Remicade & Other Copays Help

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Homeboy
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   Posted 7/30/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Patient Access Network Foundation;

866-316-7263

P.O Box 221858
Charlotte, NC 28222-1858

The place above said I was approved. They cover co-pays. Medicare pays 80%, patient pays 20%, on remicade infusions.

The company above said they will cover the 20% copay for me. I don't even have to pay upfront, the doctor's office will bill the company above.

It is some type of charity, I am not sure who runs things, but I am SO GRATEFUL!!!

They said for a 1 person household, you cannot make over 42,000$ per year to qualify. I had no trouble with that.

Hope this helps someone else.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing the information Homeboy. Hopefully, someone else will get assistance like you did.
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   Posted 7/30/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info! :)

Here's a direct link to their Crohn's page

Homeboy
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Guys;

I got approved with patient access network foundation, and got my grant setup today. So less than 2 weeks from start to finish, is not too bad.

It's 4,000$ max. for one year. I am good to go with biologicals. I also applied with abbott, they have a progam of some sorts that allows you to get Humira for free, who knows. Here are some links.

www.abbottpatientassistancefoundation.org/index.asp

www.abbottpatientassistancefoundation.org/pdf/HUMIRA_PAP_Form.pdf

It doesn't look like remicade is going to happen though. I think I would burn through 4,000$ worth of copays on it in a few months. I would not make it for an entire year. I do suppose I will always have remicade though, I can always use it later on...

My g.i. doctor's nurse was suggesting I use Cimzia, she seems familiar with it, but she said Humira would work too. Humira is what I have my mind made up to use, and I have everything setup to see that happen I hope this week.

I see a couple Humira Posts already on today's board, so I guess I will be reading up.

I am pretty excited, this will be my first biological ever. smilewinkgrin
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Homeboy
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   Posted 8/13/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I am finally a happy camper.

I spent all day, yet again, hanging out at my new g.i. docs office, so I could speak with him.

I DID IT. yeah

I Left his office with a Humira Prescription, I dropped it off at my pharmacy, and gave them all the paperwork needed to file for the copays.

I met with a slight snag, but one I had anticipated.

The med needs something called a prior authorization. The pharmacy has faxed this to my g.i. doctor, I am hoping they get it filled out tomorrow, I doubt they will get to that form today, but, well nvm.

Once that happens, once it is taken care of, then I have to wait 24hours for it to process, and then... I will be leaving the pharmacy with my Humira.

I cannot believe how hard I have had to push for this stuff. I started on this biological journey back in May of this year, and had to part with my older g.i. doc, who I really liked. He just refused to give me the stuff, and I could not change his mind. I am just now this close. How many hoops I have had to jump through, how many obstacles have stood in my way, Geez. I mean I don't mind being the squeaky wheel, but this is kinda ridiculous, and I so hate bothering people like that.

I have to ask; Is it like this for everyone, anyone else care to share?

I doubt I will get the stuff tomorrow, but Saturday is possible, and would be nice. It would be a really awesome birthday present(Saturday is BD), proably the best one I have ever received. But just knowing I am finally gonna get the stuff, is enough to make all this effort worth wild.

Later
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Homeboy
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   Posted 8/20/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I got my humira pens today, 3 boxes, six pens. I am about to start injecting. ;)

My copay on this, which Patient Access Network picked up, was just under 3500$, for the 3 boxes. I am almost through my medicare gap in coverage too.

I wanted to post this before I did an injection, if it hurts as much as people say, I may not be too happy afterwards, since I got 4 injections coming up total, 2 today, 2 tomorrow.

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   Posted 8/21/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Good looking out for yourself.

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   Posted 8/21/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Good looking out for yourself.

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Homeboy
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   Posted 8/21/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Again:

I did the first injection myself, I was around my mom and stepdad. I read the instructions many times, and I still did it wrong. I also messed up the pen. I dunno if I can get a replacement, but I think that maybe I can.

I then got another pen, and let my stepdad inject me. He did great, no problems. I went this morning and had my sister who is a nurse do the second shot, again no problems.

It does hurt. It feels exactly like a wasp sting to me, esp. when the needle starts to push into the skin. It's pretty intense there for a couple seconds, then it goes away, and my leg was sore about an hour or so afterwards.

The problem I am having, doing it myself, is that I want to jerk when the needle goes in, and doing that will just spill all the medicine into the air.

Whenever I had someone else do the shot, I could focus on being very still, waiting for the sharp pain to come, and then get through it.

I really do think at this point that abbott should put some kind of tester pen in the box full of saline, but I dunno how that would work out.
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Homeboy
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   Posted 8/24/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I called abbott earlier to see about a replacement humira pen.

They are shipping me not one replacement, but two of them, yep, no charge. :)

They have a term for what happened to me, it's called a "misfire".

I dunno what to say, I expected this to be kinda hard, but it was no problem at all. And they are giving me a free one to keep on hand, just incase it ever happens again.

No word yet on my application with abbott to get humira sent to me for free, no denial or approval yet.

I just had to share this.


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