Privacy Policy

Welcome

This Website ( “Website” or “Site”) is owned by UCB, Inc. As used in this Privacy Policy, “You” or “Your” refers to users of this Website. “We” or “Us” includes UCB, Inc. (“UCB”) and its related companies.

Your privacy is important to us. UCB, Inc. is committed to maintaining the highest level of confidentiality regarding the personal information that we collect, use, maintain, and disclose. This Privacy Policy explains how we handle the personal information you provide to UCB within the United States. Please be sure to read this entire Privacy Policy before using or submitting information to this Website. This Privacy Policy applies only to data collected through this Website and does not apply to any other data collected by UCB online or offline.

Your consent

By using this Website, You agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy. Whenever You submit information via this Website, You consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

About children

This Website is not intended for persons under the age of 18. We will not knowingly collect information from Website visitors unless You have indicated that You are age 18 or older by submitting information to Us. We encourage parents to talk to their children about their use of the Internet and the information they disclose via the Internet.

Active information collection

In general. We receive and store any information You enter on our Website. This includes information that can identify You (“personal information”), including Your first and last name, telephone number, postal address and e-mail address. We also may request information about Your age, gender, and medical condition, such as the date of Your diagnosis and medications taken. In the course of requesting this information, we also may ask You to identify Your relationship to a particular disease (e.g., as a diagnosed patient, a friend or relative of such a patient, or as a healthcare provider). You can choose not to provide this or other information through our Website, but in general, some information about You is required in order for You to register as a member; request to subscribe to a newsletter; ask a question; or initiate other transactions on our Website.

Information from other sources. We also may periodically obtain information about You from other sources and add it to Your account information. Examples of information We may receive includes updated delivery and address information, which We use to correct and update our records; and demographic information, which We use to better understand Your potential purchasing preferences.

Information collected automatically. We automatically collect some information about Your computer when You visit our Website. For example, we will collect Your IP address, Web browser software (such as Internet Explorer), and referring Website. We also may collect information about Your online activity within our Website, such as the pages You visited. One of our goals in collecting this automatic information is to help customize Your user experience.

Cookies. We also may assign Your computer a “cookie” (a small, unique identifier text file). For example, whenever You sign into the Website, we record Your member ID and name on Your member account in a cookie file on Your computer. We also may record Your password in this cookie file, if You check “Remember me.” You can always choose not to receive a cookie file by enabling Your Web browser to refuse cookies or to prompt You before accepting a cookie. Please note that if You refuse to accept cookies from our Website, You may not be able to access some of the tools we offer.

Information collected by third-party advertising companies. We may allow third-party advertising companies, including ad networks, to display advertisements on our site. These companies may use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to collect anonymous information about users who view or interact with their advertisements. Our Website does not provide any personal information to these third parties, but they may collect information about where You, or others who are using Your computer, saw and/or clicked on the advertisements they deliver, and possibly associate this information with Your subsequent visits to the advertised Websites. They also may combine this information with personal information they collect from You. This allows them to deliver targeted advertisements and gauge their effectiveness.

Use of information

Except as otherwise stated, We may use Your personal information for the following general purposes: to provide You with the services You request, including any follow-up activities; to manage Your account; to respond to Your questions and comments; to measure interest in and improve the content of our Website; to customize this Website to Your preferences; to send You information about products in which You may be interested; to solicit information from You, including through surveys; to resolve disputes or troubleshoot problems; to enforce our Terms of Use; and for other purposes specified in this Privacy Policy or described to You at the point of collection. For information regarding Your choices about such uses, please review the “Your choices” section of this Privacy Policy below.

Disclosure of information

We may disclose Your personal information to other UCB affiliates worldwide that agree to treat it in accordance with this Privacy Policy. In addition, We may disclose Your personal information in the following circumstances:

  1. to third-party vendors We use to support our business (e.g., Internet service providers, hosting companies, financial institutions, and companies that provide business analytics, fulfillment services, technical support, and delivery services), in which case We will require such third parties to agree to treat it in accordance with this Privacy Policy;
  2. to trusted third-party businesses with which We partner to offer You products and services;
  3. in connection with a corporate transaction, such as the sale, assignment, or other transfer of the business of this Website to which the information relates;
  4. in response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; to establish or exercise our legal rights; to defend against legal claims; or as otherwise required by applicable laws or government regulations;
  5. to protect and defend the rights of UCB, this Website or the users of this Website;
  6. under circumstances We believe reasonably necessary to protect the personal safety of users of UCB, Inc.’s products and services, this Website or the public; or
  7.  as is otherwise described in this Privacy Policy or at the point of collection.

