Humira and Remicade are both similar medications, their method of action is to block TNF-alpha within your bloodstream. How do you choose between the two: cost, convenience, and effectiveness. Cost will vary based on your insurance company and policy (often Humira is slightly cheaper). Convenience, well Humira wins there as you can self-inject yourself at home, know that there is brief pain for some in those injections. Effectiveness, Remicade seems to be the most effective for uc. about
64% of uc patients notice an improvement in their uc symptoms after initially taking remicade and about
34% reach remission (an absence of uc symptoms) after taking remicade. Humira's numbers are about
half of that for both categories. Remicade is given every 8 weeks, via IV infusion by a nurse. The infusion takes 2-3 hours but is painless.
Do your homework. Call your insurance company and see what each Remicade and Humira will cost you out of pocket. Both medications do have patient assistance programs which help out with the out of pocket costs. As an example:
My infusion center bills my insurance company $6,400.00 for my treatment of remicade every 8 weeks. My insurance company reduces that bill to $3,200.00 as the maximum they allow for that treatment. My insirance company pays all but $120.00 and says I am responsible for it. RemiStart, the patient assistance program for remicade, makes sure I pay no more than $50.00 out of pocket for each dose. So, RemiStart pays the difference between the two. These numbers will vary a lot depending on your drug copays, insurance policy deductibles, and so forth.
Moderator ulcerative colitis
M, 35, proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade 5mg per kg, every 8 weeks
Daily 75mg 6MP + Rowasa (twice a week)
Diet: Diet mods and supplements haven't done a thing for me
Post Edited (iPoop) : 9/9/2014 1:09:27 PM (GMT-6)