Last updated: Apr 07, 2010
Shes not alone. Between 2000 and 2008, the average wholesale price of five popular psoriasis drugs increased at a rate nearly five times that of inflation, according to a study published earlier this year in the Archives of Dermatology. During that period, the price of a dose of Enbrel increased by nearly 50%, to about $208; a dose of Humira increased to $831. (Although its a useful indicator for pricing trends, a drugs wholesale price is often higher than the eventual sales price, the study notes.)
Why are some psoriasis drugs so expensive?
Its unclear whats behind the rapid increase in the price of psoriasis drugs, says Dr. Wolverton. Nor is it clear why the price of some drugs has increased more quickly than others, he says.
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There is no cure for psoriasis, so treating the condition is by definition a long-term process. Insurance coverage, on the other hand, can vary from year to year and job to job. If a psoriasis patients insurance situation changes, an expensive treatment can suddenly become unaffordable.
Programs such as Abbotts that help patients pay for drugs are known as patient-assistance programs. Most manufacturers of biologic drugs for psoriasis have such a program. Although they do have some restrictionspeople on Medicare and Medicaid arent eligible, for instancethese programs are often the best option for people who cant afford their psoriasis drugs or co-pays.