Getting Started

Getting Started

Janssen CarePath provides the additional support you may need to help you get started with SIMPONI ARIA® 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 SIMPONI ARIA®
  • Identify options that may help make SIMPONI ARIA® more affordable, if needed
  • Review available services and help you choose the services that 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 also invite you to learn more at SimponiAria.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.

SIMPONI ARIA® is given as an infusion.

After 2 starter doses, 4 weeks apart, SIMPONI ARIA® is given once every 8 weeks — that’s as few as 6 times a year. The 30-minute infusion is prepared and given by a healthcare professional in your doctor’s office or at a local infusion center.

SIMPONI ARIA® is a biologic infusion treatment, used with the medicine methotrexate, for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methotrexate is taken as directed.

Your doctor should test you for TB and hepatitis B before starting SIMPONI ARIA®, and monitor you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment. You should not receive SIMPONI ARIA® if you have an infection unless your doctor says it is okay.

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

Help if Your Insurance Plan Does Not Approve SIMPONI ARIA® 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.”

INDICATION

SIMPONI ARIA® is for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis taken with methotrexate.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION For SIMPONI ARIA®
SERIOUS INFECTIONS

SIMPONI ARIA® (golimumab) is a prescription medicine. SIMPONI ARIA® can lower your ability to fight infections. There are reports of serious infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor will test you for TB before starting SIMPONI ARIA® and will closely monitor you for signs of TB during treatment. Tell your doctor if you have been in close contact with people with TB. Tell your doctor if you have been in a region (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys and the Southwest) where certain fungal infections like histoplasmosis or coccidioidomycosis are common.

You should not receive SIMPONI ARIA® if you have any kind of infection. Tell your doctor if you are prone to or have a history of infections or have diabetes, HIV or a weak immune system. You should also tell your doctor if you are currently being treated for an infection or if you have or develop any signs 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 than normal
  • feel very tired
CANCER

Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking TNF-blocker medicines. For children and adults receiving TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®, the chances for getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a rare and fatal lymphoma, has occurred mostly in teenage or young adult males with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who were taking a TNF blocker with azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. You should tell your doctor if you have had or develop lymphoma or other cancers.

Some people treated with SIMPONI ARIA® developed skin cancer. Tell your doctor if any changes in the appearance of your skin or growths on your skin occur during or after your treatment with SIMPONI ARIA®. Your doctor should periodically examine your skin, especially if you have a history of skin cancer.

USE WITH OTHER DRUGS

Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including ORENCIA (abatacept), KINERET (anakinra), ACTEMRA (tocilizumab), RITUXAN (rituximab), or another TNF blocker, or if you are scheduled to or recently received a vaccine. People receiving SIMPONI ARIA® should not receive live vaccines or treatment with a weakened bacteria (such as BCG for bladder cancer).

HEPATITIS B INFECTION

Reactivation of hepatitis B virus has been reported in patients who are carriers of this virus and are receiving TNF-blocker medicines, such as SIMPONI ARIA®. Some of these cases have been fatal. Your doctor should do blood tests before and after you start treatment with SIMPONI ARIA®. Tell your doctor if you know or think you may be a carrier of hepatitis B virus or if you experience signs of hepatitis B infection, such as:

  • feel very tired
  • clay-colored bowel movements
  • dark urine
  • fevers
  • skin or eyes look yellow
  • little or no appetite
  • vomiting
  • muscle aches
  • chills
  • stomach discomfort
  • skin rash
HEART FAILURE

Heart failure can occur or get worse in people who use TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®. If you develop new or worsening heart failure with SIMPONI ARIA®, you may need treatment in a hospital, and it may result in death. Your doctor will closely monitor you if you have heart failure. Tell your doctor right away if you get new or worsening symptoms of heart failure like shortness of breath, swelling of your lower legs or feet, or sudden weight gain.

NERVOUS SYSTEM PROBLEMS

Rarely, people using TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®, can have nervous system problems such as multiple sclerosis or Guillain-Barré syndrome. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms like vision changes, weakness in your arms or legs, or numbness or tingling in any part of your body.

IMMUNE SYSTEM PROBLEMS

Rarely, people using TNF blockers have developed lupus-like symptoms. Tell your doctor if you have any symptoms such as a rash on your cheeks or other parts of the body, sensitivity to the sun, new joint or muscle pain, becoming very tired, chest pain or shortness of breath, swelling of the feet, ankles or legs.

LIVER PROBLEMS

Serious liver problems can happen in people using TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms such as feeling very tired, skin or eyes look yellow, poor appetite or vomiting, or pain on the right side of your stomach.

BLOOD PROBLEMS

Low blood counts have been seen with people using TNF blockers, including SIMPONI ARIA®. If this occurs, your body may not make enough blood cells to help fight infections or help stop bleeding. Your doctor will check your blood counts before and during treatment. Tell your doctor if you have signs such as fever, bruising, bleeding easily, or paleness.

ALLERGIC REACTIONS

Allergic reactions can happen in people who use TNF-blocker medicines, including SIMPONI ARIA®. Tell your doctor if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction while receiving SIMPONI ARIA® such as hives, swollen face, breathing trouble, or chest pain. Some reactions can be serious and life-threatening.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR

Tell your doctor if you have psoriasis.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding or have a baby and received SIMPONI ARIA® during pregnancy. Tell your baby’s doctor before your baby receives any vaccine because of an increased risk of infection for up to 6 months after birth.

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

The most common side effects of SIMPONI ARIA® include: upper respiratory infection, viral infections, bronchitis, high blood pressure, and rash.

Please read the full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for SIMPONI ARIA® and discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

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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