Your OCALIVA prescription

Working with Interconnect® or a specialty pharmacy

If your doctor prescribes OCALIVA® (obeticholic acid) to treat your primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), you’ll either get your prescription directly through a specialty pharmacy, or through a dedicated patient support service called Interconnect®.

If you get your prescription through Interconnect, a Care Coordinator will help you navigate the specialty pharmacy process. If not, someone from your doctor’s office will work with you to find a specialty pharmacy that delivers your prescription to you.

What’s a specialty pharmacy like?

A specialty pharmacy is different from your neighborhood pharmacy. Specialty pharmacies coordinate the delivery of specialized medications (like OCALIVA), and deliver them to your home. Sometimes your medication can be sent to another address or location, like a neighborhood pharmacy, if requested.

Be on the lookout for a phone call

Someone from your specialty pharmacy (or Interconnect) may call you to set up delivery for OCALIVA—and this call may come from a number you may not recognize.

Specialty pharmacies coordinate the delivery of specialized medicines—like OCALIVA—and provide additional valuable support services.

Specialty pharmacies can help you:

  • Navigate your insurance coverage and paperwork
  • Find ways to help you save on treatment
  • Arrange for delivery of your medication
  • Monitor refills and send reminders

Don’t hesitate to ask for what you need, whether it’s help with insurance coverage, questions about co‑pay assistance, or questions about delivery.

Working with a specialty pharmacy:
Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind

Never worked with a specialty pharmacy before? Your healthcare provider or a Care Coordinator will assign one to you after you’re prescribed OCALIVA.

Here are a few things to keep in mind—and remember: your specialty pharmacy is there to help.

Do

  • Sign up for refill reminders
  • Alert the specialty pharmacy to any changes in your treatment plan
  • Share your complete contact information (phone number, email address, and best times to reach you)
  • Return any calls from your specialty pharmacy so they can schedule shipment of your OCALIVA

Don’t

  • Assume that there are no programs to help with your co‑pay or that co‑pay assistance will be automatically applied
  • Wait until the last minute for refills
  • Assume that the specialty pharmacy knows exactly what you and your doctor know
  • Hesitate to call again if you haven’t heard back within 24 hours or if you have an immediate concern

Saving on OCALIVA

You may be able to get OCALIVA for as little as $0* per co‑pay.

Your savings options vary based on the type of insurance coverage you have, but 99% of people with commercial insurance have been able to pay $0 for their OCALIVA prescription each month.

*Offer not valid for patients enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal or state healthcare programs. For program terms, conditions, and eligibility criteria, visit www.OCALIVA.com/copay‑terms.

This only includes patients for whom Intercept’s co‑pay support program was applied from June 2016 to March 2020. Intercept’s co‑pay support program is automatically applied to all qualified patients, independent of whether they are enrolled in Interconnect®, except where prohibited by state law. Some people will not qualify for certain offerings. Intercept reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer without notice.

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ClickTap for Important Safety Information about OCALIVA including serious side effects.

OCALIVA® (obeticholic acid) is a prescription medicine that treats adults with PBC in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) or alone if UDCA is not tolerated.

Worsening of liver problems, liver failure, in some cases leading to death, have happened in people with PBC with advanced liver cirrhosis when OCALIVA was taken more often than recommended.

Important Safety Information

OCALIVA® (obeticholic acid) is a prescription medicine that treats adults with PBC in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) or alone if UDCA is not tolerated.

What is the most important information I should know about OCALIVA?

OCALIVA may cause serious side effects including:

Worsening of liver problems, liver failure, in some cases leading to death, have happened in people with PBC with advanced liver cirrhosis when OCALIVA was taken more often than recommended.

If you have primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) with advanced cirrhosis, you may need a lower dose of OCALIVA. Before you start OCALIVA, and during your treatment with OCALIVA, your healthcare provider will do tests to check your liver. These tests will help your healthcare provider decide how much OCALIVA you should take and how often you should take it. If you have worsening liver problems, your dose of OCALIVA may be changed, stopped for a period of time, or stopped completely by your healthcare provider.

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms of worsening liver problems during treatment with OCALIVA:

  • Swelling of your stomach area from a build‑up of fluid; yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes; black, tarry, or bloody stools; coughing up or vomiting blood, or your vomit looks like “coffee grounds”; or mental changes (such as confusion, sleepier than usual or harder to wake up, slurred speech, mood swings, or changes in personality)

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms during treatment with OCALIVA and they are severe or do not go away:

  • Stomach‑area pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; loss of appetite or weight loss; new or worsening fatigue, weakness, fever, or chills; light‑headedness; less frequent urination

What is OCALIVA?

OCALIVA is a prescription medicine used to treat primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults who have not responded well enough to UDCA, or alone for adults who cannot tolerate UDCA. It is not known if taking OCALIVA will improve your chance of survival or improve your symptoms of PBC. There are ongoing studies to find out how OCALIVA works over a longer period of time.

Who should not take OCALIVA?

Do not take OCALIVA if you have or had a complete blockage in the bile ducts in your liver or gallbladder.

What are the possible side effects of OCALIVA?

OCALIVA may cause serious side effects including:

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about OCALIVA?”
  • Severe Itching. Itching (pruritus) is a common side effect and can sometimes become severe (intense itching or itching all over your body). Severe itching can cause discomfort, problems sleeping, and problems doing daily activities, and usually needs to be treated. Tell your healthcare provider if you get severe itching or if your itching gets worse.
  • Decreases in Good Cholesterol. Decreases in HDL‑C (“good cholesterol”) have been observed in patients taking OCALIVA. Your healthcare provider will check your cholesterol levels during treatment to see if you should continue taking OCALIVA.

The most common side effects of OCALIVA include: pruritus (itching of the skin), tiredness, stomach pain and discomfort, rash, joint pain, mouth and throat pain, dizziness, constipation, swelling in your hands, ankles or feet, fast or irregular heartbeat, fever, changes in how your thyroid gland works, and eczema (skin dryness, irritation, redness, crusting, or drainage).

These are not all the possible side effects associated with OCALIVA. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking OCALIVA?

Before taking OCALIVA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if OCALIVA will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if OCALIVA passes into your breastmilk. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take OCALIVA.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. OCALIVA can affect the way certain medicines work. Certain other medicines may affect the way OCALIVA works.

Please see Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning, for OCALIVA 5 mg and 10 mg tablets.

Available by prescription only.

To report negative side effects of OCALIVA, please contact Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-844-782-ICPT or you may report to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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99% of people with commercial insurance who have been prescribed OCALIVA receive their prescription for $0 a month.*

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*This only includes patients for whom Intercept’s co‑pay support program was applied from June 2016 to March 2020. Intercept’s co‑pay support program is automatically applied to all qualified patients, independent of whether they are enrolled in Interconnect®, except where prohibited by state law. Some people will not qualify for certain offerings. Intercept reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer without notice.