When I go on Medicare in a year my Humira will not be affordable to me at 33% co-pay. I have had a great ride with it for 12 years. My doctor has given me these names of infusions to explore: Orencia, Actemka, and Rituxan. I'm also curious about CBD oil, but don't know where to start (dose, topical or drops). My rheumatologist is open to trying, but says there isn't enough research for her to recommend, but that if I do try, the clinic at large wants to know about experiences of patients.
Answering all of you on assistance for your biologic medications whatever kind it is Enbrel Humira etc., with your physicians help and your filling out an application, you should be able to get financial assistance direct from the pharmaceutical manufacture. Do what you can it is worth it! My Medicare advantage insurance was only going to pay a third of the cost which would never be enough. I am now fortunate to get mine free of charge direct from mfg. !
Once you are on Medicare you can apply for assistance through Humira and also the pharmaceutical company that manufactures it. I did with my Enbrel and they were fantastic! I wouldn’t be taking it otherwise.
About a year ago, I decided to try some alternative meds. I tried CBD oil. It helped me sleep a little better but didn't really help with pain or other symptoms of RA. I stopped talking it because it really wasn't helping and it was expensive. If a person has mild symptoms ,it might help some. I will be eligible for Medicare next year.
Never hurts to ask, but I think those type of drug manufacture assistance programs are actually illegal to offer to Medicare patients. It’s related to the same law that does not allow the federal govt (ie the Medicare system) to be able to negotiate drug prices. We all need to write our congress person to change that.