We also may share aggregate or anonymous information with third parties, including advertisers and investors. This information does not contain any personal information and is used to develop content and services we believe You will find of interest.

Access and correction

You can access the personal information You have provided through this Website by contacting us at the address listed in the “How to Contact Us” section of the Privacy Policy. We will take reasonable steps to update or correct personal information in our possession that You have submitted via this Website, so long as You notify Us of any changes.

Your choices

You may choose:

  1. not to provide personal information, but that may result in Your inability to obtain certain services or use certain features of our Website;
  2. to stop receiving commercial e-mails from Us in any such message we send or by sending an e-mail to the contact address at the bottom of this policy;
  3. to delete or decline cookies by changing Your browser settings. (Click “Help” in the toolbar of most browsers for instructions.) If You do so, some of the features and services of our Website may not function properly;
  4. to review and update Your personal information by contacting us at the link below and, if You have an online account on our Website, by logging into that account.

Security

We take reasonable steps to protect Your personal information as You transmit Your information from Your computer to our Site and to protect such information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. You should keep in mind that no Internet transmission is ever 100% secure or error–free. Therefore, although we take steps to secure Your information, we do not promise, and You should not expect, that Your personal information or other communications will always remain private.

Links to other Websites

This Website may contain links or references to other Websites. Please be aware that We do not control other Websites and that, in any case, this Privacy Policy does not apply to those Websites. We encourage You to read the privacy policy of every Website You visit.

Other terms

Your use of this Website is subject to our Terms of Use.

International users

This Website is intended for use only by U.S. residents and You have indicated that You are a U.S. resident by entering this Website. Personal information that You have voluntarily entered electronically may be delivered to servers located in the United States and other countries outside of the country in which You reside. By using the Website, You consent to the transfer of any and all personal information that You provide to Us and to our use and disclosure of such personal information as outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Your California privacy rights

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers of UCB who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us.

How to contact us

If You have any questions, comments, or concerns about this Privacy Policy or the information practices of this Website, You can contact us at UCB, Inc., 1950 Lake Park Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080, or contact us by email.

Changes to this privacy policy

Without prejudice to your rights under applicable law, We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Policy without prior notice to reflect technological advancements, legal and regulatory changes, and good business practices. If We change our privacy practices, an updated version of this Privacy Policy will reflect those changes and We will notify you of such changes by updating the effective date below.

This Privacy Policy was last updated June 1, 2015.

Your safety is important to us. Learn about our Important Safety Information.

Important Safety Information You Should Know About CIMZIA® (certolizumab pegol)

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

CIMZIA is a medicine that affects your immune system. CIMZIA can lower the ability of the immune system to fight infections. Serious infections have happened in patients taking CIMZIA, including tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some patients have died from these infections.

  • Your healthcare provider should test you for TB before starting CIMZIA.
  • Your healthcare provider should monitor you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with CIMZIA.

You should not start receiving CIMZIA if you have any kind of infection unless your healthcare provider says it is okay.

Before you receive CIMZIA, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • think you have an infection, flu-like symptoms, or have any other symptoms of an infection such as: 
    • fever, sweat, or chills
    • muscle aches
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • blood in phlegm
    • weight loss
    • warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body
    • diarrhea or stomach pain
    • burning when you urinate or urinate more often than normal
    • feeling very tired 
  • are being treated for an infection, or get a lot of infections or have infections that keep coming back
  • have diabetes, HIV, or a weak immune system. People with these conditions have a higher chance for infections.
  • have tuberculosis (TB), or have been in close contact with someone with TB
  • were born in, lived in, or traveled to countries where there is more risk of getting TB. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
  • live or have lived in certain parts of the country (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys) where there is an increased risk for getting certain kinds of fungal infections (histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, blastomycosis). These infections may develop or become more severe if you take CIMZIA. If you do not know if you have lived in an area where histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, or blastomycosis is common, ask your healthcare provider.
  • have or have had hepatitis B
  • use the medicine Kineret® (anakinra), Orencia® (abatacept), Rituxan® (rituximab), or Tysabri® (natalizumab)

After starting CIMZIA, if you get an infection, any sign of an infection including a fever, cough, flu-like symptoms, or have open cuts or sores on your body, call your healthcare provider right away. CIMZIA can make you more likely to get infections or make any infection that you may have worse.

