How long did it take you to get Remicade pre-authorized by your insurance?

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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am frustrated.  I was told I would get on Remicade at my last GI appointment,which was a little over two weeks ago.  Anyhow, my GI's office WILL NOT call me back.  I have a feeling the problem isn't so much with my insurance approving Remicade as it is with the GI calling me back.
Anyhow, did it take a long time to get Remicade approved for those of you who are on it?
Thanks everyone!

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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My first authorization was requested on a Thursday afternnon and approved Monday AM. It was from a large west coast PPO.
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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
As long as it is done in my GI's office I don't need an authorization and I don't have a co-pay.

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   Posted 11/24/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My Remicade got approved in about 48 hours the first time. But, like you noted, that doesn't mean anybody wanted to TELL me. PAH.

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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My Remicade was approved within a week. My Humira...well...that took SEVERAL months. The process started in June and I just started the meds in October. Even after I started I was getting letters saying I was denied (?????), so I sympathize with you. Just keep trying!
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.

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   Posted 11/25/2008 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
My remicade was approved after I was in the hospital for a couple weeks. Most insurance companies want you to have failed on the other medication before they approve the big gun medications like remicade, humira, or cimzia. These medications are very expensive and they are not about to approve them without trying the less expensive ones first or unless you have a severe flare. Have you tried and failed on any of the other medications such as asacol, pentasta, or any other of the 5-asa's?

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   Posted 11/25/2008 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Approved within a week. And, this was with a difficult insurance company. Basically, after about 2 or 3 infusions each year, the required re-authorization. My new insurance has been fab. They hardly ever ask questions.

Remicade is super expensive, so it might be the hold up, but I'd bet your GI's office is the hold up. Can you maybe just walk in one day and request info? Might be balsy, but might get them on top of things.

Sorry you are struggling. I hope you start the infusions soon. Remicade was a pure blessing to me and I hope I find something to help me again soon!
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   Posted 11/26/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks so much, everyone!

I called my insurance yesterday morning and they suggested going to my GI's office.  I went there after that and they told me they contacted the out-patient clinic who would call me to get the infusions set up.  Anyhow, the clinic called me last night and I am scheduled for the first infusion today.  :-)    I sure hope this helps!


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