a list of ingredients, see What are the ingredients in ORENCIA? in the Patient Information section of the Full Prescribing Information.
    • You have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a type of lung disease.
    • You have diabetes. Your healthcare provider may tell you to use a different way to monitor your blood sugar levels on the day that you receive ORENCIA IV infusion. ORENCIA IV contains maltose, which can alter the blood sugar readings with certain types of blood glucose monitors.
    • You have a family or personal history of skin cancer, or see any growths or changes in the appearance of your skin during or after treatment with ORENCIA. Some people treated with ORENCIA have developed skin cancer.
  • Tell your rheumatologist about all of your medical treatments, including if:
    • You are scheduled to have surgery.
    • You recently received or are scheduled to receive vaccinations. If you are receiving ORENCIA, and for 3 months after you stop receiving ORENCIA, you should not take live vaccines.
    • You are taking:
      • Other medications for RA, pJIA, or PsA.
      • Prescription medications or over-the-counter medications.
      • Vitamins or herbal supplements.
  • Let your rheumatologist know if you are a woman who is:
    • Pregnant or considering pregnancy. It is not known if ORENCIA can harm an unborn baby. If ORENCIA is taken during pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider before your baby receives any vaccines.
    • There is a registry for pregnant women exposed to ORENCIA. The purpose of this registry is to check the health of the pregnant mother and her child. Women are encouraged to call the registry themselves or ask their healthcare provider to contact the registry for them by calling 1-877-311-8972.
    • Breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if ORENCIA passes into breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you use ORENCIA.

What should I avoid while I am on ORENCIA?

ORENCIA and other medicines may affect each other, which could cause serious side effects. You should avoid taking ORENCIA with other biologics that may affect your immune system. Doing so may increase your chances of getting a serious infection.

  • Tell your rheumatologist if you are taking other biologic medicines, such as:
  • Enbrel® (etanercept)
  • Humira® (adalimumab)
  • Remicade® (infliximab)
  • Kineret® (anakinra)
  • Rituxan® (rituximab)
  • Simponi® (golimumab)
  • Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol)
  • Actemra® (tocilizumab)
  • Talk to your rheumatologist and your other healthcare providers before you begin to take anything new or if you have any changes to your medications during your treatment with ORENCIA. It is a good idea to keep an up-to-date list of all of your medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements on hand to show your doctors and pharmacists.
 

What are the possible side effects of ORENCIA?

This is a list of some of the possible side effects of ORENCIA for your reference.

  • Talk to your rheumatologist about any side effect that may be bothering you. Your rheumatologist can work with you to manage side effects throughout your treatment.
Serious side effects

Serious side effects are those that may require medical treatment or hospitalization, cause permanent damage, or be life-threatening or sometimes even fatal. Talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have.

  • Infections. ORENCIA can make you more likely to get infections or make the infections that you have worse. In some cases, these infections have been fatal. Symptoms of an infection include:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Warm, red, or painful skin
    • Feeling very tired
    • Flu-like symptoms
  • Call your healthcare provider right away if you feel sick or have any of the symptoms of an infection.
  • Allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can happen with ORENCIA. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
    • Hives
    • Swollen face, eyelids, lips, or tongue
    • Trouble breathing
  • Seek urgent medical attention if you have any of the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
  • If you have the hepatitis B virus, talk to your healthcare provider as hepatitis B can become an active infection while you use ORENCIA. Your rheumatologist may do blood tests before treatment with ORENCIA to check if you have hepatitis B.
  • If you are receiving or are scheduled to receive vaccinations, it is important to know that:
    • You should not receive live vaccines while taking ORENCIA.
    • You can receive non-live vaccines, such as pneumococcal and inactivated influenza (flu) vaccines.
    • ORENCIA may also cause some other vaccinations to be less effective.
  • Talk to your rheumatologist about your vaccination plans.
  • If you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may experience breathing problems more often while taking ORENCIA. Call your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following:
    • Worsened COPD
    • Cough
    • Trouble breathing
  • Certain kinds of cancer (malignancies) have been reported in people using ORENCIA. It is not known if ORENCIA increases your chances of developing certain kinds of cancer.

Most common side effects

The most common side effects of ORENCIA include:

    • Headache
    • Upper respiratory tract infection
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea

In children and adolescents, other side effects may include:

    • Diarrhea
    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Abdominal pain

These are not all of the possible side effects of ORENCIA. If you have any questions or want more information about side effects, ask your rheumatologist or healthcare provider.

If you experience any side effects and would like to report them to the FDA, you can call 1-800-FDA-1088.

 

How will I receive ORENCIA?

ORENCIA is available in two forms, as intravenous (IV) infusions and as subcutaneous (SC) injections. Work with your rheumatologist to determine the right treatment plan for you or your child.

ORENCIA IV infusion is given by a healthcare provider through a vein in your arm.

  • ORENCIA IV is approved for children 6 years and older.
  • ORENCIA IV has not been studied in children under the age of 6. 
    • You will receive your first three infusions 2 weeks apart from each other (Weeks 0, 2, and 4). After that, you will receive an infusion every 4 weeks.
    • Each infusion takes about 30 minutes, though actual time in the clinic will be longer.

ORENCIA SC injection is a shot that is given just under your skin. It is available as a prefilled syringe or ClickJect™ Autoinjector.

  • ORENCIA SC prefilled syringe is available for patients 2 years and older.
  • PJIA patients may self-inject with ORENCIA or the patient’s caregiver may administer ORENCIA if both the healthcare practitioner and the parent/legal guardian determines it is appropriate.
  • The ability of pediatric patients to self-inject with the autoinjector has not been tested.

If your rheumatologist decides that your injections can be given at home, you or your caregiver will receive training on how to prepare and inject ORENCIA. Do not try to inject ORENCIA until you have been shown the right way by your rheumatologist or healthcare provider.

Please click here to read the Patient Information in the Full Prescribing Information.

More Important Facts

Selected Important Facts About ORENCIA® (abatacept)

ORENCIA can cause serious side effects, including serious infections, allergic reactions, hepatitis B infection in carriers of the virus, interactions with vaccines, respiratory problems with COPD, and cancer. Side effects of ORENCIA, which are considered common, include: headache, upper respiratory tract infection, sore throat and nausea. Other side effects in children and adolescents may include diarrhea, cough, fever, and abdominal pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects with ORENCIA. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects while taking ORENCIA.

For more information, please read the Important Facts throughout this website.