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Old 10-25-2018, 12:26 PM
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Default Humana Drops Avonex Coverage

Bottom line profits win out over common sense I guess:

Just got a lovely phone call from Humana. It seems that starting in 2019, they will no longer cover the Interferon beta-1a drug Avonex.

I've been on it for 18 years,and my M.S. has stayed pretty stable during that time.

Will be interesting to see how my body adjusts to not having it. Has anyone else gone off of it, either cold turkey or tapering off?

Insurance companies really are evil gits!
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Old 10-25-2018, 01:51 PM
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Goatherder, I have also been on Avonex forever ( since 2005) and when I went on Medicare and looked at the supplemental plans I was aghast with what the co-pay cost would be... I have blocked it from my memory bank as it was SO ridiculous. Told my neuro who told me to just call Biogen and tell them I need assistance in getting this paid. Some initial paperwork, but they are covering it... I pay the same co-pay as before Medicare...about $25 per refill. Just have to renew this each year...and that is really simple. I would strongly suggest you do the same.... Like you, Avonex has really kept me stable... Good luck and keep us posted. We can't let the insurance companies jeopardize our health...........
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Old 10-25-2018, 02:06 PM
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Thanks,
Biogen has been great, and has covered my Avonex on a number of occasions over the last 18 years.

Interestingly, this comes at a time when other therapies are showing great promise, without the painful injection.

After so many years, even being careful with site rotation, my poor legs are about shot!

It's also possible that at my advanced age, I may not need anything. We'll see.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:56 PM
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Loving this thread! indeed
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