Frequently Asked Questions
- What’s the goal of treating moderately to severely active pediatric ulcerative colitis (PUC) patients who have not responded well enough to other therapies with REMICADE® (infliximab)?
- Is REMICADE® right for my child?
- How is REMICADE® administered and how often will my child take it?
- What should I know about serious side effects?
- What should I watch out for?
- Is REMICADE® covered by insurance?
What’s the goal of treating moderately to severely active pediatric ulcerative colitis (PUC) patients who have not responded well enough to other therapies with REMICADE®?
The goal is to go beyond temporary relief of symptoms to achieve symptom remission .
Is REMICADE® right for my child?
REMICADE® can lower your child’s ability to fight infections. Serious and sometimes fatal events can occur. There have been reports of serious infections including tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that have spread throughout the body. Lymphoma, including a fatal kind called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, and other cancers have been reported in children and adults taking REMICADE®. Some people with heart failure should not take REMICADE®. Other serious side effects include hepatitis B, liver injury, blood problems, allergic reactions, nervous system problems, or lupus-like syndrome. To learn more about these and other risks, please read the Important Safety Information and the Medication Guide , and talk to your doctor.
How is REMICADE® administered and how often will my child take it?
REMICADE® is given as an intravenous (IV) infusion by a healthcare professional, and administration takes at least 2 hours. After the first 3 doses, your child will remain on maintenance therapy, which is just once every 8 weeks.That could be as few as 6 times a year.
What should I know about serious side effects?
REMICADE®, like other medicines that affect the immune system, is a strong medicine that can cause serious side effects such as cancer and serious infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these side effects have been fatal. For more information about these and other serious side effects, please read the Important Safety Information for REMICADE® and the Medication Guide  for REMICADE®, and talk to your doctor. The most common side effects of REMICADE® include respiratory infections, headache, rash, coughing, and stomach pain.
What should I watch out for?
You should discuss any questions or concerns about your child’s health with your doctor. Please read the Important Safety Information and the Medication Guide  for REMICADE® that includes the most common and the most serious side effects, related symptoms and when to talk to your doctor  or seek medical care. If you seek medical care from a healthcare professional other than the doctor who prescribed REMICADE®, it is important to let them know about your child’s medical history and any current medications, including REMICADE®.
Is REMICADE® covered by insurance?
REMICADE® is covered by most insurance plans , including commercial insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid. Coverage policies may vary by insurer or even between plans offered by the same insurer. If you have any questions about insurance coverage or reimbursement, you should first call your insurance company or Medicare. If you have questions or concerns, or if you need additional information related to medical coverage or patient assistance for REMICADE®, you may call AccessOne®  at 1-888-ACCESS-1 (222-3771), Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM E.T.