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Janssen CarePath can:

  • Review your health plan benefits to help answer questions you may have about insurance coverage for VENTAVIS®
  • Identify options that may help make VENTAVIS® more affordable, if needed
  • Identify and coordinate with a specialty pharmacy to arrange shipment of your Janssen medication

Getting Started with VENTAVIS®

VENTAVIS® is delivered by a specialty pharmacy—it's not something that's kept in stock at your local retail pharmacy. The following is a typical process when starting out with VENTAVIS®, though your experience may vary.

  1. Prescription Prescription

    Your doctor selects VENTAVIS® as your new treatment.

    • Your healthcare team completes all the forms necessary to start you on the Janssen medicine
  2. VENTAVIS® Training VENTAVIS® training

    A specialty pharmacy nurse meets with you to help you understand how to take VENTAVIS® with the I-neb® Adaptive Aerosol Delivery (AAD)® System.

    • You can only take VENTAVIS® by using this system. This training session can take place at your home or in a doctor's office
  3. Insurance Verification Insurance verification

    The insurance company may ask your healthcare provider for additional information before they pay for your medicine.

    • The specialty pharmacy will contact you or your healthcare team if they need more information
  4. Delivery of Medicine Delivery of medicine

    VENTAVIS® is shipped to you by a specialty pharmacy.

    • A Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator will help you connect with a specialty pharmacy that delivers VENTAVIS® in your area
    • Each month, the specialty pharmacy will call you to confirm details of the delivery and arrange your refill.
    • The shipment is usually quick, but the process leading up to your first delivery could take more than 2 weeks
    • Before shipping, the specialty pharmacy will call you to confirm some details, including the shipment date. Be sure to answer, or call the specialty pharmacy back if they leave a message

    Remember, the call from your specialty pharmacy may come from a phone number that you don't know. If you miss the call, it's important that you call back.

  5. Refills Refills

    Once your doctor verifies your prescription, the specialty pharmacy will ship your refill.

If your health plan does not approve VENTAVIS® treatment

Sometimes you may not be able to obtain the medication that your doctor has ordered for you. For example, your health plan might not cover the medication because it is not on the plan’s drug list (formulary) or the cost is higher than you think you should have to pay. In these situations, you and your doctor have the right to ask the health plan to explain its decision and to consider making the medication available to you as an exception to its policies.

Support Resources

  • Patient education and tools, including internet resources

Need Help? Call a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator at 866-228-3546, Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET. Multilingual phone support is available.

Connecting with others in your community

Resources are available online that can offer support and help you connect with others who are living with your condition. These include local support groups, fundraising walks, outreach programs, online communities, and volunteer opportunities. The websites below can help you learn more about your condition and connect with others.

VENTAVIS® Website
VENTAVIS.com
This website contains information about treatment with VENTAVIS®. On this website, you can also get helpful information about your condition.

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

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

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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What is Ventavis®?

VENTAVIS® 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.

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:

  • 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 (for example 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.
  • 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 most common 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 healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information for VENTAVIS® and discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

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