|Chemical name: Certolizumab
Typical dosage: 200mg/ml
Typical type: Injection1
Cimzia® is a medication typically used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis, Chrohn’s disease and plaque psoriasis. It is a brand name only medication and is available as a subcutaneous injection.
Cimzia is a prescription medication that contains the active ingredient Certolizumab. Cimzia is a subcutaneous injection into the fatty part of the skin given every 2 to 4 weeks depending on the condition being treated.
Cimzia binds and neutralizes human TNF-alpha in the body to reduce inflammatory processes.
The major side effects of Cimzia include irritation where the shot is given and signs of a common cold.
Yes! 37% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Cimzia.1
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Cimzia.
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Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.
|Deductible stage||Typical copay stage|
|Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.
In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.
Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
|After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.
During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
|$1,096 – $4,977||$1,096 – $4,977|
Tell your doctor you are taking Cimzia before getting any vaccines, as it may have an impact on their effectiveness.
While many patients can safely take Cimzia, patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should take extra precautions. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the medication.
Patients treated with Cimzia are at a higher risk of developing serious infections including tuberculosis or invasive fungal, bacterial, viral or other opportunistic infections. Monitor closely for signs/symptoms of infection.
Wash your hands often and stay away from people who are sick.
Lymphoma and other cancers have occurred in patients who take Cimzia; be sure to talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks.
Use with caution if you have heart failure or kidney impairment. Patients taking Cimzia have experienced new-onset and worsening heart failure, and part of the drug may be dependent on kidney function.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.
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1 GoodRx. Cimzia. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/cimzia.
2 Jacobson, Gretchen; et al. A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage. (Nov. 13, 2018). Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage.
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