Online Privacy Policy

Amgen Inc. and Janssen Products, LP (collectively, "Companies," "We," "Our" or "Us") are committed to respecting your privacy. This Online Privacy Policy (this "Privacy Policy") applies to information that We collect from you via this web site located at www.ESA-APPRISE.com (this "Site") and from your use of any Services that We provide via this Site. For purposes of this Privacy Policy, "Services" means services provided by or on this Site and any other services described in the Terms of Use for this Site.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, as it will tell you:

  • what information We collect about you and your use of Our Services
  • how We collect, use, share, and protect that information
  • the choices you have about how We use and share such information

By registering on Our Site or using our Services, you agree that you fully understand and consent to this Privacy Policy and to all other terms relevant to your use of Our Site or Services, including Our Terms of Use which are incorporated into this Privacy Policy by this reference.

This Site and its Services have been developed in response to the FDA's requirement of healthcare providers to discuss with their patients the risks and benefits of treatment with Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESA) [Aranesp® (darbepoetin alfa), Epogen® (epoetin alfa), and Procrit® (epoetin alfa)]. In order to fulfill the requirement from the FDA to communicate the risk and benefits of these drugs to the healthcare providers, Companies have created this Site and its Services to educate and certify that the healthcare providers have conducted the appropriate training.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Personal Information that You Provide

As described below, you may choose to provide Us with Personal Information through Our Site or Services. "Personal Information" includes any information that could be used to identify or contact you such as your name, address, telephone number or email address.

Email Subscriptions

To subscribe to Our email Services, you will need to provide your email address. You may also be asked for other information when you subscribe.

User Accounts

In order to use certain Services, like chat rooms or message boards, you will be required to register and create a user account ("User Account"). You may be assigned or asked to choose a user name, login ID, or screen name (each a "User Name") and password. You will need to provide certain Personal Information such as your first and last name, address, telephone number, and email address. You are responsible for maintaining and updating the registration information in your User Account with current and complete information.

We urge you to take steps to keep your registration information in your User Account safe by:

  • memorizing your password or keeping it in a safe place (separate from your User Name), and
  • logging out of your User Account and closing your Internet browser before leaving your computer.
Public Areas

Any information you post in public question and answer forums, public profile pages, or other public areas of this Site ("Public Areas") will be available to the general public over the Internet. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information you disclose in Public Areas. Please do not post any information in a Public Area that you do not want disclosed to the general public and used without limitation.

Interactive Features (Polls and Surveys)

To participate in Our online polls or surveys, you may need to provide Personal Information, such as your first and last name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Customer Service

Some of Our Services may provide customer service via telephone, online chat, or email. Whenever you communicate with customer service, an operator may view and make changes to the information in your User Account, if you have one, or store information about you in Our records.

Correspondence with Companies

You may contact Us at the ESA APPRISE CALL CENTER at 1-866-284-8089 to ask questions or report problems with this Site, Our Services or Our products.

PRODUCT REPORTS. If you use this Site or send Us email to report your experience with one of Our products, We may ask you for specific facts, including patient initials, age, gender, and prescribing physician. Federal regulations require Us to collect Personal Information from patients in order to file reports with the Federal Food and Drug Administration regarding the safety of Our products. If you are using this Site for reasons other than reporting a product experience, do not disclose Personal Information about a patient without valid patient authorization.

BUSINESS IDEAS OR INVENTIONS. This Privacy Policy does not protect the confidentiality of business ideas or concepts when you send them to Us by email or through Our Site.

Information Collected by Other Means or Media

In some situations, We may collect Personal Information and other information about you through means other than this Site. For example, if you answer a poll or survey on a third party's web site (or through some other medium, such as by wireless phone), We may collect your information from the third party to fulfill some function in relation to your activity (e.g., to collect and analyze results) or if you request additional communications from Us. In addition, if you provide information to other companies who share information about their customers, We may collect information from those third parties about you. In each of these cases, We will apply this Privacy Policy to any Personal Information that is collected about you and combined with the information collected through this Site or Our Services.

Information About Other People

If you submit Personal Information about other people to Us, a record of that communication may be maintained as allowed or required by law. For example, you might submit a person's name and other Personal Information in relation to a product report (see "PRODUCT REPORTS" above).

Special Notice Regarding Children Under 18

We recognize the sensitivity of Personal Information concerning children under the age of 18 and are committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations regarding children, including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA"). As this site is designed for and directed to adults, We will not knowingly collect Personal Information from anyone under the age of 18.

If you are a parent or guardian who has discovered that your child under the age of 18 has submitted his or her Personal Information without your consent, you may request removal of your child's Personal Information by contacting Us at the ESA APPRISE CALL CENTER at 1-866-284-8089.

