REMICADE IN UK?????

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tums
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   Posted 6/26/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Have read a lot of posts about remicade. Do you only get it in the US, never heard about it in the UK and my doctor has never mentioned it.
32 year old female
UC diagnosed 2001
Asacol 6 per day
Azathioprine 100mg started 4/08
Steroids 5mg per day


jujub
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   Posted 6/26/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Remicade is available everywhere. Your NHS I think has a list of drugs they work with and my understanding is that it can be very difficult or impossible to get a drug not on the list. This is one of the ways they keep costs down.

I've never lived in the UK, so hopefully some of our British members will help clarify this for you. I could be completely wrong.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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colitis-owns
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   Posted 6/26/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
think its called infliximab here in the UK

they use it a lot where i go for my appointments, havent needed it so far though !!
Pan-indeterminate colitis
 
Pentasa 2g bd
Pentasa suppository 1 nightly
Azathioprine 150mg


colitis-owns
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   Posted 6/26/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
The dermatologists where i work use Etanercept (which is used for posriatic arthropathy and very similar to infliximab) and i know they have to get permission from the primary care trust before prescribing it because it is so expensive.
Pan-indeterminate colitis
 
Pentasa 2g bd
Pentasa suppository 1 nightly
Azathioprine 150mg


colitis-owns
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   Posted 6/26/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
ive looked it up in the British National Formulary

Its called infliximab or Remicade and produced by Schering-plough

Its costs the NHS £419.62 per 100mg.
Pan-indeterminate colitis
 
Pentasa 2g bd
Pentasa suppository 1 nightly
Azathioprine 150mg


barnsbury
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   Posted 6/26/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tums

I am in the UK, and I have been on Remicade in the past for my UC (On NHS), so yes it is available.


Abatacept Trial since Feb 2008 (Maintenance Period)
Back on Pred - 3mg - Steroid Dependent :-(
Azathioprine 175mg
Colazide x3
Actonel 35mg, EPA Fish Oils
Predfoam Enema - Had to stop as not allowed during trial
Asacol x 9, Lialda (Mezavant)
Remicade every 8 weeks  (Stopped working)
Aloe Vera Lily of the Desert Juice  Gave me the worst D !
Primadophilus Reuteri Probiotic
 


Pecky89
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   Posted 7/6/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
yes its definatly called infliximab here. Ive been on it for a year now and its great!!
 
 
infliximab (remicade) every 8 weeks
imuran Azathioprine 50mg(everyday)
20mg predfoam

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