Paying for STELARA®

Paying for STELARA®

Helping make STELARA® more affordable for eligible patients

If you are starting STELARA®, your doctor’s staff will check to see what your insurance covers. Before leaving the office, make sure to ask your doctor’s staff to investigate both pharmacy benefits and medical benefits, because STELARA® can be covered in two ways.

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

To determine if you are eligible for Janssen CarePath Savings Program and get a Card, if you don’t have one:

Enroll or activate your card

or

Complete and send a Patient Enrollment Form

Already enrolled? Create your online account to manage your program benefits.

If your specialty pharmacy is unable to process your 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.

Call a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) for more information.

If you have commercial or private health insurance BUT your STELARA® treatments ARE NOT covered:

Make sure your doctor’s office staff has checked both your pharmacy and medical benefits. If you’ve confirmed that you are not covered by either your pharmacy or medical benefits, call Janssen CarePath at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) to help direct you to other financial assistance programs that may be able to help you.

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

You can also review prescription assistance programs that may have funding available to help you with medication costs for STELARA® at JanssenPrescriptionAssistance.com

Call a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) for more information.

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

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 STELARA®.

Or call a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728) for more information.

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, Inc. (JJPAF) provides free prescription medications to eligible individuals without insurance coverage for their medications and those who do not have adequate financial resources to pay for them. To see if you might qualify for assistance, please contact a JJPAF program specialist at 1-800-652-6227 (9 AM to 6 PM ET) or visit the foundation Web site at www.JJPAF.org.

What is STELARA®?

STELARA® is a prescription medicine used to treat adults and children 12 years and older with moderate or severe plaque psoriasis who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet light alone or with pills).

STELARA® is a prescription medicine approved to treat adults 18 years and older with active psoriatic arthritis, either alone or with methotrexate.

STELARA® is a prescription medicine used to treat adults 18 years and older with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease who have already taken other medicine that did not work well enough or they could not tolerate it.

Important Safety Information For STELARA®

STELARA® is a prescription medicine that affects your immune system. STELARA® can increase your chance of having serious side effects including:

Serious Infections

STELARA® may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections. While taking STELARA®, some people have serious infections, which may require hospitalization, including tuberculosis (TB), and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses.

  • Your doctor should check you for TB before starting STELARA® and watch you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with STELARA®.
  • If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated for TB before and during treatment with STELARA®.

You should not start taking STELARA® if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor says it is okay.

Before starting STELARA®, tell your doctor if you:

  • think you have an infection or have symptoms of an infection such as:
    • fever, sweats, 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 often than normal
    • feel very tired
  • are being treated for an infection
  • get a lot of infections or have infections that keep coming back
  • have TB, or have been in close contact with someone with TB

After starting STELARA®, call your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of an infection (see above). STELARA® can make you more likely to get infections or make an infection that you have worse. People who have a genetic problem where the body does not make any of the proteins interleukin 12 (IL‐12) and interleukin 23 (IL‐23) are at a higher risk for certain serious infections that can spread throughout the body and cause death. People who take STELARA® may also be more likely to get these infections.

Cancers

STELARA® may decrease the activity of your immune system and increase your risk for certain types of cancer. Tell your doctor if you have ever had any type of cancer. Some people who had risk factors for skin cancer developed certain types of skin cancers while receiving STELARA®. Tell your doctor if you have any new skin growths.

Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS)

RPLS is a rare condition that affects the brain and can cause death. The cause of RPLS is not known. If RPLS is found early and treated, most people recover. Tell your doctor right away if you have any new or worsening medical problems including: headache, seizures, confusion, and vision problems.

Serious Allergic Reactions

Serious allergic reactions can occur. Stop using STELARA® and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as: feeling faint, swelling of your face, eyelids, tongue, or throat, chest tightness, or skin rash.

Before receiving STELARA®, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have any of the conditions or symptoms listed above for serious infections, cancers, or RPLS.
  • ever had an allergic reaction to STELARA® or any of its ingredients. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
  • are allergic to latex. The needle cover on the prefilled syringe contains latex.
  • have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine). People who take STELARA® should not receive live vaccines. Tell your doctor if anyone in your house needs a live vaccine. The viruses used in some types of live vaccines can spread to people with a weakened immune system, and can cause serious problems. You should not receive the BCG vaccine during the one year before receiving STELARA® or one year after you stop receiving STELARA®.
  • have any new or changing lesions within psoriasis areas or on normal skin.
  • are receiving or have received allergy shots, especially for serious allergic reactions.
  • receive or have received phototherapy for your psoriasis.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if STELARA® can harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take STELARA®.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is thought that STELARA® passes into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you receive STELARA®.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over‐the‐counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

When prescribed STELARA®:

  • Use STELARA® exactly as your doctor tells you to. STELARA® is intended for use under the guidance and supervision of your doctor.
  • STELARA® is intended for use under the guidance and supervision of your doctor. In children 12 years and older, it is recommended that STELARA® be administered by a healthcare provider. If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections of STELARA® at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject STELARA®. Your doctor will determine the right dose of STELARA® for you, the amount for each injection, and how often you should receive it. Do not try to inject STELARA® yourself until you or your caregiver have been shown how to inject STELARA® by your doctor or nurse.

Common side effects of STELARA® include: upper respiratory infections, headache, and tiredness in psoriasis patients; joint pain and nausea in psoriatic arthritis patients; and upper respiratory infections, redness at the injection site, vaginal yeast infections, itching, urinary tract infections, and vomiting in Crohn’s disease patients. These are not all of the possible side effects with STELARA®. Tell your doctor about any side effect that you experience. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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