Humira & Remicade in British Public Health?

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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I just saw this and am curious what members in Britain have to say about it. My impression is that neither Humira nor Remicade is currently available for Crohn's patients in Britain, at least not through the public health system. It now sounds like Humira will be preferred, then Remicade, but only for severe patients and maintenance dropped after 12 months if the disease isn't "active" (after which, it seems like it's much more likely to become active again).

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   Posted 9/16/2009 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I live in the Uk and get Remicade (infliximab in Uk) on the NHS. To qualify I had 2 have tried all the alternative meds, had moderate to severe crohns and be unsuitable for surgery
Diagnosed 2005.  41 year old female living in UK
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections.

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   Posted 9/16/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Although Crohns patients do receive infliximab and humira on the NHS they aren't actually NICE approved for this, only rheumatology, in fact the current NICE legislation recommends that infliximab is given episodically (once every so often rather than regularly) its because drugs companies have been sticking their oar in that patients now get it in that manner.
So it IS available on the NHS for Crohn's patients but there just isn't an 'offical' legislation for it - thats due to come out this year but keeps getting pushed back, it did used to be like littlemissmuffet said - they pretty much only gave it to you if it was your absolute last option, but unfortunately thats changing in a lot of hospitals now and they're starting with the 'big guns' and then working down which my doctor was saying he's trying to fight from happening in his hospital.

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