Update on Humira copays

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britt1449
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   Posted 5/14/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to let you all know that the "new" copay program initiated by Abbott Laboratories is not all it's cracked up to be.  I was excited about getting my Humira Rx last month for only $5- exactly what the literature had stated and advertised.  Well, this month I found out when I picked it up, that I'm still paying the old cost of about $48.  I even waited a day to contact the company and verify this was correct, and sure enough, the $5 copay was too good to be true.  This program is basically exactly the same as the last one, the only difference is that the last time I started the Humira I purchased the starter pack of 6 pens, and now I'm only on the maintainence dose of 2 pens a month.  So since they cover up to $1000 for the first month, I only paid $5.  Grrrrr!!! They were so misleading! Pisses me off. mad
Brittany
 
Currently taking: Humira 40mg/every other week, Zoloft 50 mg/day, vitamins and supplements
Have taken: Cyclosporine, Pentasa/Asacol, Aciphex, Imuran, Sulfasalizine, Cipro & Flagyl, Prednisone, various pain med's, Xanax
 
Surgeries: Appendectomy 2001, Ileocecotomy 2007


ZenaWP
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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Britt. I'm sorry to hear that, as I thought someone else on here said it really was on $5 for them.  I still haven't refilled mine since getting the new card.  I'll let you know what my cost is, once I do. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


Crohn'snme
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   Posted 5/19/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm confused. I just got my card and am going to refill in two days. Did you pay only $5.00??

Easier2Run
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   Posted 5/19/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I've filled my Humira prescription twice now since having that card and each co-pay has been exactly $5.00 for me. Are you sure the pharmacy is billing the right card? Sometimes they just see a co-pay card in the file and assume its the same as the new card you gave to them. My pharmacy initially did this for me, just ask them to verify. It should be $5.00.
-Heather, 23 yrs. old
____________

- Crohns disease since 1995, officially diagnosed in 2003.

- Bowel resection in Dec. 07, Crohns reoccurred July 08.

- Medications - Entocort 9mg, Wellbutrin SR 150mg, Lexapro 20mg, Bentyl 10mg, Levsin, Trazadone 50mg, Prednisone taper


CrohnsPatient
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   Posted 5/20/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have no idea what insurance you guys are using or how your getting it cheap already, but i wouldnt be complaing about 48 dollars on a medication that costs thousands of dollars.

Now since I got that out of my system

(SORRY!!, it was a joke!)

I have medicare and medicaid as my insurance and for some reason they wouldnt pay for my scripts. My GI found a pharmacy in West Virginia, I'm in Virginia, that paid and still pays for every script i've got for the past two years except 3 dollars and ten cents. When i forget to send the new script, they even call ME. When I find the name of the pharmacy, I will post it, I think its a good idea to get help, but I dont think we should take these things for granted whatsoever!

karendee
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   Posted 5/20/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I pay $80 for 3 months. I was not sure how the new program worked either. I will have too look into this.
karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


rovin1959
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   Posted 5/20/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, and or anyone. This is all new to me. I have
had multiple sx's, colostomy and reversal. Skin tags, partial colon removed and repaired. Finially gave in and got myself to the chief of gastro, at Duke Hospital. dx chron's disease. he suggested humira. I am lost out here!! other than that I am great!!

CrohnsPatient
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   Posted 5/20/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
holy cow rovin! I wouldnt have let them operate on me period without a diagnoses, especially taking part of your colon and going to he extreme of a ostomy. I have an ostomy, but it was not avoidable. Thats just not right. Your drs werent doing all they could or something, if it took a chief to find it then it was probably obvious, because he wouldnt have people not knowing a MAJOR GI illness working in the GI specialty.

LMills
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   Posted 5/20/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine said something like I pay $50 after six months, but I don't know if this is a one time fee or not...I haven't been paying anything for my humira so far, but I don't have my insurance for much longer anyway so I'm not sure what's going to happen. It was nice while it lasted.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ZenaWP
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   Posted 5/21/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
LMills, that sounds like the old co-pay plus program...they have a new one where you are only supposed to pay $5 instead of the $50 or $100.  You have to ask them to send you a new card for this program. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


Dave D
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   Posted 5/21/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm on Medicare. I just started Humira 6 weeks ago. I had to pay $4,300 which would take me into and out of the donut hole. Hereafter, I pay $75 per month until next year when I start all over again. I don't qualify for any other discounts as they are income based and I must make too much. I'm happy for the income but not happy with what the Humira costs, especially when I have yet to see any positive results.

Dave D



Grandpa Dave is 70.
IBD since 1977
Perforation and resection 1993
Diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis 1994
Received J-Pouch 1997
Diagnosed as Chron's 2004
Redo, resection, and remove camera capsule 2005
Unsucessfully tried LDN 2007
Contracted Scleritis of the Eye 2008
Four Grandkids
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Belle E. Button
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 5/23/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  So glad I got back on the site.  I am going to most likely start Humira in about a week.  The office called and were excited to tell me about this card deal.  I hope it works.  I will be the first patient on this medication from my GI office.  I am sending a list of questions with my doctor when he goes to a GI conference next week.  I need a little more insurance before I start this program.  I am on today to see what people on our site are saying about their expierence with Humira.

britt1449
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Total Posts : 85
   Posted 5/24/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
CrohnsPatient said...
I have no idea what insurance you guys are using or how your getting it cheap already, but i wouldnt be complaing about 48 dollars on a medication that costs thousands of dollars.

Now since I got that out of my system

(SORRY!!, it was a joke!)

I have medicare and medicaid as my insurance and for some reason they wouldnt pay for my scripts. My GI found a pharmacy in West Virginia, I'm in Virginia, that paid and still pays for every script i've got for the past two years except 3 dollars and ten cents. When i forget to send the new script, they even call ME. When I find the name of the pharmacy, I will post it, I think its a good idea to get help, but I dont think we should take these things for granted whatsoever!
Completely understandable, but the thing is this:  I am 24 years old with a husband and a 2 year old. I know longer have a job since I had to quit a few months ago due to a flare.  We pay almost $540 a month for health insurance, not to mention copays and our deductible.  Yes, I am glad this program exists, but was I disappointed when I thought I could save over $40 a month?  Absolutely.
Brittany
 
Currently taking: Humira 40mg/every other week, Zoloft 50 mg/day, vitamins and supplements
Have taken: Cyclosporine, Pentasa/Asacol, Aciphex, Imuran, Sulfasalizine, Cipro & Flagyl, Prednisone, various pain med's, Xanax
 
Surgeries: Appendectomy 2001, Ileocecotomy 2007


rovin1959
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 159
   Posted 6/7/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Holy cow is right crohn's patient!!!! I have worked in the medical field all my life. my daddy was a doc. This has been a complete nightmare. Right now, i have a tuneling perianal abcess, fever,fatigue, etc. I am about to give in and go to a local med center/rent a doc for some pain pills. This is not the answer, yet no one is really listening to me. I feel like something is eating my colon as I type. Other than that, it is a beautiful day!
Mary Lynn

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