Paying for SIMPONI®

Paying for SIMPONI®

Helping make SIMPONI® more affordable for eligible patients

No matter what type of insurance you have – or even if you don’t have insurance – Janssen CarePath can help explain your medication insurance coverage and benefits. We can also help find programs that may help with your SIMPONI® out-of-pocket costs.

If you use commercial or private health insurance to pay for your medication:

If you are eligible, you may be able to lower your out-of-pocket costs for SIMPONI®, including deductible, co-pay, and co-insurance medication costs. With Janssen CarePath Savings Program for SIMPONI®, eligible patients pay just $5 for each injection, with a $20,000 maximum program benefit each calendar year. Patients using Medicare, Medicaid or any other federally funded programs to pay for SIMPONI® are not eligible to participate in the program. Click here for full eligibility requirements.

To determine if you are eligible for Jansen CarePath Savings Program and enroll in the program:

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Need a Card?

If your specialty pharmacy is unable to process your Savings Card, you can complete, sign and return the rebate form (instructions on form), with required proof of purchase, to receive your rebate benefit. Click here to get the rebate form.

If your commercial or private insurance does not cover your SIMPONI® treatments, you may be eligible to receive SIMPONI® at no cost through the Janssen Link program.

Call a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) for help getting started.

If you have no health insurance or no coverage for SIMPONI®:

JanssenPrescriptionAssistance.com provides information on affordability programs and up-to-date information about independent foundations that may have available funding to help minimize medication costs for SIMPONI®.

Call a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) for help getting started.

If you are enrolled in Medicare and using Medicare insurance to pay for your medication, our Medicare Resource Guide provides additional information on sources for cost support that may be available for you.

Get Medicare Resource Guide

Other Resources:

Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation

Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (JJPAF) provides free prescription medications to eligible individuals who do not have insurance coverage for their medications and do not have adequate financial resources to pay for them. Please contact a JJPAF program specialist at 800-652-6227, 9 AM to 6 PM ET, or visit the foundation Web site at JJPAF.org to see if you might qualify for assistance.

What is SIMPONI® (golimumab)?

SIMPONI® is a prescription medicine for adults with:

  • Moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with the medicine methotrexate (MTX)
  • Active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), alone or with the medicine MTX
  • Active ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
  • Moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) when certain other UC medicines have not worked well enough or cannot be tolerated, or if it is necessary to continue taking steroid medicines:
    • To begin helping some of your symptoms
    • In people who respond to SIMPONI®, to get their UC under control (induce remission) and keep UC under control (sustain remission)
    • To begin to improve the way the lining of your large intestine looks to your doctor during colonoscopy

MTX is used as directed.

For RA, PsA, and AS: SIMPONI® 50 mg is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection) once a month.

For UC: SIMPONI® begins with 3 starter injections under the skin (subcutaneous injection): Two 100-mg injections on the first day of treatment, followed by one 100-mg injection 2 weeks later. After these 3 starter injections, SIMPONI® requires one 100-mg injection every 4 weeks.

Once you and your doctor are comfortable with the self-injection process, you will inject SIMPONI® under the skin.

Important Safety Information For SIMPONI®

SERIOUS INFECTIONS

SIMPONI® (golimumab) is a prescription medicine. SIMPONI® 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® and will 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 start SIMPONI® 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 taking TNF blockers, including SIMPONI®, 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 other TNF blockers 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® have developed certain kinds of skin cancer. If any changes in the appearance of your skin or growths on your skin occur during or after your treatment with SIMPONI®, tell your doctor.

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 taking SIMPONI® 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 taking TNF-blocker medicines, such as SIMPONI®. Some of these cases have been fatal. Your doctor should do blood tests before and after you start treatment with SIMPONI®. 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

  • dark urine

  • skin or eyes look yellow

  • little or no appetite

  • vomiting

  • muscle aches

  • clay-colored bowel movements

  • fevers

  • chills

  • stomach discomfort

  • skin rash

HEART FAILURE

Heart failure can occur or get worse in people who use TNF blockers, including SIMPONI®. If you develop new or worsening heart failure with SIMPONI®, 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®, 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, and/or legs.

LIVER PROBLEMS

Serious liver problems can happen in people using TNF blockers, including SIMPONI®. 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®. 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.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to rubber or latex. The needle cover contains dry natural rubber.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding or have a baby and were using SIMPONI® 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.

ALLERGIC REACTIONS

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

Common side effects of SIMPONI® include: upper respiratory tract infection, reaction at site of injection, and viral infections.

PSORIASIS

New or worse psoriasis symptoms may occur. Tell your doctor if you develop red scaly patches or raised bumps that are filled with pus.

Please read the full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for SIMPONI® 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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