Getting Started

Getting Started

Janssen CarePath provides the additional support you may need to help you get started with STELARA® 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 STELARA®
  • Identify options that may help make STELARA® more affordable, if needed
  • Review available services and help you choose the services that may best meet your needs
  • Work with your specialty pharmacy to process and deliver your STELARA® medication to your home or your doctor’s office
  • Provide treatment education support. We also invite you to learn more at StelaraInfo.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.

Treatment Support

Get started with Janssen CarePath for STELARA®

Download the Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Started with STELARA® for the approved indication of active psoriatic arthritis and the approved indication of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis

Download the 3 Steps to STELARA® for the approved indication of moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease

Learn more about your STELARA® treatment at StelaraInfo.com

Injection Support

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, preparing your injection site prior to self-injecting, and properly disposing of your used syringe.
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.

Step-by-step injection demonstration videos
You can watch these step-by-step injection dosing demonstration videos to be reminded how to take your STELARA® medication.
Click here for STELARA® injection demonstration video for the approved indication of active psoriatic arthritis or moderate to severe plaque psoriasis
Click here for STELARA® injection training overview video for the approved indication of moderate to severely active Crohn’s disease

Infusion Support

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.

This Web site offers the user the opportunity to locate and contact an infusion site of care. Inclusion of centers in this database is based on opt-in approval by authorized personnel for those sites listed. This database is compiled for informational purposes only. No fees have been or will be received in exchange for participation in this database. In no event shall Janssen Biotech, Inc., or its employees or agents be liable for any damages resulting from or related to this service. All providers and other users of this information agree that use of this service is at their own risk.

Inclusion of centers in this database does not represent an endorsement, referral or recommendation from Janssen Biotech, Inc. Moreover, the infusion sites of care participating in this search feature do not necessarily endorse the use of any Janssen Biotech, Inc., products.

Janssen Biotech, Inc., makes no representations as to whether any of the infusion sites of care participating in this search feature are covered by particular healthcare plans or insurers, if at all. Importantly, insurance verification is ultimately the responsibility of the provider. Users of this website are solely responsible for communications and interactions with any of the listed facilities or physician offices, and any information users send them is not governed by our Legal Notice and Privacy Policy. Users are responsible for compliance with state and federal laws regulating physician referrals, such as anti-kickback laws, the Stark law, or state professional practice restrictions.

Help if Your Insurance Plan Does Not Approve STELARA® 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.

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

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

What is STELARA®?

STELARA® is a prescription medicine approved to treat adults 18 years and older with moderate or severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas or many areas of their body, 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 your 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 who has 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 such as: feeling faint, swelling of your face, eyelids, tongue, or throat, chest tightness, or skin rash.

Before receiving STELARA®, tell your doctor 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 vaccine. The viruses used in some types of 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 taking STELARA® or one year after you stop taking 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.
  • have any other medical conditions.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if STELARA® will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take STELARA®.
  • are breast‐feeding or plan to breast‐feed. It is thought that STELARA® passes into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take 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 prescribed by your doctor.
  • 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®. Do not try to inject STELARA® yourself until you or your
 caregiver has 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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