Canadians on Remicade

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 5/14/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
How does Remicade work over here? I know it's very expensive. Do we pay up front or is it covered? Or, do we pay up front and get reimbursed from out benefit plans??
Diagnosed with UC in August 2005. 
Suffered for my whole life before being diagnosed. 
Told to "Eat more fibre." 
Currently on:

Salofalk 1500mg x 4/day
6mg x 1/day
Entocort increased to:
9mg x 3/day as of 2.14.08

Paul L
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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 647
   Posted 5/14/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
It really depends on your drug plan. Because of the high cost most drug plans require you to submit an application signed by your doctor. They probably will only approve it if you have already tried most conventional and less expensive medications. The hospital I go to here in Toronto has an infusion coordinator. She took my insurance information and took care of all the paperwork. She even setup my first appointment at the infusion centre. My drug plan approved Remicade for one year. After that I would have to reapply. Unfortunately after 7 infusions I had no improvement so I stopped it. I have a good plan and didn’t have any deductible or co-payments. The pharmacy charged my insurance company directly and delivered the medication to the infusion centre the day of my infusion.

You can have your infusions done at your local hospital or at one of the many Remicade infusion centres that Schering-Plough Canada, the Canadian distributor for Remicade, has setup across Canada. Talk to your doctor about the process. If he doesn’t have an infusion coordinator like my doctor, you may have to call your insurance company and start the process yourself.

Take care,
Diagnosed in 2000 at age 43 with UC extending half way across transverse colon.
Bad reaction to Asacol, Pentasa and Dipentum - can’t take any more 5ASAs.
Prednisone - worked well for 1 month, then side effects became unbearable.
6-MP - blood tests showed not metabolizing properly.
Corticosteroid enema, Flagyl, Ciprofloxin, VSL#3, Adacolumn Apheresis – no effect
Methotrexate with Remicade - 7 infusions with no improvement
Folic Acid and B12 injections.
Abatacept trial - no effect

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