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Prior Authorization, Exceptions, & Appeals

Prior Authorization, Exceptions, & Appeals

There are 3 primary categories of requests:

  • Prior authorizations
  • Coverage determinations (including exception requests)
  • Appeals

Click here for a brochure that has been developed to help healthcare providers understand the information that payers may require for coverage of medically necessary drug therapies.

Sample Letter of Medical Necessity

Below is a sample Letter of Medical Necessity that you can use to create your letter documenting the medical necessity of treatment with STELARA® for your patient. You may submit the letter to the payer with either the initial claim or when requesting reconsideration of a denied claim.

Sample Exception Letters

An exception request is a specific type of coverage determination that asks a payer to reconsider an adverse tiering or formulary decision. Below are sample letters you can use to create your own letter to request an exception for STELARA®.

Click here for data supporting use in initial nonresponders based on phase 3 clinical trial in Crohn's disease.

Janssen Link

Janssen Link provides Janssen subcutaneous products to eligible patients whose commercial insurance delays (>5 business days) or denies treatment. Click here for more information.

Prior Authorization

Some health plans in select states must use their state's uniform prior authorization request form. Click here to see if your state is included.

Uniform Prior Authorization Information for Select States

Other payers follow a different process. Please see table below or contact Janssen CarePath at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) for assistance in obtaining prior authorization forms.

The information provided is not a guarantee of coverage or payment (partial or full). Actual benefits are determined by each plan administrator in accordance with its respective policy and procedures. This document is presented for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide reimbursement or legal advice, nor does it promise or guarantee coverage, levels of reimbursement, payment, or charge. It is not intended to increase or maximize reimbursement by any payer. Laws, regulations, and policies concerning reimbursement are complex and are updated frequently. While we have made an effort to be current as of the issue date of this document, the information may not be as current or comprehensive when you view it. Please refer to the applicable plan's website, or contact the plan for more information about coverage or any restrictions or prerequisites that may apply. We strongly recommend you consult the payer organization for its reimbursement policies.

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Payer Prior Authorization Information
Aetna Formularies & Pharmacy Clinical Policy Bulletins
Provider Precertification Lists
Health Care Professional Forms: Specialty Pharmacy Medication Request
Prior Authorization Form
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Information
California Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Information
California Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Request Form
Georgia Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Information
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Pharmacy: Drug Coverage Guidelines (Search by drug name)
Provider-Administered Drug Policies and Forms (Acceptance required to view)
General Prescription Drug Coverage Authorization Request Form
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida/Florida Blue Prior Authorization Program Information
Medical Pharmacy Prior Authorization Lists and Utilization Management
Member Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Forms
Specialty Pharmacy Request Form
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs
Specialty Drug Request Form
Prior Authorization Request Form
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Prior Authorization - Pharmacy
Online Prior Authorization Requests
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Provider Prior Authorization for Medical Drugs
Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Coverage Criteria
Medication Prior Authorization Request
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Prescription Drugs (Search drug list for medication requirements)
Pharmacy Utilization Management
Tools & Resources For Health Care Providers: Electronic Prior-Authorization
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs
Provider Forms and Documents
Prior Authorization Request Form
Online Prior Authorization Form
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs
Prior Authorization Forms (Select pharmacy tab)
Prior Authorization Request Form
Online Prior Authorization Form
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Prior Review and Limitations
Prior Authorization Facsimile Form
Online Prior Authorization Requests
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs: Request Forms
Prior Authorization Request Form
Online Prior Authorization Form
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Pharmacy Resources & Forms
Specialty Medications Program
Prior Authorization Process for Provider-Administered Specialty Medications
BlueCross BlueShield of Texas Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs: Request Forms
Physician-Administered Drug Policies and Forms
Prior Authorization Request Form
Online Prior Authorization Form
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Pharmacy Forms
Pharmacy Prior Authorization
Prior Authorization Inquiries and Appeals
Online Prior Authorization Form
Cigna Pharmacy Resources
Pharmacy Prior Authorization Forms (Select drug)
Medication Prior Authorization Form
CVS Caremark Prior Authorization Information
Clinical Prior Authorization Criteria Request Form
Prior Authorization for Professionally Administered Drugs
EmblemHealth Pharmacy Resources and Forms
Injectables and Specialty Pharmacy Program and Form
Prior Authorizations/Coverage Determinations
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. Medication Prior Authorization Program
Medication Request Forms and Clinical Coverage Criteria
Medical Drugs Prior Authorization
Massachusetts Standard Form for Medication Prior Authorization Requests
Health Net Pharmacy and Prior Authorization Forms
Prior Authorization Forms for Specific Drugs
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Prescription Drug Medication Request Form
Provider Resources for Prior Authorization Submissions
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Pharmacy Guidelines
Prior Authorization/Medical Necessity Determination Medicine List
Online Prior Authorization Form
Prior Authorization/Medical Necessity Determination Fax Form
Humana Medical and Pharmacy Coverage Policies
Prescribing: Prior Authorization for Pharmacy Drugs
Pharmacy Prior Authorizations
Online Pharmacy Prior Authorization Portal (Members)
Medical Precertification Request Form
Independence Blue Cross Prior Authorization: Pharmacy Benefit
Specialty Medical Benefit Drugs (search for product)
Prior Authorization Forms
Kaiser Permanente (Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.)
Kaiser Permanente Washington
Formulary and Formulary Exceptions Form (Select Region)
Injectable Drugs Requiring Prior Authorization (WA members)
Non-Medicare Injectable Drugs Requiring Prior Authorization List (WA members)
Premera Blue Cross Drugs Requiring Approval
Pharmacy Services Prior Authorization Request Form
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Provider Drug Information
Provider Prior Authorization