Information that is Routinely Collected By Our Site Technology

General Use

You may use parts of Our Site without submitting any Personal Information. In that case, the only information We collect will be log information, which your Internet browser automatically sends whenever you visit a web site on the Internet. Our servers automatically record this log information, which may include your Internet request, Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, browser language, and the date and time of your request. To assist Us in Our use of this log information, We may deploy one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser (see "Cookies" below).

If you are using Our wireless Services, We may also automatically collect information such as the type of wireless device you are using, your mobile identification number (assigned by your telecommunications carrier) and telecommunications carrier.

Your use of Our Site and Services will be anonymous unless you provide Us with Personal Information.

Cookies

We may collect information about your use of Our Site and Services through cookies. A "cookie" is a unique numeric code that We transfer to your computer so that We can keep track of your interests and preferences and recognize you as a return visitor to Our Site. Cookies allow Us to collect "clickstream" data, which reflects your activities on this Site. Our cookies do not collect or keep your name or other Personal Information. We do not allow third parties to place any cookies on this Site.

We do not control cookies in third party advertisements and encourage you to check the privacy policies of third party advertisers to learn about their use of cookies and other tracking technology. This Privacy Policy does not cover the use of information collected from you by third party advertisers.

Beacons

Beacons are tiny graphic image files embedded in a web site or email that send information from your browser back to the beacon's originating server. The information collected by beacons allows a web site to statistically monitor how many people are using the web site. We may use beacons to track your activity on this Site or across web sites or to let Us know if you have opened an email that We sent.

HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION

Anonymous Information

We use information about your activities and use of Our Services to monitor user traffic patterns and try to analyze what Our users prefer so that We can improve Our Services. From time to time, We may use and share with third parties aggregate information (not including Personal Information) to show general demographic and preference information among users of Our Site.

Use of Cookies

We may use the data We obtain through the use of cookies to customize your experience on Our Site by anticipating the information and Services that may interest you. We also analyze the information collected with a cookie to help Us improve Our Site's functionality by monitoring traffic in popular areas and to modify the Services We provide. We may link clickstream data available to Us to the Personal Information that you provide through use of Our Services or through another source. We use the information We collect through cookies, beacons, server log analysis and other technologies as they are developed for Our business purposes, including operation and development of Our Services.

Use of IP Address

In addition to logging the IP address of your computer as you move about Our Site, We also may use your IP address to personalize Site content. We retain IP addresses, and We may link IP addresses to Personal Information that you provide.

Personal Information

We use information about you to deliver the Services that you request, to keep you informed about changes affecting Our Services or your account, to inform you of other Services or offers in which you might be interested, and to improve Our Site and Services.

If you opt in to receive email from Us by registering as a user of Our Site, you can always opt out of future messages by following the directions in each message to "unsubscribe" or by contacting Us at the ESA APPRISE CALL CENTER at 1-866-284-8089. However, if you choose to opt out of future messages, We reserve the right to contact you regarding your account status, technical support, changes to account terms, and any other matter that might affect Our Site or Services.

Product Reports

If you contact Us regarding your experience in using one of Our products, We may use the information you provide in submitting reports to the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration and as otherwise required of Us by law. We also may use and disclose the information you provide to contact the prescribing physician to follow up regarding an unexpected event involving use of Our product.

Disclosure to Operations and Maintenance Contractors

We may contract with third parties to provide services for Our Site or Services. These contractors include vendors and suppliers who provide technology and content, vendors who analyze data collected on Our Site, and vendors who send or respond to email on Our behalf (each a "Contractor"). These Contractors may have access to your Personal Information in order to provide services to Us or on Our behalf. If We allow a Contractor to have access to your Personal Information, We will not authorize the Contractor to use the information for any purpose that is not consistent with this Privacy Policy. We contractually prohibit Contractors from using Our cookies for their own purposes or placing their cookies on your computer when you access Our Site or Services.

Disclosure for Legal, Safety or Other Reasons

We may need to release Personal Information and other information associated with Personal Information to third parties:

  • to respond to a request or complaint that you have made,
  • to comply with legal or regulatory requirements, such as requests from the Food and Drug Administration, or
  • in special cases in which We believe it is reasonably necessary to investigate, identify, or bring legal action against someone who may commit or cause harm, fraud, abuse, or illegal conduct.

We also reserve the right to cooperate with law enforcement authorities who investigate and prosecute those who engage in behavior that may be illegal or harmful to anyone.

In the event that We are legally compelled to disclose your Personal Information to a third party outside of the purposes specified directly above, We will notify you, unless We believe that doing so would violate the law or a court order or pose a threat or danger to anyone.

