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Once you and your doctor have decided to start treatment with CIMZIA, here are the general next steps.

Preparing for treatment

Your doctor will let you know if there are any tests that may be needed prior to starting CIMZIA. For example, your doctor may request a test to check for tuberculosis (TB) or a hepatitis B test. You should not start any biologic therapy if you have an active infection or recently received a live vaccine. Always consult your doctor if you have questions about any tests or when you should or should not take your medication.

Determining your insurance coverage

If you have healthcare insurance, your doctor’s office will help coordinate coverage and find out how much CIMZIA will cost. Your treatment may be covered under your medical benefit or pharmacy benefit. Determining coverage under the pharmacy or medical benefit will help establish how much you will have to pay for your drug and/or potential office visits.

At times, your doctor’s office may need to submit additional information to your insurance company called a prior authorization or letter of medical necessity.

The CIMplicity®b program can help check your insurance coverage, including whether you are eligible for the CIMZIA $0 Co-Pay Savings Program.a You may be covered under private insurance (medical or pharmacy), or you may be able to receive assistance from the Patient Assistance Program (PAP).

The entire process for determining coverage may be completed while you’re in the office that day, or it could take several days. When the doctor receives the summary of benefits, the costs associated with treatment will be reviewed with you. You may like to know that more than 97% of CIMZIA $0 Co-Pay Savings Program claims resulted in no out-of-pocket costs for program participants.*

Getting your CIMZIA prescription filled

Depending on which formulation of CIMZIA is prescribed, you will either self-inject CIMZIA at home OR have CIMZIA injected by a healthcare professional at your doctor's office. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.

Prefilled syringe

If you can self-inject and your doctor has prescribed the prefilled syringe, your prescription will typically be sent to a specialty pharmacy that specializes in dispensing biologic medications. Usually, the specialty pharmacy will contact you to discuss any co-pay required prior to sending you the medication through a common carrier, like FedEx or UPS. You can ask the pharmacy about automatic refills based on your dosing schedule. Your medicine will be mailed to your home or shipped to your doctor's office (this occurs occasionally when self-injecting for the first time).

If self-injecting for the first time, your doctor’s office may ask you to come to their office with your medication so they can provide training and explain important safety information.

The medication is typically sent in a large package with ice packs that keep the contents cool. Once you open the outer packaging, the medication should be put in the refrigerator until ready to self-inject. Do not freeze or put in the freezer.

You or a caregiver should be properly trained before self-injecting. Read the complete Instructions for Use booklet that comes in your CIMZIA drug kit or view the instructional videos located here.

Powder formulation administered by a healthcare professional

If you are unable to self-inject and your doctor has prescribed the powder formulation, you will receive your injection at the doctor's office or a medical facility. It is a powder formulation that a healthcare professional mixes, prepares, and administers. In this case, your medicine will be sent to where you will be administered your medication by a healthcare provider. The doctor’s office orders the medication, and they bill your insurance for the cost. Your doctor’s office will schedule a time for you to receive your first dose of your medication. The office may call you the day before or the day of your visit to confirm your appointment. When you arrive, the HCP will likely perform some basic checks (ie, temperature or blood pressure) to ensure you can receive your treatment. Once you are cleared to receive your treatment, a nurse or medical assistant will generally administer your medication.

Your time in the office may vary. Talk to your doctor’s office about how much time you should plan for your treatment and whether you might want to bring someone with you. After treatment, the office staff may want to observe you before you leave the office. They will also schedule your next visit or visits.

Treatment and ongoing support

It’s important to take CIMZIA as prescribed by your doctor. This may include your initial “starter doses” of two 200-mg injections taken on day 0, day 14 (week 2), and day 28 (week 4). You will then move to maintenance dosing. Your doctor will tell you your maintenance dose. Before your first injection, your doctor will schedule any necessary tests or immunizations you might need.

Make sure you always write down the dates and locations of your CIMZIA injections in your main calendar. So you don’t forget your next dose, put a reminder in your calendar or sign up for reminders here. You can receive services and support to help you start and stay on CIMZIA with CIMplicity,b our free support program designed for CIMZIA patients, to make your experience as seamless as possible.

Treatment support available to you includes welcome kits, syringe disposal, nurse support, medication reminders, co-pay support, and other patient education materials. Ask your doctor about these services or sign up for them.

What to expect

In a clinical trial, CIMZIA was proven to provide noticeable CD symptom relief for the majority of patients who continued to take CIMZIA for 26 weeks of treatment. In another clinical trial, some patients had results as fast as 6 weeks. Your results may vary.

Your doctor will also want to see you on a regular basis to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and ensure overall well-being.

aEligibility: Not valid for prescriptions that are reimbursed, in whole or in part, under Medicare (including Medicare Part D), Medicaid, similar federal- or state-funded programs (including any state prescription drug assistance programs and the Government Health Insurance Plan available in Puerto Rico), or where otherwise prohibited by law. Product dispensed pursuant to program rules and federal and state laws. Claims should not be submitted to any public payor (ie, Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, Tricare, VA, and DoD) for reimbursement. Patients and pharmacists are responsible for notifying insurance carriers or any other third party who pays for or reimburses any part of the prescription filled using this card as may be required by the insurance carrier's terms and conditions and applicable law. The maximum annual benefit amount is $11,000 per calendar year. The parties reserve the right to amend or end this program at any time without notice.

bThe CIMplicity program is provided as a service of UCB and is intended to support the appropriate use of CIMZIA. The CIMplicity program may be amended or cancelled at any time without notice. Some program and eligibility restrictions may apply.

*Out-of-pocket costs for program participants measured between January 2015 - December 2015.

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$0 co-paya when you use our Co-Pay Savings Card (eligibility restrictions and maximum limits apply).

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aEligibility: Not valid for prescriptions that are reimbursed, in whole or in part, under Medicare (including Medicare Part D), Medicaid, similar federal- or state-funded programs (including any state prescription drug assistance programs and the Government Health Insurance Plan available in Puerto Rico), or where otherwise prohibited by law. Product dispensed pursuant to program rules and federal and state laws. Claims should not be submitted to any public payor (ie, Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, Tricare, VA, and DoD) for reimbursement. Patients and pharmacists are responsible for notifying insurance carriers or any other third party who pays for or reimburses any part of the prescription filled using this card as may be required by the insurance carrier's terms and conditions and applicable law. The maximum annual benefit amount is $11,000 per calendar year. The parties reserve the right to amend or end this program at any time without notice.

bThe CIMplicity program is provided as a service of UCB and is intended to support the appropriate use of CIMZIA. The CIMplicity program may be amended or cancelled at any time without notice. Some program and eligibility restrictions may apply.

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