Humira and Cost

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Jenn4dex
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   Posted 10/30/2007 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Has Humira been approved for Crohn's yet?  Is it still crazy expensive with insurance plans as well? Just curious as I may have to have this discussion with my doctor soon about switching to Humira.
Jennifer
Diagnosed 1/06
CD of Terminal Ileum
Taking Pentasa, Prograf and Remicade, Forteo Injections, Actonel, Calcium and Vitamin D, B12 injections.


UKpup
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   Posted 10/30/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes it's approved. That what ended the study I was in :)

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Jenn4dex
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 494
   Posted 10/30/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Awesome, my doctor keeps going on and on about it not being approved and really expensive.  We'll have to discuss this.  Do you know "when" it was approved?
Jennifer
Diagnosed 1/06
CD of Terminal Ileum
Taking Pentasa, Prograf and Remicade, Forteo Injections, Actonel, Calcium and Vitamin D, B12 injections.


Spifficial
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/30/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
i was told that each shot costs $850 (ish) without insurance. I'm on BlueCross Blue Shield TN, and i only pay $20 for whatever meds i get, so I try to get a 3 month supply (just started, so i've yet to ask for the perscription) but i had to get 6 shots the first time around, and only had to pay the 20, so i didn't complain ^^
Diagnosed CD in Dec 06'
Currently on: Humira, 30 MG Prednisone (decreasing since starting Humira), Yasmin (9 week intervals), multivitamin, calcium +D & magnesium


LynnRN
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 10/30/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,I can't complain either,I got my first series a month ago,and the four shots cost $6754 and I ONLY had to pay $20,so I considered myself fortunate in that aspect.  Good luck :-)

hspenser
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   Posted 10/31/2007 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
My insurance has a co-pay of $50 if I use their mail order pharmacy.  the first 6 shots 9my loading dose) were $50 and now I do 2 shots every other week, get a 90 day supply (12 injections) for another $50.   If I want I can use my local pharmacy and the co-pay would be 40%...at $750 per shot that would mean my first year on this drug would cost over $16,000.  I think I will stay with mail order ($250 a year).
 
BTW...if you live here in the USA and your doctor is not aware that Humira has been approved for CD...you may want to really think about the level of care you are getting.



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

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