remicade versus humira cost

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artist guy
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   Posted 3/12/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
if any body knows, a far as ins. goes which costs more remicade or humira?
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   Posted 3/12/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
It depends entirely on your insurance coverage. Generally, Remicade is considered a "treatment" and is covered under the medical portion of your plan. So whatever your deductible, co-pay, or percentage is applies. My Remicade infusions billed out at about 3500 with my insurance allowing about 2500 of that.

Humira is strictly a medication. My co-pay for Humira was only $9.00 for a months supply - 2 injections. Others here have far higher co-pays. I recall some having to pay in the hundreds.

So it really depends on your insurance coverage parameters.
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Becky77
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   Posted 3/12/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was on Remicade, I had to pay an office visit copay of $50 for each infusion. I pay $35 a month for Humira now. Add in the cost of driving to infusions, parking and missing work for it, Remicade was more expensive for me.
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin


Terry73
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   Posted 3/12/2010 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
wow its so different in the states.  Im in canada i was told the cost of the two are about the same just the humira i would have to inject it.  I am on remicade and my infusions are just under $7000.  None of this is covered under our health coverage (OHIP) it is a drug cost so it is covered under my benefit plan.  Im lucky both myself and my hubby have benefits so mine pays most of it and the couple hundred not covered his work ben pays.  I can't imagine dealing with insurance companies for everything the little we have to deal with them here is a pain in the u know what lol.  They are just out to make money they don't care how sick you are or what is the best care for you!

Offically diagnosed with Crohn's Oct 2009, been living with bowel problems since 1990
Current meds: Remicade Feb 2010, Immuran, rel-pax, Topomax, Corticosteriod Suppositories, lantus, humalog, 2000u vit d, calcium, multivit, omega 3, Vit B


Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/12/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
In BC Canada my first dose of the year I pay pharmacare (govt) deductible according to my income 2 years past. This year it was $650, I then submit that to my work benifits and get 80% back. Then all other doses in the year are covered by the govt. I take 5 vials of remicade total value is $5078. I've never tried humera so I don't know the cost here in BC.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


Becky77
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   Posted 3/12/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Terry-If you live in the states, you just look at how much you pay and envy those who have better insurance plans than you, and pity the ones with worse plans than yours!
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin

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