well, you figure you do a loading dose of 6 pens throut 2 weeks, then one pen every 2 weeks- so.... 32 pens per year??? And estimate $2000 per pen, there's a total of around roughly $65,000 per year. And Remicade, the basic dose of every 8 weeks comes out to about 7 infusions per year, if you add in the loading doses of 3 infusion, you get app. 10 per year. Figure around $10,000 per infusion, the total is $100,000. Pretty big difference. I know there's an insurance protocol re. meds that are unapporved by the FDA for the specific condition you want to use it for- hence the prior authorizations & pre-approvals both these meds require. But, many people have been denied Humira based on FDA approval alone, regardless of what their doctors recommend. So, strictly from a cost effective standpoint it seems a little ridiculous. So personally, the Humira will run me about $1000 per year, due to copays, whereas I paid absolutely nothing for the past 3 years of Remicade infusions. For me, financially, I'd be better off sticking with Remicade! Scrapgirl, I've been the same- no change at all after my infusions. Maybe some small improvements for a week or 10 days. My GI & myslef figured the Remicade was doing *something*, but not much. And not enough to justify continuing with it.
diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- from 4/07 thru 1/10
Humira- started 1/10
various probiotics & fiber supplement