Actually, it depends on your insurance coverage. Many policies specifically exclude medications that are used off label from coverage. In those cases, it's usually impossible to get coverage. So read your policy or check with your benefits coordinator at work. My coverage is very good, but does have that exclusion in it, and I was never able to get approval for Remicade until it was approved by the FDA. Believe me, I tried everything including submitting a detailed five-year cost analysis showing that Remi would be cheaper over that period than surgery. No dice.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
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