Cancer

  • For people taking TNF-blocker medicines, including CIMZIA, the chances of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase.
  • There have been cases of cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults who received TNF-blocker medicine that do not usually happen in people this age. CIMZIA is not approved for use in pediatric patients. People with RA, especially more serious RA, may have a higher chance for getting a kind of cancer called lymphoma.
  • Some people receiving TNF-blocker medicines, including CIMZIA, have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death. Most of these people were male teenagers and young males with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Also, most of these people had been treated with both a TNF-blocker medicine and another medicine called IMURAN® (azathioprine) or PURINETHOL® (6-mercaptopurine, 6-MP).
  • If you use TNF-blocker medicine, including CIMZIA, your chance of developing certain kinds of skin cancer may increase. Tell your healthcare provider if any changes in the appearance of your skin, including growths on your skin, happen during or after your treatment.

What is CIMZIA?

CIMZIA is a prescription medicine called a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blocker. CIMZIA is used in adult patients to:

  • Lessen the signs and symptoms of moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease (CD) in patients who have not been helped enough by usual treatments.
  • Treat moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
  • Treat active psoriatic arthritis (PsA).
  • Treat active ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

What should I tell my healthcare provider before starting treatment with CIMZIA?

CIMZIA may not be right for you. Before starting CIMZIA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have an infection
  • have or have had any type of cancer
  • have congestive heart failure
  • have seizures, any numbness or tingling, or a disease that affects your nervous system such as multiple sclerosis
  • are scheduled to receive a vaccine. Do not receive a live vaccine while taking CIMZIA.
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in CIMZIA.
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if CIMZIA will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while receiving CIMZIA.
    Pregnancy Registry: If you become pregnant while taking CIMZIA, talk to your healthcare provider about registering in the pregnancy exposure registry for CIMZIA. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-877-311-8972. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of CIMZIA during pregnancy.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if CIMZIA passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will receive CIMZIA or breastfeed.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take the following medicines due to a higher chance for serious infections:

  • Kineret® (anakinra), Orencia® (abatacept), Rituxan® (rituximab), or Tysabri® (natalizumab)
  • medicines called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blockers, such as Remicade® (infliximab), Humira® (adalimumab), Enbrel® (etanercept), or Simponi® (golimumab)

Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure. You should not take CIMZIA while you take any of these medicines.

How should I receive CIMZIA?

CIMZIA comes as a lyophilized powder or a solution in a prefilled syringe for injection. If your healthcare provider prescribes the CIMZIA powder, CIMZIA should be injected by a healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider prescribes the prefilled syringe, you will be trained on how to inject CIMZIA. See the booklet called “Instructions for Use” packaged in your CIMZIA prefilled syringe kit for complete instructions for use. Do not give yourself an injection of CIMZIA unless you have been shown by your healthcare provider, or they can train someone you know to help you with your injection. CIMZIA is given by an injection under the skin. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much and how often to inject CIMZIA. Do not use more CIMZIA or inject more often than prescribed.

What are the possible side effects of CIMZIA? CIMZIA can cause serious side effects including:

  • Heart Failure including new heart failure or worsening of heart failure you already have. Symptoms include shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet, or sudden weight gain.
  • Allergic Reactions. Signs of an allergic reaction include a skin rash, swelling or itching of the face, tongue, lips, or throat, or trouble breathing.
  • Hepatitis B virus reactivation in patients who carry the virus in their blood. In some cases, patients have died as a result of hepatitis B virus being reactivated. Your healthcare provider should monitor you carefully before and during treatment with CIMZIA to see if you carry the hepatitis B virus in your blood. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms:
    • feel unwell
    • skin or eyes look yellow
    • tiredness (fatigue)
    • poor appetite or vomiting
    • pain on the right side of your stomach (abdomen)
  • New or worsening nervous system problems, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre syndrome, seizures, or inflammation of the nerves of the eyes. Symptoms may include:
    • dizziness
    • numbness or tingling
    • problems with your vision
    • weakness in your arms or legs
  • Blood Problems. Your body may not make enough of the blood cells that help fight infections or help stop bleeding. Symptoms include a fever that does not go away, bruising or bleeding very easily, or looking very pale.
  • Immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include shortness of breath, joint pain, or a rash on the cheeks or arms that worsens with sun exposure.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any side effects listed above.

The most common side effects of CIMZIA include: upper respiratory infections (flu, cold), rash, and urinary tract infections (bladder infections).

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of CIMZIA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the Medication Guide for CIMZIA and discuss it with your healthcare provider.