Drug Prices

Drugs for Psoriasis / Psoriatic Arthritis

In this first section I have information regarding biologics.  Injectable drugs referred to as biologic DMARDs (Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs)—or simply, biologics—are used to treat both rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, chronic conditions in which the immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing swelling, stiffness, and pain. The biologics do not cure arthritis, but they do alleviate symptoms and may help prevent further joint damage.

You’ll find I have linked references, however if you are looking for a more scientific approach (or just more information on biologics) then I highly recommend the comprehensive free report produced on biologics by Consumer Reports Health Best Buy Drugs™ which you can find here.  They also have more detailed information on costs here.

Drug

Application

Action

Route / Frequency

Fee per Dose

Comments

Biologics          
Simponi (Golimumab) Moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis TNF-alpha blocker Subcutaneous injection Monthly cost is US$1,900.  US$5,700 for 3 syringes (1 syringe per month). Some financial assistance for US patients?

 

There was a recall in Feb 2011 of some injection pens due to malfunction

Remicade (Infliximab) Moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, and active psoriatic arthritis. Also Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Uveitis, Psoriasis, Sarcoidosis, Crohn’s disease TNF-alpha blocker Intravenous injection Monthly cost is US$1,899 to US$2,532 (assuming 80kg weight (176 pounds) and 3mg per kg, i.e. 3 vials, or 5mg per kg i.e. 4 vials). As this site reports, dosage typically starts at 3mg per kg, but if it isn’t sufficient it can be increased up to 5mg per kg, every 8-10 weeks,. Wholesale price is US$633 per vial. 1 vial = 100 mg, and it usually retails for over US$1,000 per vial.  

 

Enbrel (Etanercept)          

 

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