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Renflexis Remicade biosimular #280486
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My daughter's insurance company is making her switch from Remicade to the biosimular Renflexis. Had anyone had an experience with switching from Remi to the biosimular?


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Re: Renflexis Remicade biosimular [Re: jonigu] #280499
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I have not but if your daughter is successful on Remicade I would protest the decision. It saves them $. They are watching just like you are for issues with the drug however unlike you they do not care about her. They just want to save money.


Starting at 18 yrs old > Reiter's Syndrome. Diagnosed 2001 Ank Spon.
Started Remicade 2002 - 5mg/kg every 7 weeks.

Right Eye Glaucoma- Trabeculectomy/lens replacement 2006.
Right eye DSEK Cornea Transplant 2009.
Right eye Ahmed Shunt 2016.
Right eye DSEK Cornea Transplant 2016.
Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. 2004. Cured by RF ablation 2008.

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Re: Renflexis Remicade biosimular [Re: jonigu] #280501
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I agree with White Cell that you/she should protest the decision.

I have no experience with Renflexis.


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Re: Renflexis Remicade biosimular [Re: jonigu] #280502
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This may help:

Celltrion produces the biosimilar to Remicade.

https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm594395.htm


Starting at 18 yrs old > Reiter's Syndrome. Diagnosed 2001 Ank Spon.
Started Remicade 2002 - 5mg/kg every 7 weeks.

Right Eye Glaucoma- Trabeculectomy/lens replacement 2006.
Right eye DSEK Cornea Transplant 2009.
Right eye Ahmed Shunt 2016.
Right eye DSEK Cornea Transplant 2016.
Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. 2004. Cured by RF ablation 2008.

ICU RN - Seattle, WA

~Grasp The Challenge and Succeed~
Re: Renflexis Remicade biosimular [Re: jonigu] #280521
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I agree that you should fight this decision. A "biosimilar" is really a different drug. It's not a generic form of the same drug. For that reason, many insurers, mine included, are not requiring patients currently on a biologic to switch once a biosimilar becomes available. They are instead requiring that patients who have never been on a biologic to try a biosimilar, if available, before starting the biologic it mimics. You have a good appeal.

Re: Renflexis Remicade biosimular [Re: jonigu] #280534
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Thank you for the precise information and explanation Winston.


Starting at 18 yrs old > Reiter's Syndrome. Diagnosed 2001 Ank Spon.
Started Remicade 2002 - 5mg/kg every 7 weeks.

Right Eye Glaucoma- Trabeculectomy/lens replacement 2006.
Right eye DSEK Cornea Transplant 2009.
Right eye Ahmed Shunt 2016.
Right eye DSEK Cornea Transplant 2016.
Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. 2004. Cured by RF ablation 2008.

ICU RN - Seattle, WA

~Grasp The Challenge and Succeed~
Re: Renflexis Remicade biosimular [Re: jonigu] #280535
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Winston, thank you for the help and reassurance that you provide for many members here, myself included.


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