VENTAVIS® (iloprost) Inhalation Solution Patient Resources

The following resources are designed to help you as you start treatment with VENTAVIS. You will also find common questions and answers about Actelion Pathways® and VENTAVIS.

Learn more about VENTAVIS

More information and downloads are available at Ventavis.com.

Remember, your healthcare team should always be your first point of contact when you have questions about your health and treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Actelion Pathways is a program that provides you with support and services, including shipment verification, benefits verification, and coordination with your specialty pharmacy.

Actelion provides a wide range of support and services through Actelion Pathways. If you choose to enroll, your Actelion Pathways Case Manager will call you to:

  • Help answer your questions about filling your prescription
  • Coordinate with your healthcare provider, insurance company, and specialty pharmacy to help find out if you have coverage for your medicine
  • Inform you of financial assistance programs based on your eligibility

The assistance of Actelion Pathways and Case Managers is available at no cost to patients taking VENTAVIS.

Enroll today. Call an Actelion Pathways Case Manager at 1-866-ACTELION (1-866-228-3546), Mon-Fri,
8 AM-8 PM ET.

Support in Spanish and other language services are available.

Your Actelion Pathways Case Manager may be able to help. Call 1-866-ACTELION (1-866-228-3546),
Mon-Fri, 8 AM-8 PM ET to speak with a Case Manager.

Support in Spanish and other language services are available.

To learn about the basic steps of getting an Actelion medicine,
download and review Steps to Getting Your Medicine.

A specialty pharmacy is a pharmacy that can ship certain medicines directly to your home. Actelion medicines are available by mail from a specialty pharmacy.

Learn about Working With a Specialty Pharmacy.

When your prescription is submitted to a specialty pharmacy, you will receive a call to:

  • Coordinate with your doctor and insurance company to find out if you have coverage for your medicine and explore financial assistance options
  • Schedule your nurse visit

Each month, you will get a call from your specialty pharmacy to:

  • Confirm your order
  • Arrange delivery of your medicine

Once your medicine is shipped:

  • It will be delivered to your home, unless you have made other arrangements, such as your doctor's office
  • Someone will need to be at home to sign for the package. Your specialty pharmacy will confirm this when they call to arrange the delivery

Your insurance provider will need to gather information about your condition and your treatment before covering VENTAVIS. Sometimes, all their questions are answered at the time of prescription, but they may also need more information from your healthcare team, including:

  • Diagnostic test results, such as the numbers from your right heart catheterization (RHC)
  • Additional test results, including acute vasoreactivity testing or 6-minute walk distance (6MWD)
  • Details on past treatments you and your healthcare team have tried
  • Information missing from your prescription forms

There are two programs that can help you pay for VENTAVIS. For information on these programs, contact an Actelion Pathways Case Manager at 1-866-ACTELION (1-866-228-3546), Mon-Fri, 8 AM-8 PM ET.

Government insured

If you receive your medication through Medicare or other government-funded plans, you may be eligible for the following:

Independent foundations

There may be support available from independent third-party patient support foundations. An Actelion Pathways Case Manager can provide general information about resources.

Uninsured or underinsured

If you are uninsured or you have insurance but are unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs, you may be eligible for the following programs:

Patient Assistance Program (PAP)

A yearly program that helps eligible patients receive medicine at no cost. Contact an Actelion Pathways Case Manager to learn more and to ensure the PAP program is the best option for you before applying.

Find out more in Finding Support and Financial Assistance and by speaking with a Case Manager.

There are independent organizations that can provide you with additional support and information:

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is dedicated to increasing awareness and advocacy by providing information about PAH to both physicians and patients.

The Scleroderma Foundation offers a site for scleroderma patients, caregivers, and family members—dedicated to support, education, and research.

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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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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.
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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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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 breastfeeding. It is not known if VENTAVIS passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take VENTAVIS or breastfeed.

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:

  • bleeding
  • red face (flushing)
  • increased cough
  • low blood pressure
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • 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 FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Product Information.

What is VENTAVIS?

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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.


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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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 breastfeeding. It is not known if VENTAVIS passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take VENTAVIS or breastfeed.

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:

  • bleeding
  • red face (flushing)
  • increased cough
  • low blood pressure
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • 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 FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Product Information.