cleo, you are correct that others on here get it more often. Many get Humira weekly but I have asked over and over and been told by both my GI and rheumy that they cannot get it approved more often, regardless of what type of insurance I have. They both say they have tried with several patients on a variety of insurances and have always been denied. I don't know what the issue is. I've told them that I know others who get it more often. When I first asked my rheumy about
the Cimzia, she talked to the drug rep and was told that it probably wouldn't get approved by insurance more than once every 4 weeks but that if a doctor had some samples they could choose to give a patient an extra "boost" once or twice. That being said, he said that if a patient needs that extra boost on a regular occasion, then the Cimzia really isn't working for them and they need to be on something else anyway. I asked her again about
it a couple months back and she said the new research is showing that Cimzia is actually less effective when taken more than 400 mg once every 4 weeks. I don't believe that one bit because it worked so much better for me when I was getting 400 mg every 2 weeks on the clinical trial. But anyway, for some reason, everyone in the world other than patients of my two doctors can get both Humira and Cimzia more often.
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety. Too many meds to list them all. =)