Disclosure to Our Affiliates

We may share information about you with Our affiliates, but those affiliates are required to use and share your information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Disclosure to Subsequent Owner or Operator

If all or part of Our company is sold or merged into another entity, the information We have about you may be transferred to a third party as part of that transaction. We will take steps to assure that no Personal Information that is transferred will be used or shared in a manner inconsistent with this Privacy Policy without your consent. However, in the event of a sale or merger, your continued use of this Site or any Services signifies your agreement to be bound by the privacy policy and other applicable terms of the subsequent owner.

Limited Disclosure of Your Information

Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy or as you specifically agree or request, We will not disclose to any third parties any information We collect from or about you through Our Site or Services.

Your California Privacy Rights

California residents have a right to request certain information regarding Our disclosure of Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. We do not share Personal Information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes unless you ask Us to or you affirmatively agree to such sharing (for example, by opting in to receive information from a Co-Branded Partner or other third party that is identified as participating in a Service on Our Site), and We will only share information in connection with a specific request by you. To prevent disclosure of your Personal Information to a third party for marketing purposes, do not opt in to share your information when providing it on Our Site.

If you ask Us or agree to share your Personal Information with a third party, your information will of course be subject to the third party's privacy policy, and you will need to contact the third party directly if you later decide that you do not want it to use your information.

California customers may request further information about our compliance with this law by contacting us at the ESA APPRISE CALL CENTER at 1-866-284-8089. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through this toll-free telephone number.

OUR SECURITY MEASURES

We want your Personal Information to remain secure. When you transmit Personal Information to Our Site, We use technology to protect it. Although We will make reasonable efforts to protect Personal Information from loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party could intercept an Internet transmission or that someone will find a way to thwart Our security systems.

YOUR PRIVACY CHOICES

When you use this Site, you have the following choices about the information you provide.

Accept/Reject Cookies

Your browser software can be set to reject all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. If you reject Our cookies, certain functions of Our Site or Services may not work properly.

Correct, Update or Delete Personal Information

You are responsible for maintaining and updating the information in your User Account to keep it current. You may correct or update Personal Information that you have provided to Our Site at any time by updating your User Account. If you have signed up for Our email Services and would like to unsubscribe, you can do so by following the instructions in the emails We send or by contacting Us at the ESA APPRISE CALL CENTER at 1-866-284-8089.

All information that you provide via Our Services is stored in servers that are operated and maintained by Us or Our Contractors. You should be aware that it is not technologically practical to delete all information that We collect. The need to back-up Our systems to protect information from inadvertent loss means that a copy of information about you may exist in a non-erasable form that will be difficult or impossible for Us to locate. Nevertheless, upon receiving your request, We will delete all Personal Information stored in the databases We actively use for this Site. In addition, after receiving your request for removal, We will use commercially reasonable efforts not to disclose any Personal Information stored in a non-erasable form, except as required by law.

Finally, We reserve the right to maintain copies of information about you, including Personal Information, for as long as We deem it necessary for business purposes, subject to applicable law.

Communicate with Us by Telephone

You may communicate with Us via the ESA APPRISE CALL CENTER if you have questions about this Site or Our Services. We will not disclose Personal Information that We receive through the ESA APPRISE CALL CENTER unless such disclosure is necessary to respond to your request or inquiry or is otherwise permitted as described above.

CONSENT TO PROCESSING IN THE UNITED STATES AND ELSEWHERE.

This Site is owned and operated by Companies in the United States, but the information you provide may be accessible to Our affiliates and Contractors in other countries. Furthermore, if you are visiting this Site from a country other than the United States, your communication with Us will necessarily result in the transfer of information across international boundaries. The level of legal protection for personal information is not equivalent in all countries; however, We will take the security measures described in this Privacy Policy in an effort to keep your information secure. By using this Site or any of Our Services, you consent to the collection, storage, and processing of your information in the United States and in any country to which We may transfer your information in the course of Our business operations.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

For your convenience, this Site may feature links to third party websites that We believe you might find useful and informative. While you may link to third party websites from this Site, please be aware that We do not endorse or recommend the content or services of any third parties, and We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of third party websites. We encourage you to be aware of and read the privacy policy and other terms of each website you visit on the Internet. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by Us.

CHANGES IN OUR PRIVACY POLICY

We will only use your Personal Information in the manner described in the Privacy Policy in effect when you provided the information. However, We will occasionally update this Privacy Policy. When We do, We will also revise the "effective date" set forth below. All updates to this Privacy Policy will be effective when posted, and your use of this Site or any of Our Services thereafter will constitute acceptance of those changes.

This program is intended for residents of the United States only.
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