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Very interesting indeed! The big risk with Enbrel and other similar medications is that they lower the body's natural immune response, making the patient more susceptible to infections, which could be a factor for the elderly. But still, it's a huge breakthrough, and i'm looking forward to further results.
 

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This study would also appear to indicate that the brain's own immune response is a significant factor for Alzheimers symptoms.

Interesting.
 

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Very interesting indeed! The big risk with Enbrel and other similar medications is that they lower the body's natural immune response, making the patient more susceptible to infections, which could be a factor for the elderly. But still, it's a huge breakthrough, and i'm looking forward to further results.
Enbrel is also insanely, insanely expensive. As I understand it, it's because it's a biotic, so it has to be grown/cultured and can't be mass produced.

My father has Rheumatoid arthritis, and they prescribed it to him. It helped, but there were more side effects than he was willing to risk, and even with insurance the cost was absolutely astro-fucking-nomical. He's retired, and pays out of pocket a few hundred a month for insurance for himself and my mother. With his insurance, I believe it was something like 600-800/mo.

Here's a couple of examples:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=10&m=989714

have Oxford insurance and WITH health insurance coverage, the cost for 4 syringes (1 mos. worth, I'm supposed to take 1 injection per week) is $656!!!! There is NO WAY I can afford that amount per month!
http://forums.spondylitis.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=139915

I'm waiting on the insurance approval for Enbrel but found out that without insurance, it costs over $1800!!!! My doc's office did give me the co-pay assist card that covers 1/2 of the co-pay for the first 12 months, so I don't know what my cost will be yet
http://arthritisinsight.com/archives/test7800.htm

My doc put me on Embrel last month--he warned me it would be expensive (about $1500 he said), but when I picked it up at the pharmacy found that it cost about $1600!!! And my insurance paid nothing, nada, not one penny on it! I am self-employed and pay $503 a month (it just went up) for a policy with a $5000 deductible. But it normally pays a fairly small discount on prescriptions, so I thought it would pay a little something, at least. But no, they pay nothing on injectable meds.
There are exceptions here and there where people have the right mix of conditions/insurance/luck to be able to get it at a reasonable rate, but by and large, it works great but 99% of the people who need it can't afford it.
 
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