Talked to my rheumy today about Enbrel, Humira and Remicade....

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seechell
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted Today 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Sit down while you read this....
 
My Remicade co-pay would be $700, which means the infusion is $7000! My co-pay for Humira and Enbrel is around $250-$300! So those are $2500-$3000! Why do they have to make it so difficult to get help that is needed.
 
We tried sulfasalazine and I got huge sores in my mouth, on my tougue and down into my throat. So, I'm allergic to the drug that would help best for my type of arthritis. So now I'm going to try methotrexate again. It didn't work well the last time I was on it but I'm running out of choices!
 
Thanks for letting me vent! AAARRRGGGG!!!!
Take Care,
               Chelle
    "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."
  DX: ankylosing spondylitis, periferal neuropathy, chronic migraines/headaches, depression/panic attacks, bi-polar, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, sleep apnea
  RX: synthroid, estradiol, cymbalta, prozac, geodon, lamictal, inderal la, klonopin, seroquel, imiprimine, aspirin, (relpax, phenergan, esgic plus, xanax, PRN for migraine)
  Surgeries: hysterectomy 1997, tonsillectomy 2001, deviated septum 2005, cataracts (both eyes) 2006
 
 


Ducky
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   Posted Today 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Chelle.. It is ridiculous how expensive they are huh? What pharmacy are you going through for those prices? I take Enbrel and it is $1200.00 a month (before insurance) for 4 shots... You can talk to some of the companies that make the meds, they have a lot of programs out there that will give you the meds for free.. I would call your pharmacy or your insurance company and try and double check on the co-pays though, just in case... I know when I first went on Enbrel, my rheumy said the script was $2000.00 a month, and he was wrong, like I said it's only $1200.00 a month.. hang in there...
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea
 


Savvy63
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 450
   Posted Today 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Um, that's pretty much my whole monthly income. Good grief. :(
I am listing symptoms/test results cuz my Dr is still trying to figure out exactly what's going on with me. If any of this rings a bell with you, email me at daisyhen at msn dot com.
 
DDD- MRI confirmed
Arthritis-xray confirmed
disc slippage in neck-MRI confirmed
Fibro
IBS-D
Ulcers-endoscopic confirm
dishydrotic eczema
Costochondritis
Had both knees scoped in '93' (awesome improvement)
Are we having fun yet?


Ducky
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted Today 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah mine too.. but I have really good insurance.. my only saving grace..
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea
 


erin.K
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted Today 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi seechell,
What I did was go on the assistance program because I could not afford the meds. Humira I recieved at no cost. Enbrel I had an HMO but I still got stuck with over 4 grand in bills (I never paid yet either!) I'm not sure if you cannot work to be on the program or if you have ins. already. But I'm pretty sure that if you work & have ins. these assistance programs help cover the rest of the cost. If you call the Enbrel or Humira hotline number & ask for the pt assistance payment line they can give you info & you fill it out & see if you qualify. It can't hurt because these meds are WAY OUT OF CONTROL IN PRICE!
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions Q3 weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone tapering from 120mg; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others. 


Trying2BFree
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 251
   Posted 12/12/2006 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Remicade and almost fell out of my chair when they told me the costs. I called my insurance and my mail order pharmacy. What I discovered was that it is so much cheaper to order the Remicade through my mail order pharmacy and have it delievered to my infusion clinic. I pay my $15 copay as with any mail order drug and then the infusion clinic charges me for administering the drug, which ends up being about $85. I had to kind of "compaign" to the infusion clinic to let me do this. They had never done it this way before. Normally the administering charges and the cost of the Remicade is billed to insurance as major medical, leaving me with $500 in copays. I would check into this if you haven't already. Good luck!
Jeannie ~
   Mom to Ty (4 yrs old)
   and 3 Shelties
 
SLE diagnosis 10/05 now changed to RA 3/06, Endometriosis 5/05, PCOS 1990
Meds: Metformin ER (PCOS); Loestrin BCPs (Endo); Methotrexate 15mg (RA); Metanx 5mg (RA); Remicade (RA); Lunesta 2mg (as needed)


curley
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 12/12/2006 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I see that you have gotten some really good advice and every one is pointing you in the right direction.I'm taking Humira and for two shots it cost $1,865.00 and it blowed my mind as well.There for a while I was on Rimacade and it was coasting any where from $4,500 to $8,300.I'm on disability and I have a three dollar co-pay for my Humira.Back when I was married and had privet insurance my co-pay for Humira was $150.00 and that was hard to come up with when you have bills and a tone of other co-pays for the rest of my meds was getting tio the point I was going to have to stop taking Humira but I talked to my Rheumatolagist and there for awhile she was giving me the Humira at no charge to me.
Curley
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