Getting Started

Getting Started

Janssen CarePath provides the additional support you may need to help you get started with REMICADE® infusion treatment, once your doctor has prescribed it for you. A personally assigned Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator will work closely with you and your doctor to provide personalized support.

Your Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator can:

  • Review your health plan benefits to help answer questions you may have about insurance coverage for REMICADE®
  • Identify options that may help make REMICADE® more affordable, if needed
  • Review available services and help you choose the services that may best meet your needs
  • Help you locate an infusion center near your home or office if your doctor’s office does not have an infusion center
  • Provide treatment education support. We invite you to learn more at Remicade.com.

If you have any questions, please call Janssen CarePath at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 8 PM ET.

Infusion Support

Janssen CarePath provides a range of infusion support resources to assist you.

Infusion Site Locator

If your doctor’s office does not have an infusion center, use the search capabilities of 2infuse.com to help you locate an infusion site convenient to your home or doctor’s office. Searchable by city or ZIP Code this helpful site provides detailed search results organized by driving distance. This Web site also includes valuable information about the infusion sites such as business hours, insurance plans accepted, and medications infused.

A Nurse is Just a Phone Call Away

If you've spoken with your doctor and still have questions about the infusion process for REMICADE®, Janssen Nurse Support is available to answer additional questions. Nurses can provide more information on how to prepare for your infusion and what you may expect during the infusion process.

Connect with Janssen Nurse Support at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728), available Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM ET.

At all other times, a nurse will return your call in about 15 minutes.

Watch the REMICADE® Infusion Video

After talking to your doctor, you may still have questions about receiving an infusion. The REMICADE® infusion video walks you through the steps for the REMICADE® infusion process — before, during, and after treatment — and explains what to expect during the infusion.

Learn More about treatment with REMICADE®

Help if Your Insurance Plan Does Not Approve REMICADE® Treatment

Sometimes you may not be able to obtain the medication that your doctor has ordered for you. For example, your insurance 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 insurance plan to explain its decision and to consider making the medication available to you as an exception to its policies.

Click here for the guide “How to Request an Exception or Appeal a Decision from Your Prescription Drug Plan.”

What conditions is REMICADE® used to treat?

REMICADE® is a prescription medication used to treat:

Crohn's Disease

  • Can reduce signs and symptoms and induce and maintain remission in adult patients with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease who haven't responded well to other therapies

Pediatric Crohn's Disease

  • Can reduce signs and symptoms and induce and maintain remission in children (ages 6-17) with moderately to severely active Crohn's disease who haven't responded well to other therapies

Ulcerative Colitis

  • Can reduce signs and symptoms, induce and maintain remission, promote intestinal healing, and reduce or stop the need for steroids in adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis who haven't responded well to other therapies

Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis

  • Can reduce signs and symptoms and induce and maintain remission in children (ages 6-17) with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis who haven’t responded well to other therapies

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Can reduce signs and symptoms, help stop further joint damage, and improve physical function in patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, in combination with methotrexate

Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Can reduce signs and symptoms of active arthritis, help stop further joint damage, and improve physical function in patients with psoriatic arthritis

Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Can reduce signs and symptoms in patients with active ankylosing spondylitis

Plaque Psoriasis

  • Approved for the treatment of adult patients with chronic severe (extensive and/or disabling) plaque psoriasis under the care of a physician who will determine if REMICADE® is appropriate considering other available therapies

Important Safety Information For REMICADE®

Only your doctor can recommend a course of treatment after checking your health condition. REMICADE® (infliximab) can cause serious side effects such as lowering your ability to fight infections. Some patients, especially those 65 years and older, have had serious infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor should monitor you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with REMICADE®.

Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking TNF-blocker medicines. Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of fatal lymphoma, has occurred mostly in teenage or young adult males with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who were taking REMICADE® and azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including REMICADE®, the chances of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase.

You should discuss any concerns about your health and medical care with your doctor.

What should I tell my doctor before I take REMICADE®?

You should let your doctor know if you have or ever had any of the following:

  • Tuberculosis (TB) or have been near someone who has TB. Your doctor will check you for TB with a skin test. If you have latent (inactive) TB, you will begin TB treatment before you start REMICADE®.
  • Lived in a region where certain fungal infections like histoplasmosis or coccidioidomycosis are common.
  • Infections that keep coming back, have diabetes or an immune system problem.
  • Any type of cancer or a risk factor for developing cancer, for example, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or had phototherapy for psoriasis.
  • Heart failure or any heart condition. Many people with heart failure should not take REMICADE®.
  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection or think you may be a carrier of HBV. Your doctor will test you for HBV.
  • Nervous system disorders (like multiple sclerosis or Guillain-Barré syndrome).

Also tell your doctor if you:

  • Use the medicines Kineret (anakinra), Orencia (abatacept) or Actemra (tocilizumab) or other medicines called biologics used to treat the same problems as REMICADE®.
  • Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breast-feeding, or have a baby and were using REMICADE® during your pregnancy. Tell your baby’s doctor about your REMICADE® use. If your baby receives a live vaccine within 6 months after birth, your baby may develop infections with serious complications that can lead to death.
  • Recently received or are scheduled to receive a vaccine. Adults and children taking REMICADE® should not receive live vaccines or treatment with a weakened bacteria (such as BCG for bladder cancer) while taking REMICADE®.

What should I watch for and talk to my doctor about before or while taking REMICADE®?

The following serious (sometimes fatal) side effects have been reported in people taking REMICADE®.

You should tell your doctor right away if you have any of the signs listed below:

  • Infections (like TB, blood infections, pneumonia)—fever, tiredness, cough, flu, or warm, red or painful skin or any open sores. REMICADE® can make you more likely to get an infection or make any infection that you have worse.
  • Lymphoma, or any other cancers in adults and children.
  • Skin cancer—any changes in or growths on your skin.
  • Heart failure—new or worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet, or sudden weight gain.
  • Reactivation of HBV—feeling unwell, poor appetite, tiredness, fever, skin rash and/or joint pain.
  • Liver injury—jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), dark brown urine, right-sided abdominal pain, fever, or severe tiredness.
  • Blood disorders—fever that doesn’t go away, bruising, bleeding or severe paleness.
  • Nervous system disorders—numbness, weakness, tingling, changes in your vision or seizures.
  • Allergic reactions during or after the infusion—hives, difficulty breathing, chest pain, high or low blood pressure, swelling of face and hands, and fever or chills.
  • Lupus-like syndrome—chest discomfort or pain that does not go away, shortness of breath, joint pain, rash on the cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun.
  • Psoriasis—new or worsening psoriasis such as red scaly patches or raised bumps on the skin that are filled with pus.

The more common side effects with REMICADE® are respiratory infections (that may include sinus infections and sore throat), headache, rash, coughing and stomach pain.

Please read the Medication Guide for REMICADE® and discuss it with your doctor. (Requires Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®. Click here to download.)

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.

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