Janssen CarePath provides the additional support you may need to help you get started with SIMPONI® treatment, once you and your doctor have decided that SIMPONI® is right for you. A personally assigned Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator will work closely with you and your doctor to provide the support you need.
Your Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator can:
- Review your health plan benefits to help answer questions you may have about insurance coverage for SIMPONI®
- Identify options that may help make SIMPONI® more affordable, if needed
- Work with your pharmacy to process and deliver your SIMPONI® medication to your home or your doctor’s office
- Provide treatment education support. We also invite you to learn more at Simponi.com
If you have any questions, please call Janssen CarePath at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728), Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET.
Get started with a Janssen CarePath account
Sign Up or Log In to your personal Janssen CarePath account so you can learn about your insurance coverage for SIMPONI®; if eligible, enroll in the Janssen CarePath Savings Program and manage program benefits; and sign up for treatment support that may help you start and stay on track with your Janssen medication.
Learn more about your SIMPONI® treatment at Simponi.com.
If Your Health Plan Does Not Approve SIMPONI® Treatment
Sometimes you may not be able to obtain the medication that your doctor has ordered for you. For example, your health 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 health plan to explain its decision and to consider making the medication available to you as an exception to its policies.
Janssen Link enables eligible patients to receive SIMPONI® at no cost until you receive coverage or until the end of the current program year if the following program requirements are met.
Janssen Link Program Requirements
How Janssen Link Works
- Program covers the cost of therapy only - not associated administration cost
- No portion of the value of the free product will count towards the patient's applicable out-of-pocket cost-sharing obligations
- Program year runs March 1 - February 28
- Janssen CarePath reserves the right to cancel or modify Janssen Link at any time
If you have any questions, please call a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728), Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET.
A Nurse is Just a Phone Call Away
Even after you’ve been trained by a healthcare professional to give yourself an injection, you may still have questions. Janssen Nurse Support* can help answer questions about giving yourself an injection at home with the SmartJect® autoinjector or prefilled syringe, preparing your injection site prior to self-injecting, and properly disposing of your used SmartJect® autoinjector or used syringe.
Connect with Janssen Nurse Support at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728), available Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET.
At all other times, a nurse will typically return your call in 15 minutes.
*Janssen Nurse Support is limited to education about your Janssen medication, its administration, and/or the condition it treats. It is not intended to provide medical advice, replace a treatment plan you receive from your doctor or nurse, or serve as a reason for you to start or stay on treatment.
Step-by-step injection demonstration videos
At Janssen CarePath, we’ve created tools to help you when self-injecting SIMPONI®, including these demonstration videos:
For these approved indications: moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, active psoriatic arthritis, or active ankylosing spondylitis, click here
For the approved indication of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, click here
Additionally, we’ve created the SmartJect® autoinjector reusable trainer. With no needle or medicine inside, the SmartJect® autoinjector reusable trainer may be a helpful way to practice giving yourself an injection as often as you like. Visit Simponi.com to order a reusable trainer and/or a treatment preparation mat that is printed with step-by-step instructions for using your autoinjector.
Health Plan Open Enrollment Information
Even if you keep the same health plan year to year, benefits can change. The information in the Open Enrollment Brochure can help you review your coverage and make changes if needed to stay on treatment in your new benefit period, usually beginning January 1.
If you’re enrolled in Medicare and using Medicare insurance to pay for your medications, our Medicare Resource Guide provides important information to consider as you are selecting your insurance coverage.
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.
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
shortness of breath
blood in phlegm
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
Your doctor will examine you for TB and perform a test to see if you have TB. If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated with medicine for TB before you begin treatment with SIMPONI® and during treatment with SIMPONI®. Even if your TB test is negative, your doctor should carefully monitor you for TB infections while you are taking SIMPONI®. People who had a negative TB skin test before receiving SIMPONI® have developed active TB. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms while taking or after taking SIMPONI®:
cough that does not go away
low grade fever
loss of body fat and muscle (wasting)
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.
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).
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
skin or eyes look yellow
little or no appetite
clay-colored bowel movements
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
New or worse psoriasis symptoms may occur. Tell your doctor if you develop red scaly patches or raised bumps that are filled with pus.
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.