For those who are on it, a few questions:
How's it working for you?
Any weird side effects?
How much is your copay? (I currently use Accredo for my Humira, I assume the same will be for Entyvio)
I get Entyvio every 8 weeks, from Crescent Healthcare (aka OptionCare). Every 8 weeks they bill my insurer, Blue Shield of California, $15,600 for the medication. Blue Shield responds with their negotiated rate of $5,200; Crescent accepts that. Of the $5,200 I have a co-pay of 20%, or about $1,000 per treatment, at the beginning of the year. by mid-year, I max out my prescription drug Out-of-Pocket expenses (which includes a lot more than Entyvio), and I don't pay that $1,000 any more.
Each infusion also costs a few $100 in miscellaneous and nurse cost, which aren't subject to the prescription drug OoP limit. At the end of the year, I am paying $65 for each infusion, since the Entyvio is "free" to me.
So, without insurance, I would pay $15,600 x 6 ~ $94,000 per year. With insurance, it's a few thousand per year (Thank you, ACA, or I would be on my own to negotiate the price down). If I didn't max out my OoP expenses, I would be paying $6,000 per year just for Entyvio. Of course, I pay the normal insurance plan monthly premiums to get that coverage. If I had a "gold" plan, I would pay more in insurance premiums, but reach my max OoP sooner. If I had "bronze" plan, I would pay higher insurance premiums, but reach my max OoP later.
Hope that helps.
Entyvio works well, but slowly, and I need other drugs in addition.
No side effects that I can notice.
Dx'd w/ UC 2013, flare since 4/14
Asacol HD 800mg, 6/day
Start Remicade 12/14, nonresponsive, DC'd 3/15
Start Humira, 8/15, nonresponse, DC'd 12/15
Hydrocortisone enemas helped, regressed after stopping,
Start Entyvio 12/2015.
Restart hydrocortisone 12/2015
Start UMass IBD_AID diet 12/2015
Improved w/ Entyvio, hydrocortisone, IBD-AID
Colonoscopy showed clinical remission in 1/2017.