Hi everyone! I am doing some research for school on MS medications, their users and insurance companies. I seem to be hitting a road block in speaking to people who have MS and have never injected medications before. My sister who has MS (and who I thought never injected medication) told me today that when she relapsed the doctors prescribed her steroids to self inject - and then she continued her treatment on Gilenya.
With that said, I was wondering if it was uncommon to find people who would be self-injection naive? Do physicians typically start treatment by having patients inject their medication?
My sister was also telling me that she had to fight to have the insurance company to cover her oral medication. The insurance company wanted her to be on an injectable medication. After her neurologist and her talked things over, they both decided to fight the insurance company so they would cover her oral meds (in the end the insurance company did cover the oral meds). Has anyone else had this same experience that the insurance company try to sway the treatment?
Thank you for your help!!