The Little-Known Way Pharma Companies Hook People On Their Costly Drugs

Kip Burgess was relieved last year when pharmaceutical giant Amgen overnighted him a $2,976 check to help pay for his go-to arthritis drug, Enbrel. The 36-year-old psychologist had run into an increasingly common problem: The copay coupon sent by Amgen couldn’t cover the drug’s more than $4,000 monthly price. “Nothing in the world gives me more anxiety than just getting my medication,” Burgess said. “There’s nothing you can do but beg.” Panicked, Burgess had called Amgen and pleaded for help. The drugmaker sent him the check after he provided a credit card statement and an explanation of benefits to prove he bought its drug. It’s one of the little-known secrets in health care: When financial incentives like copay coupons and debit cards won’t work, pharmaceutical companies sometimes will write a check — what they call direct reimbursement — to make sure a loyal patient will stay on a high-cost, brand-name drug. Drugmakers began using now-popular copay coupons and other forms of assistance more than a decade ago to help patients pay out-of-pocket costs for medicines, particularly high-cost specialty drugs such as those that treat autoimmune disorders. The coupons have a dual purpose: They mask the true costs of a drug for patients and give patients a financial incentive to stay on an expensive drug until their insurance deductible is met. Ellen Albritton, a senior policy analyst with Families USA, said the mult...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Drugs Source Type: news

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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Chronic Pain Health-related Inspiration & Hope Personal Arthritis Chronic Illness Diabetes Fibromyalgia Lupus Lyme disease neuropathy peer support Source Type: blogs
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Source: Joint Bone Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
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Source: Antiviral Therapy - Category: Virology Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Antiviral Research - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Antiviral Res Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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