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Indications

STELARA® (ustekinumab) is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis. STELARA® can be used alone or in combination with methotrexate (MTX).

STELARA® (ustekinumab) is indicated for the treatment of patients 12 years or older with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for phototherapy or systemic therapy.

STELARA® (ustekinumab) is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease.

STELARA® (ustekinumab) is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis.

Important Safety Information For STELARA®

STELARA® (ustekinumab) is contraindicated in patients with clinically significant hypersensitivity to ustekinumab or to any of the excipients.

Infections

STELARA® may increase the risk of infections and reactivation of latent infections. Serious bacterial, fungal, and viral infections requiring hospitalization or otherwise clinically significant infections were reported. In patients with psoriasis, these included diverticulitis, cellulitis, pneumonia, appendicitis, cholecystitis, sepsis, osteomyelitis, viral infections, gastroenteritis, and urinary tract infections. In patients with psoriatic arthritis, this included cholecystitis. In patients with Crohn’s disease, these included anal abscess, gastroenteritis, ophthalmic herpes zoster, pneumonia, and Listeria meningitis. In patients with ulcerative colitis, these included gastroenteritis, ophthalmic herpes zoster, pneumonia, and listeriosis.

Treatment with STELARA® should not be initiated in patients with a clinically important active infection until the infection resolves or is adequately treated. Consider the risks and benefits of treatment prior to initiating use of STELARA® in patients with a chronic infection or a history of recurrent infection. Instruct patients to seek medical advice if signs or symptoms suggestive of an infection occur while on treatment with STELARA® and consider discontinuing STELARA® for serious or clinically significant infections until the infection resolves or is adequately treated.

Theoretical Risk for Vulnerability to Particular Infections

Individuals genetically deficient in IL-12/IL-23 are particularly vulnerable to disseminated infections from mycobacteria, Salmonella, and Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccinations. Serious infections and fatal outcomes have been reported in such patients. It is not known whether patients with pharmacologic blockade of IL-12/IL-23 from treatment with STELARA® may be susceptible to these types of infections. Appropriate diagnostic testing should be considered, e.g., tissue culture, stool culture, as dictated by clinical circumstances.

Pre-Treatment Evaluation of Tuberculosis (TB)

Evaluate patients for TB prior to initiating treatment with STELARA®. Do not administer STELARA® to patients with active tuberculosis infection. Initiate treatment of latent TB before administering STELARA®. Closely monitor patients receiving STELARA® for signs and symptoms of active TB during and after treatment.

Malignancies

STELARA® is an immunosuppressant and may increase the risk of malignancy. Malignancies were reported among patients who received STELARA® in clinical studies. The safety of STELARA® has not been evaluated in patients who have a history of malignancy or who have a known malignancy. There have been reports of the rapid appearance of multiple cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas in patients receiving STELARA® who had risk factors for developing non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). All patients receiving STELARA®, especially those >60 years or those with a history of PUVA or prolonged immunosuppressant treatment, should be monitored for the appearance of NMSC.

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis and angioedema, have been reported with STELARA®. If an anaphylactic or other clinically significant hypersensitivity reaction occurs, institute appropriate therapy and discontinue STELARA®.

