Enbrel And Humira Prescriptions
Posted 17 April 2008 - 05:52 AM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 11:40 PM
I'm not sure if the VA will cover Embril, but I have was diagnosed with AS for over 38 years ago. I have a good if not the best private Rheumatologist and he suggested Embril right after it was approved for AS (Ankylosong Spondylitis-Rheumatoid arthritis mostly involving spine and larger joints.) I was curious as to whether you started soon after the diagnosis, and how it works for you. My Blue Cross did approve the shots or me, but at that time Embril had on their website a chat on discussions of how well it worked....there were many with SERIOUS side effects and many saying it woked great, but stopped working after a short while. I researched the drug and even called the Manufacturer who had an on-duty Registered Nurse. I have had skin cancers and problems with chronic sinus infections and quite a few kidney-urinary tract infections. The Nurse would NOT tell me not to try Embril, but after expalining all my chronice infection problems(whcih the drug manufacturer reccomends NOT taking it if you have chronic infections of any type) well I asked the Nurse if she were me, would she take it and she said NO. Also the fact that I have NO confidence in the FDA approving ANY drug, made my decision to not take it. My Doctor pushed it, I'm SURE he got a good kick-back on prescribing it, but it scared me.
I am currently on Active duty and going through a MED Board. I take Humira shots for my AS. Does the VA cover these? They are taken every two weeks and cost about $700.00 ea. I was wanting to know because when I get out and if the Board doesn't rate me high enough (>3 0%)to keep tricare I would like to get them through the VA.
Posted 18 April 2008 - 06:53 AM
I hope you are doing fine w/o taking it. I would probably feel the same way you do if I had the health issues you did.
Are you rated by the VA with your AS?
Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:45 PM
Posted 18 April 2008 - 08:03 PM
Posted 30 April 2008 - 08:49 PM
I got it but decided not to use it. I am a diabetic and have frequent infections with another disease process.