Anyone know of a good Stelara copay assistance alternatives?

** Originally posted by adobostreak **

i was on the assistance plan they had on the official stelara website... where the first 3 shots are FREE, then strategically got off it because i wouldn't be able to afford the $2800 per shot (after insurance) thereafter

went back on Humira for financial reasons ($5 monthly after pay assist). it helps me clear up to 70-80%, but not as great as Stelara (was at 95% clear after 3rd shot)

- i applied for the Johnson&Johnson patient assistance a while back and got denied because apparently you aren't supposed to have any private insurance in order to qualify (would of helped if i knew this before faxing 10 total pages of doctor authorization and tax returns)
- i applied for CDF (chronic disease fund) and got denied due to "no funds at this time"

anyone know of secondary insurance/copay assistance for Stelara for those that already have insurance and still cant afford it?

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** Originally posted by plira **

When did you apply for Johnson & Johnson? I just started Stelara, and I am on the copay progam as well. When I called them to get assistance they told me that after the 3 injections, I can call Johnson & Johnson for further assistance, I really hope this is true! Because if not I will be in the same boat as you and I hate to even think about it. I have been on Humira, Enbrel, Mtx and this is my last hope! I will be researching other assistance program and will send you the information if I find something that can help!

Patricia Lira

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** Originally posted by adobostreak **

it was a while back... i was faxing in my application for J&J at the end of April before my 3rd and final shot of stelara in June.

J&J gave me a call with the wonderful news that i was denied mid-May, due to having private insurance.

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** Originally posted by plira **

I am so sorry to hear that! It is so sad to think that we get use to a drug that works and then it gets taking away! which person can really afford $2800.00 a months on meds! I myself have a insurance policy that only pays $1500.00 a year in medication! I dont know about you but I am married and between my husband and I, we make to much money to qualify for medicaid and I have pre-exsisiting condition that prohibits me to get any kind of secondary insurance policy!

We need to keep our hopes up! I will let you know if I find anything else that can assist us! :)

Patricia

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** Originally posted by MARCIA70 **

Oh Lord ! My third shot is this month and my co pay would be $400 without copay assistance and I would hate to have to pay that let alone more......think I need to check into this...........I just assumed it worked like enbrel and humira co-pay assist..........

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** Originally posted by plira **

I will be calling first thing Monday morning! I also thought it was like enbrel and humira! Hopefuly we will find some kind of program that will help us!

Patricia

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** Originally posted by adobostreak **

@jpurdon thats the program i was referring to

why would i pay so much? because its expensive.

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Well guys I'm on the same program with Stelara, first 3 doses free and then copay. Well, I just saw my explanation of benefits from BlueCross and the cost was $4,777. WOW. Incredible. I'm just wondering what my copay will be after 3 doses. My doctor mentioned something that it would be like $50 per month. Guess I'll wait & see. So far, 2 doses in.

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I just signed up for the support program and for doses 4-6 you pay $50 for every $1050 out of pocket. So if your copay is $2800, you would only have to pay $100-150 of that. It also says that there is an extended access program that may be available for those that need it. I would think if your copay is that high that you would qualify for that.

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