Paperwork done for Humira!

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SydneyJo
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   Posted 10/21/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
After waiting for 6 months, thinking my ninny Gastro had applied for  Humira and her telling me she thought I was only thinking about taking it - huh? -  we finally filled in the paperwork together and hopefully she posted that off the same day - I nearly took it from her to post myself lol.
So now I wait - and self medicate with the pred to keep this flare 'manageable'.
I was really scared to even contemplate taking Humira - now Im scared not to.
Thanks to those who helped me with their kind words last week when I was in severe agony and thanks to Ivy for her solid advice.
Will keep you updated - hopefully my next post will be a 'YIPPEE Ive been approved ' one smilewinkgrin
Jo
Crohn's Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone
Bowel Resection Sept. 07


ivy6
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   Posted 10/21/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
:-) I think you did the right thing, Jo. :-)

Now, let's all send some hurry-up vibes to the bureaucrats in Hobart...
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Homeboy
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   Posted 10/22/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
This is great, congratulations.

Here is a video to get you going. smilewinkgrin

www.humira.com/RheumatoidArthritis/AdministeringHumira/Default.aspx
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 10/22/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ivy for the 'vibes' :)
Thank you too Homeboy for the video, will need this if the ninny Gastro doesnt give me one.
Jo
Crohn's Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone
Bowel Resection Sept. 07


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 10/22/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you go through the PAP? I faxed my application about 2 weeks ago....still no response.
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randynoguts
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   Posted 10/23/2009 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
so im assuming you have to get permission for your dr to give you a script? wow. hope it doesnt get to that here.
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ivy6
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   Posted 10/23/2009 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Randy, you have to prove eligibility. In other words, you have to prove that your disease is severe enough to warrant the taxpayer subsidising such expensive medicine for you. We tend not to do top down treatment here: you need to prove that you haven't been sufficiently responsive to steroids and immunosuppressants.

I think it already *is* like that over there, isn't it? Don't the insurance companies have to agree to provide your meds?

Excuse typos - tired.
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randynoguts
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   Posted 10/23/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
well maybe some. but even my private insurance just get the script from the dr and go to the pharmacy. whether it be pred or humira. they dont second guess the drs . i know i have a good plan and im fortunate to have chosen this one 24 years ago. and its an HMO!
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ivy6
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   Posted 10/23/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't say that our govt is second-guessing the doctors. They just have very strict rules governing when the med can be used. It's not as if they'll overrule the doc's prescription if you actually do qualify.

(For the record, I don't much like this rule, as I think it pays insufficient attention to quality-of-life issues, but I do understand why the rule has been made).
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 10/23/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
NostraHistoria - Im Australian - so different rules here - sorry I cant help.
Randy and Ivy - I dont much like the 'approval' rule either - who are they to judge whether I need this or not - but thats the rule.
As I understand, once approved, the script is sent to your pharmacist for filling - you know, I know so little about this as Im my Gastro's first patient to receive it, so I guess Im her 'protocol guinea pig'.
Will have to do the 'wait and see' with this.
Jo
Crohn's Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone
Bowel Resection Sept. 07

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