Humira is a Biologic. These drugs are designed to target a specific area with your immune system. In the case of Humira , it is an TNF inhibitor. The goal unlike DMARD's (disease modifying anti rheumatic'), is to shut down only part of immune system rather than your entire immune system. This can reduce risk of infection. Many doctors will combine both DMARD and Biologic for moderate to severe RD. They are expensive because pharmaceutical companies cornered the market. Unlike other generic drugs , Biologics cannot be duplicated in a lab. Or at least not until recently. Now there is Biosimilars. These are still new to the market. These drugs have worked miraculously for many patients however, the goal is to find a combination that works for you. Be aware of the side effects and report them to your doctor.
Progress is the company that I get Humara from. I have co-pay for it and between the Fair Pharma Care and my insurance at work I don't have to pay for it. This has been an issue at the beginning of the year when the new deductibles come up. Tell your RA Specialist that you can not afford it and they will help you to get coverage. There is no way I could do it with out help.
My RA Specialist in Vancouver set it all up for me. (Phone number can only be seen by the question and answer creators) Humara Robin I think this is a direct line to her. I just had a disaster last night due to the Shoppers Drug Mart computer issue across BC being down. I was unable to get my Humara because of the issue. I had to wait until today. This is a small town and most people know each other but the pharmacist that was on did not know me and would not give me the meds said he had to check when the system was up and running. For this reason and others I have asked to have an order ahead in this drug and they never want to do it. It is really annoying. I have been dealing with Shoppers Drug Mart but and looking to change that as I have not been happy with the service and am so appalled that they do not have something in place on paper for times like this.
But Humara has been a good drug for me to be on it has kept me working for the last eight years other than the back issue. So I hope to be able to stay on it. I was on Methotrexate and other for a long time prior but had side effects. Currently I am taking Leflunomide with the Humara. I have been told that a scan shows issues with my kidney. Doctors say they suspect the RA drugs I take. I have a referral to see a new RA Specialist so drugs could change at that time. The kidney scars me a lot.
https://www.humira.com/humira-complete/cost-and... Humira's AbbVie does offer a copay assistance program which I am currently using in tandem with my insurance which significantly reduces my out of pocket expense. Depending what sort of insurance you have, you may qualify for the same program. Call them to see!
Humira is made by Abbvie. You can call them at 1.800.4HUMIRA (Phone number can only be seen by the question and answer creators).6472). I got that info on www.needymeds.org. It is a website dedicated to helping people pay for expensive meds like Humira. I don't know why it's so expensive. (All biologics are, which is why I can't take them.)
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