Actelion Pathways serves as the main point of contact for Actelion services and support programs. This comprehensive program—available at no cost to you—helps you every step of the way by providing information and assistance with:
- Prescription assistance—to help you get your medicine in a timely manner
- Insurance information and information on financial assistance programs—to help answer your insurance process questions and provide information on financial programs, if eligible
Through Actelion's Patient Services Department, you'll also have access to a dedicated team of Registered Nurses. An Actelion Nurse Educator can be reached from Monday through Friday, 8 am-8 pm (ET)/5 am-5 pm (PT). Please call 1-866-ACTELION (1-866-228-3546) and follow the prompts for VENTAVIS support.
VENTAVIS is not available at your local pharmacy. VENTAVIS is only available through a specialty pharmacy, a pharmacy that focuses on medications used to treat rare and complex conditions. Actelion Pathways will work with the specialty pharmacy and your insurance provider to help you obtain VENTAVIS.
If you have any questions about Actelion Pathways, call toll-free, 1-866-ACTELION (1-866-228-3546) Monday through Friday, 8 am-8 pm (ET)/5 am-5 pm (PT).
Is VENTAVIS covered by insurance?
Every insurance company is different, but most plans cover at least some of the cost of VENTAVIS and the I-neb® Adaptive Aerosol Delivery (AAD®) System. Our Actelion Pathways Case Managers will help ensure that you get VENTAVIS with the least financial burden possible.
Paying for therapy is a concern for many people. VENTAVIS is paid for by many different health insurance plans. Actelion Pathways and your specialty pharmacy will work with your insurance company to get VENTAVIS for you. If you don't have health insurance, Actelionthe maker of VENTAVISmay be able to help. Actelion Pathways, Actelion's service and support program, has financial assistance available to help eligible patients pay for their therapy. Visit www.ActelionPathways.com or call 1-866-ACTELION (1-866-228-3546) to learn more.
What is VENTAVIS?
VENTAVIS® (iloprost) Inhalation Solution is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with certain kinds of severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a condition in which blood pressure is too high in the blood vessels between the heart and the lungs. VENTAVIS may improve your ability to exercise and your symptoms for a short time by lowering your blood pressure and opening up the blood vessels in your lungs.
The study showing VENTAVIS is effective included mainly patients with NYHA Functional Class III-IV PAH. In these patients, PAH was caused by unidentified or hereditary factors (65%) or connective tissue diseases (23%).
VENTAVIS has not been studied in children younger than 18 years old.
What should I tell my doctor before taking VENTAVIS?
VENTAVIS may not be right for you. Before taking VENTAVIS, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have liver or kidney problems. Your doctor may need to give you a lower dose of VENTAVIS.
- are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if VENTAVIS can harm your unborn baby. VENTAVIS should only be used during pregnancy if the benefit to you is worth the possible risk to your baby.
- are breast-feeding. It is not known if VENTAVIS passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take VENTAVIS or breast feed.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
VENTAVIS and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. VENTAVIS may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how VENTAVIS works.
Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- medicines used to treat high blood pressure or heart problems
- medicines that lessen blood clotting (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven)
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take VENTAVIS?
- Take VENTAVIS exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Your doctor may change your dose if needed.
- You should not take VENTAVIS more than every 2 hours. The benefits of VENTAVIS may not last 2 hours, so you may adjust the times that you use it to cover planned activities.
- Do not drink VENTAVIS.
- Do not let VENTAVIS solution come into contact with your skin or eyes. If it does, rinse your skin or eyes with water right away.
- Do not allow other people to be exposed to VENTAVIS while you are breathing it, especially babies and pregnant women.
- If you take too much VENTAVIS, you may have a headache, red face, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If this happens stop taking VENTAVIS. If your symptoms do not go away, call your doctor or get emergency help right away.
What are the possible side effects of VENTAVIS?
VENTAVIS may cause side effects, including feeling dizzy, lightheaded and faint. If you have any of these side effects, you should stand up slowly when you get out of chairs or bed. Tell your doctor if your fainting gets worse during treatment with VENTAVIS. Your doctor may need to change your dose or your treatment.
Do not drive a car or operate any tools or machines if dizziness or fainting from low blood pressure is a problem for you.
You may have trouble breathing after taking VENTAVIS because it may cause the muscles around your airway to tighten (bronchospasm). Get emergency help right away if you have trouble breathing.
Other important side effects of VENTAVIS include:
- red face (flushing)
- increased cough
- low blood pressure
- spasm of your jaw muscles that makes it hard to open your mouth
Talk to your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of VENTAVIS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Please see full Prescribing Information.