Reversible Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome (RPLS)

One case of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS) was observed in clinical studies of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. No cases of RPLS were observed in clinical studies of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. If RPLS is suspected, administer appropriate treatment and discontinue STELARA®. RPLS is a neurological disorder, which is not caused by an infection or demyelination. RPLS can present with headache, seizures, confusion, and visual disturbances. RPLS has been associated with fatal outcomes.

Immunizations

Prior to initiating therapy with STELARA®, patients should receive all age-appropriate immunizations recommended by current guidelines. Patients being treated with STELARA® should not receive live vaccines. BCG vaccines should not be given during treatment or within one year of initiating or discontinuing STELARA®. Exercise caution when administering live vaccines to household contacts of STELARA® patients, as shedding and subsequent transmission to STELARA® patients may occur. Non-live vaccinations received during a course of STELARA® may not elicit an immune response sufficient to prevent disease.

Concomitant Therapies

The safety of STELARA® in combination with other immunosuppressive agents or phototherapy was not evaluated in clinical studies of psoriasis. Ultraviolet-induced skin cancers developed earlier and more frequently in mice. In psoriasis studies, the relevance of findings in mouse models for malignancy risk in humans is unknown. In psoriatic arthritis studies, concomitant methotrexate use did not appear to influence the safety or efficacy of STELARA®. In Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis induction studies, concomitant use of 6-mercaptopurine, azathioprine, methotrexate, and corticosteroids did not appear to influence the overall safety or efficacy of STELARA®.

Noninfectious Pneumonia

Cases of interstitial pneumonia, eosinophilic pneumonia, and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia have been reported during post-approval use of STELARA®. Clinical presentations included cough, dyspnea, and interstitial infiltrates following one to three doses. Serious outcomes have included respiratory failure and prolonged hospitalization. Patients improved with discontinuation of therapy and, in certain cases, administration of corticosteroids. If diagnosis is confirmed, discontinue STELARA® and institute appropriate treatment.

Allergen Immunotherapy

STELARA® may decrease the protective effect of allergen immunotherapy (decrease tolerance) which may increase the risk of an allergic reaction to a dose of allergen immunotherapy. Therefore, caution should be exercised in patients receiving or who have received allergen immunotherapy, particularly for anaphylaxis.

Most Common Adverse Reactions

The most common adverse reactions (≥3% and higher than that with placebo) in adults from psoriasis clinical studies for STELARA® 45 mg, STELARA® 90 mg, or placebo were: nasopharyngitis (8%, 7%, 8%), upper respiratory tract infection (5%, 4%, 5%), headache (5%, 5%, 3%), and fatigue (3%, 3%, 2%), respectively. The safety profile in adolescents with plaque psoriasis through Week 60 was similar to that of adults with plaque psoriasis. In psoriatic arthritis (PsA) studies, a higher incidence of arthralgia and nausea was observed in patients treated with STELARA® when compared with placebo (3% vs 1% for both). In Crohn’s disease induction studies, common adverse reactions (3% or more of patients treated with STELARA® and higher than placebo) reported through Week 8 for STELARA® 6 mg/kg intravenous single infusion or placebo included: vomiting (4% vs 3%). In the Crohn’s disease maintenance study, common adverse reactions (3% or more of patients treated with STELARA® and higher than placebo) reported through Week 44 for STELARA® 90 mg subcutaneous injection or placebo were: nasopharyngitis (11% vs 8%), injection site erythema (5% vs 0%), vulvovaginal candidiasis/mycotic infection (5% vs 1%), bronchitis (5% vs 3%), pruritus (4% vs 2%), urinary tract infection (4% vs 2%) and sinusitis (3% vs 2%). In the ulcerative colitis induction study, common adverse reactions (3% or more of patients treated with STELARA® and higher than placebo) reported through Week 8 for STELARA® 6 mg/kg intravenous single infusion or placebo included: nasopharyngitis (7% vs 4%). In the ulcerative colitis maintenance study, common adverse reactions (3% or more of patients treated with STELARA® and higher than placebo) reported through Week 44 for STELARA® 90 mg subcutaneous injection or placebo included: nasopharyngitis (24% vs 20%), headache (10% vs 4%), abdominal pain (7% vs 3%), influenza (6% vs 5%), fever (5% vs 4%), diarrhea (4% vs 1%), sinusitis (4% vs 1%), fatigue (4% vs 2%), and nausea (3% vs 2%).

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for STELARA®. Provide the Medication Guide to your patients and encourage discussion.

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