wow humira is pricey

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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/20/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got back from picking up my 1st pack of humira (the 6 pens total for loading doses).  It had to be pre approved and now I know why.  I paid $40 and my health insurance paid $3861.28  That comes to approx $650 per injectable pen
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/20/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow
That is alot of money

I know our Ontario Health Coverage no doubt would pay for it ........

Pays for all my IV meds and some are 1000 a bag ..........for 2 grams
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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/20/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a new nurse at mt GI office and my GI has thursdays off so I get to wait til tomorrow to find out when I am going in to learn how to do it. I am going to have my godfather's wife give me the shots though. I am too chicken to do it and she is a RN, she will also probably give me my B12 on months where I dont have a Dr appt around the time when I usually get them. When I move in Nov she will litterally be a cpl streets over
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 


MBJOH
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   Posted 9/20/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Dragonfly - giving the shots to yourself is not all that bad. I thought I would be to chicken to do it but I have been doing it every other week to myself since the end of April. The hardest part is knowing that you are going to hurt yourself when you click the plunger. But you just do it and it is over in 10 secs. Of course I couldn't get any volunteers to give them to me so I had no choice. MB

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/20/2007 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also starting work at a local hospital on monday. It is a teaching hospital and I will be working in family care. It is a program for residents to learn how to run their own practice. They are working under faculty and board certified docs. Maybe even one of the nurses there or a resident would be willing to give me the shot. I know my godfathers wife will tho. She can no longer practice since she has so many health issues now...fibro, food allergies, celieac (sp?), lyme etc she use to be a pediatric ICU nurse. She still keeps her certifications up though in case she does need to help someone. She is the closest thing my family knows to a saint, she is absolutely wonderful. When I was Dx she was working at the time and in the same hospital I was in. When I was scared of tests I was having she was able to go with me as long as she wasnt "working" so if it was after her schedule, lunch, break etc she would be in the room with me. She actually stayed while I was having my port-a-cath placed since I needed TPN for 12 weeks so my folks could administer it at home...I had already been in the hospital for 6 weeks and wanted out. I went in 2 days before Christmas when I was 8....it was my last year believeing in Santa too. I was so afraid santa would skip my house cuz I wasnt there.

Ugh my belly hurts still even with this dilauded I am going to lay down with my heating pad now.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


hspenser
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   Posted 9/20/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Our local Pharmacy charges $720 per pen if you are uninsured.   I get 12 shots per 90 days and the cost $50 for the entire lot.    Who can afford $720 a week for meds.  That is nuts.

dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old


gachrons
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   Posted 9/21/2007 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Steph Glad you got your meds and I hope you will be getting them sooner then soon. Thank goodness you only paid forty. So are you moving into your Grandfather's like you said you were going to? It is nice you have someone to help you administer them .Perhaps in time you will be able to do it yourself. Lots of people here seem to be able to do it and I guess it is worth the little bit of discomfort to have the meds. Bet that little poo poo of yours is in for it now and will be healing in no time. Keep smiling and glad you are keeping in touch it is great to know how you are doing. lol gail

Kurt
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   Posted 9/21/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
My Remicade treatment every (7) weeks of the max ( 10 mg ) Is just a shade under $14,000 for a really small bag...
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Kurt
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   Posted 9/21/2007 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
My Remicade treatment every (7) weeks of the max ( 10 mg ) Is just a shade under $14,000 for a really small bag...
KURT HILL


JudyK89
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   Posted 9/21/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
You're lucky your insurance pays so much for yours. I looked into Humira pricing through my insurance and it would have cost me around $400 a month, not including the loading dose or if I had to up the dosage or take it more often. Way too expensive for me as I've been out of work now for almost a year.
Judy
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Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


gachrons
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   Posted 9/21/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judy Wow does't sound like you have the best of insurance .Why don't you submit to the company your med. history and see if they would cover that cost for you of $400. Where you have had so many surgeries maybe they would give you some help.What terrible insurance company do you have anyway?Maybe they are not advertised enough as being so useless.lol gail
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